Convention Schedule & Registration

Map for Burlington Marriot
Picture by S & J Perkins
Map for Burlington Marriot, Burlington, MA

Schedule of Events
Wednesday, May 24


ARS board of directors’ meeting and committee meetings

12:15pm–4:15pm tour a arnold arboretum $33
  Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, a world class botanical institution covering 265 acres

Box Lunch included. Max 45

12:15pm–4:15pm tour b weston nurseries $31
  Weston Nurseries of Hopkinton, MA., where the Mezitt family has been pursuing a number of breeding goals for three generations: hardiness in Zone 5, good, compact habit, superior foliage, resistance to pests and disease as well as extended blooming season

Box Lunch included. Max 120

12pm board member luncheon $25
  All ARS members are welcome to join the Board Members for a grilled salmon luncheon
11am-10pm registration & information open
4:30–6pm plant sale & convention store open
6–6:45pm get acquainted reception - cash bar


opening dinner (choice of)
grilled chicken
fresh stuffed sole


8:15 –

welcoming remarks

Walter Ostrom
New Directions

Thursday, May 25


registration & information open


tour c cape cod gardens



Heritage Plantation in Sandwich MA, home of the Dexter and Cowles hybrids, as well as the Duplinsky garden, Salishan East

Box Lunch included. Max 180

tour d south shore gardens $44
  South Shore gardens of Mass Chapter members: Ian Donovan, Henry and Barbara Wrightington, Gene and Barbara Gingras

Box Lunch included. Max 135

tour e western gardens $39
  Gardens of Mass Chapter members: George Hibben, Bill Sweeney, Dick Brooks, Susan Clark, Millie Chandler and Neil Jorgensen

Box Lunch included. Max 180

12pm lunch on your own
tour f mount auburn cemetery $33
  Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge MA, established in 1831 by members of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, the first garden cemetery in America

Box Lunch included. Max 90

4:00pm photograpy show opens
4:30–6pm plant sale & convention store open
6–7:15pm buffet dinner $37


Wayne Mezitt
The Weston Legacy and What the Future Holds
plant sale & convention store open
Friday, May 26
7am–6pm registration & information open

9:30am– 4:30pm

tour g historic lexington and concord


  Start at the Lexington Green. Follow in the footsteps of the Minutemen along the Old Battle Road to Concord. After lunch at the Minuteman National Park, return to Lexington. Visit Buckman’s Tavern and the Museum of Our National Heritage.

Box lunch included. Max 40


Jon Valigorsky
Hardiness in the Garden


Richard Bir, Moderator
Hardiness Panel Discussion


Group A: Robert Childs
Pests & Disease of Ericaceae

Group B: Sandra McDonald
2020: Conservation of Southeastern US Native Azaleas

Group C: Laura Chappell
The Mehlquist Legacy

11:40am luncheon $25


ARS annual business meeting

1-10pm truss show open  





Group A: TBD
Pruning Rhododendrons & Azaleas

Group B: Richard Bir
Out of the Wild

Group C: Richard Jaynes
The Little Leaf Laurels






Group A: Robert Childs
Pests & Disease of Ericaceae

Group B: Sandra McDonald
2020: Conservation of Southeastern US Native Azaleas

Group C: Laura Chappell
The Mehlquist Legacy





Group A: M.S. Viraraghavan
Rhododendrons on a Tropical Mountain in India

Group B: Richard Bir
Out of the Wild

Group C: Richard Jaynes


plant sale & convention store open


tour h charles river dinner


  Board a cruise ship for a tour of the Charles River and Boston Harbor.

Dinner on board. Max 80

6–6:45pm social hour – cash bar  


dinner (choice of)
baked boston schrod
rack of lamb



8:10-9pm Jonathan Leonard
Building on the Legacy of Dexter, Consolini and Cowles
Saturday, May 27
7-9am registration & information open
tour i southern gardens $47
  Mass Chapter members’ gardens: Powell and Maggie Huie, Berta Atwater and the azalea garden of the late Lorenzo Kinney.

Box Lunch included. Max 180


tour j northern gardens


  Mass Chapter members’ gardens: Joe Parks, Leslie and Norman Frost, Joan and Bob Means, Dana and Bob Fox as well as the Stevens-Coolidge house

Box Lunch included. Max 180

8:45am-5pm tour k Best of Boston $49

Visit the Charlestown Naval Yard to board "Old Ironsides", the USS Constitution. Thence to downtown Boston historical sites along the Freedom Trail as well as the North End, Back Bay and Beacon Hill. After lunch on the Boston Common, we will head off to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Box Lunch included. Max 44


truss show open






plant sale & convention store open


reception – cash bar


banquet (choice of)
filet mignon
poached salmon



silent auction winners announced


ARS honors
president’s remarks


Ken Cox
Nuclear Bombs and the Sacred Valley of Tsari


plant sale & convention store open

Sunday, May 28
convention store open
8:30-9:20am talks
  Group A: Keith Adams
Vireya Conservation

Group B: Brian Maynard
Rhododendron Research at the University of Rhode Island: Innovative Propagation Methods and Deer Control

9:30-11am discussion groups
  Group C: Dee Daneri,
ARS Executive Director
Society Issues - Forum

Group D: Tony Knights, moderator
Breeder’s Round Table

12pm convention closes

Boston Marriott - Burlington

Telephone: (781) 229-6565

1 Mall Road

FAX: (781) 270-4144

Burlington, MA 01803-4195

Reservations: (800) 371-3625

For reservations at the Burlington Marriott complete the following information, mail, FAX or call the Reservations number directly:

Please Reserve____________________________Room(s) for ______________Person(s)

  • Type of Occupancy Preferred

Name________________________________________________________(Please Print)

_____Double/Double – 2 double beds


_____King Room – 1 King bed

City____________________Province/State___________Postal Code________________

_______ SMOKING

Arrival Date (Day of Week/Month/Day/Year)___________________________________


Departure Date (Day of Week/Month/Day/Year)_________________________________

Special Requests __________________

Estimated Time of Arrival_________________


To avoid duplicate reservations, please submit a single card when sharing accommodations. For security reasons, please list the names of person(s) sharing reservation if check-in will occur at different times.


The $99/night rates available to ARS Convention attendees, do not include Hotel Tax (currently at 9.7%) and are available from Tuesday May 23th to Sunday May 28th, 2000, inclusive. To assure room availability this reservation must reach the hotel no later than May 2nd, 2000.

All reservations after 6:00 PM must be guaranteed for late arrival by a credit card. To expedite check-in, please indicate method of payment. Without a deposit or credit card guarantee your reservation will only be held until 6:00 PM (local time) on the day of arrival. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon Check-in time is 4:00 PM

Circle: AMEX Carte Blanche MasterCard Diner’s Club Visa

Number____________________________________________________Exp Date_________________

Cardholder Name_____________________________________________________________________

Authorized Signature___________________________________________________________________

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Getting There

  • Fly into Boston (Logan International Airport) which is served by most major airlines. Alternately, you may want to consider flying into Providence RI (T.F. Greene Airport) or the Manchester NH airport. Although Logan is closer than either of the other two airports, major construction in the area can make it difficult to get in and out of the airport by rental car. If you decide to fly into Logan, consider taking the shuttle to the hotel and renting a car through the hotel if you so desire. Shuttle information is provided below.

    From Logan airport by car:

    (Consult your rental car agency for directions)

    1. Take the Callahan tunnel to Boston. A $2 toll is required before you enter the tunnel. Stay in the left lane.

    2. At the tunnel end go up the ramp to I-93 North (bearing slightly to the left). The sign will say North 93 & 3 Storrow and Cambridge.

    3. Proceed North on I-93 for 10 miles. Make sure to avoid the left exit to Rte 1 North/Tobin Bridge.

    4. Exit at I-95 South (also known as Rte 128) (Exit 37B)

    5. Go south on I-95/128 about 4 miles to Exit 33B, Rte 3A North/Burlington.

    6. Go straight through the traffic light at the end of the ramp onto (Burlington) Mall Road. The Marriott is located on the left at the next traffic light.

    From Logan using the Shuttle:

    The hotel recommends you use Logan Airport Shuttle. They maintain scheduled departures from the airport to Burlington. On weekdays the shuttles operate every 60 minutes starting from 6:45 AM – 10:45 PM. The vehicle stops at all terminals with the departure times from Terminal A. The cost is $16 per person. For additional information you may call Logan Airport Shuttle directly at (781) 938-8646 from Massachusetts and at (800) 225-4846 from elsewhere. After claiming your luggage, meet the vehicle outside of the baggage claim areas at the BUS STOP signs.

    Driving to the Convention from I-95/Rte128:

    From north- or southbound I-95 (Rte 128)

    1. Take exit 33B.

    2. From the South – turn left off the ramp, proceed under the highway, turn left at the first traffic light on (Burlington) Mall Road. The Marriott is located on the left at the next traffic light.

    3. From the North – go straight through the traffic light at the end of the ramp onto (Burlington) Mall Road. The Marriott is located on the left at the next traffic light.

Hotel Accommodations

  • The Convention will be held at the:

    Marriott Hotel
    1 Mall Road
    Burlington, MA 01803
    FAX: (781)229-7973

    The Convention Committee has negotiated extremely favorable hotel rates for a block of rooms from Tuesday May 23rd through Sunday May 28th. The convention room rates are $99 plus 9.7% tax. You may mail the hotel registration form, FAX it or call the hotel directly. To be guaranteed the ARS convention rate your reservation must reach the hotel by May 2nd. Ample free parking is available.

Silent Auction

  • The Convention Committee has planned a Silent Auction and has collected some interesting plants and books for this event.

Photograph Competition

  • Please make sure to indicate on the Personal Information section of your registration that you would like to receive the details.

Convention Shop and Book Table

  • For the rhodophile, there will be plenty of items offered to satisfy your habit. The Convention Shop committee is making a special effort to have items available that display the Convention logo. New and used gardening books will also be available for sale.

Plant Sale

  • Many choice rhododendrons and companion plants have been selected for the sale. Our local growers are propagating new introductions for the Plant Sale: Weston Nurseries’ New Century, Landmark and Millennium, Dick Brooks’ Crimson Constellation and Richard Jaynes’ Madeline and Meteor. This should be a spectacular sale. Phytosanitary certificates will be available so Canadians may take their plant purchases across the border.

Truss Show

  • All convention delegates are encouraged to bring trusses to display at the truss show. Cold storage will be provided. The entries will be judged and numerous awards will be given in the various Show Classes. Make sure to indicate on the Personal Information section of your registration that you wish to be sent Show Rules and Classes as part of the registration confirmation.

Registration Form—2000 ARS Convention

Use this form to register for the ARS Convention. To attend any of the ARS Convention activities, you must be a registered ARS delegate. If your registration form is postmarked prior to April 15, 2000, you qualify for the lower ,"early registration", fee. We are also offering a $10 registration fee discount to the second and additional registrants residing at the same address, if they meet the early registration criteria.

Please note that additions or changes in the program may occur.

  1. In the spaces below and on the next page, print the name of each member of your party as he or she wants it to appear on their name badge.
  2. In the column beneath each name, check the block opposite each event for which that person is registering.
  3. Enter the number of blocks checked for each event in the "Num." column.
  4. Multiply this number by the price per person for each activity and enter the result in the Total column.
  5. Add the numbers in the last column and enter the total amount in the "Total" block.
  6. Make check payable to "Mass Chapter ARS". Send check with completed form to:
Joe Bruso
61 South Mill St.
Hopkinton, MA 01748
(508) 435-8217


All checks must be drawn on an U.S. bank unless alternate arrangements have been made with the Registrar. If you have questions, you may contact the Registrar, Joe Bruso, by phone at (508) 435-8217 or e-mail at jbruso@jhancock.com. When calling, please remember that this number is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Your Name








Postal Code




Evening Phone (incl. area code)






Truss Show

Please send Show Rules, Classes and Trophy details – check adjacent box


Open Gardens

Please send directions to Pre & Post Convention Open Gardens – check box


Photo Contest

Please send Rules & Categories – check adjacent box


Special Needs

Please describe special dietary needs for each registrant in the spaces below, e.g., vegetarian meals, food allergies etc.


Please identify any member of your party who is an ARS Board Member, District Director, or Chapter President

Refund Policy:

Full refund if request is postmarked prior to April 15, 2000

50% refund if postmarked between April 15 – April 30, 2000

No refund if postmarked after May 1, 2000.

In the spaces below, enter the name of each member of your party as it should appear on the name badge and meal tickets. Use the columns along the left side of the form to make all your selections. Please note, that Registrant 2, 3 and 4, if living at the same address as Registrant 1, are eligible for a $10 discount on the price of registration if they register prior to the April 15th early registration deadline.

Name (R1)


Name (R2)


Name (R3)


Name (R4)









Early Registration prior to April 15th - (R1)




Early Registration prior to April 15th - (R2/R3/R4)




Late Registration April 15th & after (R1/R2/R3/R4)




Which registrants desire vegetarian box lunches for the tours?


Tour A


Arnold Arboretum – box lunch included




Tour B


Weston Nurseries – box lunch included




Lunch 1


ARS Board Members – Grilled Salmon
all members welcome


Dinner 1


Opening Dinner (Make dinner choice below)

  • Grilled Chicken


  • Fresh Stuffed Sole



Tour C


Cape Cod Gardens - box lunch included




Tour D


South Shore Gardens - box lunch included


Tour E


Western Gardens - box lunch included


Tour F


Mount Auburn Cemetery - box lunch included


Dinner 2


Buffet Dinner



Tour G


Historic Lexington & Concord - box lunch included




Lunch 2






Tour H


Charles River Dinner Cruise – dinner on board




Dinner 3


Dinner (Make Dinner choice below)

  • Baked Boston Schrod


  • Rack of Lamb



Tour I


Southern Gardens - box lunch included




Tour J


Northern Gardens - box lunch included




Tour K


Best of Boston - box lunch included




Lunch 3






Dinner 4


Closing Banquet (Make dinner choice below)

  • Filet Mignon


  • Poached Salmon with Cucumber Dill Sauce



Amount Enclosed in US currency




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