Convention - Deep South

Deep South Garden Clubs Convention
“Gardening Southern Style”

Hosted by
Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs
March 19-20, 2018

Holiday Inn at University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111

 You are warmly invited to the Deep South convention in Memphis.

Several of you requested it, so we have an optional city tour Sunday afternoon. 2pm-5pm.

The bus will pick you up at the hotel and show you downtown, the Mississippi River, Beale Street, the Peabody, FedEx Forum, Cotton Row, Victorian Village, Lorraine Motel, St. Jude Research Hospital, and Graceland and more.  

We will set up a petite flower show, have a cash bar and supper together at the hotel Sunday.   

Monday morning is the board meeting and member business meeting, petite flower show and vendors in the foyer.

Monday afternoon, we bus to Memphis Botanic Garden which has 92 acres with 29 specialty gardens.

Over 300,000 daffodil bulbs of 117 species are planted on daffodil hill near the Japanese garden.

The children’s garden is world class and the azalea trail may be in bloom.

We will have garden tour guides and a tram for those who need it, the director of horticulture will talk to us about interesting plants at the garden and we’ll have refreshments.

We’ll have lots of bulbs, spring bloomers and wildflowers on the trails.

Monday night will be a cash bar and the Awards Banquet.


Tuesday morning will be the business meeting, petite flower show, vendors and lunch at the hotel.

Tuesday afternoon, we bus to the Dixon Gallery and Garden for a tour of the gallery and gift shop, a talk on the cutting garden” seed to table, how the cutting garden provides fresh flowers for the gallery arrangements year round”, a guided tour of the gardens and tea in a glass house in the middle of the garden.

The Dixon has 17 acres including the cutting garden, 2 acres of woodland garden with wildflowers, wild azaleas and thousands of spring bulbs. Tuesday night will be a cash bar and the Design Banquet.

Our local judges will present a design program of the new designs introduced in the new Flower Show Handbook.

Our chef is already planning to delight us with special meals and our meeting rooms, dining room, vendors and petite flower show will all be on one floor next to one another and the elevator.

You may purchase reduced rate buffet breakfast vouchers when you reserve your room or you may purchase the breakfast on site.


Wednesday morning a bus will pick you up for an optional tour of Brussell’s Bonsai Nursery. 10am-noon.

This is the largest bonsai grower in the U.S. with 175,000 square feet of greenhouses devoted to bonsai. 

Bonsai is the art of growing ornamental, artfully dwarfed trees and shrubs.

We will have a demonstration about creating bonsai and a tour of the greenhouses.

The tri-refresher is to renew your credentials after you attended the 4 two-day sessions and graduated from any of the three schools National Garden Clubs offer: Environmental Study, Gardening Study and Landscape Design.

You may renew your credentials for one school or all three if you qualify.

Eight hours of appropriate education is required.

We’ll let you know if the optional tours are included for the tri-refresher later.


We hope you will treat yourself to a trip to the Memphis Deep South Convention.

Kathy Kennedy-Crownover,
Jan 7, 2018, 12:39 PM
Kathy Kennedy-Crownover,
Aug 4, 2017, 8:31 AM
Kathy Kennedy-Crownover,
Jan 7, 2018, 12:03 PM
Kathy Kennedy-Crownover,
Jun 25, 2017, 3:26 PM