Wisconsin Garden Club Annual Convention
Every spring, members of the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) gather from near and far to renew friendships, gather new knowledge and conduct the business of the organization. Even before the convention begins, flower show judges and tri-council members (landscape design, gardening study and environmental consultants) converge in the convention city to learn new floral design and judging skills or to tour a local garden attraction.
Generally, a multi-day event, the convention begins with an evening dinner and educational program. Following breakfast, convention delegates meet to review the past year and plan for the future of the organization. Lunch, again, brings an exciting speaker on gardening, wildlife, sustainability, school gardens or some other great topic. Workshops and tours fill the afternoon with garden-related crafts and hands-on demonstration. A special garden in the area is a special treat for attendees. The evening banquet provides an opportunity to award members for their special contributions to the WGCF, their clubs or communities. Every other year, this is also an opportunity to meet the new National Garden Club president and to install the newly elected WGCF officers. The convention concludes in the morning with final business and possibly a floral design program highlighting new styles for the home and flower show. Members and guest leave the convention filled with new garden ideas, new friendships and new plans for the future of the WGCF.