#GWA2016 in Atlanta

By Ann McCormick

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I’m just back from the GWA Atlanta Conference and I’m still feeling the buzz. My days-and nights-with all my GWA buddies were filled with great information, valuable contacts, and lots of encouragement to continue getting the word out about how wonderful it is to garden. It is impossible to tell you everything I learned there. My To Do notes from the conference fill five pages. Instead I’ll just give you a taste in photos of my time in Atlanta.

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We love our exhibitors and how they keep us up to date with the latest plants to come to market. GWA member discusses the display from Plant Development Services with exhibitor.
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The Saturday roundtables were well attended and lively. Here Charlie Nardozzi makes a point during his talk on foodscaping.
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GWA member Ellen Zachos makes a point to Lord Grantham (aka Randy Schultz) as they discussed the Weeks Roses exhibit.
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President Brown hosted a reception on the Sheraton Terrace for new members to meet the leadership. This was just one way first-time attendees were made to feel welcome.
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This year the exhibits included a New Varieties  Showcase. Let’s do it again every year, guys!
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As with every GWA conference, we had the pleasure of visiting several delightful private gardens, such as this one. Atlanta gardeners displayed charming attention to detail in their gardens.
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Fall is clearly on the way in this plantscaped entryway.
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Atlanta is situated in the Piedmont mountainous region so all the gardens we saw had their ups and downs. Here GWA members on one of the story tours pause to enjoy the view before moving to the next level.

Meet the Author

onesheetIf you enjoy herbs and organic gardening, you’ll want to meet Ann McCormick, the Herb ‘n Cowgirl (www.herbncowgirl.com). A life-long gardener, she has devoted her time since 1998 to writing and speaking about her favorite subject. Ann is a columnist for Herb Wuarterly where she pens the ‘Herbalist Notebook’ and a feature writer for The Dallas Morning News. The Herb ‘n Cowgirl also shares her love of herbs and her gardening techniques as a speaker and media guest.

Author: Staff @ GWA

GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators, formerly known as the Garden Writers Association, provides leadership and opportunities for education, recognition, career development and a forum for diverse interactions for professionals in the field of gardening communication. GWA members includes book authors, bloggers, staff editors, syndicated columnists, free-lance writers, photographers, speakers, landscape designers, television and radio personalities, consultants, publishers, extension service agents and more. No other organization in the industry has as much contact with the buying public as GWA members.

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