The American Peony Society’s Annual Convention
May 31–June 2, 2013
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348
Convention Registration Fee:
$105.00 USD for each attendee. Fee covers daily entry to Longwood Gardens; Friday’s tour, lunch and “Taste of Philly” picnic; and Saturday dinner.
• APS membership required.
• After May 4 the registration fee is $130.00 USD.
• Convention reservations will be accepted until May 15.
• Refunds will be available for reservations cancelled before April 30.
Please print and complete the form below to register. You are not registered for the convention, until you pay and submit the completed form.
Convention Hotel Information:
• Hampton Inn and Suites Chadds Ford
40 State Farm Drive
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 19342
Choice between two queen beds and one king bed — $114 USD+ tax. Cut-off date for reduced room rates is May 1, 2013. Check-in: 4:00 pm; Check-out: Noon.
(610) 358-9540 (direct) or 1-800-426-7866
Ask for the American Peony Society rate.
· Complete the form on the screen at left
· Click on “Add special rate codes”
· Group code: APS
There are no hotel shuttle services from the airport available at this time. Thus, a rental car is recommended as the Hampton Inn is 18 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) airport and you will need to provide your own transportation for the 7 miles between the hotel and Longwood Gardens. The cost of a taxicab from the airport is estimated at $75.00 USD per trip.
A list of restaurants will be included in the convention packet available at the hotel hospitality room, 6:00–9:00 pm on Thursday, May 30. Packet will include a Longwood Gardens pass which will be required for FREE entry into the garden for all Longwood events.
FRIDAY, May 31
8:45 am Gather in the Longwood Visitors Center via personal transportation.
9:00 am Longwood Gardens “Behind the Scenes” tour.
Noon – 1:30 pm Group lunch in Longwood’s Founders Room.
2:00 – 5:00 pm Board of Directors meeting in the Catalpa Room; other attendees are free to roam the gardens.
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm “Taste of Philly” at Longwood’s Picnic Area.
8:00 pm Dana Tretheway: “How to Prepare Your Peonies for Exhibition” seminar at the Hampton Inn.
SATURDAY, June 1
7:00 am entrance to Longwood Gardens for exhibitors.
9:00 am entrance to Longwood for all non-exhibitors.
11:00 am Exhibition judging begins.
12:30 pm Exhibition open to the public.
Lunch (not included in the convention fee) will be available at the on-siteTerrace Restaurant or off-site in Kennett Square.
1:00 pm David Michener: “How a National Treasure Just Got Better”—The project to restore, catalog, expand and bring online the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum peony garden.
2:00 pm Walter Good: “Nassos Daphnis, a Life for Art and Peonies”—A biographical look at the artist and tree peony breeder.
3:00 pm Walter Good: “Herbaceous Peonies in Nature”— Wild peonies in Italy, Spain, Sardinia, Sicily, Istria, North Eastern Turkey, Iran, Greece, Romania and the US.
6:00 pm Social on Longwood’s Patio of Oranges.
6:45 pm Dinner will be held in Longwood’s magnificent Ballroom, followed by the General Membership Meeting and the Auction.
Sunday, June 2
9:00 am Longwood Gardens and the APS Exhibition opens.
9:45 am Gather at Winterthur Gardens for optional event—additional payment and registration required. Narrated tour of Winterthur by garden tram and a guided tour of the home, plus lunch. Exit at your leisure before 5:00 pm.
6:00 pm Longwood Gardens and the Exhibition close. Exhibition clean-up begins.
Please use the attached registration form: click here to download and print the form.