Tasty Treats

Let Lillie from Tasty Treats Bakery start your day off with a sweet. Visit her on the front porch of Banksia for delicious pound cakes, sweet breads, muffins and coffee. But hurry, she's only here until 10:30.

The Banksia Bistro will be open for lunch from 10:30 - 2:00. You may enjoy your lunch in the Ballroom, in the garden at the back of the Vendor Market, or in one of the two gardens indicated in your program. click here for the Menu.

If you prefer, there are many fine restaurants in downtown Aiken, several of which offer outdoor seating.

Banksia Bistro


Be sure to pick up your complimentary tote bag, magazines, catalogues and brochures near the registration table on the South Patio.

A Rose Show Entry

“Alice in Aiken … Wonderland!!!”, an All-Design Rose Show

The Aiken Garden Club Council and the Augusta Rose Society team up to produce an American Rose Society accredited rose show featuring competition arrangements created by amateur regional designers. Traditional and modern floral designs will be entered into eight different classes based on the theme “Alice in Aiken; Wonderland!!!”. Arrangements must use only locally-grown, non-purchased roses (with rose names on the entry form), per ARS rules. It is a great way to find which rose varieties grow best in our area and get ideas for home floral design. There will also be a special, non-judged Ikebana (Japanese floral arrangements) exhibition class for members of the Augusta GA and Columbia SC Ikebana International Chapters. Rose Show designs are located in the Banksia Parlor and will be available for viewing after judging concludes at noon on Friday.

Contact Show Chair Linda Boland for more information or to participate with arrangements at

Friday, May 19 ~ 10:00 am-4:00 pm ~ in a garden

Tom Poland, a Southern Writer

Tom Poland, A Southern Writer

Tom Poland, a Southern writer, grew up in Lincoln County, Georgia where four wonderful English teachers gave him a love for language. His continuing education resulted in a BA in Journalism and a Master's in Media from the University of Georgia. He now educates others as an adjunct professor in the University of South Carolina's College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, and an instructor of creative writing at the Midlands Technical College Evening Programs.

Tom is the author of twelve books and over 1,000 magazine features. He currently lives in Columbia where he writes a weekly column for newspapers and journals in Georgia and South Carolina about the South, its people, traditions, lifestyles, and changing attitudes. Mr. Poland will have available for purchase and signing two books:

"Classic Carolina Road Trips"
Join author and day-tripper Tom Poland as he maps the beautiful treasures of South Carolina. Enjoy more than seventeen thousand square feet of shade from the iconic Angel Oak. In Blackville, you can visit a natural spring that has been deeded to God since 1944. A trip to Edgefield will put you in the heart of Peach Country, where you can see many of the peach orchards that make South Carolina one of the nation’s leading producers of the sweet fruit. Visit Aiken, and in all visit 62 places, including ruins, natural areas, a Carolina bay, parks, rivers, and historic sites. No tourist traps allowed.

"Georgialina, A Southland As We Knew it"
This book brings to life once more the fading and often-forgotten unfiltered character of the South as Poland takes readers down back roads to old homeplaces, covered bridges, and country stores. He recalls hunting for snipes and for lost Confederate gold; the joys of beach music, the shag, and cruising Ocean Drive; and the fading traditions of sweeping yards with homemade brooms, funeral processions, calling catfish, and other customs of southern heritage and history. Peppered with candid memoir, "Georgialina" also introduces readers to a host of quirky and memorable characters who have populated the southland of Poland's meanderings.


Saturday, May 20 ~ 12:00-4:00 pm ~ in a garden

Mr. Pearl Fryar

Mr. Pearl Fryar

Mr. Pearl Fryar's (see his bio on the Speakers' page) incredible topiary garden in Bishopville, SC had humble beginnings, but today is a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit that seeks to preserve exceptional American gardens.

His garden is one of the fifty gardens, beautifully photographed and showcased, in the book "Outstanding American Gardens; A Celebration" which will be available for purchase ($40) and signing by Mr. Fryar at the Museum after his presentation, and in a garden in the afternoon. This inspiring book will be a wonderful addition to your collection of coffee-table books.


Door Prizes

On Friday at 6:00 pm and Saturday at 4:00 pm, we will draw ticket stubs to determine door prize winners. You do NOT have to be present to win, but please fill out your ticket stub legibly so we can contact you.

After Hours

Staying over Friday night? We're glad to have you! Don't miss Hops and Hogs on Hayne from 6:00 - 10:30 where you can sample 20+ craft beers and 5+ choices of Barbeque. There will be live music at this free outdoor event. Visit or 803-649-2221 for details. For other weekend events, see the calendar at