NORMAN — Oklahoma Garden Clubs Inc. will host the 85th national convention from April 30 through May 3 at Embassy Suites Norman. Several hundred guests are expected for the four-day event.
Pre-convention committee meetings and area tours begin Wednesday.
National Garden Clubs Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization headquartered in St. Louis, adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. The organization comprises 50 state garden clubs and the National Capital Area.
Additionally, NGC has 70 national affiliated organizations within the United States and nearly 300 international affiliated organizations, with locations ranging around the globe.
A meet and greet with Argus Hamilton will be Thursday. The syndicated columnist will kick off the convention during the NGC Life Membership banquet. He will attend the pre-banquet reception, beginning at 6 p.m. with a cash bar available.
Hamilton invites the community to come and visit before he performs at 8:30 p.m. To reserve a seat for the performance, call 415-5538. Tickets are $20 at the door.
During the Convention Opening of the Business Sessions, the University of Oklahoma Army ROTC color-guard, commanded by Cadet Alex Chahanovich, directed by Master Sergeant Chris Sprowson will present/post the U.S. Flag. Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal will welcome everyone to Norman and the 2014 Comanche Princess will sing and sign the Lord’s Prayer during the Memorial Service.
Seminars will be Friday and Saturday beginning 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday Seminar subjects to choose from feature Jim Johnson ‘Floating on Constitution Lake’; Murphy Farms Organic Gardening with Elisabeth, Myiul and Mina Murphy from Walters, OK and “Bees in our Environment” by Crown Bees-Mason Bees with Elsie Olesen from Woodinville, WA.
Saturday Seminar subjects to choose from feature Parliamentary Procedure with Joan Corbisiero, PRP from Douglaston, NY, ‘Wings & Fauna Over Oklahoma’ with Mark Howery, OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation Director, and ‘Oklahoma City Memorial Survivor Tree’ with Mark Bayes, OK Dept. of Agriculture Urban Forestry Coordinator.