ACS National Convention January 5-8, 2018

ACS National Convention January 5-8, 2018

ACS National Convention January 5-8, 2018

The 2018 Annual Convention and National Camellia Show will be Hosted by the Northshore Camellia Club at the Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana.

The Northshore Camellia Club is happy to be hosting the National Convention for the American Camellia Society. We hope many of you will plan to attend, to participate in our show, and enjoy the events we have planned.

Registration Information

Please click on the related file "ACS Convention Covington Schedule Registration Form" (on the right of the screen) to download and print a registration form and convention schedule.

Early Registration  (Due November 5, 2017) $275
Regular Registration (Due December 5, 2017) $295

Make check or money order payable to the Northshore Camellia Club and mail check along with a completed application to: C. K. Griffing, NCC Treasurer, 86387 Mockingbird Hill, Franklinton, LA 70438.

About the Convention

The 2018 ACS National Convention will be held at the Southern Hotel, located in the center of charming Covington, Louisiana just across Lake Pontchatrain from New Orleans. Covington is accessed by the world’s longest bridge over water. The 24-mile causeway connects New Orleans with this charming northshore town and its very fine restaurants, shops, and wonderful farmers market.

Convention Questions & Contact

Please call or email C. K. Griffing, Treasurer of the Northshore Camellia Club with questions. (985) 796-8662

Convention Accommodations: Southern Hotel

The Southern Hotel, which will serve as the headquarters for the 2018 American Camellia Society Convention, is located in the heart of Covington. The hotel was constructed in 1907 as a retreat where visitors would re-energize amidst the area’s cool breezes, piney woods and mineral springs. The hotel reopened in 2014 as a boutique hotel after a meticulous, full-scale renovation and restoration. The furniture in the guest rooms and the artwork in the common areas are a modern interpretation of the resort's past, honoring Covington’s legacy as an artists’ community.

The Southern Hotel is designated as an Historic Hotels of America property by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association named Southern Hotel the 2016 Hotel of the year.  The backlit Cypress Bar's large-scale murals were recreated from historic scenic Covington postcards. An onsite day spa offers a full menu of pampering options. The Ox Lot 9 restaurant is an upscale southern bistro with a frequently rotating menu of fresh, seasonal Gulf Coast ingredients.

Southern Hotel - Convention Hotel Room Rates
428 East Boston Street
Covington, Louisiana 70433
(844) 866-1907
Friday and Saturday: $179
Sunday through Thursday: $159
Reservation Code: ACS


Additional hotels are also available nearby.

lternate Accommodations Reservation Number
Courtyard by Marriot (985) 871-0244
Hilton Garden Inn (985) 327-7118
Clarion Inn and Suites (985) 893-3580
Best Western (985) 892-2681
Hampton Inn (985) 809-0019
Holiday Inn (844) 377-7145
Northshore Camellia Club Camellia Show, Covington, LA

Convention Schedule and Activities

Click here to download a full schedule and registration form.
Friday, January 5, 2018
ACS business meetings begin on Friday. Guests who do not plan to participate in the meetings will have ample time to shop and explore the downtown area, all of which is within short walking distance from the hotel.

Saturday January 6, 2018
Saturday’s Camellia Show will be held in the Camellia Ballroom of the hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy as you please.

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Sunday morning starts with Mimosas and Bloody Marys, followed by an auction of camellia plants.

Afterwards, we will board buses and head over to the Louisiana State University Hammond Research Station for lunch and to view the gardens. The Hammond Research Station was established in 1922 as the Fruit and Truck Experiment Station and covers about 140 acres. The W. F. “Hody” Wilson Camellia Garden, which occupies about two acres of the Center, is one of the most impressive camellia gardens in the state. Planted mostly in the late 1930’s through early 1950’s, the garden boasts more than 450 named varieties and over 200 unnamed seedlings.

The buses later will take us to dinner and the general membership meeting at Southeastern Louisiana University. SLU is the third largest university in Louisiana and currently enrolls almost 15,000 students from 43 states and Camellia in New Orleans Botanical Garden's Train Garden66 countries.

Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday is “Big Easy” day. We will head to New Orleans to visit the Longue Vue House and Gardens, a multifaceted historic estate featuring a world-class house museum and eight acres of stunning gardens. Longue Vue is an American Camellia Trail Garden. Of particular interest are an unparalleled collection of Louisiana irises and an interactive Discovery Garden for children of all ages. Click here to view a video about Longue Vue and the camellia collection.

Next we will bus to the New Orleans Botanical Garden for lunch and a tour of the garden which was started on twelve acres in the 1930’s as a WPA project.

Across the street we will visit the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, comprising five acres within a mature landscape of pines, magnolias and live oaks. It is noted for a large collection of American and European sculptures.

Finally, we will returnto the hotel for the President’s Reception and Banquet in the Camellia Ballroom.

Northshore Visitor Information and AttractionsW. F. “Hody” Wilson Camelllia Garden at the Louisiana State University’s Hammond Research Station

W. F. “Hody” Wilson Camellia Garden features more than 600 japonicas and sasanquas planted from 1930s – 1950s.
  • The W. F. “Hody” Wilson Camellia Garden is one of the most impressive camellia gardens in the state is located between Hammond and Robert at the Hammond Research Station. This two-acre garden located under towering pine trees features more than 450 named varieties and about 200 unnamed seedlings or unidentifiable varieties of Camellia japonicas(best known as camellias) and Camellia sasanquas (best known as sasanquas). Most of the camellias in this collection were planted in the late 1930s through the early 1950s. The collection was planted by W. F. “Hody” Wilson Jr., superintendent of the station from the mid-1930s until 1975. Mr. Wilson was internationally known for his camellia breeding during his time at the station. The two most well-known selections of Mr. Wilson's are 'Mansize' and 'Jerry Wilson'. Many of the camellias in this collection are from Mr. Wilson’s breeding program and may be the only ones of their kind. Read an article on camellia garden strolls to learn more.

Longue Vue House and Gardens

  • The home and gardens were born of the dreams of Edgar and Edith Stern, pillars of the New Orleans community. The Sterns worked with landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman (1866-1950) and architects William (1897-1984) and Geoffrey (1909-1985) Platt to produLongue Vue House & Gardens features an impressive camellia collection.ce a wonderful oasis of elegant beauty set in charming New Orleans. Longue Vue is one of the last great American houses to be built during the Country Place Era, taking the Platt brothers three years (1939-1942) to build. Shipman began designing Longue Vue’s gardens in 1935 and continued until her death in 1950. At the time of Longue Vue’s creation, a bold new garden movement was taking place that seamlessly integrated indoor and outdoor spaces. Longue Vue House and Gardens is a multifaceted historic estate featuring a world-class house museum and eight acres of stunning gardens. Learn more about the gardens.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
  • City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. The 1,300-acre outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. The Botanical Garden features more than 2,000 plants from around the world.
  • Zemurray Azalea and Camellia Garden: Completed in 1995, this portion of the New Orleans Botanical Garden holds the bulk of the garden's azalea, camellia, and magnolia collections. Many of the azaleas bloom not only in Spring, but also in Fall and sporadically through the rest of the year. This area was originally part of the City Park Rose Garden, but was excluded at the inception of the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The dominant features of this garden are the azalea and camellia garden's centerpiece, the Flute Player (1995) -- a painstakingly refurbished fountain containing an Enrique Alférez Sculpture -- and the Pavilion of the Two Sisters. Near the Pavilion, the garden was designed formally, gradually becoming informal on the perimeter. The footprint walk (1995) around the Azalea and Camellia Garden is embedded with the footprints of special donors to the construction of the Pavilion.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture GardenSydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
  • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden occupies approximately five acres in City Park adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art.The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is home to over 60 sculptures by renowned artists from around the world. Atypical of most sculpture gardens, this garden is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias and live oaks. The garden design creates outdoor viewing spaces within this picturesque landscape. A reconfigured lagoon bisects the site and creates two distinct halves: a mature pine and magnolia grove adjacent to the museum, and a more open area of 200-year-old, Spanish moss-laden live oaks across the lagoon near the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. The Sculpture Garden has grown from its inception in 2003 to include 64 sculptures, most of them donated to NOMA by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation.
Lake Pontchartrain and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge
  • Lake Pontchartrain and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway comprise one of America’s most famous scenic attractions.
  • Lake Pontchartrain was named for the Count de Pontchartrain who served as minister of finance during the reign of France’s “Sun King,” Louis XIV for whom Louisiana is named.  The lake is home to a wide variety of fish and shellfish, ducks and other kinds of waterfowl. Pelicans are making a comeback in the lake as well. Ancient trees festooned with Spanish moss mark the lake’s edges. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has made extraordinary progress in recent years in making the lake clean and beautiful.
  • The Causeway Spans 24 miles and is the longest bridge over water in the world. The bridge’s parallel spans are made of pre­stressed panels supported by over 9,000 concrete pilings. The first span opened to the public in 1956, the second in 1969. The result was one ­way driving safety on straight, two­ lane railed surfaces 80 ­feet apart connected by seven crossovers that function as pull­over areas for auto emergencies. Click here to view slide show of historic bridge and bridge construction images.
Louisiana Northshore & St. Tammany Parish
  • St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana’s Northshore. We are 45 minutes north of New Orleans and the natural choice for families, foodies, nature and art lovers, and golfers. Native Americans were the first residents of the bountiful area now known as the Northshore, where lush forests and numerous waterways provided both sustenance and means of transportation. Archaeologists today are excavating Northshore sites attributed to various tribes, including the Choctaw, Tchefuncte, Acolapissa and Houma. Indian heritage is alive today in the descendants of the parish's original occupants and reflected in the names of area rivers, including the Bogue Falaya, Tchefuncte and Abita.  European presence on the Northshore began in the 1700s as the parish passed between the French, Spanish, British governments, and eventually to the Americans. Part of what was known as "the Florida parishes," the Northshore was not part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. However, Louisiana became a state in 1812, and St. Tammany was defined as the parish between the Tangipahoa and Pearl rivers.
  • Covington, Louisiana: Founded in 1813 and now the parish (county) seat of St. Tammany, Covington is a charming town with terrific restaurants and shopping. Stroll the streets of Covington’s historic downtown district to discover galleries, boutiques, antiques shops, restaurants, and nightlife. You won't want to miss the wonderful Covington Farmers Market. Bicycles can be rented to enjoy the Tammany Trace bike path in the heart of town or drive a few miles to see live alligators at the Insta-Gator Ranch, touted in Travel & Leisure Magazine as the Best Place to See Baby Animals (Gators).
  • Check out suggested visitor iteneraries to make your visit more enjoyable.