2017 Annual Meeting: “Roots of the Bluegrass”
Lexington, Kentucky
May 26-28

Save the date!

We look forward to welcoming Southern Garden History Society members to Lexington, May 26-28, 2017. The Annual Meeting theme is “Roots of the Bluegrass,” and our schedule will include visits to Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate; Botherum House and Gardens; historic Old Frankfort Pike, called one of the ten best scenic drives in the United States; and a Central Kentucky horse farm.k-2012-spring-050-lw

On Friday evening, we’ll dine at The Round Barn at Red Mile, a Lexington landmark and architectural treasure, built adjacent to the horse racing track in 1882. Saturday evening we’ll enjoy a tour, cocktails and dinner at Keeneland, which has been hosting thoroughbred racing since 1936.

The Sunday optional tour will include tours of Lexington Cemetery, including the Henry Clay Memorial, Gainesway and the Rosemary Verey Garden, and a walking tour of Gratz Park.

The headquarters hotel will be the Hyatt Regency, 401 West High Street, Lexington, KY 40507, phone 859-253-1234. The room rate is $129 plus tax. The cutoff date for reservations is April 28, 2017.

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.

View the photo gallery.

View the itinerary.


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. 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 Greg Grant, the society’s scholarship chairman at (ggrantgardens@yahoo.com) no later than March 15. In return, recipients are asked to write a brief report (up to 1,000 words) on their experience and present it to the society President no later than 30 days following the annual meeting.


SGHS Annual Meetings on the Horizon:

2018 Annual Meeting – Jacksonville, Florida, April 13-15


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.)

2016 Charleston, South Carolina [Photo Gallery]

2015 Nashville, Tennessee

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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