Note:
     The 2018 ARS Convention is May 21-26 in Bremen, Germany.
     The 2019 ARS Convention is May 16-19 in Philadelphia, PA.


ARS 2019 Convention Committee

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ARS 2019 Convention

Dates - Venue - Garden Tours - Banquets - Promos

Calendar These Dates

Tuesday, May 14, 2019: ARS Executive Committee meets in the evening

Wednesday, May 15, 2019:  ARS Board of Directors meeting all day.
We will have a pre-tour to Chanticleer and Winterthur.  A box lunch at Winterthur is included.

Thursday, May 16, 2019: The convention starts with a bus tour and box lunch at Tyler Arboretum and bus tour and Wine & Dine Garden Party at Jenkins Arboretum. Plant sale opens after we return from Jenkins. No program.

Friday, May 17, 2019: A full day of bus tours at Mt. Cuba Center, Longwood Gardens, and Wayne Guymon's WynEden.  A box lunch at Longwood is included. Dinner and evening program will be at the American Helicopter Museum in the evening. There will be a shuttle from the hotel.

Saturday, May 18, 2019: A full day of bus tours to Morris Arboretum, Stoneleigh, Michael Martin Mills’ Garden and Perc Moser’s Garden.  A box lunch at Morris is included. Banquet and keynote speech will be at The Desmond in the evening.

Sunday, May 19, 2019:  Breeders roundtable in the morning. We will have open houses at private gardens and listing of more public gardens.

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Venue: The Desmond Hotel, Malvern, PA

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The convention hotel is The Desmond, a beautiful hotel nestled in the historic Chester County. The Desmond features deluxe 4-poster King Size beds. But, if you choose, you may have 2 Queen Size beds.

Until May 1, 2019, we have 80 rooms blocked out for 4 nights, Wednesday night through Saturday night, and 15 rooms blocked out for Tuesday night at the convention rate of $149.  Guests arriving on shoulder nights will be accommodated at the convention rate.


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Gardens Tours

Philadelphia's garden heritage was started by Quaker farmers and fostered by gunpowder and drugs.

Wed. Tours | Thu. Tours | Fri. Tours | Sat. Tours | Sun. Tours

Wed., May 15, 2019, Gardens Pre-Tour

Chanticleer | Winterthur | Return to Top

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Chanticleer

Have coffee and visit the Chanticleer Garden estate and botanical garden, “one of the most delightful gardens in the world.” Adolph Rosengarten Jr., the heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, took steps before he died in 1990 to make sure that his family estate would be enjoyed as open space by generations to come. In 1993, Chanticleer quickly earned a national reputation for its interpretation of horticulture as theater.

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Winterthur

Then go to Winterthur for lunch, a tram tour of the garden, and visits to the galleries and a house tour of the estate of Henry Francis du Pont. He was born in 1880 into the du Pont family which made gunpowder. Henry Francis du Pont accumulated important collections of antiques and Americana and created “a romantic vision of Nature’s beauty” in the magnificent grounds of the country estate.


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Thu., May 16, 2019, Gardens and Welcome Receptions

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Tyler Luncheon

Enjoy a luncheon and visit Tyler Arboretum, which was started as the farm of Quaker brothers Minshall and Jacob Painter. The Painter brothers planted about a thousand trees and shrubs in the mid-1800s. In 1944, Laura Tyler bequeathed the property to the public. John C. Wister, the first director, planned the circular trail linking the collections of rhododendrons, lilacs, crabapples, cherries and magnolias. Dr. Wister established a major collection of Dexter rhododendrons.


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Jenkins Wine & Dine

After we freshen up at The Desmond hotel, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens will host a Wine & Dine Garden Party in the gardens on Thursday evening. Jenkins was established in 1976 and has 15 acres of rhododendrons, azaleas, and many other ericaceous plants. Jenkins is the region's premier showcase for rhododendrons and azaleas. This botanically rich and diverse garden is a beautiful example of how a colorful woodland garden can be created in a naturalistic style using mostly native plants. It is home to the ARS Valley Forge Chapter.


The extensive plant sale will open Thursday evening

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Fri., May 17, 2019, Gardens Tour

Mt. Cuba | Longwood | WynEden | Return to Top

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Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center is a wonderland of native plants. It was created in the 1930’s by Lammot du Pont Copeland, a CEO of du Pont Company. Mt Cuba became most famous for its woodland wildflower garden beloved by Mrs. Copeland, who had a great appreciation for native plants and naturalistic gardening. This led to the establishment of the Mt Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora; the entire property became the nonprofit Mt Cuba Center after Mrs. Copeland died in 2001.


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Longwood Gardens

Have lunch at Longwood Gardens which was started in 1798 when Quaker twin brothers, Joshua and Samuel Peirce began planting an arboretum around their house. It opened in 1850 as Pierce’s Park. The property began to deteriorate rapidly, until industrialist Pierre S. du Pont bought it in 1906 to save the trees. Du Pont set about creating a proliferation of gardens, fountains, water gardens, and conservatories that are now Longwood Gardens, one of the most famous horticultural display gardens in the world.


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Guymon's WynEden

Friday’s tour will include Wayne Guymon’s amazing private garden, WynEden, which was featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. WynEden is a 9.5 acre site containing over 4,000 different plants and cultivars, 15,000 hostas, 7,000 Rhododendrons & Azaleas, 3 ponds, 3 streams and 5 acres of edited woodland. Tucked away between two ranges of low hills and surrounded by mature, native woodlands, the site itself is spectacular at any time of the year. The Philadelphia Inquirer called it a "bucolic idyll."


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Sat., May 18, 2019, Gardens Tour

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Stoneleigh Estate

We will visit the newly opened Stoneleigh Estate, the former home of the John Haas family of Rohm & Haas pharmaceuticals.  It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, sons of Fredrick Law Olmstead. With a full history stretching back to 1887, the Stoneleigh Estate remains a home to trees that sprouted more than a century ago. This estate was given to the Natural Lands Trust and will be opened to the public in 2018. It will be the newest old garden in America.


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Moser's Garden

For many years, Perc Moser balanced a challenging career in banking with his love of gardening and rhododendrons. Perc Moser's private garden features many of his own hybrids and the best of the other rhododendrons grown along Philadelphia's Main Line. Perc is treasurer of the ARS Research Foundation and President of Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens.


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Morris Arboretum

Lunch will be at Morris Arboretum, part of the University of Pennsylvania and the official arboretum of the state of Pennsylvania. Formerly the home of horticulturists and civic leaders John T. Morris and his sister Lydia, Morris Arboretum showcases some of the region’s oldest and largest trees on its 92 acres. Morris was established in 1889 and became a public garden in 1933. It is home to the ARS Greater Philadelphia Chapter.


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Mills' Garden

The private garden of Michael Martin Mills features rhododendrons in a setting of a wide variety of other ornamental plants. Michael is the North American registrar for rhododendrons and occasional garden writer. He is a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and is involved with exhibits at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.


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Sun., May 19, 2019, Self Guided Tours

Open public and private gardens to visit.

Experience Philadelphia - America's Garden Capital

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Banquets

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AHM

Friday Evening

Friday evening's banquet will be in the American Helicopter Museum. The AHM celebrates Philadelphia as home of America's helicopter industry. The AHM collection contains over 40 autogyros, convertiplanes, and helicopters, including some early generation models. It includes a helicopter from the TV series MASH. The program will be announced.


Desmond

Saturday Evening

Saturday evening’s banquet will be in The Desmond Hotel's distinctive banquet room which is a legendary destination for celebrations ranging from weddings to corporate dinners. Following the banquet will be the ARS Business Meeting, the presentation of awards, and a keynote speaker. The keynote speaker will be announced.


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Promotion & Theme

The theme is The Philadelphia Story - Rhododendrons in America's Garden Capital.

ARS2019Logos (PDF) NEW or ARS2019LogosAlt (PDF) NEW

The convention is based in the beautiful The Desmond Hotel and tours the best of historic gardens of Philadelphia. These gardens owe their heritage to Quakers farmers and development to gunpowder, and drugs (pharmaceuticals).

ARS2019 Promo (PowerPoint)  revised 3/9/17 or ARS2019 Promo (PDF)  revised 3/10/17

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It you have any questions or comments, please let me know at rhodyman@earthlink.net.

Steve Henning
ARS2019 Co-Chair


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