2015 American Hosta Society Convention

June 18, 19, 20 Raleigh, NC


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Thanks for coming!

"Nancy and I would like to thank every one of the 418 attendees that made their way to Raleigh for the 2015 AHS National Convention. By all accounts, most everyone had a relaxed, fun time despite the near 100 degree heat. Thank goodness for those evening thunderstorms.

The garden hosts did a great job preparing their gardens, each with their own personal touch, and they so enjoyed meeting all of you.

We had one of the most attractive Hosta Shows in recent memory. Every division had entrees including 4 Educational Exhibits! Thanks to all who brought their high quality leaves, troughs, and potted hostas, the judges, and especially the Show Committee.

The AHS is as strong as ever and hostas have not lost any of their appeal based on the large number of newcomers that attended. New friends were made and old acquaintances renewed. I had a ball! Again, thanks for coming, see you in St. Louis next year."

Bob Solberg






Welcome to the 2015 American Hosta Society Convention

Invitation
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.

Schedule
2015 AHS Convention dated are Thursday- Saturday, June 18-20, 2015 with optional tours on your own on Wednesday, June 17. See the Schedule "Schedule" page for schedule details.

Registration
Registration for the Convention is $230. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2015. Go to the Registration page for details on how to register for the 2015 AHS Convention.

Hotel
Hilton North Raleigh North/Midtown, 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC 27609, 919-872-2323. Special Double Room Rate $105.00. Go to the Hotel page for more information how to make your hotel reservation and to link to the hotel website.

Tour Gardens
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.
See the Tour Gardens page to see pictures of all the tour gardens.

Scientific Session
We plan to have an old fashion Scientific Session, 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.

Speakers
  • Andrew Marlow
  • Don Dean
  • Igor Viznyy
  • Danny Lawson
  • Jeff Miller
Hosta Show
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 newest creations. 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 Hosta Show page.

Vending
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 Vendors page.

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!

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Auction
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 "Variety Vacationland". 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 Links page.

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