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2016 National Meeting

Cherry Valley Lodge - Newark, OH

Dennis Groh Japanese Garden
Dennis Groh Japanese Garden


Conifers and the Japanese Gardening Influence in Ohio

The American Conifer Society’s 2016 annual National Conference will be held at the Cherry Valley Lodge, Newark, Ohio from June 23 through 25.

The conference will have an Asian flavor highlighting three gardens with extensive conifer collections that incorporate Japanese gardening styles. One evening speaker will take you on a virtual tour of some of Japan’s greatest gardens and another will talk about the art of bonsai. This conference has limited garden tours in order to include a lecture series.

Details are available in the Winter edition of the Conifer Quarterly. A registration form is included in the CQ or can be found at the link below, but note that your hotel registration must be made separately.  The Cherry Valley Lodge is offering a special rate of $104 per night (phone 740-788-1200). Please mention the ACS when you make your booking.

A list of pre- and post-conference gardens will be available to all registrants prior to the conference.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Dennis Groh will help kick off the meeting on Thursday night with his presentation “Japanese Gardens — Elements, Influences and Evolution, “addressing Japanese gardening history and culture and key design concepts, which can be applied to home gardens. He’ll take us on a virtual tour of some of Japan’s greatest gardens based on his travels.

On Friday night, Jack Wikle will present “Bonsai, What It Is and What It Isn’t.” Jack is a nationally recognized bonsai artist, teacher and consultant to organizations such as Michigan State University’s Hidden Lake Gardens and the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Jack is a past editor of the journal of the American Bonsai Society, and he has exhibited at national and international events.

The Friday morning lecture and workshop session will feature:

Brent Markus, Conifer Kingdom & Rare Tree Nursery, on “Utilizing Conifers and Maples to Create a Four-Season Landscape”

Gary Whittenbaugh on “Conifer Companions” covering plants that complement our dwarf conifers.

Lisa Harris Hollister, Esq. on recent developments in genetic modification of plants to address horticultural problems including termite, rot and deer resistance. Conifer field test results will be presented.

David Dannaher will present “Propagating Conifers and Other Ornamental Plants” discussing steps that he has found work for both conifers and other rare and unusual plants, including a demonstration and examples of plants.

“Stump The Experts” – Bring your conifer questions. Our group of experts is bound to have the answers for you.



Dawes Arboretum – This arboretum consists of over 2,000 acres, including the Conifer Glen, and a Japanese Garden.





Schnormeier Japanese Garden

Schnormeier Gardens – Ted and Ann Schnormeier have developed their 50 acres since 1996. The gardens have a distinct Asian flavor and rare conifers are plentiful.






Mission Oaks, conifers
MIssion Oaks Garden

Mission Oaks Garden — This urban garden showcases hundreds of both common and unusual plants, including 300 conifers, many of which are not native to North America.





Ariel-Foundation Park – This is a new public green space located on the site of the former Pittsburg Plate Glass plant. Although not a conifer garden, the park will be a place to stretch our legs and enjoy lakes, woods and historic facilities.

  1. danielspear commented

    I have not seen a schedule of events. Maybe I am just missing it? It would be helpful to know what time we need to be there in booking flights, etc. Thank you.

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  2. David Olszyk commented

    Hey guys, there was a really good description of the event with itinerary in the winter CQ. I doubt that things would have changed significantly, so I’d go with it. Took a look starting on page 21.
    winter CQ

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  3. David Olszyk commented

    according to the CQ article:
    “A list of pre- and post-conference gardens open to conference goers will be available to all registrants prior to the conference.”

    Is this what you folks are after?

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  4. David Speth commented

    Next week, two items will be available to registrants: 1) list of nearby arboretum, nurseries and other points of interest; and 2) list of nearby private gardens that will be open on June 23 and June 26. If you’d like a copy ASAP send email to

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