Welcome to the 2015 American Hosta Society Convention
Nancy and Bob Solberg would like to invite you to come visit beautiful North Carolina
next June and have nothing but fun at the 2015 American Hosta Society National Convention.
It will be held in Raleigh, NC, June 18-20 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown.
Our theme is "Back to the Future". We plan to combine the friendliness and simplicity of the conventions in the 90's
while focusing on the future of hostas and hosta gardening.
The Scientific Session will be a view of the best unnamed seedlings from
hybridizers all over the world. There will be a containerized competition for
seedlings and sports in the Hosta Show also, and the tour gardens will demonstrate
the latest in hosta container gardening which is taking the South by storm.
And yes, we have buses for everyone, because it is "greener"
and for our tours they just make good sense.
2015 AHS Convention dated are Thursday- Saturday, June 18-20, 2015 with optional tours
on your own on Wednesday, June 17. See the
"Schedule" page for schedule details.
Registration for the Convention is $230. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2015.
Go to the
page for details on how to register for the 2015 AHS Convention.
Hilton North Raleigh North/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-872-2323.
Special Double Room Rate $105.00. Go to the
page for more information how to make your
hotel reservation and to link to the hotel website.
On Thursday evening we will visit Tony Avent's Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Gardens. The nursery and extensive gardens are renowned for their diversity of rare plant material including many new hybrids produced as part of their research mission.
On Friday, we will visit 5 local residential gardens including David Spain's nationally known moss garden.
On Friday our lunch stop will be at the North Carolina State Farmers
Market in Raleigh. In addition to the wide selection of produce available
from North Carolina, (it should be peach season), there are many interesting
plants for sale also. You will enjoy a gourmet box lunch and then snack your
way around the market testing the free samples.
On Saturday morning, the buses will take you to
Green Hill Farm
in Franklinton, owned by Nancy and Bob Solberg,
which is one of the leading sources of new hostas.
page to see pictures of all the tour gardens.
We plan to have an old fashion
Thursday afternoon, rather than a series of lectures. The topic will be the "Future of Hostas" and hosta hybridizers everywhere are invited to send Bob Solberg, (HostaBob@gmail.com) a photo of their three best unnamed seedlings along with a description, parentage, etc. They will then be presented in a PowerPoint presentation as a group, alphabetized by hybridizer. Hybridizers who attend the convention will be allowed to answer questions as time allows.
- Andrew Marlow
- Don Dean
- Igor Viznyy
- Danny Lawson
- Jeff Miller
As is the custom we will put on the Hosta Leaf Show. Not only will we
have the display of leaves and the artistic division but also a containerized seedling and sport contest,
(Division VII). Here is another chance for hybridizers to show off their
Note a change in the artistic division (Division VI) show rules. The arrangements will now be placed on tables and not in niches or pedestals.
Check out this change and all of the Hosta Show information on the
We plan to have a good number of hosta vendors at the convention.
We will have other plants available also as well as other items to decorate
your garden or home. Vending is open to the general public.
For more information, go to the
And some good news for all our attendees from outside the US!
There will be an inspector on site Saturday, June 20th to issue phytosanitary certificates.
Information on the applicable fee and the hours for inspection will be provided at the Convention .... so go ahead and bring that extra,
empty suitcase for all your plant purchases!
Saturday afternoon we will have our annual auction open to the public.
It usually features new hostas, rare hostas, and large hosta clumps as
well as other hosta related items. It is also entertaining and educational
so please save a little room on your credit card for Saturday afternoon purchases.
Things To Do
North Carolina is a wonderful place to visit; it is called
From the mountains to the coast there are memorable sights to discover and enjoy.
Finally, there will be the usual meetings, judging clinics and an Awards Banquet
on Saturday night. We will also provide a list of public gardens
and nurseries that you can visit before or after the convention on your own.For more
information, go to the
Nancy and I hope you will plan to extend your stay here and make a vacation out of your
trip. We promise you a different look at hosta gardening, here in the South,
maybe a little more practical or maybe just a little more tropical.
So bring your flip flops and we'll do the driving. Remember, it's all about
having fun!!! Hope to see you there.
See you at the convention!
Bob and Nancy Solberg