2019 Convention (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Cincinnati Celebrates Gesneriads

July 2 to July 6, 2019

You are invited to attend The Gesneriad Society’s 63rd Annual Convention – Cincinnati Celebrates Gesneriads. The convention will be held at the newly renovated Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, the hotel is a masterpiece of 1930s French art deco design, featuring rosewood paneling and ceiling murals. Convention rates are in effect three days before and three days after the convention dates, so plan to explore this vibrant city and region.

Cincinnati will surprise you if you have never been there. It is set among steep hills with numerous bridges spanning the Ohio River that connect it to the equally interesting Northern Kentucky region. Museums, parks, and other points of interest abound in Cincinnati.

At downtown Cincinnati’s northern edge, the historic Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood boasts a spread of 19th century Italianate and Queen Anne buildings that have been restored into trendy eateries and shops. You must come early and stay late to have time to take in all that Cincinnati has to offer. Experience Cincinnati on your own or take the tours to various points of interest that are being planned for your enjoyment. The final night’s activity will be a relaxing dinner cruise on the Ohio River to see the city at night.

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.

To broaden your gesneriad knowledge, we have a varied line-up of speakers: Lynne Dibley will talk about the history of streptocarpus cultivation and her UK nursery’s contribution to the breeding of award-winning specimens; Stephen Maciejewski will describe the recent group trip to Cuba in search of new gesneriads; Master Electrician Bruce Williams will explain the basics of lighting and LED technology; commercial grower B.J. Ohme will offer a practical program on maintaining a collection of plants when time is limited.

Plant sales will offer a wide variety of gesneriad plants, tubers, rhizomes, and cuttings for purchase that cannot be found elsewhere. Silent and live auctions also offer unique opportunities for acquiring rare treasures. There will be a judging school for experienced and new judges to improve their knowledge of gesneriads. Numerous volunteer opportunities abound to contribute to the Society. This is a great way to meet and make new friends!

Never been to a Gesneriad Society Convention before? Then register ASAP! Early entry to plant sales on Thursday night from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. is for convention registrants only and is based upon your registration number. Plant sales are open to the public on Friday and Saturday, but the best selection is available on Thursday evening.

Come join us for a family celebration of gesneriads – whether you are a family member we already know or are family members that we have not yet met.

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