2018 National Convention

We are pleased to invite you to visit the Greater Nashville TN area in 2018 to attend the National Daffodil Convention of the American Daffodil Society from April 5 – 8. The Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society will celebrate their 60th anniversary by hosting the ADS National Convention! View a beautiful daffodil show including horticultural exhibits, photography and floral designs. Participate in educational sessions and enjoy spectacular outings to local attractions, historic houses and gardens. Visit a Presidential Home and its Historic Garden, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, Carnton Plantation, and maybe do a little Honky Tonkin’!

Hotel Reservations | Transportation Options | Schedule of Events | Sponsors | Post Convention Tour


Hotel Reservations

Our Convention hotel is the newly renovated Franklin Marriott Cool Springs located in Franklin, TN. The rolling hills of Tennessee provide the backdrop to this truly unique hotel conveniently located just off I-65. The Marriott provides convenient, complimentary on-site parking while enjoying close proximity to Nashville just 20 minutes to the north. The hotel’s Convention Center has a separate lobby entrance to the left of the main entrance which will be convenient for bringing in your daffodils, photographs or floral arrangements. Across I-65 from the hotel you will find the Cool Springs Galleria shopping mall and many other fine retail establishments and restaurants nearby.

Marriott Cool Springs, Tennessee

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin TN 37067 United States
Phone: (615) 261-6100
Hotel Code: DAFDAFA

  • Room Rate is $129.00 plus tax per night
  • Rates guaranteed until last date March 5 or until block is sold out
  • Complimentary on-site parking
  • Complimentary wireless internet


Transportation Options

Nashville has six interstate legs converging within the city’s boundaries: I-65 North and South, I-40 East and West, and I-24 East and West, so is easily accessed by vehicle from many U.S. locations. The Nashville International Airport (BNA) serves 440 flights daily in more than 50 nonstop markets.

2018 Convention Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 5

Thursday afternoon events…

    • Staging flowers for the Daffodil Show (There will be a special Music City Collection challenge in the show so keep an eye out for any of your daffodils with music-related names. There are plenty of them: Amadeus Mozart, Blue Danube, Harpsichord, La Traviata, Liberty Bells, Soprano, just to name a few!)
    • Entering Photography and Floral Designs
    • Shopping at the Daffodil Boutique
    • Meeting of the Executive & Finance Committees

Free informative sessions will be offered on Thursday afternoon for daffodil novices. These programs are recommended for garden club or Master Gardener members, the public — anyone who wants to learn some basics about daffodils and perhaps entering daffodils in a national show for the first time.

    • Brent Heath of Brent & Becky’s Bulbs will provide an introduction to the wide variety of shapes and colors of daffodils.
    • Michael Berrigan, President of ADS, will demonstrate the basics of choosing and preparing blooms to enter in the Daffodil Show.

Early Thursday evening…

  • Meet and Greet Newbies Reception will welcome first-time convention attendees and introduce them to a few folks who know the ropes and will help them to fit right in!

Friday, April 6

Optional tour to The Parthenon and The Hermitage…

Parthenon located in Centennial Park, Nashville, TN

(Photo courtesy of the Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN)

  • The Parthenon is located in Centennial Park, Nashville’s premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot Athena statue inside the Parthenon is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece and is a sight to see! The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. Nashville’s nickname, the “Athens of the South”, influenced the choice of the building of the first Nashville Parthenon for the centerpiece of the 1897 Centennial Exposition.
  • The Hermitage Mansion, Nashville, TN

  • The Hermitage is the presidential mansion of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. In 1804, Andrew Jackson purchased a 425-acre farm that would become The Hermitage. The original structure of the mansion was a brick, Federal-style house constructed between 1819 and 1821. In 1819, Andrew Jackson hired the English gardener William Frost to plan a garden designed as a typical, foursquare English garden with four quadrants and circular center beds planted with flowers, herbs, shrubs, vines, vegetables, berries and fruit trees. Rachel Jackson died in 1828 before Andrew’s inauguration in 1829. Andrew had her buried in the garden covered by a small grave house. In 1831 during Jackson’s presidency, the Hermitage was extensively remodeled and a tomb modeled after a Grecian monument replaced Rachel’s grave house. The current 13-room Greek Revival style mansion was built after a chimney fire seriously damaged the original mansion in 1834. After his death in 1845 Andrew Jackson was buried next to his wife. (Box lunches will be provided in the Cabin by the Spring which overlooks a wooded glen with the Jackson family’s original stone Spring House.)

At the Hotel and Convention Center…

  • Daffodil Show Judging
  • Daffodil Show and Boutique will be ‘Open to the Public’
  • Outgoing Board meeting followed by a social hour
  • Awards Dinner and the Annual Meeting

Saturday, April 7

    • Daffodil Show and Boutique will be ‘Open to the Public’
    • Have breakfast on your own or sign up for an optional breakfast meeting

Educational seminars before lunch…

    • Ted Snazelle from Clinton, MS is a former President of the American Daffodil Society, former Chair of Judges Schools, and current Chair of Research, Health and Culture. He has been awarded the Silver Medal of service to the ADS and will share his expertise “Hybridizing Jonquil and Tazetta Daffodils”.
    • Julie Hardy with Esker Farm Daffodils will present “Irish Hybridizers and their Daffodils.”
    • Frans Veul from Anna Paulowna in the Netherlands will talk about “Hybridizing Daffodils in the Netherlands”.
    • After lunch we will visit Carnton, a historic plantation house built in Franklin TN by Randal McGavock in 1826. In 1864 Carnton was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, The Battle of Franklin. The house was used as a field hospital for tending the wounded and dying after the Battle of Franklin. The McGavock’s donated 2 acres of land that became the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, a place for quiet reflection. The novel Widow of the South by Robert Hicks is based on the true story of Carrie McGavock and Carnton.

      Carnton, a historic plantation house built in Franklin, TN

      (Photo courtesy of Olivia Stelter)

      The house is a Federal-style 11-room residence. Using archeological research, photographs and letters that indicated its extent and layout, the garden was recreated in 1996-97 to how it looked in 1869. The daffodil, hosta, and peony collections are composed entirely of varieties available in Middle Tennessee prior to 1869. Carnton was the first designated Display Garden of the American Daffodil Society.
    • Private garden tours for Saturday afternoon TBD.

Late Afternoon and Evening events…

  • The exciting bulb auction and social hour before dinner
  • Keynote Speaker Frans Veul is a bulb breeder and grower from Anna Paulowna in the Netherlands who specializes in offering a diverse collection of cultivars.
  • Teardown of Daffodil Show

Sunday, April 8

  • After breakfast on your own, the day will begin with a Judges Refresher on “Judging Historic Daffodils” by Keith Kridler.
  • Spend the remainder of the morning at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the United States. The mansion construction began in 1929 and was finished in 1932. In 2016 the mansion, which had been partially modified for use as an art museum, was restored to its original 1932 condition as a home for the Cheek family.

    The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. Bryant Fleming, the architect of both the house and the surrounding landscape, developed a symbiotic relationship between the views of the house from the grounds and the view from the grounds of the house. The Cheekwood property shares nearly 75% of its perimeter with The Warner Parks and due to the conservation efforts of Warner Parks, Cheekwood is only one of a few examples of American Country Place Era estates that retain their purposeful views.

    Dogwood pathway at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
    Cheekwood is a designated Display Garden of the American Daffodil Society featuring the Hardison Daffodil Collection and numerous large plantings of daffodils throughout the property. Cheekwood’s treasured dogwood collection has been granted membership in the North American Plant Collection Consortium (NAPCC), making it the first NAPCC Collection in Tennessee. It is also the first dogwood collection in North America to be recognized by NAPCC.

  • While we lunch at Cheekwood Jane MacLeod, Cheekwood’s President and CEO will inform us about the history and development of the property. After lunch visitors may choose to tour the gardens, the mansion or the outdoor Sculpture Trail.
  • Additional Private garden tours for Sunday TBD.
  • We will return to the hotel for the Incoming Board Meeting,
  • Social hour and dinner with speaker Brent Heath presenting “Daffodils in American Gardens.” Brent and his wife Becky have a twenty-eight acre farm in Gloucester, VA. Eight acres are dedicated to gardens used to educate visitors on how to utilize flower bulbs with annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs while growing organically.


THANK YOU National Convention Sponsors!

The 2018 National Daffodil Convention is supported by donations, sponsorships and convention fees obtained from our membership and other supportive organizations and individuals. The American Daffodil Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions to the ADS are tax deductible. Financial support for our conventions is important to our mission of encouraging widespread interest in daffodils, research into daffodils, and education of the general public.


Mid-South Daffodil Society

Western Tennessee, Memphis
Events: Spring Daffodil Show & Fall Bulb Sale

In-Kind Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

The RAD Trust

The RAD Trust

“Anonymous” Silver Sponsor


Post Convention Tour

Monday, April 9 – Music City Monday (Optional)

The 2018 National Convention is offering you a special opportunity to see the tourists’ side of Music City, USA on Monday! (Details coming soon.)

Honky Tonkin’ on lower Broadway, Nashville, TN

(Photo Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp)

We want to welcome y’all to Tennessee in April, 2018!

Nashville, TN skyline

(Photo Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp)

Susan Basham,
Becky Fox Matthews,
2018 National Convention Co-Chairs