2017 State Convention: It's All About the B's
The 89th Annual Convention April 18 - 20, 2017 at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens was a great success. The conference center and gardens provided the perfect backdrop for three days of information, fun and fellowship. Our Redbud District hosted planned tours, lectures, great meals and workshops. We met a very special convention guest, Deep South Regional Director Carol Bullard. What better way to focus on Georgia's vital pollinators than to be in one of the state's premier gardens during the height of spring?
Tuesday afternoon offered lectures on the three B's - Birds, Bees, Butterflies. That evening a reception and dinner was followed by a keynote speech by Arabella Dane, nationally noted butterfly expert and flower show judge. On Tuesday afternoon, there was also a special tour of The Little White House where the Redbud District dedicated its garden restoration project. Transportation was provided.
Wednesday featured District Breakfasts, a business meeting, and the Award of Merit Luncheon with a design demonstration. Later, there were rolling tours of the Day Butterfly Center where experts were on hand to answer questions. Some were able to attend both Workshops. The first, "Bats: Unlikely Eco Heroes" and another on "Current Threats and Progress in Protecting all Pollinators and Wildlife." A riotous and funny Awards Program and dinner topped off the evening.
We celebrated wildflowers with a Thursday morning workshop on "Wildflowers and Their Use in the Landscape" prior to the final business meeting. The Installation of Officers and Life Member Recognition Luncheon closed the convention.
2016 State Convention: Gardening Passion
The Garden Club of Georgia's 88th Annual Convention was held April 13-14, 2016, at the Macon Marriott City Center. Dogwood District planned an entertaining 24 hours of fun and education, beginning with several workshops Wednesday afternoon. The Awards Banquet was Wednesday evening, with a business meeting on Thursday morning. The Life Member Luncheon concluded the 2016 convention.
There were three workshops carrying out the "Nurturing the Passion" theme. Dr. Wilf Nicholls, Director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, sharerd the latest plans for the Children's Garden. Tommy Alden, owner of County Line Nursery, Byron, GA presented Camellias: A Southern Treasure. Johnnie Berry, Georgia Director of the African Violet Society of America, discussed everything you want to know about African Violets. And don't forget the wonderful vendors who provided your shopping pleasure.
A special guest at the convention was Nancy L. Hargroves, First Vice-President of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., who joined GCG President Martha Price in presenting awards at the Awards Banquet Wednesday evening.
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