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32nd Annual


October 1-3, 2012

Clearwater Beach Hilton
Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Registration Information

Early Registration Deadline Extended to Monday, September 10th!

NOTE: The guest room block and group rate negotiated with the hotel includes costs incurred to provide us with the large quantity of meeting space we require for our meetings. If we do not occupy a sufficient amount of guest rooms throughout the meeting, we will incur additional costs for meeting room rental charges. Therefore, we encourage all meeting participants to stay in the host hotel. Consequently, guests not staying at the Clearwater Beach Hotel during the conference will be charged a $100 facilities fee to cover their portion of meeting room rental charges incurred. [Explanation of Facilities Usage Fee]. See registration fees below.

Please note: If your residential address is in Pinellas County, you are exempt from the Facilities Usage Fee stated above.


Early Reduced
(by 9/10/12)

Regular and Onsite
(after 9/10/12)

Attendee Registration
(staying at host hotel -or- reside in Pinellas Co.)



Attendee Registration (not staying at host hotel)



Guest Registration



One-Day Registration for Mon. 10/1 or Tue. 10/2



One-Day Registration for Wed. 10/3



Optional Pre-Conference Field Trip #1
– Sunday 9/30 – Landscape Tour of Clearwater Beach and Downtown St Petersburg


Optional Pre-Conference Field Trip #2
– Sunday 9/30 – Florida Botanical Gardens/Sunken


Optional Pre-Conference Field Trip #3
– Sunday 9/30 – Busch Gardens/Bette S. Walker Garden




The Registration fee includes: 2.5 days of educational program, conference materials, a proceedings book of speaker handouts, a Monday Welcome Reception, daily refreshments breaks, the Tuesday boxed lunch, Horticultural Auction, and the Wednesday Awards Breakfast. If you decide to not stay at the Clearwater Beach Hotel during the conference, your registration fee will include a facilities usage fee to cover your portion of the meeting room rental charges. Please see the Explanation of Facilities Usage Fee above.

A “Guest Registration Fee” is available this year that allows participation in the Monday Welcome Reception, Tuesday Horticultural Auction and the Wednesday Awards Breakfast. Please note that ‘guests’ are not permitted to attend the daily educational sessions or refreshment breaks. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

We are also pleased to announce “One-Day Fees” that allow full participation in all events for that day only. Each day will have a different colored nametag to help identify the one-day attendees. We hope that this will help those attendees that can only come for one day’s educational sessions and networking.


Sunday Optional Pre-Conference Field Trips - Participants have three (3) field trip options to choose from this year. You will select one (1) trip and the cost is $35.00 per person. ADVANCE Registration is required by September 4th  and the maximum number of people for each trip is 50, so register early!


Register early for this year’s Master Gardener Conference to ensure participation!

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if a written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conference & Institutes on or before September 14, 2012. Please note: a $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from each conference registration refund and a $25 processing fee will be deducted from each guest registration fee. Sorry, no refunds will be honored for cancellation after September 14, 2012.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-4044, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.


We are delighted you wish to register for this event.

Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy to
register you onsite and look forward to your participation.



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