TFGC 2017 CONVENTION
"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.