April 2-4, 2017

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA


Honored Guest National Garden Clubs President, Sandra Robinson will be attending the convention and speaking at the Installation Banquet on Monday.  “Leap into Action” is the theme for her administration.

Dr. Alex X. Niemiera is an Associate Professor at the Dept. of Horticulture and Assistant Dean of Academic Instruction at VA Tech.   He has spent the last 24 years teaching students about the many aspects of horticulture at Virginia Tech, conducting research on container-grown plants, and sharing his knowledge with horticulture industry personnel and the gardening public of Virginia. He will speak about “Our Native Sun Worshipers:  Native Trees ~ Facts and Lore”, which will directly be in relation to the “Planting Trees for Tomorrow” endeavor.         

Paige Canfield is the owner of Sumner B. Designs which is a boutique flowers firm specializing in fresh floral design. Paige started her professional career in the municipal bond industry. She made a big leap to the creative world in 2003 when she secured an internship in Washington, DC. in the floral shop at the Blair House. After floral training, she began to decorate for holiday house tours, small weddings and events and home tabletop decor. Her topic for the convention is “The Life and Times of Florist Constance Spry--Queen Elizabeth's Coronation and Wedding Flowers.”

David Pippin is the owner of David Pippin Inc.  He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education.  He is a facilitator & consultant for Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom, providing teachers with lessons to help students understand where our food and fibers are grown.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Horticulture Department at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. David is currently the floral designer for The Executive Mansion of Virginia.

Al Brockwell, owner and operator of Flora Culture, AIFD, CFD, is a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. He has traveled the world learning “the art of floral design" with other artists. Al is a lecturer, an instructor at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and a traveling show designer. Al has been in the floral business for over 30 years, winning numerous awards for his work. He considers himself a freelance designer. Enjoy seeing David and Al create floral designs using the same flowers with different results.

David Roos has a gardening design and consulting practice, worked in nurseries, wrote a newspaper column and gives garden lectures.  He received his design training at the New York Botanical Garden's Landscape Design certificate program in New York City. Mr. Roos' gardening philosophy emphasizes a hands-on approach and common sense practicality. He will speak about “Gardening in the 21 Century”.

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