Convention – Regional

June 2 -4, 2022

Hostas in the Smokies

The Dixie Region Meeting is now scheduled for June 2 (arrival in Knoxville), 3 and 4 (tours and speakers) 2022. We will continue to post updates as we finalize plans. Stay tuned!

Slide show about the meeting is here.

The East Tennessee Hosta Society welcomes you to Knoxville, the Gateway to the Smoky Mountains! Plan your trip to stay longer than the convention to take in the National Park, the Tennessee Smokies AA-Baseball team, the Knoxville Museum of ArtOak Ridge National Labs, the American Museum of Science and Energy (you can sign up for a tour of the National Labs, site of the Manhattan Project, through the AMSE website), McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Market Square Farmers Market. Check out this link, Things to do in Knoxville.

Thursday, June 2, 2022: Welcome reception, vending and “hostatality”
Friday, June 3, 2022: Tour two large gardens in the morning with lunch at the last garden, Dixie Meeting; Speakers, vending and “hostatality”; dinner on your own.
Saturday, June 4, 2022: Tour three large gardens in the morning with lunch at the last garden; Speakers, vending, reception, banquet, awards, 2023 convention presentation, live auction, “hostatality”

Buses: Buses will be provided for travel to the gardens allowing for renewing friendships and creating new ones!
Gift Plant‘Diamond Lake’ (PP30769 CPBRAF) SHADOWLAND® Collection 2022 Proven Winners National Hosta of the Year (Hosta Library, “D” listing, go to “Di”; MyHosta listing). Available to the first 72 registrants! Stay tuned! When we have the registration finalized, we’ll let you know!

Knoxville Tennessee
Holiday Inn Knoxville West at Cedar Bluff <= Click here to make online reservations GROUP CODE: AHS

9134 Executive Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923


Group Code: “AHS”

Please use Group Code if  calling hotel directly. Group Code will be on Hotel Web page if you use link for hotel above

Program Summary:

Thursday: Welcome reception, Vending and Hostatality

Friday: Two large gardens – lunch at the last garden – Dixie Meeting – Speakers, Vending, Hostatality – dinner on your own

Saturday: Three large gardens – lunch at last garden – Speakers, Vending, Reception, Banquet, Awards, 2021 Convention presentation, Live Auction, Hostatality

Buses: These will be available for people who want to travel to the gardens in a bus

Gift Plant: Touch of Class

Registration fee $99 before May 13th. Registration form is here.

May 3 – 5, 2019

The 2019 Dixie Regional Hosta Society Convention, was hosted by the Delmarva Hosta Society and was held in Rehoboth Beach, DE. There were speakers Friday from 2-5:00 PM, including Mark Zilis who was just back from his sixth trip to Japan to see hostas in the wild in July. That was followed by a Welcome Social sponsored by the DelMarva Hosta Society Friday night with a surprise program and vending. Five great gardens were on tour Saturday, the auction was held Saturday evening, preceded by a pizza party.  The full schedule is here.

May 31- June 2, 2018

The 2018 Dixie Regional Hosta Society Convention, was hosted by the Middle Tennessee Hosta Society and was held in  Clarksville, TN. Speakers included Jeff Poppen “The Barefoot Farmer”, Troy Marden host of NPT’s Volunteer Gardner, Rita Venable author of Butterflies of Tennessee: Field and Garden, Dr. Chris Cooper host of PBS gardening television show The Family Plot, and Adam Chapman, plant expert from award-winning Bates Nursery in Nashville. Activities included garden tours, plant sales, live auction, silent auction, banquet, and door prizes. Full schedule is here.

September 15-16, 2017

Pictures from the 2017 Convention

The 2017 Dixie Regional Hosta Society convention, hosted by Georgia Hosta Society, was held in Peachtree City, GA.  Attendees learned about new developments in hostas as well as other shade companion plants. Speakers included Rob Mortko of Made in the Shade Gardens, Bob Solberg of Greenhill Hostas, Mark Maher of Flowerwood Nursery (distributors of Encore Azaleas, Southern Living Collection Plants, Proven Winners plants and other plant material to Southeastern nurseries), and more.  Activities included informal garden tours, plant sales, DRHS photo contest,  live auction and silent auction.

June 2-4, 2016

The 2016 Dixie Region convention was hosted by the Hosta Society of North Alabama in Madison, Alabama (near Huntsville). Highlights included car tours of 4 local gardens, a buffet lunch followed by 2 speakers on June 3 and a bus tour of 5 gardens with a catered lunch at Lake Guntersville followed by a dinner banquet buffet  with a speaker on June 4.  With  vending and both silent and live auctions the 80+ attendees had a great time and were very appreciative to the hard work of the Hosta Society of North Alabama.

JUNE 18 – 20, 2015

The 2015 Dixie Regional Hosta Society convention was held in conjunction with the 2015 National convention in Raleigh, NC.  Members met at 6:00 pm on June 19.

MAY 30 – 31, 2014

The 2014 Dixie Regional Hosta Society convention was hosted by Bob and Nancy Solberg in Wake Forest, North Carolina (near Raleigh).  Highlights included visits to the Solberg garden and nursery, Green Hill Farm, the State Farmers Market and gardens in Wake Forest.

There was a lively “Auction” and a lineup of speakers that enriched the participant’s hosta knowledge!

Thanks to all who worked to make the 2014 Regional convention a success.

Pictures from the 2014 regional convention.

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