30th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium

Friday, January 29, 2016 to Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Southern Gardening Symposium has brought professional speakers, a complete one-stop gardening Marketplace, and the excitement of being among some of the foremost gardeners and garden enthusiasts to Callaway Gardens for 30 years!  To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ve already got a fantastic line up of speakers – and more to come.

Vince Dooley, “The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” Author, Gardener, He has authored Dooley’s Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coachs as well as two editions of Dooley’s Dawgs (with Loran Smith), My 40 Years at Georgia (with Tony Barnhart), Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History, and History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia.

Dr. Michael Dirr, “A Half Century of Horticultural Education, Research, Breeding and Gardening: Nourishing the Soul With New Woody Plants"

Dr. Larry Mellichamp, Plants for the Winter Garden.  He is a professor  emeritus of botany at the University fo North Carolina at Charlotte and also is director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.  An expert on carnivorous plants, pollintation biology and rate plansts of the Carolina, Dr. Mellichap has traveled and collected plants in a number of countries.  A 2003 recipient of the Massachusetts Horticultral Society's Thomas Roland Medal, he is author of "Native Plants of the Southeast" as well as co-author of "The Winter Garden and Biazarre Botanicals."

June Mays, The Gardens of Downton Abbey, retired financial advisor turned garden designer, consultant, writer and photographer. 

Mary Beth Shaddix , “Incorporating Vegetables into Your Garden” Author of Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook, co-owner of Maple Valley Nursery.

Dr. Arlie Powell, “Small Fruits for the Home Gardener” Retired AU Extension Fruit Specialist and Petals from the Past Garden Center fruit guru

Carol Reece “Just Do It: Making the Landscape Serve your Lifestyle” (Make your landscape serve your lifestyle and a place of self expression: If veggies and herbs are your thing, cute kitchen gardens; if plant collecting is your thing, how to do it and still have some sense of discipline; if you entertain a lot, great outdoor rooms; accommodating kids, pets, special interests such as outdoor art, and more. )Ornamental Horticulture Specialist, University of Tennessee Extension

Doug Tallamy, “Restoring Nature's Relationships at Home” author of Bringing Nature Home and co-author of The Living Landscape

C. Colston Burrell "Perennials with Panache" Acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award winning author and photographer.

Come celebrate an exciting new program in the place that relishes in the art of fine gardening.  Book signings, innovative talks, and creative workshops are just some of the activities that you’ll be involved with at the Southern Gardening Symposium as we explore the number one hobby in America.

Early-Bird Registration will open May 1st.  Stay tuned. 

Questions? Email education@callawaygardens.com or call 844.259.0270 or 706.663.5153.  For a room reservation, call 844.259.0269.

SGS Scholarships

Scholarships for college students are availiable to those who qualifyThe chosen student is able to select a professor to accompany them to the Symposium.

To apply, download the application. Deadline for submission is Nov. 30. 

Tentative 2016 SGS SCHEDULE
All events listed below take place in the Mountain Creek Ballrooms and Lobby.

Friday, January 29
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Opening Reception. Renew old acquaintances, make new friends, bid on items in our Silent and Live Auction, visit The Gardening Marketplace, chat with speakers and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Saturday, January 30
8 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast - Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions - Mountain Creek Ballrooms
8:45 a.m. Speaker
9:45 a.m. Break - Visit our Marketplace – Peach Ballroom
10:15 a.m. Speaker
11:15 a.m. Speaker
12:15 p.m. Lunch - Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
1:30 p.m. Speaker
2:30 p.m.  Speaker
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 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)
7:00 p.m. Dinner Banquet – Mountain Creek Ballrooms
8:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Sunday, January 31
8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
9 a.m. Speaker
10 a.m. Break - Visit our Market Place (Market Place Closes after Break)
10:30 a.m. Speaker
11:30 a.m. Speaker