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2018 National Meeting and Post-meeting Tour

Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle - Cary, NC

Pinus taeda at JC Raulston Arboretum (by Sandy Horn)


The 2018 American Conifer Society National Meeting, hosted by the Southeast Region, will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina from June 14-17. We will also offer a post-meeting tour June 17-18 and we have lined up many beautiful things to see and do. Our hotel is the Embassy Suites in Cary, just outside the city of Raleigh. (We stayed a weekend at this hotel when we were looking for venues for the meeting and were very impressed.) Each room is a suite and has a refrigerator and microwave for that midnight snack, and free Wi-fi. The breakfast buffet is top notch. TripAdvisor gives the hotel 4 ½ stars!

Meeting Schedule and Itinerary

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Registration form to download, print and mail

Reserve Your Hotel Room Online

Bus tours on Friday and Saturday include some very special private conifer gardens (details to follow!), as well as two marvelous public gardens, where we will have lunch:

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P Duke Gardens


The Gardens officially began in 1934, when Dr. Frederick Moir Hanes, a faculty member at the Duke Medical School, persuaded Sarah P. Duke to give $20,000 to finance the planting of flowers in a debris-filled ravine. By 1935, there were over 100 flower beds with 40,000 irises, 25,000 daffodils, 10,000 small bulbs and assorted annuals. Unfortunately, the heavy rains of that summer and the flooding stream completely washed away the original gardens! By Sarah’s death in 1936, the original gardens were completely destroyed. Dr. Hanes convinced Sarah‘s daughter, Mary Duke Biddle, to finance a new garden on higher ground as a memorial to her mother. Ellen Biddle Shipman, a pioneer in American landscape design, was chosen to create the new garden, known as the Terraces, in the Italianate style. They are considered by many to be her greatest work.

Conifers at the Duke Gardens


Duke Gardens is situated on 55 acres on the campus of Duke University and is named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by Tripadvisor. Among its many features are Italianate terraces, a Japanese Garden, a garden of native plants, a white garden, and a SITES certified organic food garden.

JC Raulston Arboretum

Japanese Garden at JC Raulston Arboretum (by Sandy Horn)


 The Raulston is a 10.5 acre arboretum and botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University. The Arboretum was established in 1976 by the late Dr. James Chester “JC” Raulston.  In 1975, JC arrived in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University to teach and to start an arboretum to serve as a living laboratory for students and faculty, and a resource for professionals in the green industry and for the public. In 1976, with a master plan drawn up by his graduate student, Fielding Scarborough, JC made the first plantings at the North Carolina State University Research Farm Unit 4 (now the Horticultural Field Laboratory). Over the years, the Arboretum grew to ten and a half contiguous acres, and was renamed in his memory as the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, It has achieved international recognition for its imaginative use of resources and the excellence of its plant collections.

The current director is Mark Weathington.

While there are two designated conifer areas in JCRA, many conifers are displayed in mixed plantings so that visitors can explore how conifers can be used in their own gardens.  The Raulston is an ACS Reference Garden.

We have secured two wonderful speakers: Tony Avent, owner of Plants Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, and Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Of course, we will be holding the legendary silent and live auctions!

Sunday morning you will have a chance to go home with a treasure from the fabulous ‘Morning After Sale’. TOTALLY not to be missed!


Post-Meeting Tour: Asheville, NC Area  Sunday, June 17-18, 2018

Galloway garden (by Sandy Horn)


The post-meeting tour offers a rare opportunity to see hidden gems in the Asheville, NC area and to enjoy a lovely dinner at the garden of members Missy and Wayne Galloway. Dinner in their spectacular garden will be followed by an auction of special conifers and maples, limited to post-meeting tour participants.  We are filling out the agenda for the tour with more gardens and opportunities for acquiring plants from the premier nurserymen in the area.  We highly recommend that you also take time to explore Asheville, which is one of the great treasures of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Vanderbilts chose to spend their summers here at Biltmore Estate and the shopping, restaurants, and galleries cater to eclectic tastes.

Register Online Now

Registration form to download, print and mail.

We will be staying at the Doubletree by Hilton in Asheville. Reserve your hotel room online.

This is just a taste of what the 2018 National Meeting will include. Please check this site often. We will be posting more details as they become available.  We will also include articles in future editions of ConiferQuarterly. Save those dates!!!

Highlights of the 2018 National Meeting

Highlights of the 2018 Post-meeting Tour

Descriptions of the 2018 Post-meeting Tour Gardens

We hope to see you there!

Jeff and Jennifer Harvey

SE Region Sec./Treasure and chairs of the 2018 National Meeting









  1. danielspear commented

    Is there a special room rate at the hotel for the conference? If so, what is the code? Thank you.

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  2. Jeff Harvey commented

    Yes, there is a special rate, just tell them you are with the American Conifer Society when you call. Thanks

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  3. Jeff Harvey commented

    There is also a special rate for the post tour hotel in Asheville as well that includes breakfast with the room just tell them ACS or American Conifer Society as well. Thanks

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  4. Sara Malone commented

    Just at the semi-annual board meeting and registrations are shaping up nicely!

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  5. Barbie Colvin commented

    We’re starting to work on securing plants and fun ‘stuff’ for the auction and you won’t want to miss either of those two ‘adventures’.

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  6. Jeff Harvey commented

    If you would like to help support the society we have some sponsorship opportunities available. Just let me know if you are interested and we will find something. Tote bags for one is still open. Thank you

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  7. Sara Malone commented

    Jeff what are the available sponsorships? Have you sent a note to all of the SER institutional members? Bartlett was a big sponsor for us in the WR in 2015. I bet they’d be happy to do it again. They provide tote bags and pens and the bags were really nice.

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  8. Elena Jordan commented

    I could not find a timeline of events and we are travelling from the west coast, so we need to make sure we arrive on time. I assume that like previous annual meetings the first event is a welcome party at 5:00 on Thursday?

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  9. Sara Malone commented

    Elena you are almost certainly correct but Jeff and Jennifer will know for sure. I’ll ask them to clarify. Looking forward to seeing you guys there!

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  10. Jeff Harvey commented

    For those that are coming in on Wednesday or early Thursday before the meeting we have a members garden that is open before the official welcome social hour on Thursday at 5:00 which will be at the hotel. There will be a notice sent to the attendees of the meeting about the open gardens oon Thursday that will be open from 12:00 to 3:00pm.

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  11. Jeff Harvey commented

    Just a reminder for those that are flying in to Raleigh for the meeting and going to the post tour. Travel between the two cities is on your own but we are working on a ride share list. If you need a ride or if you can supply a ride please let us know. Thank you.

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  12. Sandy Horn commented

    It’s going to be a blast! Don’t miss the early registration deadline of April 15th!

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