2022 National Meeting and Post-Meeting Tour

Date: Thursday, September 15, 4:00 PM - Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 4:00 PM
Place: Marriott Philadelphia West , 111 Crawford Avenue, West Conshohocken, PA 19428

Chanticleer Garden
Chanticleer Garden

PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORMS: A separate Registration Form and Fee is required for each event.

National Meeting Registration Form (Sept 15-18) - Maximum Attendees = 200.

For online registration click here

Post-Meeting Tour Registration Form (Sept 18-20) - Maximum Attendees = 52; Minimum Attendees = 30.

For online registration click here

Registration Deadline Both Events: August 15, 2022. No registrations at the door.

National Meeting Chairs: Mike Larkin, Frank Goodhart

Contact for Auction Donations: Ted Hildebrant. Important Plant Donation Information (See Below).


Program Overview: Where can you find over 30 public gardens in a 30-mile radius? Philadelphia! And that doesn't include private gardens. The ACS National Meeting planners, Mike Larkin and Frank Goodhart, have lined up a great schedule of talks and visits to several public and cutting-edge private gardens. Public gardens include Chanticleer, Morris Arboretum, Stoneleigh, and Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. The last two are recently anointed ACS Conifer Reference Gardens, which demonstrate that conifers are on the rise and much loved in the Philly area. Private gardens on the schedule are those of Fred and Helen Consaley, and Michael Kates. These private gardens are just as impressive for their size as the public gardens, given that they don’t have the public resources and staff to develop and maintain them. They are also focused heavily on conifers, which heightens their appeal.

The meeting kicks off Thursday night with dinner and a talk by William Thomas, Executive Director of the Chanticleer Foundation, on “The Art of Gardening at Chanticleer.” Bill is a life member and former president of the ACS. Then we're off for two days of spectacular garden tours. You won’t want to miss the popular conifer auction on Saturday night and the parking lot sale on Sunday.

The Winter 2022 issue of CONIFERQUARTERLY features a full article and pictures about the National Meeting Tour. Want to know more? Please contact Mike Larkin.

To register for the National Meeting, please click here!

If you plan a longer stay in the Philadelphia area, check out America's Garden Capital for more ideas.


Sept 15: Arrival Marriott Hotel in West Conshohocken, Open Gardens

Sept 16-17: Chanticleer Garden, Morris Arboretum, Stoneleigh Garden, Temple Ambler Arboretum, plus 2 Private Gardens

Sept 18: Departure, Parking Lot Sale

NATIONAL MEETING HOTEL: Your hotel registration must be made separately.

Headquarters for the 2022 National Meeting is the Marriott Philadelphia West in West Conshohocken, PA, about 10 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia.

The ACS rate is $134/night plus tax, guaranteed until August 24, 2022. For reservations, book at American Conifer Society National Meeting, or call 800-228-9290 and ask for the American Conifer Society room block.


Program Overview: Mike Larkin, Frank Goodhart and their team including Rebecca Boylan and Dan Romenesko have outdone themselves putting together three action-packed days. Attendees will visit four unique public garden sites (two of them with specialty nurseries) and three outstanding private gardens. Unwind in the evenings at the elegant Golden Plough Inn in New Hope, PA, with a Murder Mystery dinner thrown in Sunday night for entertainment. The Spring 2022 issue of CONIFERQUARTERLY will feature a full article and pictures about the Post-Meeting Tour. Want to know more? Please contact Mike Larkin.

To register for this terrific post-meeting tour, please click here!


Sept 18: Bus Departure from Marriott Hotel in West Conshohocken, Paxson Hill Farm, Goodwin Garden, Murder Mystery Dinner

Sept 19: Ruchelman Garden, Shinn Garden, Grounds for Sculpture

Sept 20: The Gardens at Mill Fleurs and Tiffany Perennials, Scott Arboretum, Return to Marriott Hotel in West Conshohocken

POST-MEETING TOUR HOTEL: Your hotel registration must be made separately.

The host hotel for the post-meeting tour will be the Golden Plough Inn, 5883 Lower York Rd., New Hope, PA 18938. For reservations please call 215-794-4004. The ACS rate is $139/night plus tax, guaranteed until August 24, 2022. Ask for the American Conifer Society room block when making reservations.

The post-meeting tour will be limited to 52 people, the maximum that the accommodations will allow. A minimum of 30 people must register for the tour to run. The Golden Plough Inn is holding a block of rooms for us in two adjacent buildings. One building does not have an elevator, but the hotel staff will help with the luggage. If you need elevator access to reach your room, please inform the hotel at registration.

At the time of the event, all or some of the venues may require masks for COVID safety. We will follow State COVID guidelines or the venue’s requirements at that time. We will provide an update as the event approaches.

*IMPORTANT - PLANT DONATIONS* - Due to the necessity to comply with state and federal plant inspection requirements, if you plan to donate plants for the auction you must notify us prior to the meeting. Please email Ted Hildebrant, or call 585-733-1864, with details of what you plan to donate. Thank you.

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Diane McKnight

Would you ever consider doing it virtual?
Or is that an option?

Deb Guardia

Diane, thank you for your inquiry. The 2022 National Meeting will be held in-person. We did not consider a virtual National meeting at this time. Last year, the ACS and its Regions started hosting virtual programs. These went well and were very well received. These types of presentations continue even now. However, hosting a virtual National meeting would require much more expertise. Of course, this is something we could investigate in the future as events unfold.

Ann Vogtschaller

Would love to attend in September!

Deb Guardia

Ann, registration materials and more information about the National Conference and the Post Tour will soon be posted here. Please check back!


Rebecca Stames

New member here...just joined today. I'd like to attend!!

Editors note: Registration forms are being posted shortly.

Thank you

James Schlitt

Is the hotel refundable and is Thursday dinner included?
Thank you, Jim Schlitt