From February 28-March 2, 2014, the Southern Garden History Society’s 2014 Annual Meeting, “Preserving Our Coastal Garden Heritage: Camellia Culture & Rice Plantation,” will take place in Savannah, Georgia.
Lectures and tours will include the gardens and homes within the Historic Savannah District and the Isle of Hope, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is located on the Skidaway River. Tours of plantations around Savannah will be conducted at Wormsloe and Lebanon. The Sunday Optional Tour will visit three rice plantations in Liberty County and be entertained by the McIntosh Shouters with traditional Geechee-Gullah ring shouts.
The society offers scholarships to attend the annual meeting to bona fide students enrolled in college and university majors relevant to the mission and goals of the society. Previous recipients are ineligible except that students may apply for scholarships once while an undergraduate and once while pursuing a graduate degree. Up to three scholarships may be awarded per annual meeting. The scholarship provides a waiver of registration fees plus $500 to assist with travel and lodging. Applications, consisting of a letter from the student stating his/her course of study, interest, and career objectives and a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor certifying the student is enrolled in a degree granting program, should be sent to the society President (SCatron@AtlantaHistoryCenter.
This is a great opportunity for students interested in Southern garden and landscape history, in historic horticulture, and in the preservation of historic landscapes in the South. Questions? Call Southern Garden History Society President, Staci Catron, at 404.814.4046 or email SCatron@AtlantaHistoryCenter.