SAR 2014  Convention – March  23-25

” Follow The Star To SAR”

March 23-25, 2014

Roanoke, Virginia

2014 Registration Form

SAR Flower Show Schedule


Virginia is the place to be in 2014!  The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. invites you to attend the SAR Convention to be held Sunday, March 23 – Tuesday, March 25 in the beautiful  Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia where you will see “SAR: Involved and Shining.”

On Sunday, March 23, arrive in time to take a guided tour of the historic, four-star Hotel Roanoke, often called the Grand Old Lady.  Hurry to register as only two tours of twenty-five can be offered and both begin at 1:30 p.m.

Next, you will want to be with us at 2:30 as Margaret “Fred” Douglas, a certified landscape designer with Douglas Associates in Ashland, presents “Simple Things to Transform Your Garden.” Most of us have gardens that are ‘mature’ and in need of a little freshening up and face lifting.  This presentation will focus on simple, inexpensive things that can be done – often in a day’s time – to breathe new life into an old garden.  In addition, Fred will address colors and plants that work well to create a refreshed garden.

At 3:30, Bill Smoot, President and Director of the Fred Heutte Center in Norfolk looks into the new gardening concept of vertical gardening as we explore “Living Walls – A Look at Vertical Gardening.”  He has traveled throughout the world visiting vertical gardens and will share his photos with you. Some of Bill’s vertical gardens will be on display. Learn how to create a vertical garden using an inexpensive method Bill devised using hardware store materials and other items.  One lucky person attending will take home a vertical garden.

Entries for the Standard Flower Show “A World of Opportunities – Be Involved” staged in Peacock Alley will be accepted Sunday, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Designers and horticulturists from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia are urged to enter the show.  Titles throughout the show incorporate the theme of our SAR Director and of our five state presidents. Print a Flower Show Schedule from the SAR website:

Dinner on Sunday evening begins at 6:30 p.m.  Enjoy an Ikebana skit followed by the program “Growing Your Own Summer Bouquets” by Lisa Ziegler, a home gardener turned cut-flower farm grower and owner of The Gardener’s Workshop.  Learn how having a small designated flower bed as a cutting garden is the first step to a season full of gorgeous cut flowers. Following Lisa’s recommendations for easy soil preparations, variety selections, organic methods and harvesting practices will have your garden producing a bounty of flowers to fill your home.

The Official Opening of the Fifty-Third SAR Convention is on Monday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m. with our SAR Director Martha Morgan presiding.  At noon, the flower show opens so you can see all the top awards and ribbons won.

Lunch is at 12:30 followed by the program “Boxwood:  Stars for Gardens” by Paul Saunders of Saunders Nursery. Their boxwoods are the best:  good enough for extensive use in our nation’s White House Gardens.  Mr. Saunders will show us the great variety within the boxwood family including new cultivars being tested and will give updates on boxwood blight and boxwood decline.  Those hearing his presentation are sure to come away with a new fascination for a very old plant species.

At 2:00 p.m., Pam Shank from Harrisonburg presents “Landscapes in Miniature.”  A lifelong love of miniatures and her interest in gardening merged when she formed her business. In today’s world of super-sizing everything, these miniature landscapes are a welcome surprise.  Pam will put together a miniature landscape and show photos of other gardens she creatively planted with living miniature or dwarf plants.

Next, at 3:30 p.m., Virginia Tech’s Entomology Department’s Manager of the Insect Identification Laboratory, Eric Day, takes a look at some common and not so common pests in “Horrid Insects & Lesser Known Trivia About What’s Eating Your Garden.” Sometimes a complex pest problem has a simple solution.  Be prepared to ward off insects in the upcoming growing season.

Dinner begins at 8:00 p.m. followed by the design program “The Brilliance of Creativity” by National Garden Club Flower Show School Instructor Frances Thrash. You may one of the lucky ones to take home one of the NGC design types created by Frances.

On Tuesday, March 25 have breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and enjoy a most unusual fashion show. Jim Taetz of The Chrystal Orchid Wedding and Flora Shop will be “Bringing a Breath of Spring” in a short design program.  Then get ready to applaud for your club and state at the Awards presentation.

There will be two rooms of educational exhibits and vendors.  You’ll have lots of opportunities to shop.

Hotel Roanoke has given us a wonderful room rate of only $99 plus taxes for a single, double, triple or quad. Please come and bring your friends and enjoy the eight programs, tour, flower show, entertainment and exhibits all planned just for you.

We look forward to your visit to Roanoke, Virginia for the SAR Convention at Hotel Roanoke – just follow the star!



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