Important  Things to Know Before You Go
We can't wait to see you, and hundreds of your garden communications colleagues, at Atlanta Sheraton for #GWA2016. Here are some helpful details to make the most of your time in Atlanta.
  • Print your confirmation email or keep the email handy in your smartphone. When you arrive, stop by the registration kiosk where we will get you checked and print your badge.
  • What to pack: Attire for #GWA2016 is casual. Pack comfortable clothes for garden touring. Also, don't forget a light sweater for air-conditioned meeting rooms. Include something a bit dressier for the Annual Awards & Honors dinner on Monday night.
  • The weather in Atlanta this time of year is in the low-90s/upper-80s during the day and the low 60s at night. Also, summer thunderstorms are frequent in the afternoons, so be prepared with an umbrella or rain jacket. 
  • Head over to the website, and check out the conference schedule to start deciding which sessions you'll attend.
  • Our conference hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Atlanta. 
    Sheraton Atlanta Hotel 
    165 Courtland Street, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30303

  • There are rooms still available at the Sheration with GWA. Reserve your room today.

  • Are you driving to Atlanta? Sheraton Atlanta is within easy access to interstate 1-20, 1-75 and 1-85. The hotel offers both self ($22/day) and valet parking ($32/day) options with unlimited in and out privileges. There are also nearby parking facilities:

    Peachtree Center Avenue($16/day) 161 Peachtree Center Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
    145-193 Peachtree Center($6/day) 145-193 Peachtree Center Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
    Georgia-Pacific Center($12/day) 60 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

  • Are you flying to Atlanta? Sheraton Atlanta is about 9.5 miles away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. There are several options to get from the airport to the hotel.

    MARTA: Closest station is 2 blocks away (6 min walk). Peachtree Center MARTA station at 165 Courtland Street NE. It’s located on Red/Gold line, so no train transfers from the Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) Airport. The MARTA Station in the airport is located near baggage claim for both North and South terminals. 

    UBER: Fare estimate from Airport to Hotel with UberX is $11-15 and UberXL is $27-36. (Rate subject to change.)

    Taxi: Fare estimate from Airport to Hotel is $29.73 (Rates subject to change.)


GWA has arranged all the transportation for this year's garden tours.

Bus transportation for garden tours departs from the lower level at the Sheraton, on the Andrew Young International Blvd side, adjacent to the FedEX shop.

NOTE: Saturday’s tours depart at 7am for the Early Morning Shoot at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, followed by the 8am departure for the Story Tour at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

All transportation for the Carter Center & Presidential Library departs from the Atlanta Botanical Garden (not the Sheraton).


The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is also near Atlanta’s major attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Center, Philips Arena, and Turner Field. Public transportation is easily accessible as well. 


Click here for the link to GWA Savings in the City card. Simply print out coupons you’d like to use and present them at the establishments while in Atlanta. Coupons are valid 9/11-23/2016.

Atlanta Beltline

Explore miles of the Atlanta BeltLine by foot or on two wheels. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop in one of the many restaurants along the path to relax and refuel. A rails-to-trails connection between neighborhoods and parks, the BeltLine is an only-in-Atlanta way to stay active.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Right in the middle of Midtown Atlanta, in the northern corner of Piedmont Park, grow more than 30 acres of lush green garden just waiting to be explored. At the Atlanta Botanical Garden, seasonal activities keep adventure blooming no matter the temperature.

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is located in one of Atlanta’s most vibrant neighborhoods where the stories, mysteries and crusades of our region thrive. Our 33-acre experience features award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive activities and a variety of year-round adult and family programs.

Explore highlights of Southeastern horticultural history by taking in twenty-two acres of enchanting gardens, woodlands, trails and grounds at Atlanta History Center.

Centennial Olympic Park

Pay homage to Atlanta's Olympic legacy as you splash through the Fountain of Rings or play tag in the green fields of Centennial Olympic Park, located near the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights and College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Getting up close and personal with the dinosaurs at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History is a lot less scary than the bared-teeth versions in film. Take a peek back in time with the Giants of the Mesozoic – even one that measures more than 120 feet long!

Georgia Aquarium

The nation’s largest aquarium offers encounters with belugas, otters and even penguins!

The  Georgia Aquarium  is offering ALL #GWA2016 attendees a special discount at the Georgia Aquarium. This discount is good on General Admission (Total Ticket) and Animal Encounters. 

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum

Several U.S. presidents established libraries, and we’re pretty fond of the one our very own Nobel Peace Prize-winning, peanut-growing President Jimmy Carter erected. At the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, you’ll find everything from a replica of the Oval Office to gifts he received during his presidency.

Stone Mountain Park

Take a trek through the treetops on SkyHike®, the Summit Skyride or even a real hike to the top of the mountain for beautiful city skyline views. Tour the antebellum plantation or ride around Stone Mountain by train and see the longest running laser show in the world projected on it!

And much, much more! This list and more is courtesty of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau .


GWA Annual Conference & Expo host site,  Sheraton Atlanta  features several  on-site dining options , including: 


Located in the center of Sheraton Atlanta, Collage is a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant offering buffet style food as well as A La Carte menus.


The elegant yet relaxed Fandangles Restaurant & Bar, overlooking our pool and gracious garden courtyard through floor-to-ceiling windows, offers a health-conscious "Southern Evolution" menu with distinct regional and local flavors.


The Deli is a casual eatery with dining tables and an outdoor seating area. Pick up your Starbucks® Coffee, or a breakfast sandwich every morning during your stay with Sheraton Atlanta. The Deli is open all day, so lunch and dinner options are available to guests as well.

Additionally, Sheraton Atlanta has compiled a list of local restaurants, which can be viewed here.


Registration is available on the 1st Floor in front of Capitol Ballroom. Saturday and Sunday are the busiest times, so we suggest registering on Friday.
  • Friday, September 16
    8:00 am to 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 17
    7:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 18
    8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Monday, September 19
    8:00 am to 12:00 pm

GWA Annual Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn new tips and tricks about the industry, as well as visit some exceptional venues. Don't forget to share what you learn and your photos with us by tagging them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #GWA2016

Also, be sure to provide a shout-out to our Sponsors and ExhibitorsWithout them, this event would not be possible! 

Interaction on social media, whether talking about your favorite part of the day, sharing photos or mentioning sponsors and exhibitors, increases the potential for you to be promoted on the GWA social platforms. So, share the love and tell the world why you love #GWA2016.
In case you missed it, here is some additional information to help you know what to anticipate in a couple of weeks.

There is still time to register and be a part of #GWA2016 in Atlanta.

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