History of MacCallum More Gardens




    MacCallum More, which is Scottish for Home of the Clan, was begun in 1929 by Lucy Morton Hudgins, wife of Edward Wren Hudgins, former Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. Their son, William Henry Hudgins, continued to expand the gardens until his death in 1986. As Personal Aide to President Truman, and to Admiral Carney, the Commander in chief of NATO, Mr. Hudgins traveled extensively, and sent back treasures from around the world which were incorporated into his garden design. The organically maintained botanical gardens, arboretum and wildlife sanctuary contain beautiful, meandering paths, lined with boxwoods and dogwoods, revealing a 17th century Samurai warrior, a 1st century Roman Bust, a Spanish Cloister, eight imported Fountains and many other eclectic  works of art. A herb and wildflower section features a wide variety of culinary, medicinal, tea, and dye plants with over 300 different cultivars, as well as beds of fragrance, cottage, butterfly, and Native American wildflowers.  A newly established Arboretum contains over 100 different identified and labeled species.  Also included are a white garden, a pink garden and a rose garden.

   The five acre gardens are highlighted by stone walls, filled with friezes purchased by Mr. Hudgins during his travels. Each section of the garden was dedicated to a family member and plaques were put up to commemorate each occasion.



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