29th Annual Southern Gardening Symposium

Friday, January 23, 2015 to Sunday, January 25, 2015

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 nearly 30 years!  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. View the 2015 SGS Brochure

2015 speakers include Troy Marden, Peter Loewer, Kurt Straudt, Jenni Hernandez, Michael Buckman, Ben Page, Dan Long and Dr. Larry Mellichamp. 

Deadline to register for is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.  REGISTER ONLINE

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 Dec. 2.  

Optional Pre-Conference Events

Friday, January 23
Get an early start on the weekend by spending the day with one of our award-winning speakers or touring a renowned botanical garden. Call the Education Department at 1.855.421.4080 to pre-register. Choose from:

Option 1
Make Your Own Succulent Dish Garden with Kurt Straudt
(10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Learn the skills to create your own centerpieces and dish gardens and create thoughtful gifts for others. You’ll learn how to maintain these arid-loving plants in our climate and learn what’s hot in succulents.
$79 SGS participants; $99 non-SGS participants

Option 2
Residential Garden Design with Troy Marden (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Designing your own garden doesn’t have to be difficult or “scary.” Join garden designer Troy Marden for an enlightening workshop that will let you in on some of the secrets of the pros! Feel free to bring photos of probem areas in your own landscapes to discuss during the workshop.
$79 SGS participants; $99 non-SGS participants

Tentative 2015 SGS SCHEDULE
All events listed below take place in the Mountain Creek Ballrooms and Lobby.

Friday, January 23
4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m.- 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 24
8:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast - Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions - Mountain Creek Ballrooms
8:45 a.m. Larry Mellichamp Growing Unusual Southeastern Native Plants in Your Garden
9:45 a.m. Break - Visit our Market Place – Peach Ballroom
10:15 a.m. Kurt Straudt Growing Succulents in the Southeast
11:15 a.m. Michael Buckman, Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening
12:15 p.m. Lunch - Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
1:30 p.m. Troy Marden Making Gardening Easier by Choosing the Perfect Plant for Your Garden
2:30 – 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. Peter Loewer, Murder in the Garden

Sunday, January 25
8: :15 a.m. Continental Breakfast – Mountain Creek Ballrooms Lobby
9:00 a.m. Dan Long Clematis You Need! You Need Clematis!
10:00 a.m. Break - Visit our Market Place (Market Place Closes after Break)
10:30 a.m. Jinni Hernandez Hot New Annuals and How to Use Them
11:30 a.m. Ben Page, Creating a Nurturing Garden