2017 Fall Forum & Fall Blooming Daffodil Show

November 10 – 12, 2017

Hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio

Hotel Reservations | Transportation Options | Fall Forum Registration | Daffodil & Photography Show Schedules | Schedule of Activities

The American Daffodil Society will host the 2017 Fall Forum, Fall Blooming Daffodil Show and Board Meeting (FBM) in Cincinnati, Ohio at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Cincinnati Blue Ash hotel. The Fall Forum is an annual event that all ADS members and their guests are invited to attend with advance reservations. The event includes the ADS Fall Board Meeting, but it is intended to maximize the education and enjoyment of all members, at a very affordable registration fee.

Make your hotel reservation today!

5901 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 793-4500
The link above will take you directly to the hotel’s reservation page.
Click on the link and enter the dates between 11/9 – 11/12, 2017, then click the “BOOK” button to receive our discounted rate of $99.00 plus taxes per night.
FYI, this link does not work with an iphone/android.
Guests may also call 513-793-4500 and ask for the group block for
“American Daffodil Society.”

Check in time is 3 pm and check out time is 12 noon.
Guests must present a valid photo ID at check-in.

The special room rate will be available until October 19th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. The discounted rate will be available 3 days before and 3 days after the event.


  • Closest airports: Cincinnati (CVG) and Dayton (DAY)
  • Uber and Lyft available from airport and back
  • Free parking in hotel lot
  • Driving directions: Exit 15 Pfeiffer Road off I-71. (15 miles from downtown Cincinnati).


Fall Forum Registration!

The deadline for itemized and full registration is November 1! There will be no onsite registration. Cancellations will be handled according to the ADS guidelines.


Download Fall Daffodil Show Schedule Here!

2017 Fall Daffodil Show Schedule-Cincinnati

Continuing the innovation of last year’s Fall Forum in Indianapolis, Suzy Wert will chair the second Fall Blooming Daffodil Show in 2017. The exhibit room will be open on Thursday at 3:00 pm, equipped with a sink, and air-conditioning set low to preserve the blooms. Show cards and staging properties will be available starting at 7:00 pm. Download the Fall Daffodil Show Schedule posted above to start planning and preparing your fall daffodil blooms. For more information, contact Suzy Wert (317) 259-0060 or  title=.

Download Photography Show Schedule Here!

2017 Fall Photography Show Schedule-Cincinnati

New this year! Celebrate the daffodil by sharing your photographs with daffodil friends by participating in the first ever Fall Forum photography show and competition. The current requirements for ADS photography shows will apply. Entries should be mounted on stiff card stock or foam core: maximum size of 14×18 inches; minimum size 5×7 inches. Conventional matting is acceptable, but no glass or frames. Due to display requirements and limited space please pre-register entries on your Fall Forum registration or by directly notifying photography show chair Carolyn Cutshall at (502) 424-3431 or  title= by October 31, 2017. Please include the number of photographs you plan to enter.


Schedule of Activities

Thursday, November 9

  • White Oak Room (2nd floor) will open at 3:00 pm, air-conditioning set cool to preserve blooms; staging properties will be available and show entries may start at 7:00 pm and will close on Friday at 4:00 pm.
  • Carpenters 1 pre-function space is available for staging photo entries.

Friday, November 10

  • 12:00pm – 3:30pm — Executive and Finance Committees meeting (lunch ordered in) Boardroom 2
  • 3:30pm – 5:30pm — Registration
  • 4:00pm — Daffodil Show Entry deadline for flowers and photos
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — Judging of Flower Show, White Oak room (2nd floor)
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — Judging of Photography Show, Carpenters 1 pre-function space
  • 5:00pm — Flower Show opens for viewing, White Oak room
  • 5:00pm — Cash bar opens (Tiki Bar)
  • 6:30pm — Dinner buffet
  • 7:30pm — Andrea Schepmann, Executive Director of the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati will present on the topic: “Krohn Conservatory: A Rainforest under Glass: Honoring the History but Keeping It Current.”
    Andrea has worked for the Cincinnati Park Board for many years, most of that time at the Krohn Conservatory, a nationally-recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from all over the world, located in Cincinnati’s beautiful Eden Park. Under Andrea’s leadership, the Krohn dazzles visitors year-round with permanent installations of tropicals, cacti, and orchids, and rotating displays including the blockbusters International Butterfly Show and Holiday Floral Show. The Krohn also partners with plant societies to sponsor their annual horticultural displays of roses, orchids, bonsai, and Ikebana. This year Andrea opened the Krohn as a venue for the South Western Ohio Daffodil Society show and the Greater Cincinnati Daylily Hosta Society shows. Developing, designing and presenting the butterfly show each year is one of the highlights of her work, where she enjoys the opportunity to meet people from around the world through managing the USDA permissions and purchase of the butterflies (10,000 butterflies each year!). Andrea will share some insights behind-the-scenes at the butterfly show.

Saturday, November 11

  • 7:00am – 9:00am — Breakfast buffet (included with weekend registration)
  • 8:00am – 9:00am — Registration open
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm — Harold Koopowitz & Mitch Carney will present an educational symposium on the topic of “Hybridizing for Beginners.”
    Both presenters are very active in hybridizing, and have brought to life some truly lovely and unique new varieties. Harold has registered dozens of cultivars. Mitch has won numerous Rose ribbons for his seedlings, and also has registered cultivars. On Daffseek.org, submit a query by “Hybridizer” to check them out!
  • 12:00pm — Lunch buffet
  • 1:00pm – 4:30pm — Board meeting, led by Michael Berrigan. ADS President Michael Berrigan will begin this session with the exercise “Fun is Fundamental” with identification of topics; individual work; selection of work areas; and planning session for synthesis.
  • 5:00pm — Cash bar opens (Tiki Bar)
  • 5:30pm — Bulb Auction, led by Michael Berrigan as auctioneer. Nancy Tackett has been hunting and gathering some very exciting items for your bidding pleasure at the Bulb Auction. Michael Berrigan will again serve as our dynamic auctioneer, with all proceeds to benefit the American Daffodil Society.
  • 6:30pm — Dinner buffet begins
  • 7:20pm — Invitation to ADS Spring Convention, Nashville, TN, Becky Fox Matthews
  • 7:30pm — Deb Zureick will present on her experiences as Botanical Garden Manager of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. “The Zoo’s Botanical Garden.”
    Rated by peer zoological parks as one of the best zoos in the nation, the Cincinnati Zoo continues to set the standard for conservation, education and preservation of wild animals and wild spaces. More than 1.5 million people visit the Zoo annually. The Zoo features more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species, making it one of the largest Zoo collections in the country. Working with a fraction of the total Zoo budget, the Botanical Garden offers outstanding plant displays in a unique blend of gardens and landscapes, designed for beauty but also geared toward education. Deb leads many of the educational programs at the Zoo’s garden, especially those for children. The Cincinnati Zoo was the venue for the South Western Ohio Daffodil Society Show for many years, with Deb as strong supporter and ally. South Western Ohio Daffodil Society continues to partner with the Zoo at the annual Tree Carnival, a fun educational event for children, who pass through learning stations to be rewarded with a young tree and a bag of daffodil bulbs to take home.
  • 8:30pm — Bulb Exchange, led by Suzy Wert. After our dinner speaker, Suzy Wert will run the Bulb Exchange, with some twists and turns to make the exchange challenging and more fun.

Daffodil Bulbs

Sunday, November 12

  • 7:00am – 9:00am — Breakfast buffet (included with weekend registration)
  • 9:00am – 11:30am — Board meeting, led by Michael Berrigan. This morning session will resume with meeting of regions; selection of representatives for teamwork on publications, internet services, meetings, and membership; concluding with report of progress and plans forward.
  • 11:30am — Lunch buffet

The 2017 Fall Forum weekend is designed to maximize the education and entertainment of members and minimize the cost to be inclusive. We hope the Fall Forum can be a way for ADS to stay better connected with its members throughout the year.

Participate in educational Symposia, Fall-blooming Daffodil Show, a Photography Show, the ADS Board Meeting, a lively ADS Bulb Auction, and a Bulb Exchange. This event is open to all ADS members and their guests with advance reservations.

We hope to see you in Cincinnati during the Fall of 2017!

Fredrica Lawlor,  title=
JR Blanton,  title=
2017 Cincinnati Fall Forum Co-Chairs