2018 Convention (Framingham, Massachusetts)
July 3 to July 7, 2018
THE NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF THE Gesneriad Society cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Convention, “Gesneriads POP in New England,” from July 3-7. With an exciting program of speakers, once-in-a-lifetime excursions, and some of the best opportunities to learn about and see stunning examples of gesneriads, this year’s convention promises to be one for the record books. All this, and a jam-packed sales room, too!
The convention will be held in Framingham, Massachusetts, less than 30 miles from Boston and easily accessible by plane (Logan Airport), Amtrak train (Framingham Amtrak station), and car (guest self-parking is free at the hotel). The event hotel is the newly renovated Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, Massachusetts. Convention rates are in effect three days before and three days after the convention dates so plan to come early or stay later to take advantage of the hotel’s indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, and proximity to many attractions.
Revolutionary war spies, abolitionists, and an astronaut figure into the history of Framingham, the host town of our convention. Planned tours will take advantage of the historical, horticultural, and culinary assets of the area, including visits to Russell’s Garden Center, an abundantly stocked garden center founded in 1876, and Logee’s, a commercial nursery started in 1892 that has more than one acre under glass! The Gesneriad Society’s own Bob and Dee Stewart will offer tours of their greenhouses on Monday and Tuesday, July 2 and 3. On Monday, a tour and lunch will be at Garden in the Woods, a nature preserve specializing in native plants. A New-England-perfect seafood buffet at the Dolphin Restaurant (a short bus ride from our hotel) is planned for Saturday evening.
During convention we will hear about gesneriads “from the ground up” courtesy of some of our own well-traveled and experienced growers. We’ll explore China’s gesneriad populations with Stephen Maciejewski, and learn all about gesneriads in Ecuador with Drew Norris, Jim Roberts, and Gilberto Merino. From observations and experiences in the wild to our home growing, Bob Stewart will dig into water and soil requirements and related issues. Multi-talented Dale Martens will tell us all about how she gets a variety of hybrid and species gesneriads into tip-top show condition.
Of course, the sales room will provide a great opportunity to purchase plants that you cannot find elsewhere, while the silent and live auctions will offer unique and rare items perfect for packing up and taking home. The Judging School will be available for new and experienced judges, and volunteer opportunities abound (and are a great way to contribute to the Society and work alongside terrific people). And a surprise or two will inevitably add to the agenda and make the convention even more memorable. If you have never been to a Gesneriad Society Convention before, we invite you to take the plunge and join us in Framingham! Bring a wish list of plants, all of your plant questions, and a show entry or two – and be prepared for coming away with new friends, questions answered – and, yes, new additions for your plant collection, too!