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North American Branch meeting - Washington D.C - October 2016

The 2016 Maple Society – North American Branch meeting will be October 21-23 in Washington D.C. Come join us in our nation’s capital as we tour some amazing gardens and share in our fellowship and love for maples. The National Arboretum will host our presentations that contain amazing speakers from around the U.S. as well as an expert grower from China. This event will be fun and informative for all levels of maple knowledge and is perfect the academic, collector and new comers who enjoy the beauty maples have to offer.

We have garden some really fun events planned for this meeting! Tours will include visits to:

We will spend time in the maple collections of the U.S. National Arboretum, Asia garden and the bonsai exhibit. These are some awesome places we have put together and great opportunity for anyone wanting to see great maples in fall color.

The gardens of the Hillwood Estate Gardens date back to 1926 and were created by Willard Gebhart. The design of this interesting garden is also incorporated into the home. These gardens were owned by Majorie Merriweather Post (Post Cereal) and host a lot of rare horticulture treasures. The gardens are home to more than 3,500 varieties of plants and trees. The greenhouses alone contain around 5,000 orchids. The unique landscape focuses on ‘Garden rooms’ and adds some interesting elements of design. Hillwood Estate Gardens has many unique landscapes including ‘Four Seasons Overlook’ as well as a Japanese garden incorporating many native plants of Japan.

Brookside Gardens is a great chance to catch some maples in fall color. This 50 acre garden is located in Wheaton Regional Park. This is an award winning display garden that consist of formal and landscaped gardens as well as conservatories filled with changing seasonal displays. We will break the group into smaller tour groups and be guided though some great plants. Plantsmen Philip Normandy will be here on this visit and is very knowledgeable about the maples incorporated into this amazing landscape. Areas of note in this garden also include: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children's Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and the Woodland Walk. The Formal Gardens areas include a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace, and Fragrance Garden.

The U.S. National Arboretum is something you must see. We are very fortunate to have the director Dr. Richard Olson as an active Maple Society member. He has extensive knowledge in so many aspects of horticulture and shares his information and love of maples. This national treasure incorporates many plant collections in its 446 acres of taxa. The maple collection consists of many rare trees donated to the arboretum by Japanese nurseries. Many of these rare treasures are the first of their kind in the United States. The Arboretum includes several major plant collections, including azaleas, cherries, hollies, rhododendrons, ferns and wildflowers. Their mission statement reads: “The U.S. National Arboretum enhances the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape plants through long-term, multi-disciplinary research, conservation of genetic resources, and interpretative gardens and exhibits.”

U.S. National Arboretum is also hosting this year’s Maple Society Lectures. This should be an awesome venue to hear some really interesting presentations.

  • Scott Hubble owner of Metro Maples and bonsai enthusiast will share his perspective on maples for bonsai and many aspects of cultivating bonsai. Scott has an amazing collection of bonsai and is an expert on selecting maples for bonsai.
  • Billy Schwartz was an apprentice to the late Dick Wolfe of Red Maple Nursery and has a lifelong obsession with maples. He is the owner of Green Mansion Nursery and has found and amazing number of witches’ brooms in Japanese maples. Billy will discuss brooms and his theories on how they are formed.
  • We are very excited to announce that Mark Weathington the director of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum will be presenting on Evergreen Maples!
  • Many of you who attended the Maple Society meeting in Oregon last year will enjoy knowing Swings Xu will be a guest speaker this year! Swings Xu is traveling from China and will share his unique perspective on Maples of China and Japanese maple production.
  • We have some other great speakers to announce soon so expect some updates with 2 more amazing presentations.

We have worked out a great rate for the hotel for this event. If you travel to Washington D.C. much you know hotels can be quite expensive. We have a limited number of rooms reserved for $99 a night. We will be doing a bus pick up here daily for the tours and trip to the National Arboretum. Please make your own reservations by contacting the Holiday Inn - College Park at (301) 345-6700. The Maple Society Conference rate is $99.00/night, Thurs check-in 20 October 2016 check out on Sunday 23 October 2016. Anyone having difficulty with accommodation may speak with our group specialist, Kathy, directly at 240-542-1234. Sign up early as space is always limited.

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