A HUGE THANKS to our attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for making this year the BEST yet!
Online Conference Proceedings sponsored by High Point Market Authority are now available for the convenience of our participants.
Congratulations to the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Winners!
Garden Bloggers Conference 2015 Highlights
We are very thankful and thrilled to have hosted the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference. If you missed the event we figured that we couldn’t summarize the conference any better than YOU, our attendees, so here you’ll find a collection of the highlights, recaps, and key takeaways from the conference, along with lots of photos. Hope to see you next year!
A special shout-out to one of our Garden Bloggers who traveled the farthest to attend the Conference – Sarah O’Neil, Sarah the Gardener, flew 36 hours from New Zealand! Adam Japko, Garden Blogger and Design Blogger Founder, presented Sarah with 2 bottles of bubbly to celebrate which Sarah graciously shared later with her new American friends at the Garden Bloggers Conference.
When Rochelle Greayer flashed that quote across the big screen in a ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, I felt a surge of emotion rising from my chest. I looked around me, surreptitiously dabbed the tears from my eyes, and knew exactly why those words had moved me so.
I was sitting in a room full of people who, like me, absolutely believe them to be true. And that, in a nutshell, is my experience at Garden Bloggers Conference 2015. Read more.
Why Attend a Garden Blogger Conference:The Party
by Brenda Haas
Remember that song by 80’s sensation The Rovers – “Wasn’t That A Party”? I was 11 when that song hit the charts on Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 and the catchy lyrics still haunt me. Last week I was at the Garden Blogger Conference presented by Esteem Media in Atlanta Georgia and let me tell you my head feels like a football not because of the drinks that were provided at the event but the content that was presented. I’m pleasantly over whelmed with all the marketing, branding, social media and overall information about making my site reach it’s potential. One day at a time – so I really hope you will subscribe to my site to see it evolve! Read more.
This past week I spent a few days in Atlanta at the Garden Bloggers Conference. I was so honored to have been asked to speak at the conference, sharing a stage with the likes of Nate Berkus, Bunny Williams, Sara Bendrick from DIY Network’s I Hate my Yard, Rochelle Greayer author of Cultivating Garden Style and Brett Vankoski, the founder of the wine enterprise Ninety+ Cellars (yes there was wine served during that segment!) along with so many other great speakers and bloggers. Read more.
Garden Bloggers are the nicest people
by Sarah O’Neil, Sarah the Gardener
I am upside down, back the front and a day behind where I belong. Add to the discombobulation of international travel I have absorbed so much new knowledge my head is all in a whirl. I have made so many new friends, and many that weren’t more than thumbnail icons to me, yet I felt like I already knew them, so faces and names came to life. However there were so many that I need to sit down with all my exchanged business cards and look up their blogs and reconnect thumbnails images with memories of laughter shared. Read more.
I can’t fill you in on the event without first telling you how we found ourselves holding passes. We actually came across the conference by chance in a Google search. After looking into it, of course we wanted to attend. Without the Bonnie Plants scholarship, it wouldn’t have been possible for us. To enter, you had to have an active blog for at least 6 months and write a letter describing your blog and why you felt you deserved the scholarship. We submitted ourselves just under the deadline. Days later, we were notified that we had been selected! Even though, it was initially just for one of us, a dance party ensued. Read more.
Last week I attended the Garden Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. It was a whirlwind few days of meeting new people, learning great techniques, and connecting with all kinds of garden-related companies and services. It was also my lucky weekend because I connected with a GREAT giveaway ~ a keyhole garden from Vita Gardens! (See above.) Please pardon the staged promo photo (no that’s not my husband), but for now it’s the only way I could show you this awesome addition to my small space garden. Read more.
And the Winner for “Best New Garden Blog” is…
by Doug Scott
Unfortunately we weren’t able to be there to receive the award in person…but I asked fellow chicken-lover and blogger friend Deb Neyens (Counting My Chickens) to let me know once it was announced. And she did…within seconds…thanks Deb!
Thanks to you too…for voting and for being on this RYG journey with us this past year. It’s been a wild ride…but one we’re so glad to be on. And we’re really looking forward to seeing where 2015 takes us! Read more.
Nate is a decorator, product designer and author. His interior design firm, which he founded in 1995, designs interiors across the country and around the world. In Fall 2012, Nate brought his branded line of home goods and accessories to Target stores nationwide, and his fabric collections are available at Fabricut, Calico and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. He was the host, judge and executive producer on NBC’s “American Dream Builders” in 2014. Nate’s interiors, and design expertise, have garnered national press in publications such as Elle Decor , Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Us Weekly, People, O Magazine, Lucky and InStyle, among others.
We are also thrilled to announce that Bonnie Plants is sponsoring the 2015 Conference Scholarship Awards and Proven Winners will be sponsoring the 2015 Garden Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Awards!
Brought to You by the Organizers of Design Bloggers Conference
Here’s your opportunity to join garden bloggers, new media innovators, and garden and landscape design leaders for the second Garden Bloggers Conference – the premier conference and experience for professionals actively using or interested in learning about new media and the garden and landscape design industry. This two-day conference brings you a unique opportunity to participate in the intersection of gardening with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more. We invite all our fellow garden bloggers to attend!
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE
The Garden Bloggers Conference is the only conference specifically focused on the interests of bloggers on garden and landscape design. Learn how to build a stellar personal brand for yourself, your blog, and your career. Discover how to build and engage your audience with information and inspiration on multiple platforms, using a variety of business models and marketing channels. Meet potential advertisers, make critical connections, meet the icons of the gardening and traditional media, and learn about exciting new products. Learn from the most accomplished bloggers, and network with connections to your future.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Garden bloggers – individuals, small businesses, associations, or other organizations
- Garden writers
- Garden enthusiasts or aspiring gardeners or garden and landscape designers
- Landscape designers and architects
- Flower and edible gardeners
- Plantsmen and nurserymen
- Horticulturists and botanists
- Organic gardeners
- Suppliers to the garden and landscape community
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- Discover what tremendously successful bloggers have done to get where they are today
- How to build a strategic social media presence & memorable brand recognition
- Learn how to expand your brand into video and gain a global presence
- How to monetize your online brand
- What you need to know about Pinterest and Instagram
- The ultimate blog platform
- How to prevent your website from getting hacked
- Gain insights on how to stay relevant, things to do or not do, and how to make your blog interesting.
- Identify blogging strategies and how these strategies can immediately apply to your business to get more qualified traffic and drive readers to action
- Connecting with users: What you should know about search and analytics
- How photography can help you build your brand, differentiate your blog, and build traffic on your website
Brought to you by the organizers and presenters of Design Bloggers Conference – now in its fifth year and a runaway success!
Garden Bloggers Conference is modeled after the Design Bloggers Conference and will be collocated with Design Bloggers Conference in 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.