ACS National Convention Norfolk, Virginia

ACS National Convention Norfolk, Virginia

ACS National Convention Norfolk, Virginia

March 13-17, 2020 Hosted by the Virginia Camellia Society

The Virginia Camellia Society is excited to welcome all Camellia enthusiasts to our area for the 2020 National Convention. With a wonderful mix of gardens, history and sightseeing planned—we know you will have a great time. Early Registration due by Dec 15, 2019.

Revolutionary New Directions

Registration Deadline  February 15, 2020
Full Registration: $300 (see registration form for day rates)

Click here to register online.
(Eventbrite processing fee will be added and is non-refundable.)

Click here to download and print a registration form.

Click here to download and print the schedule.


Convention Contact

Marietta Madden
Virginia Camellia Society
(757) 424-9605

Convention Hotel: Norfolk Waterside Marriott

  • Special ACS Rate: $159.00 + tax per night
  • Hotel Garage Parking: $15 daily
  • Hotel Valet Parking: $26 daily
  • Reservations: Call 1-800-874-0264  Or Click Here to book online.
  •  "American Camellia Society 2020" for Group Rate and Room Raffle Entry


Convention Schedule

Thursday, March 12, 2020

4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Early Check In & Registration, Lobby
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Hospitality Room Open
Dinner on your own

Friday, March 13, 2020

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Registration, Lobby
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ACS Business Meetings, 4th Floor
Lunch on your own
4:00 - 9:00 p.m. Registration, Lobby
5:00 p.m. General Membership Meeting
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. President’s Reception, & Casual Dinner, Marriott rooftop ballroom overlooking harbor

Saturday, March 14, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Judges Reaccreditation Class
Norfolk Botanical Garden
Instructors: Geary Serpas and Richard Buggeln
Note:  Must have a a minimum of six people for the class to be held.

Explore Norfolk: Morning & Early Afternoon Tours
Tour buses will be leaving the Marriott at 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Tours lasts 3 hours and pre-signup at convention registration is required for transportation.
  • Chesapeake Arboretum and Great Bridge Battlefield & Waterways Museum.
    • Experience a 48-acre “nature’s classroom” at the Chesapeake Arboretum, which is an American Camellia Trail garden.
    • The trail system wanders through a mature hardwood forest which includes the Camellia Cove. There is minimal walking to the Camellia Cove Trail, but plenty of more extensive trail loops for those who want to stretch their legs.
  • The newly opened Waterways Museum in a marina setting along the intercostal waterway offers interest both outside and inside.
    • See our proud local history to our revolutionary beginnings that will be new to most.
3:30 p.m. Spirit of Norfolk Dinner Cruise
Dinner will be served on a premier yacht harbored at Waterside and a tour of the Norfolk waterfront and Elizabeth River. Several important historical and military points of interest will be highlighted during the cruise.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

ACS/VCS National Camellia Show
  • Includes workshops, tours of NBG's  Hofheimer Camellia Garden, an ICS Garden of Excellence and American Camellia Trail garden, and lunch at the garden.
  • Exhibitors will take the first bus to prepare blooms for the show.
  • Buses from hotel to Norfolk Botanical Garden
    • 7:00 a.m.
    • Hourly pickups through 4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. Bloom entry
12:00 p.m. Lunch at the Norfolk Botanical Garden Provided by Marigold & Honey Cafe
11:00, 1:00 & 2:00 Tours of the Hofheimer Garden.
  • Stroll the rest of the Norfolk Botanical Garden, or take a tram around the entire Botanical Garden.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Show opens to public
2:00 p.m. First bus back to the Marriott
4:00 p.m. Last bus back to Marriott
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Hospitality Room Open
6:00 p.m. Banquet Dinner & Plant Auction at Norfolk Waterside Marriott
  • Strolling Strings; Keynote Speaker Michael DesPlaines, CEO Norfolk Botanical Garden

Monday, March 16, 2020

8:00 a.m. Buses Depart
Tour of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA
  • We will enjoy a presentation by owner Brent Heath.
  • Tour of the garden rooms, warehouse, and shipping facilities at the business site
  • Personal guided tour of Brent’s camellia collection of over 300 cultivars which is located at his home nearby.
12:00 p.m. A catered lunch from Nuttall’s Country Store will be provided at Brent and Becky’s
1:30 p.m. Depart Gloucester
2:00 p.m. Arrive Yorktown Revolutionary War Museum.
  • The museum tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the constitution and beyond.
  • Comprehensive indoor galleries feature period artifacts, immersive environments, interactive exhibits, and films.
  • Outdoors in recreated settings, visitors can enlist in the continental army and help with chores on a Revolution era farm.
4:30 p.m. Busses depart for Norfolk
Dinner on your own in downtown Norfolk

Tuesday March 17, 2020

8:30 a.m. Buses Depart
Bennett’s Creek Nursery
Personal guided tour by Bob Black, VP of Horticulture.
Bennett’s Creek Nursery at Smithfield is a 375 acre containerized wholesale nursery which grows a broad pallet of plant material.
11:30 a.m. Depart Bennett’s Creek for Smithfield, Virginia
12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own, Smithfield Station, Pagan Creek
2:00 p.m. Buses return to Norfolk

Convention Adjourns