Make the most of your convention!
Do we want you to have a great visit? You betcha!
When you arrive at the convention, you will receive a Convention Handbook. This will be your guide for the entire event. Check the handbook for where to be and when.
At Registration, attendees will check in and pick up their gift bag, handbook, name badge, auction list and bidding number, attendance roster, and Emmerich gift plant. Attendees will also sign up for a garden tour bus as well as a banquet table for Friday and Saturday. Hospitality volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and help as needed.
Thursday is the kick-off for three jam-packed days.
Optional Arboretum Tour—Thursday morning
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is among the best in the country. A narrated tram tour will provide an overview, with plenty of time to stroll through eye-popping display gardens. Lunch is included. Details and photos here.
If you have time on Wednesday and Thursday, or after Saturday, extend your visit with open gardens. The Open Garden list will be posted in the spring of 2013 here. Public gardens and conservatories are listed here.
SCIENCE THURSDAY—1:00-5:30 pm
We have expanded the science program for Thursday! Stop in as your schedule permits.
1:00-3:30 pm Mini-Seminars
Presentations made up of 8-10 short (10-15 minutes each) educational presentations on a variety of topics with an emphasis on hybridizing. More details to be announced.
3:30 pm-4:00 pm AHS Registrar Kevin Walek: “How to Register a Daylily”
Learn the latest about registration procedures and get answers to your registration-related questions.
4:00 pm-4:45 pm Scientific Forum: Jonathan Poulton, “In Search of the Elusive Blue Daylily”
Don’t miss this popular program! Jonathan Poulton received his doctorate in plant biochemistry from Oxford (1974) and was a professor in Botany and Biology at the University of Iowa (1979-2010). His interest in daylily growing and hybridizing began in 2006. Most recently, he has focused on strategies to bring us ever closer to a blue daylily.
4:45 pm-5:30 pm Hybridizers Forum
Bring topics and questions for a lively discussion with the experts.
Live Auction—Thursday, 7:30 pm
Cash Bar opens at 5:30 pm
Be the proud owner of exciting new daylilies! Study the Live Auction List and plan to win big! We’ll have more info for you as the convention gets closer, so check for updates here.
Garden Tours—Friday and Saturday
We’ll be up bright and early for garden tours by motor coach bus on Friday and Saturday, with a plated sit-down breakfast at the hotel before boarding. We’ll take a different bus route each day—east and west—with stops at three gardens plus a memorable lunch site each day; check them out here and here. Attendees will visit all gardens and both lunch sites over the two days. Restrooms will be available on the buses, at lunch sites, and in all but one of the tour gardens. More Tour Garden details here.
Boutique—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
The Boutique will fill two large rooms near the Grand Ballroom. Look for Silent Auctions, Chinese Auctions, Vendor Booths, and a fabulous Bargain Table. More details here.
Regional Officers Meetings—Thursday and Friday
Put names with faces during the convention and bring your questions and concerns to the Regional Officers Forum on Thursday and the Regional Officers Business Meeting on Friday. Check the schedule for times here.
Workshops and Clinics—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Is it time to renew your Exhibition Judge and/or Garden Judge appointment? Or do you want to begin training? Expert instructors will conduct clinics and workshops during the convention. Pre-register for sessions on your Registration Form—or register on site during the convention. A small fee will be collected at each session. See the schedule for times and places here.
Roundtable Drop-In—Friday and Saturday, 3:30-5:30 pm
After the buses return to the hotel on Friday and Saturday, take a few moments to drop in for a conversation or two.
Youth Meeting—Friday, 4 pm
This is your time to meet with other youth at the convention.
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