We are thrilled to welcome you to the Atlanta Sheraton in beautiful downtown Atlanta, September 16-19 for a line-up packed with events and experiences you’ll never forget, including beautiful gardens, engaging education sessions, essential networking and so much more! For more information on all things #GWA2016, click the links below.
Schedule • Gardens & Tours • Education • Speakers
Sponsors • Exhibitors • Travel & Accommodations • FAQ
Join garden writers, bloggers, photographers, speakers and communicators from across the world for special events designed to make new connections and reconnect with old friends, including networking events and receptions, all culminating with the 2016 Annual Awards & Honors Dinner. And don’t forget to head to the Expo for a colorful showcase of new varieties, products and services from exhibitors changing the horticultural landscape.
This year's education schedule is jam-packed with insightful and dynamic sessions from leaders in the industry, focusing on horticulture, writing, technology, business, publishing and much more. Back by popular demand, roundtable topics will feature exciting short-format sessions made to inspire and inform. This year’s keynotes will include Georgia natives and horticultural all-stars, Coach Vince Dooley and Michael Dirr, PhD, as well as The Weather Channel meteorologist and co-host of "Weekend Recharge", Maria LaRosa.
Georgia is home to amazing public and private gardens and this year's tour line-up will feature a fantastic group of gardens, covering a wide array of techniques and trends. Enjoy special access to amazing public gardens such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gibbs Garden and the Carter Center & Presidential Library, as well as exclusive tours of beautiful private gardens, including the home of Home Depot co-founder, Arthur Blank, among many more.
Come for Atlanta. Stay for Athens.
The fun doesn't end with Atlanta! Conference attendees have the option to stay an additional day for a special visit to Athens, Georgia. Stops will include the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia and three private garden tours, including the homes of conference keynotes Coach Vince Dooley and Michael Dirr, PhD. To register, add the Athens Tour to your schedule during registration. Additional registration fee does apply.
Friday, September 16
|8:00AM - 2:00PM
|8:00AM - 7:30PM
|1:30PM - 3:00PM
|3:00PM - 3:45PM
||First-Time Attendee Meeting
|4:00PM - 7:30PM
||GWA Expo Hall Open
|5:30PM - 7:30PM
||Opening Reception in Expo Hall
|7:30PM - 9:00PM
||President's Sponsor & Exhibitor Reception
Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18
Monday, September 19
Tuesday, September 20
NEW FOR 2016, payment plans for registration are available. Registration MUST be paid in full by August 15. Please call 212.297.2198 for more information.
Options for single day registration and GWA Awards & Honors Dinner tickets available. Please call 212.297.2198 for more information.
Cancellation requests received in writing by August 15, 2016 will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee, which will be deducted from the refund. No refunds will be made after August 15, 2016. Substitutions will be permitted with no penalties.