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54th Annual Symposium - College Park, MD
May 13-16, 2014

REGISTRATION for the 2014 Symposium is now Closed.



Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:30 PM - Meet & Greet

"Meet and Greet" Opening Reception. The Terrapin Room at Holiday Inn College Park
10000 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. 301-345-6700

Wednesday, May 14 - "Maryland Day"

Lunch and Dinner Included

US National Arboretum
Director Hefferan and staff will greet us prior to a guided tour of the National Boxwood Collection, featuring the last enhancements under Lynn Batdorf's leadership and Dr. Richard Olsen's plant breeding program.

Gail Gee's Garden
L.A. Gordon Hayward laid the basic design and Gail ran with it...features intersectional peonies and other captivating plants including a wide range of boxwood.

The "Jack Pine" Garden
Former National Geographic Society executives, Tom and Susan Canby, have self-built an eclectic garden featuring stonework, sculptures, water features, and of course - boxwood

George Bridge Nursery
This ABS member offers the largest collection of unique and mature plants, trees, and boxwood in the country.

Woodlawn Manor
Relive the day's events during a relaxing social hour. Casual dinner by Stone Soup Catering.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - "Boxwood and Beyond"

Beltsville Agriculture Research Center
A conference featuring presentations and discussion by some of the world's leading Boxwood experts. (Lunch included) From Europe: History of Box Blight and 15 years dealing with it. From USA: Latest on possible treatments, the plant breeding programs and leafminer developments. Then: Growing and utilizing ultra-large specimen Boxwood in the landscape Presenters: Dr. Beatrice Henricot, Royal Horticultural Society; Dr. Kelly Ivors, North Carolina St. Univ; Dr. Kurt Heungens, Mycologist from Belgium Institute; Professor Bob Dunn (ret), Univ. Florida; Dr. Richard Olsen, U S National Arboretum; Mr. George Bridge, Bridge Boxwood


Annapolis, MD Hammond - Harwood House & William Paca House and Gardens. You will be free to walk about Maryland's capital historic downtown and shops, then have lunch on your own at the Harbor.

THEN ----- at Holiday Inn - College Park, MD
5:30 PM - Annual Meeting, Cocktail Time, Annual Benefit Auction
7:30 PM - Banquet in Grand Ballroom

Friday, May 16, 2014 - "Boxwood Among the National Treasures"

Arlington National Cemetery
Inspiring. Sobering. Horticulturists Steve Van Hoven and Kelly Wilson will lead us while experiencing this unique site and gardens.

US Botanic Garden
A 'behind the scene' tour led by Dr. Ari Novy and his staff. The garden is at the foot of Capitol Hill.

Smithsonian, Freer Gallery of Art, Enid A Haupt Garden, Mary Livingston & Ripley Garden
These fine gardens have been featured on HGTV and the Oasis Channel.
Horticulturist Janet Draper will be one of our hosts.



REGISTRATION for the 2014 Symposium is now Closed.

This year we are giving people the option of registering for the full symposium or choosing daily activities a la carte. Prices shown below are for ABS members. Non-members are most welcome to attend and participate. Non-members please add an additional $25 to each total registration. [This does not apply to lodging costs] Non-members are eagerly encouraged to consider a membership in ABS.

Full Symposium
Tuesday: Reception. Wednesday: Tours, Lunch, Dinner, Thursday: "Boxwood & Beyond" Conference OR Annapolis Tour; Banquet, Fri: Tour and Lunch $350.

Partial Registration
Wed: Arboretum, Garden Tours, Lunch and Dinner $135
Thurs: "Boxwood and Beyond" Conference, Lunch $90
Thurs Eve: Reception, Auction, Banquet $70
Fri: Tour, Lunch $80



(use code "ABS")
We strongly suggest you reserve your room(s) ASAP

Holiday Inn - College Park
10000 Baltimore Ave
$119/night (plus taxes & fees)
(Breakfast on your own)

Hampton Inn-College Park
9670 Baltimore Ave
$125/night (plus taxes & fees)
(Buffet style breakfast incl)

We invite you to do an online search on any of the features of the Symposium. Questions & comments welcomed.