2018 National Meeting
Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle - Cary, NC
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!!!
SE Region Sec./Treasure and chairs of the 2018 National Meeting