Theme for 2015-2017

Pamela L. Dowd, President

Deep South Convention

Deep South Convention 2017 

The Louisiana members are excited to welcome you to New Orleans and share what’s “Naturally New Orleans”.  

We have the “Birds of a Feather” Flower Show on Sunday and Monday.  

We also have the French Quarter Courtyard and Home Tour on Sunday which includes lunch and several private homes and courtyard gardens.

The programs in store will delight! We will learn about the Birds and Bees, Organic Gardening and Floral Designs.  Have you ever wondered how the streets of New Orleans got their names?  All of this, and a whole lot more. Vendor space is bright and close to all that is happening at Deep South. 

Our host hotel is the Harrah’s Casino Hotel and, fear not, there is very little walking to get to all we have planned.  For those folks who are registered with the Casino, I understand parking will be free if you spend 30 minutes a day in the Casino dropping pennies, quarters or maybe dollars in machines. 

Do you or your members need to refresh or just want to go on a wonderful tour of New Orleans and its Gardens; If yes, sign up for the Tri Refresher Tour on Wednesday.

Good News Deep South Region has opened a bank account so all checks will be made directly to Deep South Garden Clubs INC.

We are still working on optional Guest and spouse tours, we are sure they will delight. So look for those in the near future.

Carrie Martin

"It's Springtime in the Smokies"

April 19-20, 2017

The Park Vista

705 Cherokee Orchard Road

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

90th Annual Meeting and Convention

 The 90th anniversary celebration of the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs’ conventions is being held in historic Gatlinburg.  Spring in the Smoky Mountains is as pretty as it gets!

We are planning some fun and educational programs for you to enjoy while attending our 2017 Convention.  Come for the entire Convention - you won’t want to miss a thing!  If you’d like to come early or stay late, there are many wonderful things to enjoy beside our great national park.  Don’t miss the Arts & Crafts Loop outside Gatlinburg; shows and music venues; Dollywood; shopping and restaurants in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.  This is a fantastic vacation destination!

The Park Vista, a Doubletree Inn by Hilton, has given us a great rate for the busy Spring season, and you’ll have a beautiful view from any room.  High above the city, you can enjoy the quiet and the vistas of the Smoky Mountains.    Be sure to register early, so you don’t miss out on the super room rate of $119!  Each room has two king beds, so you could split the cost with a friend.  Call 800-421-7275 and use code GAR to reserve now!  More details on the registration form.

The next issue of the “Volunteer Gardener” will have all the details on our guest speakers, presenters and schedule.  But here are some teasers of what is coming next April:

Our first luncheon presenter is Fay Brassie, well-known and published designer from Monroe, Georgia.  She is an NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge and NGC Flower Show and Symposium instructor. 

There is also rumored to be top brass from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park speaking at our Horticultural Luncheon. 

We are honored to also host both our NGC President Sandra Robinson, and the Deep South Regional Director Carol Bullard. 

Bill Landry, the much-loved local TV star of “The Heartland Series,” will entertain us at the Informal Banquet.

Other respected experts in horticulture, conservation and design from well known organizations such as the GSMNP and UT will be presenting the classes and workshops.  Everyone is encouraged to attend as many as you like!  Consultants will be signing in for credit (see next section on the Tri-Refresher).

There will also be an opportunity to take a walking tour of local historic cabins and park trails, along with the spring wildflowers.