ACS Convention - February 24-27, 2023

ACS Convention - February 24-27, 2023


2023 American Camellia Society National Convention and Show February 24 - 27, 2023

The Middle Georgia Camellia Society is excited to host the 2023
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 31, 2023

Regular Rate: $295
Due by February 15, 2023
Day rates are available - see form below

Click here to register for the 2023 ACS Convention
(online registrations only - check or credit card accepted)
 Hotel 45
401 Cotton Avenue
Macon, GA

Early Bird Daily Room Rates - taxes and fees excluded
1 King Bed: $169

Until January 23, 2023
Valet Parking: $21 daily
Last Day to Book: Thursday, January 23, 2023

Click Here for Reservation - Hotel 45

 Hilton Garden Inn
Macon / Mercer University
1220 Stadium Drive
Macon, GA

Early Bird Daily Room Rates - taxes and fees excluded
1 King Bed: $149
2 Queen Beds: $149

Click Here for Reservation -- Hilton Garden Inn
 TownPlace Suites by Marriott
Macon Mercer University
1550 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31204
(478) 812-8522

$154 - $174 per night
Last day to book:  February 3, 2023

Click Here for Reservation -- TownPlace Suites by Marriott


Friday, February 24, 2023
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 2023 ACS Convention Schedule

President’s Reception
W.G. Lee House
Saturday, February 25, 2023

The Tranquil Hill estate originally included over 12 acres of extensive azalea and camellia gardens. Dr. Lee developed many still popular varietals of Camellia japonica in conjunction with his close friend R. L. Wheeler of Wheeler’s Nursery in Gray, GA, which was founded in the early 1920’s as Central Georgia Nursery. Dr. Lee’s gardens were well-known throughout central Georgia and the South and, according to newspaper accounts, often drew crowds numbering in the thousands when opened to the public. Dr. Lee was one of the founders of the Azalea and Camellia Society of America in the late 1920’s and later the Camellia Society of America, which merged with the American Camellia Society in 1945. He also assisted with landscape design and plantings at the former Bessie Tift College in Forsyth, GA and Mercer University in Macon, GA (where the Alumni House is named after Dr. Lee).
The Tranquil Hill estate home has been restored and preserved along with approximately 6 acres of extensive camellia gardens surrounding the home. The homeowners have added to the property many heirloom camellia varieties that Dr. Lee would have been familiar with during his life. The private garden is one of the first to be included in the Georgia Green Landscape Steward Program, administered by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
The William Green Lee Camellia Garden Is a public camellia garden administered by the Parks & Beautification Department of Macon-Bibb County, GA. It is a featured public garden on the Georgia Camellia Trail. Approximately 5 acres of the original Lee camellia garden was acquired by the county, and restored and dedicated in 2013. It includes a large collection of both Camellia japonica and Camellia sasanqua varietals planted by Dr. Lee, with the help of both John Leon Hoffman and R. L Wheeler. An additional section of the original Lee camellia garden was later acquired by the county to provide public access to nearby Jackson Springs Park and the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.

Historic Terminal Station - Macon, Georgia
Plant Auction and Bar-B-Que
Sunday, February 26, 2023
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
Monday 27, 2023
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.