On the QT | The Official Newsletter of GWA August-September 2016 | Page 9

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR HEADS TO ATHENS BY SANDY STEVENS Conference attendees have the option to stay an additional day for a special visit to Athens, Georgia. Located just an hour northeast of Atlanta, Athens is unique with its southern historic attractions, and it will provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects the town’s creative energy. Participants will start off at the private gardens of Ann and Joe Frierson and Coach Vince and Barbara Dooley. Highlights of the Frierson garden are inspired by the couple’s many visits to Cortona, Italy, while participating in the University of Georgia’s study abroad program. The gardens are park-like—a people space. They teach children that vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit don’t come from the grocery store. Participants are in for a real treat! Highlights of the Dooley garden include his collections of Japanese maples, redbuds, camellias, hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dooley’), azaleas and more. The miniature Japanese garden and teahouse, a stream and water features, statues and the Weepers’ Corner—a collection of weeping trees—are other outstanding features. P H O T O C O U R T E S Y S TAT E B O TA N I C A L G A R D E N O F G E O R G I A LUNCH AT GEORGIA BOTANICAL GARDEN Director Wilf Nicholls will speak to the group during lunch at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia (thank you Friends of