Friday, May 25 – Saturday, May 26 – Relevance: National Plant Societies in the 21st Century


Leadership from every major national plant society has been invited to a summit meeting in Shreveport on May 25-26. The meeting is hosted by the American Rose Society and is intended to gather leaders from similar plant organizations in order to share common challenges and solutions. The theme of the meeting is “Relevance: National Plant Societies in the 21st Century.”

Both the American Camellia Society and the American Horticultural Society are taking major roles in the meeting through planning and participation. We expect members of the National Garden Clubs, American Orchid Society, American Dahlia Society, American Daylily (Hemerocallis) Society, and others to join us. ARS Executive Director Jeff Ware states, “I hope this meeting proves to be so valuable to our participants that it becomes an annual event hosted at the headquarters of various national groups on a rotating basis.”

The event begins with a Get Acquainted Reception sponsored and hosted by the American Horticultural Society on Friday evening, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Gardens of the American Rose Center. The Summit itself will take place on Saturday, May 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Klima Rose Hall: The American Rose Society Education and Visitor Center. This meeting will provide opportunities for everyone to share ideas and best practices around 3 major topics: membership, volunteerism, technology and social media. Harry Rissetto, Chairman of the Board for the American Horticultural Society, will present the keynote address on Saturday, “Social Capital – Challenges for Plant and Flower Clubs and Societies.” A luncheon will be provided.

There is no fee to attend the National Plant Society Summit. However we ask that you RSVP to Jeff Ware, execdirector@ars-hq.org. We hope to make this meeting financially accessible for all groups, both large and small. The event is held at Courtyard Marriott at the Shreveport Airport. Call the hotel directly at 318-686-0102 for reservations. Ask for the American Rose Society Center rate of $84.