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.

Symposium Registration
Symposium registration is $259 per person, and includes a Friday evening reception, two continental breakfasts, Saturday box lunch, Saturday banquet, Saturday and Sunday programs and materials.
To register online, CLICK HERE.  Hurry - the registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 18!
To register by phone or for more information, call 1.844.265.7906 or email education@callawaygardens.com.

Room Reservation
Because guests prefer different types of rooms, the room resrvation is made seperately.  Special room rates are available for attendees, starting at just $79* per night if reserved before October 31, 2015, $89* per night if reserved after October 31, 2015.
To make your room reservation, CLICK BELOW or call 1.800.852.3810.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Friday, January 29
Spend the day with one of our award-winning speakers.  Our pre-conference workshops are interactive and fun.  A special lunch is included.  Call the Education Department at 706-663-5153 to pre-register.

Workshop I) Garden Design with Bill Smith
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Whether you have a grand estate or a simple country home, Atlanta Landscape Architect William T. Smith provides elegant, classical residential designs to suit the homeowner and the sense of place.  If you want to make your perennial border the envy of your neighbors, develop a new garden concept, or redesign an overgrown garden, you will get exceptional advice and inspiration from the expert.  Bring your photos, sketches, plans and measurements and let Bill Smith help you develop the garden you’ve always wanted.  Don’t forget paper, pencils, scales and any supplies that are appropriate for your particular garden solution.  Bill will help you turn those garden problems into opportunities!
$79 for SGS Participants; $99 for non SGS Participants

Workshop II) Making a Bog Garden with Dr. Larry Mellichamp
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

After an illustrated lecture on carnivorous plants you’ll be hooked on how these fascinating plants manage in their environment.  You’ll learn about bog gardening, how to create one in your own landscape or even in a container, and, most importantly, how to keep them healthy and happy.  Dr. Mellichamp will present a hands-on demonstration of how to make a container bog garden.  Afterwards, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase plants appropriate for making your own bog garden and tips on constructing your own fascinating ecosystem.
$79 for SGS Participants; $99 for non SGS Participants

2016 SGS Speaker Lineup
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 is also the director of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.  An expert on carnivorous plants, pollintation biology and rate plansts of the Carolina, Dr. Mellichamp 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 Reese “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 "Finishing Touches: The Power of Details in Garden Design" 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.

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. 

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

Time Event Event Description Location
Friday, January 29, 2016
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration   Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms Lobby
6:30 p.m. to 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 30, 2016
8 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast   Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms Lobby
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions   Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms
8:45 a.m. Carol Reese, Making the Landscape Serve Your Lifestyle    
9:45 a.m. Break Visit our Market Place Mountain Creek Inn Peach Ballroom
10:15 a.m.

Mary Beth Shaddix, Incorporating Vegetables into Your Garden

11:15 a.m.

Larry Mellichamp, Plants for a Winter Garden

12:15 p.m. Lunch  

Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms Lobby

1:30 p.m.

June Mays, The Gardens of Downton Abbey and More

2:30 p.m. Dr. Arlie Powell, Small Fruits for the Home Garden    
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit your favorite part of the Gardens on your own!   Callaway Gardens and its many attractions
6:30 p.m. Banquet Reception and Book Signing Cash bar available (Market Place Closes for evening after Reception)  
7 p.m. Dinner Banquet   Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms
8 p.m.

Vince Dooley, The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach

Sunday, January 31, 2016
8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast  

Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms Lobby

9 a.m. Doug Tallamy, Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home!    
10 a.m. Break

Visit our Market Place (Market Place Closes after Break)

10:30 a.m. C. Colston Burrell Finishing Touches: The Power of Details in Garden Design    
11:30 a.m.

Michael Dirr, Nourishing the Soul with New Woody Plants

Half Century of Horticultural Education, Research, Breeding and Gardening: Nourishing the Soul With New Woody Plants  

CLICK HERE to Register for the 2016 Southern Gardening Symposium