From National Garden Clubs Inc. -- "On April 29 – May 2, 2019 National Garden Clubs, Inc. members and affiliates will be “Gathering on the Gulf” as The Garden Clubs of Mississippi, Inc. hosts the 2019 NGC Convention. Please gather with us at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi for this special 90th NGC Convention. The City of Biloxi is located on the Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico and its charming character maintains its French influence. Biloxi is one of the oldest communities in the country, having first been settled in 1699. Its humid subtropical climate, the magnificent centuries-old live oak trees and sandy beaches, coupled with Southern hospitality make it a popular destination. World renowned artists, musicians, actors, athletes, and writers call or have called Biloxi their home. The 32-story Beau Rivage Resort will be the convention hotel for all activities. Spacious meeting facilities are convenient to the well-appointed guestrooms. Vendors will be positioned close to meeting rooms so that shopping will be a breeze. A variety of tours will be offered, from lovely botanic gardens, native plant and wildlife conservatories, private homes and gardens, to the Stennis Space Center, the WWII Museum in New Orleans, the Maritime and Seafood Museum and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art. Such diversity in planning assures that there are points of interest for everyone. Every program will be a special treat as effort has been made to highlight exceptional convention speakers and presenters ... all with a Mississippi connection. Hear about plants that “have it all”, combining color, form and texture while attracting pollinators. Watching a floral designer’s interpretation of birds of the United States and Central America will inspire and amaze you. Learn how local ecosystems can inspire landscapes that are in harmony with the region. Have you ever thought of using bats for insect control or considered that many ordinary plants have extraordinary stories to tell? Have you ever been on a safari in your own garden or been exposed to the idea of community gardens in unconventional places?"