2018 Annual Meeting
Jacksonville, Florida
April 13 – 15

Save the Date!

Sites include:

  • The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
    • English Garden, Thomas Meehan, 1910
    • Italianate Garden, Ellen Shipman, 1931
    • Olmsted Garden restoration 2013
  • Jacksonville’s Historic Parks
  • Private Garden Tours
  • Glen Saint Mary Nurseries, established 1881
  • Historic St. Augustine – optional Sunday tour

Invitations were mailed to current members January 26.

The headquarters hotel for guests, programs and tour departures will be the DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207, 1-800-222-TREE(8733). The group rate is $123 per night plus tax. To qualify for this rate, identify that you are with the Southern Garden History Society (group code SGH). For online reservations, click here. Type “SGH” in the group code box online. The cutoff date for hotel reservations is March 13, 2018.


Membership in Southern Garden History Society is required to register for the meeting. Members who join at the Sustainer level or above are offered early registration for the Annual Meeting. Visit our membership page to join today.

Download the Annual Meeting brochure, which includes a registration form.



sundial-and-topiariesSouthern Garden History Society Scholarships

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. Entry level professionals working in the field of historic horticulture or historic preservation not currently enrolled in a course of study are also encouraged to apply. 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. An application and a letter from the applicant stating his/her course of study, interest, and career objectives and a letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor or immediate supervisor certifying the student or professional is enrolled in a degree granting program or employed in stated field, should be sent to Jeff Abt, the society’s scholarship chairman (j.abt@mac.com) no later than March 1. In return, recipients are asked to write a brief report (up to 1,000 words) on their experience and present it to the scholarship chairman (j.abt@mac.com) no later than 30 days following the annual meeting. Download the application.


SGHS Annual Meetings on the Horizon:

2019 Annual Meeting – Birmingham, Alabama, April 26-28


An annual meeting is held each spring in a different location in the South for the purposes of studying the garden and landscape history of that area, creating further interest in garden history and restoration in the area, and stimulating interchange of information and ideas among members. Membership in the Southern Garden History Society is required to register for the meeting.

Previous meetings have been held in the following locations; click on the location name to view the program. (The program from 2001 is missing.)

2017 Lexington, KY [Photo Gallery] [history of the James farm]

2016 Charleston, South Carolina [Photo Gallery]

2015 Nashville, Tennessee

Carnton tintype
Tintype photo at Carnton Plantation of 2015 Annual Meeting attendees, courtesy of photographer Blake Wylie, www.blakewylie.com

2014 Savannah, Georgia
2013 Lynchburg, Virginia
2012 Richmond, Virginia
2011 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2010 Mount Vernon, Virginia
2009 Camden, South Carolina
2008 Athens, Georgia
2007 Annapolis, Maryland
2006 Fort Worth, Texas
2005 Fredericksburg, Virginia
2004 New Orleans, Louisiana
2003 Atlanta, Georgia
2002 Natchez, Mississippi
2001 Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina
2000 Mount Vernon, Virginia
1999 Houston, Texas
1998 Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
1997 Tallahassee, Florida
1996 Eastern Shore, Maryland
1995 Mobile, Alabama
1994 Williamsburg, Virginia
1993 Washington/Fayette Counties, Texas
1992 Charleston, South Carolina
1991 St. Francisville, Louisiana
1990 Mount Vernon, Virginia
1989 Savannah, Georgia
1988 Nashville, Tennessee
1987 Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
1986 Montgomery, Alabama
1985 Annapolis, Maryland
1984 Natchez, Mississippi
1983 Atlanta, Georgia