The American Peony Society's Annual Convention

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May 31 – June 4, 2017

DOUBLETREE BROWNSTONE RALEIGH

1707 Hillsborough St

Raleigh, North Carollina 27605

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Wednesday- May 31, 2017

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The convention activities will start with a social and picnic dinner in the round shaped Shelter 4 at Pullen Park on May 31st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Come early to enjoy the park - pedal boats on the lake, a restored historical carousel, and a train that circles the park for kids of all ages (adults too)!  The park is within walking distance of the hotel. Dinner will be served at 6:15 pm.  This will be an informal dinner with all food, beverages, and amenities provided. The event will allow you to meet up with your peony friends and to make some new ones, too! You may also pick up your convention registration packet at the picnic. (Please note that there are no day time activities planned for May 31, 2017.)

Thursday- June 1, 2017

Board a chartered motor coach at the hotel for a tour of Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, a historic public garden on the west campus of Duke University. Enjoy a catered picnic lunch in the garden. (A box lunch and beverage(s) will be provided to tour attendees.) Then after lunch head over to the Duke Chapel for a tour of this historic icon and listen to an organ demonstration in this newly restored Chapel.

Next board the bus for an afternoon tour of NC State's JC Raulston Arboretum. With a collection of over 6,500 plants, you are sure to find something new and different at this arboretum and botanical garden. Learn more about Duke Gardens at gardens.duke.edu and the JC Raulston Arboretum at jcra.ncsu.edu.

OPTIONAL ADD ON: Thursday evening - APS Board of Directors meeting and dinner at the hotel. All APS Members are welcome to attend an intimate dinner with the APS Board of Directors.

Friday- June 2, 2017

Board a chartered motor coach at the hotel for a tour of plant hunter Tony Avent's Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden. His gardens contain a wide variety of the newest and best garden plants from around the world. Plant Delights is a mail order nursery. There are only a few opportunities allowed to tour and purchase plants directly from their greenhouses each year. So you won’t want to miss out on this exclusive opportunity! Staff will be available to help with plant selection and purchases. Plant purchases can be shipped directly to your home as well.

Get a taste of NC during lunch with Bill's World Famous Barbecue & Chicken which will be catered on site at Plant Delights Nusery.

After lunch we will tour Adriana Feng's Southern Peony Gardens which contain a wide variety of plants including an extensive peony collection. Afterwards you may return back to the hotel for a Peony Exhibition Judge's Training class and/or an Exhibiting Peonies class.

Saturday- June 3, 2017

Saturday morning’s schedule begins with the preparation for the APS Flower Exhibition. After the judging and awards have been placed, the exhibition will be FREE and open to the public from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Vendors will be selling peonies and peony gardening related merchandise. Three different educational seminars, which will be open to the public, will be held in the afternoon starting at 1:30pm.

Saturday Seminars:
1:30pm GROWING PEONIES FROM SEED by Nate Bremer, Solaris Farms
2:30pm PEONY FLOWER TRANSFORMATION & CLASSIFICATION by Lore Sampson, Rarity Gardens
3:30pm PEONY PROPOGATION: ROOT DIVISION DEMONSTRATION by Piet Wierstra, Oregon Perennial Company

In the evening there will be a social hour, followed by a buffet dinner, the annual general membership meeting, and the highly anticipated banquet auction which will feature a wide variety of items ranging from time tested favorite peonies varieties to the newest and very rare peony varieties.

Sunday- June 4, 2017

The APS Flower Exhibition reopens for public viewing from 10:00am - 4:00pm. Vendors will be selling peonies and peony gardening related merchandise during this time. Convention packets will also include a list of local nurseries you are welcome to visit. As always, your assistance in cleaning up of the APS Flower Exhibition is always appreciated.

NOTE: Be sure to make your reservations for the convention and hotel as soon as possible since there will be limited space available on the tour buses and at the hotel.

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Doubletree Brownstone Raleigh offers many amenities including a 24 hour fitness center, breakfast buffet, on-site restaurant, Harvest Grille, open lunch and dinner, cocktails served each night at the stylish Bistro Bar. Plus, Guest rooms featuring large flat screen HD TVs & complimentary high-speed wireless internet. If you are flying in to the airport, you will need a rental car, Taxi, Uber, or Lyft to get to the hotel.

¥ 2 Queen Beds, Nonsmoking, Breakfast Buffet Included - Single Occupancy $119 (plus tax) per night

¥ 2 Queen Beds, Nonsmoking, Breakfast Buffet Included - Double Occupancy $125 (plus tax) per night

¤ Currently room taxes are 12.75%.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:

¤ Online http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/R/RDUDNDT-APS-20170531/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

¤ Phone (919) 828-0811. Group Code: APS

¤ The last day to make hotel reservations at the APS rate is Thursday, May 11, 2017.

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FOR QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE 2017 APS CONVENTION CONTACT:

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2017 American Peony Society Convention





$150.00
Convention Wednesday Picnic Tooltip No Cost - Wednesday May 31st - Picnic in the Park at 5pm
Convention Board Member Dinner Tooltip $30 Extra - Thursday, June 1st - Board Member Dinner, open to All APS Members


 
2017 Convention Reservation Form

* Please pay your convention fee with the completed form by May 1, 2017.

* After May 1, 2017 please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability. If convention space is available, please add a late fee of $30 to your total.

* No refunds or cancellation after May 17, 2017.

After APS has received your form and payment, expect confirmation within 7 business days. If you have not received confirmation with 7 days, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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* All Vendors Must Submit a Signed Copy of the Vendor Registration Form Even if the Fee is Paid Online.

2017 American Peony Society Vendor Registration





$10.00


 
2017 Convention Vendor Reservation Form

* Please pay your vendor fee with the completed form by May 1, 2017.

* After May 1, 2017 please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability. If vendor space is available, please add a late fee of $10 to your total.

* Vendor registration fees are non-refundable.

After APS has received your form and payment, expect confirmation within 7 business days. If you have not received confirmation with 7 days, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.