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The 2015 GWA Symposium will be held in Pasadena, California!

Nestled at the base of the majestic San Gabriel Mountains, less than 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is quintessential Southern California. From mountains caressed by the sun, through gardens radiant with roses, to extraordinary turn-of-the-century architecture, there is nowhere else quite like Pasadena.

Pasadena truly is a pedestrian-friendly city. Visitors can stroll along beautiful tree-lined South Lake Avenue, known as Pasadena’s premier shopping district, while an eclectic mix of antique stores, galleries and specialty shops can be found in the Playhouse District. Old Pasadena, a 22-block historical area featuring 19th century structures and quaint alleyways, is one of Southern California’s hottest main-street entertainment districts. With 200 specialty shops, antique havens, boutiques, bistros and entertainment venues, Old Pasadena offers something for everyone. Paseo Colorado is Pasadena’s three-block open-air urban village, with its Mediterranean architecture, lush pedestrian promenades, courtyards and terraces.

Recognized throughout the world, Pasadena’s Rose Bowl is famous for championship events including five Super Bowl football games, the 1999 Women’s World Cup Soccer Championship and the annual Rose Bowl Game. Today, the Rose Bowl is home to the UCLA Bruins football team.

With its enviable location and a population of only 140,000, Pasadena offers visitors a friendly and safe enclave. The city’s mild Mediterranean climate also makes for ideal sightseeing conditions. Year-round temperatures average 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to all of this, Pasadena is easily accessible to all Los Angeles area airports, freeways, and other Southern California attractions, including Universal Studios, Disneyland and local beaches. To make sightseeing even easier, visitors can hop aboard the Gold Line light rail system. The 13.7-mile Gold Line transports passengers from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles and points in between. With six stations throughout Pasadena, including two in the popular Old Pasadena shopping/entertainment district, catching the train is a snap. Courtesy of the Pasadena Visitors Bureau.


Our 2015 Host Hotels and Meeting Location:

Guest Space Option 1:

The Hilton Pasadena (Host Guest Space)
168 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Conveniently situated close to popular Los Angeles and Southern California attractions, the Hilton Pasadena Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service within a two-mile radius. The hotel is located 20 minutes from Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BUR) and 45 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Swim lengths in the sparkling, heated outdoor pool with a whirlpool spa, and energize at the 24-hour fitness center with modern equipment. Relax with your favorite Starbucks coffee at Coffee Corner or in the lobby lounge or try Grill/Bar 168, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Hilton Pasadena is conveniently located .3 miles and a 5 minute walk to the Pasadena Convention Center and also offers a complimentary shuttle service within a two-mile radius. The Hilton features wireless Internet access (complimentary for GWA members). More information about The Hilton is available at: www3.hilton.com

Cut-off Date: September 2nd, 2015

Book online at:
www.hilton.com

Mention Garden Writers Association for Discounted Room Rate:
Guest Room $129 USD - single/double

Guest Space Option 2:

The Sheraton Pasadena (Host Guest Space)
303 East Cordova Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

The Sheraton Pasadena Hotel is centrally located right next door to the Pasadena Convention Center. Situated in the heart of Pasadena, the property puts you in the center of fantastic shopping and other activities.

With a 24-hour full service business center and complimentary Internet access, you won't miss a beat away from the office. Keep to your daily workout routine with the fitness center featuring a variety of cardio and weight training equipment.

The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, you can explore all of the top things to do in Pasadena, including historic landmarks and attractions. As one of the top Pasadena hotels, you'll enjoy easy access to a variety of attractions.

The Sheraton Pasadena features wireless Internet access (complimentary for GWA members). More information about The Sheraton is available at: http://www.sheratonpasadena.com

Cut-off Date: September 2nd, 2015

Book online at:
www.starwoodmeeting.com

Mention Garden Writers Association for Discounted Room Rate:
Guest Room $129 USD - single/double

Host Exhibit and Meeting Space

Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

Plan on Pasadena, Southern California’s premier meeting destination! The state-of-the-art Pasadena Convention Center offers a 55,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, 25,000-square-foot Ballroom and 29 Meeting Rooms. The Pasadena Convention Center is the ideal spot for meetings, events and weddings.

Located in the heart of thriving downtown Pasadena, the Pasadena Convention Center is just 9 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, 16 miles from Bob Hope/Burbank Airport and 29 miles from Los Angeles International Airport. Adding to its appeal, delegates can walk to a bustling 22-block historical area filled with 200 shops, boutiques, restaurants and clubs. Visitors will also enjoy renowned museums, golf, live theatre, and enviable weather.
Because of its commitment to environmental responsibility, the expanded Pasadena Convention Center has been awarded the highly coveted LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council.


Transportation to the Convention Center

Driving Directions:

From the 210 westbound
Take the 210 freeway west to the Fair Oaks/Marengo exit. Turn left on Marengo and proceed 4 blocks to Green Street. Turn left onto Green Street, the Pasadena Convention Center is located on the right hand side at 300 E. Green.

From the 210 southbound 

Take the 210 freeway south to the Colorado Blvd exit on to St John Ave. Continue south on St John past Colorado Blvd and turn left onto Green Street. Travel five blocks east on Green Street. The Pasadena Convention Center is located on the right hand side at 300 E. Green.

From the 134 eastbound

Take the 134 east to the 210 east and exit at Fair Oaks/Marengo. Turn right on Marengo and proceed 4 blocks to Green Street. Turn left onto Green Street. The Pasadena Convention Center is located on the right hand side at 300 E. Green.

From the 110 northbound

Take the 110 freeway north to the end of the freeway. Proceed north on Arroyo Parkway. Turn right onto Green Street. The Pasadena Convention Center is located two blocks down on the right hand side at 300 E. Green.

Metro Gold Line Light Rail
213-626-4455, www.mta.net
Travels from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena and six points in between. Connects to other lines at Union Station.

Pasadena Arts Bus
626-744-4055, www.cityofpasadena.net
Travels between Old Pasadena, South Lake Avenue and the Playhouse District. The ARTS Buses are easily recognizable by their “colorful” depictions. Stops are designated throughout the city with a pink triangle marked “ARTS.”

Operating hours:
Monday - Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m

Foothill Transit Authority
626-967-3147, www.foothilltransit.org
Bus service throughout San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.

Los Angeles county Metropolitan Transit Authority
213-626-4455, www.mta.net
Bus service throughout Los Angeles County.

Airports:

Burbank Bob Hope Airport
2627 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank
818-840-8840, www.bobhopeairport.com
Located closest to Pasadena, the airport is serviced by Alaska, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles
310-646-5252, www.lawa.org
Offers nonstop and direct flights daily from every major domestic and international airline carrier.

Airport Transportation:

Union Station Flyaway
866-435-9529, www.lawa.org/flyaway
Nonstop bus service to and from Los Angeles International Airport via Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. From Union Station, passengers can ride the Gold Line light rail to Pasadena.

Prime Time Shuttle
310-536-7922, 800-733-8267
www.primetimeshuttle.com

Supershuttle
626-443-6600, 800-258-3826
www.supershutttle.com

Xpress Shuttle
310-323-7222, 800-427-7483
www.xpressshuttle.com

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