Southern Garden History Society regularly publishes events held by nonprofits and organizations that interest our members. These events include symposiums, lectures and tours that provide participants with a greater appreciation of garden history and restoration.  Requests for listings in our events calendar should be sent to Peggy Cornett, Magnolia editor.
January 25, 2024 | Plant Talk: The Friendship of Caroline Dormon and Elizabeth Lawrence

Speaker: Andrea Sprott – Garden Curator, Elizabeth Lawrence House & Garden

Learn about the heartwarming and inspirational journey through the 30-year correspondence—and cherished friendship—of two extraordinary women, Caroline Dormon and Elizabeth Lawrence, this includes some of the plants they loved and shared over the years… some of which still grow in their gardens to this day!  Learn more and register for an online live presentation or in person here.

February 8, 2024 | Caroline Dormon and the Birth of Briarwood – Virtual Program

Speaker: Bayli Brossette, Curator of Briarwood: the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve

Join Bayli–live from Louisiana via Zoom–for a look into the life and fascinating legacy of Caroline Dormon.  Dormon was an internationally renowned naturalist and Louisiana’s first pioneer in conservation education. She is further considered the mother of Kisatchie National Forest, the only National Forest in Louisiana.  You won’t want to miss this one!  Learn more and register for the online live presentation here.

April 12-14, 2024 | Wilmington, North Carolina

Our next Annual Meeting will be held in Wilmington, NC, April 12-14, 2024.  The Meeting will be headquartered at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the Cape Fear River. The board meeting on Friday morning, and the lectures on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will all be held at the Embassy Suites.

There will be a walking tour of private gardens and sites of interest in Historic Wilmington on Saturday afternoon. The optional Sunday tour will include private and public gardens with lunch in neighborhoods a bit further afield from downtown.

The Friday night social hour will be held at the Burgwin-Wright House and Garden with dinner at the former St. Thomas church downtown. Saturday evening’s dinner will be on board the battleship USS North Carolina across the river from the hotel affording a beautiful view of the city of Wilmington across the water.

Our meeting will have a maximum capacity of 175.  Please remember that registration is open to members only and those members at the Sustainer, Patron, or Benefactor Level will have priority registration.  Membership renewals are available online and via mail.  Registration will be opening in January.