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ARS 2019 Convention
Dates - Venue - Garden Tours - Banquets - Promos
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.
Philadelphia's garden heritage was started by Quaker farmers and fostered by gunpowder and drugs.
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.
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.
Thu., May 16, 2019, Gardens and Welcome Receptions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open public and private gardens to visit.
Experience Philadelphia - America's Garden Capital
The theme is The Philadelphia Story - Rhododendrons in America's Garden Capital.
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).
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Last Updated: May 27, 2017