“A Texas Tribute to Daffodils”
Put on your new shoes; put on your gown (not necessary for men to wear gowns)! The Texas Daffodil Society is proud to announce that they will be hosting the American Daffodil Society 2020 National Convention in Dallas, TX on March 12 – 15, 2020. Our lodging and daffodil show will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Campbell Center, Dallas, Texas.
Hotel Reservations | Transportation to Hotel
Convention Registration | National Daffodil Show
Schedule of Events | Post Convention Tour
Our convention hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Campbell Center is stylish, inviting, and ideally situated within the dynamic Campbell Center office complex, in the heart of Dallas’ business district. This hotel is near SMU and University Park as well as many popular Dallas area attractions. Recently refreshed and designed for convenience and productivity, the hotel features an array of amenities and services including their signature warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, presented to you upon arrival. This modern hotel is only 7 miles from DAL / Dallas Love Field Airport and 28 miles from DFW / Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Campbell Centre
8250 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas, 75206-1888
Phone: (214) 706-0212
To make a reservation, call 214-706-0212 using Group Code: “NDC” or “2020 National Daffodil Convention”, or click on our convenient ONLINE RESERVATION Link.
- Room Rate is $129 for a king or two queens, plus taxes
- Rates guaranteed until February 10, 2020 or until block is sold out
- Take a free shuttle within a 3-mile radius of the hotel
- Parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility
- Complimentary High-speed Internet access for our guests
Transportation to Hotel
Super Shuttle and Taxi are both available transportation from the Dallas Love Field (DAL) or Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) airports to the hotel. Please consult the Maps & Directions Page on the Hotel website for approximate costs of transport.
If driving from the Airport or surrounding Dallas area:
From DAL / Dallas Love Field Airport (7 miles), Drive Time (15 minutes)
Exit airport to Mockingbird Lane East. Pass the Dallas Tollway and stay on Mockingbird Lane until Central Expressway (Highway 75), Turn left (north) onto Central Expressway (Highway 75) service road and travel North to Caruth Haven. Once you exit at Caruth Haven, the Doubletree Hotel Campbell Centre is to the right between 2 gold towers. (Transportation by Classic Shuttle, taxi or rental car)
From DFW / Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (26 miles), Drive Time (40 minutes)
Exit the North Airport onto 635 East. Take this to 75 South. Exit off 75 South at Caruth Haven and make a U-Turn onto the North bound service road of 75. The hotel will be immediately on your right hand side between the gold towers. (Transportation by Classic Shuttle, taxi or rental car)
From Downtown Dallas (6 miles)
Take Central Expressway (Highway 75) North. Exit Caruth Haven. Doubletree Hotel Campbell Centre will be located to your right between 2 gold towers
From North Dallas/Richardson (6 miles)
Take Central Expressway (Highway 75) South. Exit Caruth Haven and turn left. Doubletree Hotel Campbell Centre to the left between 2 gold towers
2020 Convention Registration Form!
The Registration Form for the 2020 National Convention in Dallas, Texas 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.
February 22, 2020 is the cut-off for the discounted early-bird convention registration. The deadline for registration is Sunday, March 1, 2020! There will be no onsite registration. Cancellations will be handled according to the ADS guidelines.
National Daffodil Show
The National Daffodil Show will include both daffodils in the Horticulture and Photography Divisions. Keith Kridler will chair the Daffodil Show, and he is already hard at work to make your experience enjoyable and unforgettable.
Sandra Nance and Annie Hibbs will co-chair the Photography portion of the Daffodil Show. For those of you who want to enter their photographs, but are unable to attend the convention, please mail your entries to Annie Hibbs, 5922 Meaders, Dallas, TX 75230. Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in order to be entered in the show.
Schedule of Events
Wednesday, March 11
- 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Welcome, Registration. Should you arrive Wednesday, early convention packet pick-up will be available.
Thursday, March 12
- 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – The morning begins with Judging School II (Please reference our ADS Judging School II Form for additional information).(Monterey, 21st Floor)
- 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Convention packet pick-up is OPEN
- 12:00 pm – 11:59 pm – Flower Show Set-Up & Staging (Dallas Houston Corridor, Lobby Level) Photography entries will also be accepted during the afternoon and evening.
- 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Exec/Finance Committee Meeting (Tucson/Phoenix, Lobby Level)
- 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Boutique is OPEN (Stars, Lobby Level)
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – New Attendees & Mentors Cash Bar (Monterey)
Friday, March 13
- 12:00 am – 8:00 am – Daffodil Show Staging during early morning hours (Dallas Houston Corridor, Lobby Level)
- 7:45 am – 9:00 am – Judges & Clerks Breakfast & Instructions (Scottsdale, Lobby Level)
- 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Daffodil Show Judging throughout the morning (Dallas Houston Corridor, Lobby Level)
- 9:30 am – 4:30 pm – Those not involved with Daffodil Show Judging, will be treated to an Optional Tour featuring Klyde Warren Park and the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
- Tour Klyde Warren Park a 5.2 acre urban green space built over the recessed area of Woodall Rogers Freeway in downtown Dallas and is located near the edge of the Arts District and Uptown areas. This park features flexible, pedestrian-oriented design, offering a mix of active and passive spaces, which include a children’s park, reading room, great lawn, restaurant, performance pavilion, fountain plaza, games area, urban dog park, and botanical garden around a sweeping pedestrian promenade. A 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) restaurant and performance stage, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, is in the center of the park. In addition it provides jogging trails, a children’s playground, and an area for games. A box lunch will be provided.
- Tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). With its state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum located in Dallas, Texas gives visitors an in-depth look at eight years of American history, the American Presidency, and important issues of public policy.
- Tour the Presidential Library. The National Archives’ Presidential Libraries and Museums are repositories for textual, electronic, and audiovisual Presidential records as well as domestic and foreign Presidential gifts. Created or received throughout the Bush Administration, the records at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum serve as a resource for the study of American history and government, the Presidency, and important issues of public policy. The Library also holds more than 80 terabytes of electronic records, including over 200 million emails, and audiovisual materials, including over 4 million photographs.
- Tour the Native Texas Park: A 15 acre urban park on the grounds of the Bush Center. The Native Texas Park is open year round and reflects President and Mrs. Bush’s love of the native Texas landscape. Visitors can explore native Texas environments such as Blackland Prairie, Post Oak Savannah, and Cross Timbers Forest.
Indigenous limestone is visible throughout the Texas landscape as the unifying material for both the building and the park, including the Carolyn and David Miller Amphitheater, providing a perfect place to pause and enjoy the urban oasis in any season.
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Judges & Clerks Lunch Only (Scottsdale, Lobby Level)
- 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Boutique is OPEN (Stars, Lobby Level)
- Daffodil Show will OPEN to the Public during the afternoon.(Dallas Houston Corridor, Lobby Level)
- 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Outgoing Board Meeting (Tucson/Phoenix, Lobby Level)
- 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – The Board Meeting will be followed by a social reception/cash bar, dinner, and General Membership Meeting. The evening is capped off by the Show Awards presentations! (Skyline Ballroom,
- Our Friday evening Banquet speaker will be Jenny Wegley from the The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Ms. Wegley is vice president of horticulture operations at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She has been recognized as one of 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who help determine the future of horticulture. Jenny’s creativity and knowledge of plant trials have circulated in numerous industry publications throughout her career. Jenny will address the highlights our guests will see when they visit the Arboretum on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Saturday, March 14
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am – ADS Judges Refresher. Topic and Instructor under construction. TBA
- 9:00 am – 9:45 am and 10:00 am – 10:45 am – A program on Photography will be presented by Ron Timms who judged the Photography Division in Minneapolis and will join the judging panel for the 2020 ADS Photography Division. Ron has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and is a photographer instructor. He helps individuals develop their photographic talents and skills.
- 9:00 am – 9:45 am and 10:00 am – 10:45 am – A program on Heirloom Gardening will be presented by William C. Welch (Texas Bill Welch) and Chris Wiesinger. They will talk about their searches for bulbs whose descendants had never see the inside of a big-box chain store. They will share their gardening in the South and will probably agree to sign books they authored.
- 11:30 am – Buses will leave for the Dallas Arboretum. Upon arrival, you will pick up your box lunch and enjoy it at leisure.
- Tour the The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, a 66-acre botanical garden located at 8525 Garland Road in East Dallas, Dallas, Texas, on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden was founded upon the dreams of a few visionaries with a passion for preserving both history and nature. Though the gardens themselves are comparatively young, the work that went into creating the current gardens began long ago. The Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world. They also have ground-breaking horticultural research conducted in their Trial Gardens which continues to contribute to an important body of knowledge, both regionally and nationally.
- 4:00 pm – Buses board for return to the hotel
- 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Upon return to the hotel, the bar will open and the ADS Bulb Auction will begin! Janet Hickman is coordinating this wonderful fundraiser for the ADS, featuring bulbs from far and wide. Plan to participate and pick up some beautiful new bulbs. Or just come and watch the fun! The cash bar will be open throughout the auction and reception, followed by dinner.
- Following a social reception and dinner, our keynote speaker will be Jan Pennings of Breezand, Holland. Mr. Pennings has been an enthusiastic, life-long ambassador for daffodils and has taken his role as daffodil ambassador and educator to all parts of the world where daffodils grow. Mr. Pennings has been active for many years with the American Daffodil Society, serving on the Board and as a speaker and panelist on many occasions. He has been a member of the RHS Daffodil and Tulip Committee for almost 20 years and served as Chairman of the new Bulb Committee from 2014 – 2019. He also served on the RHS Trials Committee for several years.
Jan Pennings serves on the Board of Keukenhof, and was the Director for a number of years. He was Chairman of the Dutch portion of the 2008 European World Daffodil Convention. He is an accredited judge of daffodils, and was instrumental in presenting the ADS with the Dutch Trophy, to be contested yearly at the ADS national daffodil show. He was accorded the honor as a “Member of the Order of Orange-Nassau” from the Queen of the Netherlands for his outstanding work for various social organizations.
Mr. Pennings was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Daffodil Society during 2014. This medal is awarded to an individual deemed by the Honors Committee as being worthy of “recognition of creative work of a pre-eminent nature in the understanding and advancement of daffodils.”
- After Dinner the Daffodil Show will be dismantled.
Sunday, March 15
- RVP/RD Breakfast Meeting
- 9:00 am – Buses will board for a tour of a private daffodil garden, followed by a visit to the Fort Worth Stock Yards to see a cattle drive and mock shoot out.
- Lunch at the famous Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, then a stop at the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.
- Tour of the The Fort Worth Botanic Garden. This botanical garden is located at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas. The garden was established in 1934 and is the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens.
- After your tour of the botanical garden, we will head back to Dallas for a barbeque dinner buffet at Sammy’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant with music and a trivia game.
- While returning from Fort Worth to Dallas for dinner, the Incoming Board will have its meeting on a designated “Board Meeting Bus”.
- If you want to stay over for another fun day, we will board a small bus for an optional tour of Sleepy Hollow Daffodils, Keith Kridler’s daffodils in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Chris Wiesinger’s Southern Bulb Co. in Golden, Texas. Please reference the Convention Registration form to sign-up for this special tour.
Additional information will be added to this page as we near closer to the convention. We look forward to seeing you in Texas for the 2020 ADS National Convention. Get your reservations in early!