2017 SE Regional Meeting
Hyatt Place Hotel - Bowling Green, KY
The Kentucky Derby, corvettes, roses, green hills and mint juleps – June in Kentucky is a wonderland! Enjoy the charm and beauty of southern Kentucky at the ACS-SE Region meeting, June 9-11, 2017, in Bowling Green. The meeting is hosted by the Barker Arboretum, a 150-acre garden that specializes in conifers, among other collections. The Baker Arboretum is also the site of the Downing Museum of Art for your enjoyment. The staff of the arboretum are looking forward to seeing you.
Bowling Green is one hour north of Nashville and 90 minutes south of Louisville, a former stop on the old L&N (Louisville & Nashville) Railroad. It is the home of the Corvette manufacturing plant and the Corvette museum. There is a cave with the worlds shortest, deepest river in town, and it is a short drive to Mammoth Cave National Park. There is a railway museum, minor league baseball, and a distillery downtown. We are not far from the Bourbon Trail near Bardstown where you can tour and taste the signature drink of Kentucky. Of course, it also the Home of the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University.
We will be staying the new Hyatt Place hotel near campus, centrally located to downtown and our meeting venue at the alumni center next door on campus.
Make plans now to attend the Southeast Regional Meeting in Bowling Green, KY, June 9-11! It’s going to be a spectacular event at the Baker Arboretum, featuring knowledgeable speakers and demonstrations of interest to any conifer enthusiast.
See the meeting brochure with agenda, speakers, and events, here.
The early registration rate of $165 is available through May 8th, so register, soon! You can download the registration form here.
Hotel – Meeting Rates Available through May 12!
We have a limited number of rooms reserved at a special rate at the Hyatt Place Bowling Green, 1347 Center Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101 (Phone: (270) 467-0001). King rooms are $124 per night and a room with two queen beds is $129. Taxes and fees are extra. Mention the code “G-CONI” when you book. If there are any problems booking at this rate, ask to speak with a manager!
Pre- and Post-Meeting Garden Tours
Three wonderful gardens are available for pre- and/or post-meeting tours:
Paul and Dot Schneider, long-time members of the Conifer Society, have agreed to open their amazing garden to us for pre- and post-meeting tours. This is a garden not to be missed, so make plans to arrive an extra hour or two early or hanging out for a couple of hours after the meeting to enjoy this wonderful opportunity. (Just a few years ago, it was featured on NPTV’s Volunteer Gardener. Take a look: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxPXSKhGUsc)
Eastern Sun Studio & Gardens is open for visits by meeting attendees on June 8th (Thursday), the morning of June 9th (Friday), the afternoon of June 11th (Sunday), and Monday, June 12th. The Schneiders have been working on their gardens since arriving in Tennessee from northeast New York in October 2003. They have over 150 conifer species and cultivars on the premises, from a 70 ft tall Dawn Redwood to 3″ dwarves in troughs. The garden beyond conifers is an eclectic collection of trees, shrubs, bamboos, and perennials, many not normally found in the average garden. The property is 2.3 acres, with the front portion set up to allow visitors to wander through the many garden beds. Paul is a sculptor, and he uses the gardens to show a number of pieces of work. They have been on various garden tours over the last several years including 2 episodes on Nashville Public TV’s Volunteer Gardener. Building continues with each passing year. Paul and Dot sincerely hope you will be able to visit their “Magic Place” during your visit for the June meeting.
Directions: We are located 45 minutes northeast of downtown Nashville at 3050 Academy Road, Portland, TN 37148 Phone: 615-323-0872, cell: 615-512-5627, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• From the South: Take I-65 north thru Nashville to TN 386. Take TN 386 to Gallatin TN (appx. 10 miles), and turn left (North) onto TN 109. Take TN 109 North appx. 10 miles to Academy Road (right turn-poorly marked!). We are 7/10 mile on Academy Rd – right hand side-driveway, just past blue mailbox.
• From the West: Take I-40 east to Exit 204 (Briley Parkway TN155). Follow Briley to I-65 north. Then take TN386 & follow above instructions.
• From the East: Take I-40 west to TN 109 North – Exit 232. Follow TN 109 north. Cross the Cumberland River, go through Gallatin TN on TN 109, and continue north on 109 to Academy Rd. Right turn 7/10 mile on the right, just past the blue mailbox.
• From the North: take I-65 south to exit 2 in Franklin KY. Turn left from off ramp onto Hwy 31. Take Hwy 31 to TN 109 south, (left turn). Follow TN 109 South through the village of Portland TN. After the last stoplight in Portland, look for a golf course on your left, and make an immediate left turn onto Academy Road. Follow it till you see our mailbox on the left hand side (#3050).
Please be aware that mailbox numbering on our road is not necessarily in sequence. Call if you go astray, we’ll get you back on course. Hope to see y’all!
Paul & Dot
Our Second Tour Garden is the Garden of Dr. Mark Patton, 933 Smith Ct., Bowling Green, KY.
This garden was designed by Mitchell Leichhardt, landscape architect of the majority of the plantings at the Baker Arboretum. The garden is a pleasure garden featuring dwarf conifers, floribunda roses, water features, and much more. The garden is in an older neighborhood with mature trees and landscapes. Dr. Patton welcomes you to his garden Friday, June 9, from noon until 6 pm and also on Sunday, June 11, from 10 am until 3pm.
Dirt Dawg Nursery
Jeff and Jennifer Harvey
2910 Poplar Hill Road
Watertown, TN 37184
Jeff and Jennifer Harvey’s garden and nursery will be open for touring on Sunday after the tailgate sale is over. For those that have to head southeast, you can follow us there.
Our garden/nursery is a mixture of all things different. We caught the gardening bug in upstate New York, where we became engrossed in the rose world. Jeff and I were even horticulture and arrangement judges! Jeff had a little hobby nursery that kept us busy. We lived in New York for thirteen years before moving to our current house in Tennessee in 2009. We discovered very quickly that roses were way too much work in the south and that we needed to grow what grew well here. We dabbled with conifers in the north, but now it is our focus. We also have a love for daylilies, peonies, iris, tropicals, and anything else that we think is a little different. We are hoping that our latest building project will be complete for your stop by. We are just about an hour from the meeting and only five minutes from the highway.
We look forward to seeing everyone who attended last year’s meeting in Waynesboro, VA, and to meeting new conifer enthusiasts, too! Our meetings are a wonderful way to make new friends and buy new and rare conifers at our auctions and from the vendors who participate in the Sunday morning event. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet up with like-minded, conifer-obsessed people and support conifer gardens in the Southeast. See you there!