The organizers of this meeting have not made any hotel reservations. There are many within within a ten mile radius. For more economical (and newer!) national chain hotels please look in and around the town of Summerville SC. With traffic in the Lowcountry being what it is, you will find that roads are less congested and your trips faster. Also, most of these hotels include free breakfast AND free parking. That is something that most downtown Charleston hotels cannot afford to do.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens usually puts up its speakers and international guests at The Town and Country Inn, 2008 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. It, too, is very close to the Ashley River Road Historic Plantations. They have a terrific breakfast buffet and marvelous Sunday Brunch.
If you want to have an experience of a lifetime, you could luxuriate at The Inn at Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414. It is a contemporary hotel on an historic plantation only five miles from the meeting at Magnolia.
For specific details, any additional suggestions, or to have questions answered please contact Kirk R. Brown, National Outreach Coordinator, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. He is in the GardenComm directory and also on-line.