ACS Convention - February 23-27, 2022

ACS Convention - February 23-27, 2022


2022 American Camellia Society National Convention and Show February 23 - 27, 2022

The Middle Georgia Camellia Society is excited to host the 2022
National Convention in Central Georgia! Sign up for a fun-filled
itinerary of garden tours, a music history tour and sightseeing of
beautiful downtown Macon, Georgia

Early Bird Rate: $275
Due by January 15, 2022

Regular Rate: $295
Due by February 15, 2022
Day rates are available - see form below

Click here to register for the 2022 ACS Convention
(online registrations only - check or credit card accepted)
HOST HOTEL: Hotel 45
401 Cotton Avenue
Macon, GA

Early Bird Daily Room Rates - includes taxes and fees
1 King Bed: $210
2 Queen Beds: $228
King View: $245
After January 21, 2022
Regular hotel rates + tax
Valet Parking: $8 daily

Click here for Hotel Reservation - Hotel 45
ALTERNATE HOTEL: Hilton Garden Inn
Macon / Mercer University
1220 Stadium Drive
Macon, GA

Early Bird Daily Room Rates - includes taxes and fees
1 King Bed: $176.35
2 Queen Beds: $176.35
After January 21, 2022
Regular hotel rates + tax
Valet Parking: $8 daily

Click here for Hotel Reservation - Hilton Garden Inn
Saturday, February 26, 2022
ACS/MGCS National Camellia Show
at Massee Lane Gardens
(Sponsored by Flint Energies)

The camellia show will include a presentation on the Origin of
Massee Lane, a Camellia Waxing Workshop, and self-guided tours
of Massee Lane Gardens. Lunch buffet at Massee Lane Gardens.

Exhibitors will take the first bus to prepare blooms for the show.
7:00 a.m. Bloom entry.


ACS Convention Schedule of Events/Programs

Click here to download the 2022 ACS Convention Schedule

President’s Reception
Lois & Leon Silver Camellia Center Massee Lane Gardens
Thursday, February 24, 2022
The President’s Reception will be held at the newly constructed Lois & Leon Silver Camellia Center at Massee Lane Gardens. The Middle Georgia Camellia Society will be providing the food and beverage. This event will give you an opportunity to see this new building and of course see Massee Lane Gardens!

Library Ballroom - Macon, Georgia
Plant Auction  and Fellowship Bar-B-Que
Friday, February 25, 2022
Several hard to find varieties will be auctioned at the dinner event. A Camellia seedling will also be available for bids. The winner can register the plant through the American Camellia Society with a name of their choice. A list of available plants for auction will be posted on the ACS website.

Click this link to view the list of plants for sale


Macon City Auditorium

ACS Convention Banquet
February 26, 2022
The Banquet will be held right next door to Hotel 45 at the Macon City Auditorium. A fully catered three course meal will be accompanied by violins played by David & Mary Ann Thames and followed by a presentation on Athos Menaboni: Georgia’s Own Nature Artist
by keynote speaker, Russ Clayton  


Private Step-on Music History Riding Tour
(Macon, Georgia)

A hosted tour with Macon, Georgia's legendary and notorious music history by Rock Candy Tours, includes visits to Capricorn Records, The Allman Brothers' Big House, Little Richard's home site, and other significant historical locations that impacted Southern Rock and Soul music.
Sam M. Wellborn Camellia Garden
(Columbus Botanical Gardens, Columbus Georgia)

The City of Columbus, Ga has not one, but two formal camellia gardens.
The first, located at the Columbus Botanical Garden and named for Sam Wellborn, was begun in 2014. The location committee received professional help from John Newsome and Tommy Alden and once the site was determined, clearing and planting began. The planting was done in annual phases with about 250 cultivars being planted for four years. The garden contains approximately 1,000 camellias, consisting primarily of japonicas and reticulatas obtained from Tommy Alden, Randolph Maphis and Mark Crawford. The garden features many companion plants including a dozen or more maples and several “drifts” of Pride of Mobile azaleas throughout the garden. Upon initial entry, this garden has a very impressive tiled Overlook complete with a “camellia bowl“ and a large bell, the frame of which is covered in confederate jasmine. The Overlook was intended to feel like a room upon entry to the garden. The overlook is surrounded by 14 very large ‘Kanjiro’ sasanquas that give one that “room” feeling. There are several dedicated benches and swing sets throughout the garden given in memory of patrons. In addition, the focal point in the center of the garden is a beautiful fountain donated by a local patron.
The Columbus Botanical Garden is proud to provide lunch for each tour guest.

The Camellia Garden at Old Town
(Columbus, Georgia)

The Camellia Garden at Old Town, is located in north Columbus at a fabulous real estate development called Old Town. This garden was the brainchild of the developer, Bruce Jones. He asked his father-in-law, Sam Wellborn, to build a camellia garden for the residents of Old Town. It was begun in 2018 and it has been planted in phases just like the garden at the botanical garden. This garden now has about 1,000 cultivars consisting of a nice blend of japonicas, retics, sasanquas and hybrid camellias. Many of the plants are still young and small, but they are growing fast. The varieties were primarily acquired from Tommy Alden, Randolph Maphis, Mark Crawford and Jim Pruckler. The overriding feature of this garden is the setting for the garden which completely encompasses a large hillside complete with two small ponds, numerous streams and several waterfalls: all of which were professionally built at the inception of Old Town. These water features, along with exquisite rock work, provide a garden setting like no other. Companion plants include maples, native azaleas, regular azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias and several other flowering trees. Even though located at a different space, this garden also features the First Ladies of Georgia Collection grown by Mark Crawford.

Massee Lane Gardens
(Fort Valley, Georgia)

The American Camellia Society established its headquarters on a beautiful site in middle Georgia in 1968. The property was the original farm location of Mr. David Strother, one of the founding fathers of ACS. This property contains thousands of camellias with 9+ acres of formal camellia gardens and 42 granite grist mill stones worked into the walks or placed as seats throughout the garden. The Annabelle Lundy-Fetterman Museum & Gallery boasts the largest public display of porcelains of Boehm, Cybis, Connoisseur and Bronn. This is an ICS Garden of Excellence and a location on the American Camellia Trail.

ACS Convention - February 23-27, 2022