2019 Convention (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Cincinnati Celebrates Gesneriads

July 2 to July 6, 2019

Registration Opens on January 1, 2019!

You are cordially invited to attend the Gesneriad Society’s 63rd Annual Convention — Cincinnati Celebrates Gesneriads — in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This is a “destination” convention to explore a city where conventions have not been traditionally held in recent times.

The City — Cincinnati is easily accessible by car in a one-day drive from much of the country.  It is located within 500 miles of 60% of the nation’s population.  The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) offers numerous non-stop flights daily and is only a fifteen-minute drive to the hotel. Museums, parks, and other points of interest abound in Cincinnati.

The Hotel — The convention will be held from July 2 to July 6, 2019 at the newly renovated Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, which is a masterpiece of 1930s French art deco design featuring rosewood paneling and ceiling murals. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati with over ninety stores and restaurants within walking distance.  The flower show room is said to have the best lighting of any convention hotel in recent memory.  In other words, this is not your typical convention hotel!

The Trips — The three trips will be visiting historic, scenic and horticultural sites. On Monday, July 1, the pre-convention bus trip will take us through Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, where a local horticulturist will describe many of the Ohio State Champion Trees and over 1200 labeled plants found there. Lunch at Taft’s Ale House will be followed by a tour of the famous Rookwood Pottery Company. On Tuesday, July 2, there will be a half-day trip to visit Eden Park, the Krohn Conservatory, and the Cincinnati Art Museum.  Attendees will then have the option of returning to the hotel, extending their time at the art museum, or for those who didn’t make it on Monday, taking a tour of the Rookwood Pottery Factory. (The Rookwood tour can also be taken just by itself.)   Convention attendees may also avail themselves of the afternoon Rookwood tour on its own. On Saturday, July 6, we will board the Belle of Cincinnati, a restored paddle-wheel riverboat, for a dinner cruise on the Ohio River.  A delicious buffet dinner will be served with a cash bar available.  This is a great way to see the lights of Cincinnati and, since it is the 4th of July weekend, there will probably be some fireworks!

The Speakers — Join us for a series of talks on a variety of subjects. B. J. Ohme, a commercial grower of streptocarpus and other gesneriads, will share with us his methods and techniques on maintaining a plant collection when time is limited and how he selects and grooms plants for show. Lynne Dibley, of Dibleys Nurseries, will talk about her trips to see the genus Streptocarpus in South Africa, the early history of breeding in the UK, commercial growing, and Dibleys’ award-winning contributions to breeding and showing specimen streptocarpus plants. Join Stephen Maciejewski as he recounts the 2018 botanical expedition to Cuba, led by John L. Clark. Bruce Williams will enlighten us about growing under LED lights: how to convert, why you should convert and how your plants will benefit when you convert to LED lights.

The Show and Plant Sales — We are looking forward to a large and varied show and an outstanding plant sale—both of which will become a reality with your help!

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