October 26 – 28, 2018
Hosted in Cincinnati, Ohio
Hotel Reservations | Transportation Options | Fall Forum Registration | Photography Show Schedule | Schedule of Activities
The American Daffodil Society will host the 2018 Fall Forum, Fall Board Meeting (FBM), and Daffodil Photography Show in Cincinnati, Ohio at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton 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!
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Cincinnati – Blue Ash
6300 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, Ohio, 45241-2364
The link above will take you directly to the hotel’s reservation page.
Click on the link and enter the dates between 10/26 – 10/27, 2018, then click the “Book a Room” button to receive our discounted rate of $99.00 plus taxes per night based on one to four individuals per suite.
Guests may also call 513-489-3636 and ask for the group block by giving the group code “ADS”.
Check in time is 3 pm and check out time is 11 am.
Guests must present a valid photo ID at check-in.
The special room rate will be available until October 1 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:
From the North (I-75) – I-75 Southbound to I-275 East to the Reed Hartman Highway exit #47. At the end of the exit, follow the signs for Kemper Rd. Turn right at light onto Reed Hartman highway. Turn left at first light (Kemper Road). Hotel will be directly in front of you.
From the South (I-75) – I-75 Northbound to I-275 East to the Reed Hartman Highway exit #47. At the end of the exit, follow the signs for Kemper Rd. Turn right at light onto Reed Hartman highway. Turn left at first light (Kemper Road). Hotel will be directly in front of you.
From the North (I-71) – I-71 Southbound to I-275 West to the Reed Hartman Highway exit #47. Turn left at the end of the exit, then turn left at 2nd light (Kemper Road). Hotel will be directly in front of you.
From the South (I-71) – I-71 Northbound to I-275 West to the Reed Hartman Highway exit #47. Turn left at the end of the exit, then turn left at 2nd light (Kemper Road). Our hotel will be directly in front of you.
Fall Forum Registration Form!
The Registration Form for the 2018 Fall Forum and Daffodil Photography Show in Cincinnati, Ohio 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.
The deadline for registration is Monday, October 1! There will be no onsite registration. Cancellations will be handled according to the ADS guidelines.
Download Photography Show Schedule Here!
Celebrate the daffodil by sharing your photographs with daffodil friends and participating in the 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 (317) 694-1826 or by Thursday, October 8, 2018. Please include the number of photographs you plan to enter.
Schedule of Activities
Friday, October 26
- 12:30pm – 3:30pm — Combined Finance/Executive Committee lunch meeting, Governors Boardroom
- 12:00pm – 3:30pm — Submit photography entries, Ambassador Ballroom
- 3:30pm – 5:30pm — Registration, Pre-function space Ambassador Ballroom
- 5:00pm — Judging of Photography Show, Ambassador Ballroom
- 6:00pm — Photography Show opens for viewing, Ambassador Ballroom
- 6:30pm — Dinner buffet, Ambassador Ballroom
- 7:30pm — Guest Speaker Bob Faulkner, will present: “Bulbs, and Lesser Important Things.”
Bob Faulkner is currently the owner of Little York Farm in Dayton, Ohio, the site of his business Natural Selection Daylilies. Bob is an extraordinary hybridizer, specializing in patterned daylilies with exquisite color combinations. With many years of experience in the professional landscaping business, Bob is a true plantsman and plant collector, with a deep appreciation of all nature. His two-acre farm showcases many unique specimens of trees and plants, providing habitat for diverse wildlife. Bob also raises and shows pigeons. In the spring, the daffodil display is breathtaking, with the bulbs he has purchased from South Western Ohio Daffodil Society over the years. Every summer, Little York Farm is a favorite stop on the Northern Mecca, the premiere gathering of Midwest hybridizers of cutting-edge northern-hardy daylilies. He recently designed and supervised the construction of a gorgeous pond and waterfall on his property, which is now home to a new collection of koi. Sometime in the next year, Bob will be travelling to Japan to tour and study the koi ponds there.
Saturday, October 27
All activities are scheduled in the Ambassador Ballroom, except for breakfast.
- 7:00am – 9:00am — Breakfast buffet (included with weekend registration), Bistro
- 9:00am – 10:30am — Jaydee Ager will present “ADS BOD 101: What You Need to Know”
For this fun and informative program, BOD members should bring a printed copy of the ADS Bylaws and BOD Manual to this presentation. BOD members will be rewarded for bringing this supporting documentation to the presentation. Please Note: The ADS Bylaws and BOD Manual can be found in the Members section of the ADS website and are password protected. Please use the Username: and Password: found on the last page of The Daffodil Journal to access these documents.
Jaydee Atkins Ager appeared at her first daffodil show in Atlanta, in 1972… “with a Coke bottle full of ‘Mount Hood’ daffodils in one hand…and a pacifier in her mouth”. Knowing absolutely nothing, she was met with kindness and tolerance that March day, and won two honorable mention ribbons. Jaydee joined the Georgia Daffodil Society and the American Daffodil Society (ADS) in 1973. At her first ADS convention in 1974, she just happened to bump into the legendary Bill Pannill, as she came through the front door of the hotel. Her “training” began on the spot.
Jaydee has served ADS in various capacities. She was the 1990 ADS Convention Chair, ADS President 1996-1998 and ADS Executive Director 2005-2013. She was honored with the ADS Silver Medal in 2005. Jaydee continues trying to grow daffodils in the daunting heat and humidity in the heart of her home state, Georgia. She enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with her husband, son, and a cantankerous older male Labrador Retriever named Sandy… named in memory of an international daffodil friend, the late Sandy McCabe of Northern Ireland.
- 10:30am – 12:00pm — Board meeting, chaired by President Nancy Tackett.
- 12:00pm — Lunch buffet
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm — Board Meeting continues
- 2:00pm – 2:15pm — Break
- 2:15pm – 4:00pm — Working Group Sessions
- 4:00pm — Get into costumes!
- 5:00pm — Cash bar opens
- 5:30pm — Bulb Auction, led by Fredrica Lawlor as auctioneer. Fredrica has been hunting and gathering some very exciting items for your bidding pleasure at the Bulb Auction. All proceeds to benefit the American Daffodil Society.
- 6:30pm — Dinner buffet begins
- 7:30pm — Invitation to ADS Spring Convention, Minneapolis, MN, Margaret Macneale
- 7:45pm — Costume Contest
- 8:15pm — Bulb Swap, with some twists and turns to make the swap challenging and more fun.
Sunday, October 28
- 7:00am – 9:00am — Breakfast buffet (included with weekend registration), Bistro
- 9:00am – 11:30am — Board Meeting/Work Group Sessions, Ambassador Ballroom
The 2018 Fall Forum weekend is designed to maximize the education and entertainment of members and minimize the costs to be more accessible We hope the Fall Forum can be a way for the ADS to stay better connected with its members throughout the year.
Participate in educational Symposia, Daffodil Photography Show, the ADS Board Meeting, a lively ADS Bulb Auction, Costume Contest, and a Bulb Swap. This event is open to all ADS members and their guests with advance reservations.