90th Annual Convention Apr 29-May 2, 2019 - Biloxi, MS

Gathering on the Gulf

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 NGC Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi at Beau Rivage Resort, April 29 - May 2, 2019. The Committee awaits your arrival and stands ready to help wherever we can.


  • 2019 International Photography Competition

    The National Garden Clubs, Inc. Flower Show Committee invites you to participate in an International Photography Competition featuring the natural environment of the Americas.

    Entries accepted January 1 - April 1, 2019

    Download 2019 International Photography Competition Guidelines

    Submit entries online: login at http://cgburke.com/ngc/

    "In wildness is the preservation of the world"
    — Henry David Thoreau
    • Class 1. Plant America – An image featuring native plants
    • Class 2. Scenic America – An image of a landscape and/or seascape
    • Class 3. Small World - A close-up or macro featuring native animals, insects and/or plants
    • Class 4. Web of Life – A monochrome featuring patterns in nature
    • Class 5. Weather Forecast – An image featuring weather
    • Class 6. Climate Change –Altered reality using creative camera techniques In-camera and/or by post/processing.
  • Hotel & Transportation
    You must make your own room reservations and transportation arrangements.

    Beau Rivage Resort
    875 Beach Blvd.
    Biloxi, MS 39530
    Registration deadline is April 1, 2019

    Click here for Beau Rivage Resort Website

    You must contact the hotel directly to make your room reservation:
    Reservations 888-567-6667
    Guaranteed Room Rate is $145.00 per night, plus a daily resort fee of $10.00 and 12% taxes – prior to cut-off date of April 1, 2019.
    Use group code: National Garden Clubs Conference

    Airports are located in:

    • Gulfport / Biloxi Mississippi
    • New Orleans Louisiana
    • Mobile Alabama

    (The Beau Rivage Resort has no shuttle service)

Convention Overview

On April 29 – May 2, 2019 National Garden Clubs, Inc. members and affiliates will be “Gathering on the Gulf” as The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. hosts the 2019 NGC Convention. Please gather with us at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi for this special 90th NGC Convention.

The City of Biloxi is located on the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico and its charming character maintains its French influence. Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, having first been settled in 1699. Its humid subtropical climate, the magnificent centuries-old live oak trees and sandy beaches, coupled with Southern hospitality make it a popular destination. World renowned artists, musicians, actors, athletes, and writers call or have called Biloxi their home.

The 32-story Beau Rivage Resort will be the convention hotel for all activities. Spacious meeting facilities are convenient to the well-appointed guestrooms. Vendors will be positioned close to meeting rooms so that shopping will be a breeze.

A variety of tours will be offered, from lovely botanic gardens, native plant and wildlife conservatories, private homes and gardens, to the Stennis Space Center, the WWII Museum in New Orleans, the Maritime and Seafood Museum and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Such diversity in planning assures that there are points of interest for everyone.

Every program will be a special treat as effort has been made to highlight exceptional convention speakers and presenters ... all with a Mississippi connection. Hear about plants that “have it all”, combining color, form and texture while attracting pollinators. Watching a floral designer’s interpretation of birds of the United States and Central America will inspire and amaze you. Learn how local ecosystems can inspire landscapes that are in harmony with the region. Have you ever thought of using bats for insect control or considered that many ordinary plants have extraordinary stories to tell? Have you ever been on a safari in your own garden or been exposed to the idea of community gardens in unconventional places?