The Daffodil Society of Minnesota is excited to invite all daffodil lovers to visit Minnesota on May 2 – 5, 2019, to enjoy the American Daffodil Society’s annual National Convention and Daffodil Show. But don’t come just for the convention – plan to come early or stay longer to enjoy the many sights and experiences available!
Our Convention hotel is the Hilton Hotel Minneapolis/Bloomington located in Bloomington, MN; southwest corner of I-494 and France Avenue. Situated in the thriving Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, MN, Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington offers easy access to shopping, dining, entertainment and the Twin Cities business community. This modern hotel, with a glistening glass and brick exterior, provides complimentary shuttle to nearby MSP Airport as well as to some of Minneapolis’ finest shopping.
Hilton Hotel Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Blvd. West
Bloomington, MN 55437 United States
Phone: (952) 893-9500
To make a reservation, call 1-844-856-8554 using Group Code: “ADS” or “American Daffodil Society”, or click on our convenient ONLINE RESERVATION Link.
- Room Rate is $105 for a king or $110 for two queens, plus taxes
- Rates guaranteed until April 5, 2019 or until block is sold out
- Take a free shuttle from the airport
- Complimentary on-site parking
- Complimentary wireless internet for our guests
The Hilton Hotel Minneapolis/Bloomington is located at 3900 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN (southwest corner of I-494 and France Avenue).
Driving? If you drive, parking is free, in both a surface lot and a covered parking garage connected directly behind the hotel.
Flying? If you fly, there is a FREE shuttle to and from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. However, it is strongly recommended that you reserve your shuttle ride in advance. Once you make your plane and hotel reservations, call the hotel directly at 952-893-9500. Tell them the airline, flight #, and when the plane is scheduled to land. (They need the airline information in order to know at which of two terminals to pick you up!) You should also reserve your return trip to the airport. The free shuttle runs between 6:00 am and 11:30 pm, and the hotel is only 7 miles from the airport. Our airport is a Delta hub, and is also served by many other airlines.
All breakfasts are on your own. Options within the hotel include the hotel’s restaurant or a “grab & go” next to the front desk (coffee/tea, fruit smoothies, breakfast sandwiches). There is also a Denny’s Restaurant directly across the street from the hotel. Additionally, each guest room has a refrigerator, and of course, in-room coffee.
2019 Convention Registration Form!
The Registration Form for the 2019 National Convention in Bloomington, MN 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, April 15! There will be no onsite registration. Cancellations will be handled according to the ADS guidelines.
2019 Convention Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 2
- 8:00am – 4:00pm – The morning begins with Judging School 1 (Please reference our ADS Judging School 1 Form for additional information).
- Flower staging begins in the early afternoon and continues throughout the night. Photography entries will also be accepted during the afternoon and evening.
- Make some time to check out the Boutique! Kathy Julius is gathering great daffodilia to tempt you! (Cash or check only – there is an ATM in the hotel.)
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – First time convention attendees and mentors should plan to attend a reception just for them. If you are a first timer, or would like to ‘mentor’ a first-timer, be sure to indicate that on the convention registration form!
Friday, May 3
- 12:00 am – 9:00 am – Daffodil show staging
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – The Boutique is OPEN.
- 1:00 pm – Daffodil Show is OPEN to the Public.
- Those not involved in judging will breakfast on your own, and then be treated to an Optional Tour featuring some of the best of the Minneapolis Regional Parks system. (A box lunch from the hotel will be included in the optional tour price.)
The tour will start with the renowned Minnehaha Falls Park, featuring a spectacular waterfall. The park has easy walking trails allowing you to view the falls from multiple vantage points. And within easy walking distance you can also enjoy the Longfellow Gardens, built on a “land-bridge” on top of a major highway.
- After departing Minnehaha Falls Park, you will travel to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, newly renovated and expanded.
The garden is a partnership between the Minneapolis Park Board and the Walker Art Center and showcases more than 40 works from the Walker’s collections, including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. You will have time to wander among the giant sculptures, and if you wish you can cross a pedestrian bridge and explore Loring Park, a lake and garden respite at the edge of downtown Minneapolis.
- After the Sculpture Garden and Loring Park, your final stop will be the Mississippi River and its Stone Arch Bridge and adjacent Mill Ruins Park.
The bridge was originally a railroad bridge and is now limited to pedestrians. Walk out on the bridge for a spectacular view of the roaring Mississippi River, and imagine the city’s early days as a milling center, birthplace of Pillsbury and General Mills corporations.
- 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Outgoing Board Meeting
- The Board Meeting will be followed by a social reception/cash bar, dinner, Annual Meeting. The evening is capped off by the Show Awards presentations!
Saturday, May 4
- Breakfast on your own.
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – The Boutique is OPEN.
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Daffodil Show is OPEN to the Public.
- After breakfast on your own, explore the show and attend the two educational programs. One will cover how to refrigerate blooms before shows and package blooms for air travel or shipping to remote shows. With climate challenges these days, mastering the tricks for refrigerating and packaging blooms for travel are skills we can all use. The second program is still being determined.
We will lunch at the hotel and then head to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
At the Arboretum, you will have several hours to explore numerous gardens and collections near the main building, and/or you can sign up for a guided ride on the Trumpet Creeper Tram at only $5. For about an hour, the tram follows the “3 Mile Drive” through the Arboretum, and gives visitors a fabulous overview of the Arboretum. You would still have time to explore the gardens close by before or after the tram. If you are interested in the tram, sign up on the convention registration form – only $5. If there is enough interest, we will reserve an entire tram (maximum 40 people). Otherwise we will refund your pre-paid $5, and you can purchase a tram ticket on one of the regularly scheduled trams, upon arrival at the Arboretum. And don’t miss the Arboretum’s fabulous gift shop!
As we drive to and from the Arboretum, you will catch a glimpse of Prince’s Paisley Park. It is open for tours, so if you are interested before or after the convention, you could head out there.
- Upon return to the hotel, the bar will open and the ADS Bulb Auction will begin! Frederica Lawlor is coordinating this wonderful fundraiser for the ADS, featuring bulbs from far and wide. Plan to participate and pick up some beauties. Or just come and watch the fun! The cash bar will be open throughout the auction and reception, followed by dinner.
- Following dinner, we will be treated to a talk by Mike Heger, a Minnesotan with a varied and fascinating horticultural career. Mike is one of the founding members of our local group (1977), the Daffodil Society of Minnesota, and remains a member to this day. In his early work life, Mike was on staff at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for 15 years, which we will have seen that afternoon. Following his years at the Arboretum, Mike and his wife Jean opened Ambergate Gardens, a nursery specializing in unusual perennials for northern climates. During those years, Mike also co-authored “Growing Perennials in Cold Climates”, a veritable “bible” for northern gardeners. There is so much to Mike’s career that we are still refining what he will talk about, but it is guaranteed to be fascinating! Learn more about Mike Heger at Ambergate Horticultural Consulting.
- Following our Dinner Speaker we will announce the 2019 Gold and Silver Medal honorees.
- Then, sadly, we will tear down the Daffodil Show.
Sunday, May 5
- Breakfast on your own.
- Followed by the Judges Refresher program. If you want credit for the Judges Refresher, be sure to select that item on the convention registration form. Anyone can “audit”, but in order to get credit you must sign up and pay.
- Pick up your box lunch and hop on the buses for a day of touring. First stop, “Wonderland Garden” by daffodil lover Jenn Lanz in Newport, MN. Jenn and her family have turned their compact space into an Alice in Wonderland-themed retreat. They have used every square inch of the property for gardens, progressing through the seasons with daffodils, martagon lilies, and daylilies, among other treasures. We expect to spend enough time there that many will opt to have their box lunch at Jenn’s.
- From there we will travel in to Wisconsin to a farm outside of Ellsworth, WI. At the edge of the fields you will find rows and rows of daffodils. Michael Berrigan (immediate past ADS President) has moved most of his daffodils here, adding to those planted years ago by our late member Denis Daley. The farm is owned by Denis’s college roommate, and we are lucky to be able to grow daffodils next to a babbling brook.
- After the two daffodil stops, we will head up river to Afton, MN. Afton is located on a small bay where Valley Creek empties into the St. Croix River several miles north of the confluence with the Mississippi River. Afton was platted in 1855, and named for the poem ‘Sweet Afton’ by Robert Burns. A post office has been in operation at Afton since 1857.
- The main stop in Afton will be Squire House Gardens, a delightful small garden and gift shop inspired by those the owners visited in Britain. Indulge all of your senses, then cross the street and pick up an ice cream treat at Selma’s Ice Cream (a “quaint parlor for classic frozen treats”).
- While returning to the hotel, the Incoming Board will have its meeting on a designated “Board Meeting Bus”.
- Following a social reception and dinner, our keynote speaker will be Ana Heck from the University of Minnesota Bee Research Lab. Ana is the Program Director of the “Bee Squad”. She learned how to keep bees in Nicaragua while apprenticing on an organic farm and working with a women’s beekeeping cooperative. Ana joined the University of Minnesota Bee Squad in 2014, where she enjoys working with bees, beekeepers, and the public. She manages apiaries, and provides hands-on and classroom training to beekeepers, and is involved in managing pollinator outreach and Extension programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Ana will provide an overview of the world-renowned research being done at the University of Minnesota on bees and other pollinators, and share the Bee Squad’s exciting public outreach programs.
- The evening will conclude with invitations to the 2019 Fall Forum, the 2020 ADS convention in Dallas, TX and the 2020 World Convention in Australia, with a New Zealand add-on trip.
Pre/Post Convention Sites
Come Early / Stay After…It would be a shame for you to come all the way to Minnesota without enjoying more of our many treasures. Plan to come early or stay after the ADS convention! There is so much beautiful scenery, history, theatre, music, and arts to enjoy in Minnesota. Here are some of the many options for your further exploration.
Sites within the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
- Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College – very close to the hotel, this is a small (2 acre) but lovely Japanese garden on this community college campus.
- Noernberg Gardens – in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, overlooking beautiful Lake Minnetonka.
- Marjorie McNelly Conservatory within Como Park & Zoo – in St. Paul. The Conservatory within the Zoo is a real treat!
- Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary – just west of downtown Minneapolis, part of the Minneapolis Park System.
- Historic Fort Snelling – perched on bluffs high above the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, very near the airport. A fun visit for history buffs.
- Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge – a stone’s throw from the airport, discover this quiet refuge along the Minnesota River, with trails galore. Birders and photographers are in for a treat.
- Music scene – for music lovers, opportunities range from world famous orchestras (Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra) to Prince’s old haunt 1st Avenue, and everything in between.
- Theatres – live theatre opportunities include the world-famous Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theatre Trust, historic stages, and a wide range of community theatres.
- Museums – indulge your love of art, science, history, and even model railroading! Click our extensive “Museum Options in Twin Cities Area” section for all your choices!
- Shopping – if shopping is on your agenda, enjoy “no sales tax” on clothing at the nearby Southdale Mall, or the Mall of America.
Sites beyond the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.
- Scenic Highway 61 – If you are driving from the east or south, consider taking Highway 61 along the Mississippi River. You will pass some of the most beautiful scenery around. The Mississippi River is a flyway for migrating birds and features Bald Eagle nesting. Stop in the historic river town of Red Wing, Minnesota and check out the Red Wing shoe store and the Red Wing Pottery operations. In Winona, Minnesota visit the Winona Woolen Mills for treasures.
- If you have time to explore southern Minnesota, consider taking in the beautiful “bluffs” area around Lanesboro, then drive over to Austin to visit the SPAM Museum! Remember the SPAM cans on your tables at the 2018 convention?
- Northwest of Minneapolis, about an hour and a half up I-94, you will find Munsinger/Clemens Gardens in St. Cloud.
- What about heading NORTH? Lake Superior awaits you, as well as many Minnesota State Parks. Just 2 1/2 hours up I-35 lies Duluth, Minnesota. Explore this port city, then head up the “north shore” of Lake Superior to discover waterfall after waterfall, as they tumble from heights above into the largest of the Great Lakes. There are eight state parks along the way with easy-to-moderate trails to view waterfalls and/or Lake Superior. Two popular ones are Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse.
Museum Options in Twin Cities Area
- Bell Museum of Natural History – opened originally in 1872, and now in its new home on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus, this treasure unites science, art, and the environment. A must-see!
- Science Museum of Minnesota – amazing place, very interactive. In downtown St. Paul, not far from Minnesota History Center.
- Minnesota History Center – run by Minnesota Historical Society. In downtown St. Paul, not far from the Science Museum of MN.
- Minnesota’s State Capital – recently reopened after a multi-year renovation, also run by the Minnesota Historical Society. In St. Paul, across an expansive highway from the Minnesota History Center.
- Mill City Museum – In downtown Minneapolis on the riverfront, also run by the Minnesota Historical Society. Great history of Minneapolis’s early days as a milling center (think Pillsbury and General Mills), very interactive.
- The Bakken Museum – In a residential neighborhood in Minneapolis – STEM at its best!
- Twin Cities Model Railroading Museum – In St. Paul – great fun for adult “kids”!
- Minneapolis Institute of Art (aka “Mia”) – In Minneapolis near downtown.
- Weisman Art Museum – On campus of University of MN in Minneapolis. Art lovers rave.
- Walker Art Center – On edge of downtown Minneapolis – more art and great exhibits.
- American Swedish Institute – In residential area of Minneapolis – Swedish heritage galore.
- Museum of Russian Art – In “south Minneapolis”, small, but fabulous.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 ADS National Convention and hope you will extend your stay to enjoy some of Minnesota’s delights!