You are invited to come to Arkansas, the “Natural State”, in 2014 to attend the National Daffodil Convention at Little Rock, from March 27th through 30th.
We will be in the DoubleTree Hotel, overlooking the Arkansas River in the historic downtown area. All shows and meetings will be on one floor of the hotel. Many attractions and restaurants are nearby at the River Market and are within walking distance. During late March, our weather in the central part of the state should be mild, and gardens will be at their peak of spring bloom.
Make your hotel reservation today!
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON LITTLE ROCK
424 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201
1-800-222-8733 or (501) 372-4371
Rooms reserved by February 28, 2014 are $106.00 plus taxes per night Single or Double on a first come, first serve basis. After that date, reservations will be accepted locally by calling (501) 372-4371 only on a space availability basis and cannot be guaranteed at the negotiated rate on a first come, first serve basis.
Reservations can be made online at DoubleTree Hotel with a Group code of DAF.
We have three special gardens lined up for you to tour as a part of the registration package. These are Garvan Woodland Gardens and two private gardens, Phyllis Kirtley and Kay Shearer. Buses will provide transportation for this trip on Sunday, March 30th.
In addition, we have arranged a unique opportunity on Friday March 28th to visit the home and gardens of nationally recognized gardener and landscaper P. Allen Smith. He is an award-winning designer, gardening and lifestyle expert, the host of three television programs and the author of the Garden Home series of books. His Garden Home Retreat showcases eco-friendly and sustainable practices and the terraced garden rooms feature his twelve garden design principles.
The Friday bus tour will include lunch at P. Allen Smith’s, and two additional sites: Wildwood Botanical Gardens and the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival. All three of these gardens are amazing in their own special way. Send in your registration ASAP as there are a limited number of spaces available for this tour. All reservations must be made before March 14. This tour will take place during the judging of the daffodil show, so judges and clerks will have to forego this experience.
Download Registration Form Here!
Schedule for 2014 Convention and Show Events
Wed, March 26th
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Registration desk open
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Judges School II
Thurs, March 27th
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Judges School II
2:00 PM – 9:00 PM Registration desk open
3:00 PM – 9:00 PM Photographic exhibits received
3:00 PM – 11:59 PM Daffodil staging
Friday, March 28th
12:00 AM – 9:00 AM Daffodil staging
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Judges and Clerks Coffee
8:15 AM – Load bus for tours
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM Optional bus tour to P. Allen Smith’s Home (lunch included), Wildwood Botanical Gardens and Wye Mountain
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM Judging the Daffodil Show
1:30 PM – 10:00 PM Daffodil Show Opens
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Judges and Clerks Lunch
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM ADS Outgoing Board Meeting
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM First Timers Reception
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 29th
8 AM – 9:00 AM Optional breakfast with Chris Olsen
9:00 AM – 1st morning Seminar: Growing Miniatures (Judges Refresher)
10:00 AM – 2nd morning Seminar: Naturalized and Public Plantings
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch with Janet Carson, Daffodils in the Natural State
1:00 PM 1st afternoon Seminar: Historic Daffodils in and around the Natural State
2:00 PM 2nd afternoon Seminar: Easy ways to arrange daffodils
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Bulb Auction
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Banquet with speaker, Keith Kridler, The Perfect Flower
Sunday, March 30th (The schedule for this day changed as of Feb 6)
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Optional breakfast with Brent Heath, Walk on the Wild Side
9:15 AM Load bus for tours
9:30 AM – 5:15 PM Bus tours of Garvan Garden (lunch included), tour of Phyllis Kirtley’s White Rock Garden and Kay Shearer’s garden
5:45 PM Bus arrives
6:00 – 7:00 PM Incoming ADS Board Meeting
7:00 – 8:00 PM Cash Bar
8:00 PM Dinner: Keynote Speaker Ian Tyler from England, Daffodils, History and Pies
Download Schedule for 2014 Convention and Show Events Here!
Thank you for coming!