Flower Show
A Capital Adventure
2006 ARS / ASA Joint Convention

Proposed Schedule
Draft 11/20/2005

Thursday,  5/11/06

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Early Check in for ARS Board members
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM  Plant Sale Committee Sets Up
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM  ARS Committee Meetings in various rooms or hotel areas

Friday,  5/12/06

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    ARS Board Meeting
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Tour Washington DC on your own via the Metro Subway.
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner on your own
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM   Registration Desk open
12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM    ASA Board Meeting - Part I
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Flower Show and Photography Show accept entries
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Plant Sale Opens
Opening Program: 
7:00 - 7:30 PM Welcome
7:30 - 8:30 PM Stanton Gill - University of Maryland, Agriculture Extension
“Keeping out the Bad-Boy Pests” - Mr. Gill will discuss two exotic tree pests including the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle. Both pests pose serious threats to our forests. He will also talk about low-risk pesticides for use in an integrated pest management program for azalea culture.
8:30 - 9:30 PM Dr. Harold Sweetman - Jenkins Arboretum, Pennsylvania
“Azaleas and Rhododendrons: Wild Species and Tamed Hybrids” - Dr. Sweetman will discuss his trips to Yunnan (China), Arunachal Pradesh (India) and the Appalachians while relating how hybridizers have transformed wild rhododendron species into new hybrids suitable for our gardens.

9:30 PM - 11:00 PM   Plant Sale Open, Flower Show and Photography Show Open, Registration Open
9:30 PM - 11:00 PM   Late Night "Yakety Yaks"
Join us for a late night gathering to make new friends and share with others who have similar interests. We offer two concurrent sessions, each with three short mini-presentations.
        Group #1: Native Azaleas Includes an aerial photo of Gregory Bald.
        Group #2: Hybridizers Includes local rhododendron and azalea hybrids.

Saturday,  5/13/06

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   Registration Desk Open
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM   Garden Tour - Choice of
        Tour A - Private Gardens and Brookside Gardens
        Tour B - Baltimore Gardens and the U.S. National Arboretum
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Plant Sale Open
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Happy Hour - Cash Bar
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   Saturday Buffet Dinner - Roast Beef Au Jus and Grilled Salmon
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   Dr. Hartwig Schepker - botanica Rhododendron Park, Bremen, Germany
“The Diversity of Rhododendron Habitats - A Journey to Natural Stands in Asia and North America” – Dr. Schepker will focus on the diversity of the genus Rhododendron as he relates some of his explorations into remote rhododendron areas in mainland and southeast Asia and in North America, including natural stands in Nepal, Yunnan, Borneo, and in the Great Smoky Mountains in the eastern US.

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM ASA Annual Meeting
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM ARS Open Forum
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Plant Sale, Flower Show, Photography Show Open

Sunday,  5/14/06

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM   Garden Tour:
        Tour C - Private Gardens and McCrillis Gardens
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Plant Sale Open
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   Happy Hour - Cash Bar near Plaza Ballroom and Plant Sale
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM   Sunday Banquet - Red Snapper or Roasted Pork Medalions
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM ARS and ASA Awards and Recognition
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   Jim Gardiner - Wisley Gardens, England
“Rhododendrons and the Royal Horticultural Society... Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” Mr. Gardiner will profile the four gardens of the RHS, Wisley in particular, discussing the breadth of the rhododendron and azalea collections, the Rhododendron Trials, and the challenges of growing and promoting the genus.

9:00 - 9:30 ARS Annual Meeting
9:30 - 9:45 Post-Convention Tour Briefing
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM   Plant Sale - Last Chance!

Monday,  5/15/06

6:30 AM - Post-Convention Tour Departure:
        Tour D - Monticello and the Blue Ridge Mountains(Return by 7:00 PM Tuesday)
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - ASA Board Meeting #2
11:00 AM - Hotel Checkout time