ACS National Convention March 13-17, 2020 Norfolk, Virginia

ACS National Convention March 13-17, 2020 Norfolk, Virginia

ACS National Convention March 13-17, 2020 Norfolk, Virginia

The 2020 ACS conference in Norfolk will  visit Revolutionary War sites, and examine some revolutionary ideas for the future.

Beginning Friday March 13, the Board meeting will conclude with an elegant President’s Reception/buffet dinner, overlooking the Elizabeth River in Norfolk.

Saturday March 14, we will have a boat tour, including passing through a system of locks, on the way to the Historic Waterways and Great Bridge Battlefield museum, lunch at Off the Hook, a Seafood Restaurant and Chop House, with some comments by a local historian,  and a tour of the Chesapeake Arboretum, with 184 Camellia species and a couple of Stewartia, the American native camellia cousin.

Sunday March 15, is the Camellia Show at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, followed by an optional judges’ school, tour of the Hoffheimer Camellia Garden, an ICS  Garden of Excellence.  Back to the hotel for our banquet with speaker Michael DesPlaines, the director of NBG, who will speak of sustainability of public gardens, both  in the face of climate change and with the need to attract younger visitors.

Monday March 16, it’s off to Gloucester, Virginia to visit Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, with a tour of the gardens, the facilities, and a talk by the charismatic Brent Heath over lunch. Then we’re off to Yorktown, Virginia to visit the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, a site that has both indoor exhibits and movies, and a living history museum where you can stroll through the campsite and visit a colonial period home of the era.  Dinner across the York River, then back to the Marriott for a lovely snooze.

Tuesday March 17 is not such an early day!  A tour of Bennett’s Creek Nursery with our own Bob Black as a guide, followed by lunch at Smithfield Station, overlooking the Pagan River.

Registration and hotel reservation information will soon be available.

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