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The American Peony Society's Annual Convention
for APS Members
May 13 – 17, 2015
GALT HOUSE HOTEL
140 N Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Hosted by the Midwest Peony Society
We’re kicking off early this year to give APS members an opportunity to enjoy all things peony and more! The 2015 Convention will be your opportunity to enjoy a new venue. Stay at a luxurious waterfront hotel in the heart of Louisville, broaden your horizons with two days of tours, savor delicious meals, add to your peony collection at a spectacular auction, be entertained by a nationally-known banquet speaker, learn from seminars on a wide-range of topics, benefit from networking with peony growers and best of all, meet up with your old peony friends and make some new ones.
We welcome non-members to visit us at the Galt House on Saturday and Sunday for the cut flower exhibition. You may attend as a participant in the specimen and artistic design classes or view one of the most spectacular displays of peonies in North America. Be prepared to fall in love and don’t forget your camera!
On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the public is also welcome to attend informational seminars on a wide range of peony-related topics. A timetable with subject, speaker and hotel location will also be available on the APS website. Vendors and door prizes will also be available. All non-member events are free of charge.
The following is an outline of the events we have arranged. More details including the seminar schedule will be posted here in March.
Wednesday, May 13
Award of Landscape Merit (ALM) Judges Training Workshop — Part I. This will be an evening meeting at the hotel
OPTIONAL TOUR — thursday, may 14
Board a chartered motorcoach at the hotel for guided tours of the Whitehall Mansion and Gardens. Available to the first 50 registrants. www.historicwhitehall.org — Fee: $15
Next stop, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens with picnic lunch. www.yewdellgardens.org — Fee: $25
Some attendees will choose to attend the ALM Judges Training Workshop — Part II, at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens after lunch, while others will return to the hotel. Transportation back to the hotel will also be available after the workshop.
Thursday evening, attend the APS Board of Directors Meeting, with a break for dinner, at the hotel. — Fee: $35
optional tour — Friday, May 15
W is for WOW! We will travel via chartered motorcoach to Lincliff where we will tour the gardens of Sue Grafton (yes, Sue Grafton, the famous crime novelist) and Steve Humphrey. After researching their garden’s famous landscape designs, they have spent years refurbishing the grounds of this 1912 estate. In addition to restoring original garden elements, the couple has added new features inspired by some of the most famous gardens in the world. Just don’t get lost in the eight-foot-high maze of blue point junipers or you will miss our next stop for “Fun Day at the Farm” at Huber’s Orchard and Winery, complete with fried chicken buffet. Next, we will travel to Floyds Knobs, Indiana to visit the garden of APS Director, Don Smith, and his wife, Kathy. Explore the 10-year-old acre-and-a-half collector’s garden with more than 500 peonies and unique garden sculptures. Then it will be time to return to the hotel for an evening on your own. — Fee: $40
“Exhibiting Peonies” seminar at the hotel in late afternoon.
All optional tours include round trip transportation
and only attendees riding the chartered motorcoaches
will be included in the tours and meals.
Saturday, May 16
Saturday morning’s schedule begins early with the preparation for the Exhibition. After the judging and awards are placed, the Exhibition will be open to the public. Educational opportunities will be provided by the afternoon seminars. In the evening there will be more time to socialize, followed by a buffet dinner, Annual General Membership Meeting and an unprecedented array of items up for auction. Allen Bush of Jelitto Perennial Seeds will be the speaker.
Sunday, May 17
The Exhibition continues with more seminars in the afternoon. And, of course, your volunteer time in assisting with clean-up is always appreciated.
PREPAID CONVENTION FEE: $125 USD for each attendee. APS membership required.
¤ Please pay your convention fee with completed form by April 10.
¤ After April 10, 2015, please use the contact information below to check availability. If space is available, please add a late fee of $25 to your total.
¤ Convention fees are refundable if you cancel by March 31.
¤ Restricted dietary option on two meal selections is available. Indicate selection of this option by circling on the form, pay the additional $10.00 fee for each meal and you will be contacted for arrangements.
After APS has received your form and payment, expect confirmation within 7 business days. If you have not received confirmation within that time period, please contact
or (816) 459-9386.
Galt House Hotel offers many amenities including Club 360 Rooftop Fitness Center, nine restaurants and lounges, 24-hour on-site deli, UPS Business Center, retail stores, salons and spa and a 24/7 computer and printing center. Plus, complimentary wireless internet in guestrooms and throughout the hotel’s public areas.
¥ Rivue Tower — Deluxe Guestroom $135 (plus tax) per night; with coffee maker, iron/board and hair dryer
¥ Suite Tower — Executive Suite $155 (plus tax) per night; One-bedroom suite with one king size bed, sitting area with pullout sofa, bar area with refrigerator, coffee maker, iron/board and hair dryer.
¤ Options for king or queen beds, subject to availability.
¤ Currently room taxes and fees total 16.07%.
¤ Maximum of four persons per room.
¤ No smoking; service animals only.
¤ To ensure hotel reservations, Galt House requires one night guarantee (including taxes), using either a check, money order or credit card.
¤ Cancellation of hotel reservations must be made 48 hours in advance of the arrival date. Failure to notify the hotel will result in a charge of one night’s room rate, plus taxes.
hotel reservations: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/APS51315; phone (800) 626-1814.
¤ The last day to make hotel reservations at the APS rate is Monday, April 13, 2015.
¤ Check in: 3 p.m. Check out: 11 am — Eastern Daylight Time.
Parking is available on site in the hotel’s attached, covered garage for all registered guests. The current rate is $15 per night for self-parking and $25.00 per night for valet parking. Fee subject to change.
Louisville International Airport (SDF) is located 10 minutes from Galt House Hotel. Travel cost is approximately $18 each way, by cab. Other arrangements can be made for groups—see “Galt House Hotel Fact Sheet” for more information.
for questions concerning
the 2015 APS Convention, contact:
don’t forget your camera! See you in louisville!