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’!
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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.
- 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
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.
Options for transportation from the airport to the hotel (about 20 miles) are Uber, Lyft or taxi. You may wish to coordinate with friends to share a ride to the hotel and back to the airport. International travelers please contact Becky or Susan (Convention Co-chairs) and we will do our best to assist you with transportation from the airport to the hotel and back.
2018 Convention Registration Form!
The Registration Form for the 2018 National Convention in the Greater Nashville, TN area can be downloaded in either MS Word or PDF format. Please complete a separate form for each attendee and mail your completed form, including check, to our Registrar’s address indicated at the bottom of the form. -OR- Email your completed registration form to and pay online at the ADS Webstore.
March 15, 2018 is the cut-off date for all registrations! Attendees are encouraged to pay on the ADS Webstore and mail or email their form to our Registrar. There will be no on-site registrations.
2018 Convention Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 5
- 8:00am – 5:30pm –ADS Judging School III
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…
- 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 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
- Breakfast on your own
- Daffodil Show and Boutique will be ‘Open to the Public’
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 and her husband Dave’s friendship with Brian Duncan has helped them hone their skills as worldwide daffodil growers and breeders. Recently they incorporated Ringhaddy Daffodils as part of their own Esker Farm Daffodils business. Julie will present “Irish Hybridizers and their Daffodils.”
- Frans Veul is a bulb breeder and grower from Anna Paulowna in the Netherlands. He started his first bulb company growing and selling tulips and daffodils when he was 18 years old. His topic will be “Growing and Breeding Daffodils in Holland”.
- 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. 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.
- After our visit to Carnton we will enjoy a scenic drive through Franklin and Williamson County as we head back to the hotel.
Late Afternoon and Evening events…
- The exciting bulb auction and social hour before dinner
- Keynote Speaker Frans Veul: Ten years ago when Frans’ son entered the company, Frans started breeding daffodils. His family company, Veul Bulbs, practices the socially responsible and sustainable cultivation of bulbs and specializes in exceptional and new varieties. Frans will address “New Varieties from Holland Breeders and Growers.”
- 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.
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. Due to the generosity of the Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society members and 2018 ADS Convention Co-Chair Susan Basham, Cheekwood’s daffodil installations plan to reach a spectacular 50,000 blooms for the 2018 ADS Convention in Nashville, representing the largest public display of daffodils in the state of Tennessee!
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.
- Before we return back to the hotel we will visit the garden belonging to Susan and Ray Basham. Susan’s very private small city garden incorporates daffodils in a very special setting that includes contemporary art. You can expect a few fun surprises in this garden.
- We will return to the hotel for the Incoming Board Meeting,
- Sunday night is BLING NIGHT! Wear your daffodil medals, pins, clothing and other daffodilia you may have collected over the years. Prizes will be awarded for quality, quantity and originality.
- 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.
Post Convention Tour
Monday, April 9 – Music City Monday (Optional) — 40 minimum required
We are offering an optional opportunity for a day-tour to see the tourists’ side of Music City, USA, on Monday. Gray Line Tours will provide Convention attendees with a private Discover Nashville Tour which includes pickup and drop-off from the hotel, a narrated driving tour, admission into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium (the original home of the Grand Ole Opry), lunch at Puckett’s at 5th and Church, and even time to do a little exploring of your own on Lower Broadway.
Below are some places you can visit on Lower Broadway, also known as Honky Tonk Highway:
- There are so many Honky Tonks (think music, drinks, food and fun), but Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is famous because between sets, musicians would cut out the stage door of the Ryman (the original home of The Grand Old Opry) and slip into the back door of Tootsie’s
- More Honky Tonks: Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill, Legends Corner, Robert’s Western World, AJ’s Good Time Bar (Alan Jackson’s), Hard Rock Cafe, Whiskey Bent Saloon, Nudie’s (the longest bar in Nashville and suits made by Nudie Cohn, tailor to country superstars), and the list goes on!
- Craving something sweet? Visit the Goo Goo Shop and Dessert Bar right across the street from
- The Johnny Cash Museum and The Patsy Cline Museum
- Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop (to take some of the Nashville Sound home with you)
- For Western boots, hats and more: Trail West, Betty’s Boots, Boot Barn
- For views of the city and the Cumberland River, climb the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world (3,150 feet)
- Hungry? Try Jack’s Bar-B-Que, Merchants Restaurant, Margaritaville Nashville, Trattoria Il Mulino, The Palm, and most of those Honky Tonks serve good food, too
If you should decide you want to spend more time in Music City, you can always skip the bus ride back to the hotel, stay in Music City for dinner and more fun and arrange for Lyft, Uber or a taxi to take you back to the hotel.
Can’t Visit Nashville without seeing The Grand Ole Opry?
The Grand Ole Opry at the Opry House on Music City Drive happens on Tuesday night. To stay over for this time-honored Music City tradition on-your-own, reserve your tickets as far in advance as possible at www.opry.com. With eight or more artists on each show, every Opry audience is treated to a sample of music from a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars and legends of country music. Due to the nature of the Opry, a complete artist line-up is not posted until the week of each show and even then may change, but there are always fun musical surprise guests. Ticket prices range from $38 to $95.
We want to welcome y’all to Tennessee in April, 2018!
Want to experience even more of Nashville and Middle Tennessee?
- Gaylord Opryland Resort with its three incredible atrium rooms: The Conservatory houses more than 10,000 plants, the Cascades includes a 3.5-story waterfall and more than 8,000 tropical plants, and the Delta incorporates a quarter-mile-long indoor river and a water feature with jets choreographed to music. Park at the Opryland Mall next door and avoid the steep parking fee.
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts: exhibits in April are Nick Cave: Feat and Rome: City and Empire
- Lane Motor Museum: one of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars
- Fisk University Galleries: permanent collection with over 4,000 objects that span three centuries
- Nashville Hot Chicken at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack or Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish
- Arnold’s Country Kitchen: get in line for some of the best southern meat n’ three (1 meat and 3 vegetables) you may ever eat
- Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the United States, in Lynchburg TN
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC): includes the Nashville Opera, Broadway shows and the Nashville Ballet
- Schermerhorn Symphony Center: Home of The Nashville Symphony
- Fall Creek Falls State Park: ninety miles southeast of Nashville ,one of Tennessee’s best natural treasures
- The Natchez Trace Parkway: A scenic national parkway that extends 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez MS. No semis, no billboards. The drive to Jackson Falls at mile 404.7 is worth the time and near the northern end of the Trace you can stop at The Loveless Cafe for their famous biscuits and jam.
Become a Sponsor for the 2018 National Convention!
Become an ADS National Convention and Show Sponsor and help us provide education related to daffodils and support our upcoming convention in the Greater Nashville area on April 5-8, 2018. Plants are the backbone of all life on Earth and an essential resource for human well-being. The appreciation of beautiful flowers such as the daffodil can provide an all-important connection to nature. As a Convention Sponsor, you will help us highlight the daffodil in the Nashville area on a national stage.
Two ways to become a Sponsor:
- Use your Credit Card on the ADS WebStore and email completed form to: Molly Adams, .
- Send your check, made out to ‘American Daffodil Society‘, with completed form to: Molly Adams, Convention Registrar, P. O. Box 384, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350.
Please complete this form, Event Sponsorship Form, or download to save this Event Sponsorship Package with detailed information about this sponsorship program, and either email or snail-mail the completed form to Molly Adams.
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.