October 9-12, 2018      GCSC Bus Tour to Monticello, The US Botanical Garden in Washington DC and Mount Vernon

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All bird walks start at the locations listed below at 8:30 am. Please wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing, bring water and a snack with you. The walk will last approximately 2 hrs. You MUST register to join each walk since space is limited to 20.

Contact Harold Donnelly  803-378-1911


February 16- 19,2018

The next Great Backyard Bird Count is February 16-19, 2018


SC Botanical Garden Winter Lecture Series
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 Hayden Conference Center, SCBG 8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

$25/session ~ $90/Series (10% discount members) For more information: or 864-656-2836

Visit the SCBG Gift Shop to purchase The Grumpy Gardener and Gardening in the South.

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March 18, 2018-March 19, 2018

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Convention Schedule

Come join us for all or part of the South Atlantic Region and The Garden Club of Kentucky Annual Conventions.  We have a wonderful tour, exciting speakers and a delightful design program for all to enjoy!    A highlight will be a guided tour of the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum with over 733 acres offering picturesque landscapes, champion trees and world-class gardens.  It is the 4th largest cemetery in the United States dating back to 1844.

“From The Garden To The Kitchen” with Ron Wilson and Rita Heikenfeld.   Join herbal expert Rita Heikenfeld and ‘yardening’ expert Ron Wilson for this very informal open formatted session to kick off the Spring 2018 ‘Yardening Season!  They’ll take a look at new plants and gardening products, what’s hot and what’s not, timely topics and tips, and who knows what else they’ll have up their sleeves!  Bring your gardening questions…they’re here to answer your questions as well!

Meet Scott Beuerlein for a program on “How To Become a Better Gardener Faster”.  Scott is a horticulturist at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Scott is involved with the Zoo’s plant trials, educational and community outreach.


March 22 – 24, 2018  

The Garden Club of Charleston will host its 83rd annual House and Garden Tour March 22-24, 2018. An exciting addition to this year’s event will be a preview party on Thursday evening. The party will be at historic Hibernian Hall from 4-7 p.m. and will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a sneak peak of the historic properties on tour. This annual event draws nearly 1000 visitors, providing them with a glimpse into some of the most beautiful and historic properties in the country. Proceeds help The Garden Club of Charleston continue its support of many gardens, including the Charleston Museum, Confederate Home, Gateway Walk, Heyward-Washington House, Joseph Manigault House, Legare-Waring House at Charlestowne Landing, MUSC Healing Garden, and the Philip Simmons Garden; our civic and outreach projects in the Tri-county area, including Christmas at Ansonborough House/Senior Center, Respite therapy programs, Arbor Day, Camp Wildwood and the Junior Garden Club. For more information about the 2018 event, email Tickets may be purchased online at



March 6, 2018

The thirty-fourth Davidson Horticultural Symposium presented by the Davidson Garden Club will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Davidson College in the Knoblock Campus Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (includes lunch). The theme this year is Inspiration to Reality. Our nationally recognized speakers will share with us their infectious passions in the garden. There is nothing like the feeling of excitement & creativity as they energize us with the knowledge to accomplish our garden goals. We would like to be included in your December/January newsletter or website event page. Below you will find a brief synopsis about this year’s symposium speakers. More information is available on our website. If you are unable to post in your calendar or newsletter, please share this information with those who would be interested attending. TROY SCOTT SMITH “Restoring Vita’s Vision for Sissinghurst”: Troy Scott Smith, the head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England, is on a mission to rejuvenate the beloved Sissinghurst Castle Garden. He will take us on a journey from the inspiration of the original plantings through the ensuing years and then how he will “re-Vita-lize” one of the world’s greatest gardens. WILLIAM D. RIELEY, PLA “Jefferson’s Landscapes: A Historical Perspective”: William Rieley, one of the premier authorities on research, design, and preservation of public parks, roads, parkways, and a plethora of historic sites & gardens, wants to introduce us to the Thomas Jefferson who created a different type of revolution; organic landscape architecture. Join us as we investigate the source of Jefferson’s creative muse. KERRY ANN MENDEZ “Design Lessons Learned from Magnificent Gardens”: Kerry Ann Mendez, a renowned garden speaker, educator, author and design consultant, will emphasize the design essentials that create great gardens and apply them in a way that accommodates home gardens of any size. She will address texture, movement, color, garden accessories, and more. Kerry Ann will share design strategies that transform conventional gardens to stunning, personalized places of retreat and enjoyment. TED STEPHENS “Choosing the Best Plants for Carolina Gardens”: Ted Stephens of the family owned nursery, Nurseries Caroliniana, is known as the consummate plantsman. His research has led to rare and unusual plants that will stand up to the vagaries of our weather and soil conditions. He’ll tell us about the hybrid trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that improve on the species and will grow well in our gardens. For more information and registration forms visit our website: If you wish to receive 4 hrs. credit from the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects, please mention this on your registration form. (We sold out last year by Feb 1st; we suggest you register early). Many thanks, Davidson Horticultural Symposium Publicity Committee Below is a brief description if space is limited. Inspiration to Reality is the theme of the 34th Davidson Horticultural Symposium presented by the Davidson Garden Club. The event will take place Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Davidson College in the Knoblock Campus Center. Our nationally recognized speakers will share with us their infectious passions in the garden. There is nothing like the feeling of excitement & creativity as they energize us with the knowledge to accomplish our garden goals. Brochures will be mailed December 26 or go online to print a registration form. We sold out by Feb. 1. To learn more about this year’s symposium, click on our website.