PINE MOUNTAIN — For the seventh year, Callaway Gardens is accepting applications from qualified college students for the $1,000 Fred C. Galle Student Scholarship to attend the 29th annual Southern Gardening Symposium (SGS), one of the nation’s premier gardening events at Callaway Gardens.
SGS provides an opportunity to listen and learn about gardening from a group of experts, as well as to network with leaders in the horticultural industry who are speaking and attending this event. The scholarship is named for the late Fred C. Galle. Galle, an authority on azaleas and hollies, who served as the Callaway Gardens director of horticulture for many years and was a significant influence in the horticultural development of Callaway Gardens, as well as the horticulture industry.
In 2015, attendees will learn from experts including authors Peter Loewer, “Murder in the Garden;” Troy Marden, “Lessons from 20 Years of Gardening in the South;” and Dr. Larry Mellichamp, “Natives for Your Garden.” These authors will have their books available for sale and will sign autographs throughout the weekend. Other lectures include Ben Page, “Creating a Nurturing Garden”; Jinni Hernandez, “Tried, True and New Annuals”; Kurt Straudt, “Succulents in Your Garden”; Michael Buckman, “Gardening for Butterflies”; and Dan Long, “Clematis.”
The complimentary program registration includes Friday’s opening reception; Saturday’s continental breakfast, programs with printed materials, box lunch and evening banquet; and Sunday’s continental breakfast and programs with printed materials.
The complimentary lodging will be at the Mountain Creek Inn. Admission to Callaway Gardens also is included. Transportation is at the expense of the recipient.
Applicant must be a full-time student in a college or university. In addition, the student must submit an application, written essay on why attending the program would be personally beneficial and a letter of recommendation from a major professor. The scholarship includes symposium registration and lodging for the student recipient and the major professor of the recipient’s choice.
Deadline for submission is Dec. 2, 2014. The winner will be notified by Dec. 15, 2014.
The Southern Gardening Symposium is approved for seven contact hours for Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Continuing Education Units.
To receive an application or for additional SGS information, contact the Education Department at 1-800-463-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A downloadable application is available at www.callawaygardens.com/sgs.