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The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. is celebrating its 80th Anniversary and we need every member to make this a huge success. Celebrating our 80th State Convention is going to be the biggest event we can make it.  We are planning a convention like no other.  Your participation is essential in making this convention outstanding.  We are celebrating ourselves and how we, as gardeners, make the earth a prettier place.  The Hallmark designation for this anniversary is diamonds and pearls.  We are planning many jewel related surprises.  Come join in on the fun.


Hotel Information


The Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN will offer a $99 discounted rate.  To make your reservations call 219-769-6311 ext. 1 or click here.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

1:00-4:00          Trolley trip to Crown Point, shop, lunch on own, tour    Albanese Candy Factory                                                         

                              Dinner on your own

4:30-6:00               Directors Meeting - Ellington Board Roam

5:00-7:00               Registration - South Lobby II

7:00-9:00               Diamonds and Denim/Strolling Comedy Magic of Terry Murphy


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

                                Breakfast on your own

9:00-11:00              Registration -South Lobby II

8:00-12:00             Nature's Gem Box - open for your shopping experience

9:00-9:45               Executive Committee Meeting - Apollo/Ambassador Room

9:00-9:45               Faux Diamond and Pearl Bracelet Workshop - Uptown Room

10:00-11:00            Board of Directors Meeting - Ambassador/Apollo Room

10:00-10:45           Terra Cotta Wind chime Workshop - Uptown/State Room

11:00                       Special Exhibits Open - East Lobby II

                                Lunch on your own

12:15                       Formal opening of Convention - Grand Metropolitan East 6

3:00-5:00               Registration - South Lobby II

3:00-3:45               Let's Party with Herbs by Joannie Wessling Rocchi - State/Uptown Room

3:00-3:45               Roundtable Discussion with President

3:00-5:00               Nature's Gem Box - gifts for everyone

5:00-6:00               Social Hour with Honored Guests and Pianist

6:00-?                     President's Ball the "Diamond and Pearl Extravaganza"


Thursday, April 7, 2011

9:00-11:30              Registration - South Lobby II

8:00-12:00             Nature's Gem Box - Hurry for your last chance to pick up a bargain

9:00-9:45               Native Pearls that Attract Wildlife by Pat Rosenwinkle - Apollo/Ambassador Room

9:00-12:00             Room Check Out

10:00-10:45           Flying Gems by Brad Bumgardner - Apollo/Ambassador

12:15                       Anniversary Party - Scholarship Luncheon - Grand Metropolitan East 6


Come Early and Experience CHICAGO!!

Chicago Skyline

Star Plaza is just a 45 minute drive from downtown Chicago.  Turn your conference into a family vacation.  Come in a few days early or stay a few days after it is all over.   From the bright lights of the big city to the beaches of the Indiana National Dunes, there is plenty to do and see. 


Speaker Biographies

Brad Bumgardner - Flying Gems

Brad Bumgardner is the interpretive naturalist at Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton, Indiana.  He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, with specializations in Environmental Education and Ornithology.  In 2011, he has been employed with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for ten years.  He is also the Vice-President of the Indiana Audubon Society and chairs the Indiana Bird Records Committee.


Pat Rosenwinkle - Native Pearls that Attract Wildlife

Pat is the President of Gibson Woods Wild Ones and is a Master Gardner in Lake County.  She is a member and one of the founders of the Illiana Pond and Garden Society. Through out Pat's gardening life she has been involved in building ponds, bog gardens and presently deeply involved in native plants, which is close to her heart.  She has graciously given many presentations for the Garden Clubs, libraries, banks and Wild Ones.


Terry Murphy - Strolling Comedy Magic Performance

"Chicago land's #1 Magician" as announced on the WYKT 105.5 fm is just one of the titles Terry Murphy has earned from his many years in show business.  His individualistic dedication to the "art of magic" has rewarded him with awards of merit and achievement.  Terry ‘s philosophy of not having enough hours in a day in which to work and, if you do anything-make it 100%-give the audience their money's worth are constant priorities.  He has appeared nationally on WGN's TV's "Bozo Show" and entertained tourists aboard the Royal Caribbean's "Nordic Empress" cruise ship and guests at the Marriott Resort in Maui, Hawaii.  Murphy has also entertained rock music celebrities Bon Jovi, 96' National Democratic Convention in New Jersey and Ohio and performances for the Navy.


 Joannie Wessling Rocchi-Let's Party With Herbs

For 20 years, Joannie has been a Horticulturist and Retail Perennial Manager at The Growing Place Nursery and Flower Farm in Aurora, Illinois.  She is a traveling lecturer/teacher on perennials, herbs, and bulbs for The Growing Place, Chicago area William-Sonoma stores, Whole Foods, as well as many Illinois and Indiana Garden Clubs and women's organizations. 

She has lectured four times at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, at Navy Pier.  Joannie has also had several articles published in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicagoland Gardening Magazine and Garden Gate Magazine.  She is also the author of a family history cookbook, highlighted with info on growing, harvesting and cooking with herbs.

However, her greatest joy is sharing cooking, gardening, and year old granddaughter, Sara Rose.

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