The ARS/DRG 2018 International Rhododendron Conference in Europe
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Registration for ARS-members only began on Sept. 1st and will extend until Nov. 15th. The registration form is at http://ars2018.org/registration.php. See the registration page.
Members of other rhododendron or azalea societies are invited to fill out a registration form to be wait-listed for registration after November 15th. Under "Remarks" put wait-list for non-ARS. For "Chapter" put non-ARS
The 2018 ARS Convention will be hosted by the Deutsche Rhododendron Gesellschaft (DRG) in Bremen, Germany. There will be 3 optional tours before the Convention and one optional tour after the Convention. The first pre-tour in the Netherlands will be hosted by the Dutch Chapter of the ARS. It will start on Monday, May 7, 2018, in Amsterdam. The second pre-tour in Germany will be hosted by the DRG. The third pre-tour in Denmark and Sweden will be hosted by the Danish and Swedish Chapters. The post-tour in Finland will be hosted by the Finnish Chapter. Attendees are responsible to make their own way to their first hotel and to make their way home from the last hotel. All tours connect with the next tour. See the other tabs on this website to learn more about the tour options, the tour gardens, the hotels, the speakers and registration.
The following is the pricing for the optional tours and Convention. Note: the tours are optional, the Convention is not. If you book adjacent tours, there are no gaps. Rooms are priced per person for double occupancy and single occupancy. Registration is offered on a first come, first served basis. There is the possibility that we may get enough reservations to fill all available space. In that case, you will be notified and the possibility of wait-listing will be considered. To avoid problems, get your reservation in early.
Payment information depending upon their itinerary will be sent each registrant.
* Those on both the German Pre-Tour 2 and the Danish-Swedish Pre-Tour 3 will receive a 70 € credit per person double and a 140 € credit single for the night of May 13. The Danish-Swedish Pre-Tour 3 starts with an overnight in Bremen on the 13th before leaving for Denmark on the morning of the 14th with a stop at Hachmann's Nursery en route. The duplication of hotel and meals shown in the chart will not actually occur, instead there will be the credit.
† Double means per person double occupancy. Single means per person single occupancy.
†† If choices are not contiguous, you must arrange your own lodging the missing nights. If you would like
You are responsible to be at the hotel on your tour's start date and to make your own reservations after the finish date. If choices are not contiguous, you must arrange your own lodging the missing nights.
For detailed information on the convention, read the articles published in the Journal of the American Rhododendron Society:
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The following PDF and PowerPoint presentations describe the Convention and the garden tours. For an overview of the tours and Convention with maps, visit the Home page. For a preview of the garden tours, visit the Gardens page. To see the Convention program speakers visit the Speakers page. Note: the pre-tours and post-tour are optional.
Last Updated: October 17, 2017