Whether you're a first-timer at an AHS convention, or just curious about particulars of Phifty in Philly, here's a set of FAQs.
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What is an AHS Convention?
Every year since its founding in 1968, members of the American Hosta Society gather to discuss the latest information about growing hostas, to tour private gardens featuring hostas, to show off their hostas in competitions, and to buy hostas from vendors or in the fund-raising auction.
What can you tell me about the garden tours?
The garden tours are the centerpiece of any convention. The local hosts select, and groom, the best hosta gardens in the area, to show off to national and international visitors.
What part of the convention is open to the public?
The public can visit the Hosta Show rooms after judging is complete, with hours shown on the schedule page. Of course you don't have to be a convention attendee to enter the hosta show. If you want to know more about hosta shows, try this page at our local society's website.
Do I need to be a hosta society member?
No, the convention is open to any and all.
Should I go to Longwood Gardens?
Absolutely! Longwood is the crown jewel of the area's many outstanding public gardens. If you joing our Thursday trip there, you'll be able to see the Main Fountain Gardens evening display, with lights and music you simply can't believe. We'll take you there by bus and provide you with group rate admission (included in the package cost), which is a great deal.
What about your logo?
We LOVE hostas, and we LOVE Philadelphia. Visit our LOVE page to read more about the logo design.
Is there a convention gift plant?
You bet there is! Local hybridizer Charlie Seaver offers us a volcano-sized hosta called 'The Big Five-oh', named in honor of the 50th Annivesary of the American Hosta Society. Every registrant receives one; they were very big already when they went to sleep this fall, so leave extra room in your car for taking it home!
Is this a business meeting? Are there awards, votes, etc.?
Yes, the convention generally includes a brief business meeting, with election of officers as needed. The Board will meet separately before the main meeting starts, so should keep the group "business" time to a minimum.
The Benedict Garden Award, given to a chosen hosta voted on by qualified judges (accepted by the hybridizer, when possible),
Will I get to buy hostas?
Of course! We have a room full of vendors selling hostas along with other plants and garden ornaments. The vendors will bring top-quality plants, some of which might not be available in their online catalogs.