Virginia is for Conifer Lovers! 2019 Southeast Region Meeting

Date: Friday, October 18 - Sunday, October 20, 2019
Place: Hampton Inn Gloucester, Forest Hill Avenue, Gloucester, VA, USA

The 2019 Southeast Region Annual Meeting, October 18th and 19th, 2019, will be held near the coast of the Chesapeake Bay in Gloucester, VA! We will see several wonderful gardens with conifers, as well as have time to eat fresh oysters and Maryland crabs.

You can register online by clicking on this button: 2019 SER Online Registration

If you prefer to mail in your registration, you can download a printable registration form here: Registration form.

Register by September 1st to receive a $25 early registration discount!

The Conference Hotel: The Hampton Inn, 6638 Forest Hill Ave., Gloucester, VA - Phone: 804-693-9393.

Hotel reservations must be made by phone to receive the special rate of $109 + tax. Mention "American Conifer Society" when you call. Rates are only guaranteed until September 18th.

The Hampton Inn is located just a few minutes from our hosts, Brent and Becky Heath and their family.

T.batalini 'Bronze Charm' with Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Nana Lutea'. Photo by Brent & Becky's

The Meeting: Our meeting activities will be based at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs nursery. We will have dinner Friday night at Brent and Becky’s house, just a few minutes away from their nursery, where we can enjoy Brent’s garden. Friday, during set up of the auction plants and then again on Saturday night, we will enjoy Becky’s garden, which is adjacent to the nursery. Between the two gardens, the Heaths have just over 200 conifers mixed in with other shrubs, perennials, and bulbs.

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Sculpture in the Pinckam Garden. Photo by L. Pinkham

Saturday’s tour will take us south along the Chesapeake Bay to Bill and Linda Pinkham’s garden. They are long time owners of one of the best nurseries in the area and have graciously opened their garden for us.

Pamela Harper

We will stop for a wonderful lunch before heading to the garden of award-winning garden author, Pamela Harper. Neither of these spectacular gardens is routinely open to the public.

The dinner and auction will be back at Brent and Becky’s nursery, where there will be time before the dinner and the conclusion of the auction to visit the garden or shop at the nursery.

Mark your calendars! We hope to see all of you there.


James Schlitt

The Hampton Inn has only one room remaining at $132 + tax. Quality Inn has rooms at a comparable rate as listed in the event info. Jim Schlitt

Ted Williams

8/1/2019. I had no problem getting a room at the Hampton Inn, Gloucester at the ACS rate. To do this, however, I had to call the hotel directly at 804-693-9393. The room that I wanted with two queen beds did not appear on the Hilton Honors website. It only indicated that rooms with one King bed were available at the Internet rack rate.

Sandy Horn

I also had no problem booking a room at the conference rate of $109+tax. As it says above, you must call the hotel and mention the American Conifer Society to get the rate. I was given a double queen room, so apparently they have several configurations available.

Bill Blevins

As announced in the ACS SE newsletter, we are hosting a pre and post open garden for this meeting on October 17 and October 20. We are minutes off I95 just south of Fredericskburg (VA) in Spotsylvania. For address information please contact us at