26th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium at Callaway Gardens

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Date: 27 January 2012
Time: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Cost: $245 Symposium Registration; Lodging additional
Location: Callaway Gardens
Phone: 706-663-5153


Experience this three-day symposium devoted to gardening in the South! Program includes: in-depth optional pre-conference workshops; optional pre-conference garden tour; a silent auction; a live auction; and garden marketplace, and topics including Dick Bir’s Shrubs and Small Trees for Southern Understories; Mike Francis’ The Best Maples for the South; Tovah Martin’s Infusing the Garden with Personality; Jason Powell’s Small Fruit Trees for the Home Gardener; Vincent Simeone’s The Ever Changing and Exciting World of Hydrangeas; Charlie Thigpen’s Have Fun Gardening; Shawn Walls’ Wait for it, wait for it…; and Norman Winter’s Hot New Plants and Captivating Combinations.

Spend the day with one of our award-winning speakers. Our pre-conference workshops are interactive and fun. A special lunch is included. Pre-conference workshops on Friday, January 27th, 10 am – 2 pm include: (choice of one) $79 for SGS participants; $99 for non SGS-participants

Option 1: Part and Parcel: Garden Design Workshop with Shawn Walls
Learn how to break down the parts of the garden into manageable pieces and then figure out how to budget money and time to make the design a reality. Participants may bring designs they already have or photographs of challenging areas of their landscape.

Option 2: Make Your Own Terrarium with Tovah Martin
This workshop leads you through the making of a terrarium step-by-step. Every participant will create a small world encased in glass by the end of the session. The workshop begins with an explanation of terrariums and how they work to minimize maintenance and make indoor gardening sparkle. From there, you will observe a step-by-step demonstration. And then each participant crafts their own masterpiece. You will have a fantastic, creative, enabling, rewarding time! With decades of experience in growing terrariums of all descriptions, Tovah is the expert in this craft and shares exactly how to correctly construct terrariums that live happily ever after.

Option 3: Tour of Massee Lane Gardens, American Camellia Headquarters (9 am-3 pm)
Have a private tour of Massee Lane Gardens, a 100+ acre botanical garden in Middle Georgia. The gardens are the historic home of the American Camellia Society and are home to their camellia collection. Massee Lane Gardens has been designated as “A Garden of Excellence” by the International Camellia Society. After a tour of the garden with their horticulturist, you will be treated to lunch among the Boehm porcelains.

The weekend schedule:

Friday, January 27, 2012
4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Registration – Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Opening Reception – Renew old acquaintances, meet new gardening friends, visit the Market Place, and have an informal chat with our speakers. Live Auction! (heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)

Saturday, January 28, 2012
8 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast – Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions – Mountain Creek Ballrooms
8:45 a.m. Charlie Thigpen, Have Fun Gardening
9:45 a.m. Break – Visit our Market Place – Peach Ballroom
10:15 a.m. Norman Winter, Hot New Plants and Captivating Combinations
11:15 a.m. Jason Powell, Successful Fruit Gardening in the Home Landscape
12:15 p.m. Lunch – Mountain Creek Ballroom Lobby
1:30 p.m. Vincent Simeone, The Ever Changing and Exciting World of Hydrangeas
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Visit your favorite part of the Gardens on your Own!
6:30 p.m. Banquet Reception, cash bar available (Market Place closes for evening after reception)
7 p.m. Dinner Banquet – Mountain Creek Ballrooms
8 p.m. Tovah Martin, Infusing the Garden with Personality

Sunday, January 29, 2012
8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
9 a.m. Mike Francis, The Best Maples for the South
10 a.m. Break – Visit our Market Place (Market Place closes after break)
10:30 a.m. Shawn Walls, Wait for it…Wait for it…
11:30 a.m. Dick Bir, Shrubs and Small Trees for Southern Understories

Fee: $245 – includes Friday evening reception, two continental breakfasts, Saturday box lunch, Saturday Banquet, Saturday and Sunday programs and materials. Deadline for registration is Friday, January 20, 2012.

To register for the Symposium or for more information, please contact the Callaway Gardens’ Education Department at education@callawaygardens.com or 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), option 5, option 2 or 706-663-5153.

A special room rate is available for Southern Gardening Symposium Registrants, starting at $79 per room per night at the Mountain Creek Inn.