Email from The American Hosta Society
February 2, 2021
this email, the organizers of the Virtual 2021
Convention of The American Hosta Society have
launched a website with all the details.
|Hello Hosta Friend,
We have a
combination of disappointing and exciting news to share. As you
know, the pandemic continues to take its toll. Even with the
good news of a vaccine rollout, top medical experts continue to
recommend limited gatherings, social distancing, masks, and
other precautions for the foreseeable future, suggesting that
most Americans will not be vaccinated until late summer and that
life may not begin to return to a semblance of “normal” until
fall of 2021.
Out of concern for the safety of attendees and after being
contacted by several members expressing unease over attending a
large gathering, the American Hosta Society and the 2021
convention committee in Kalamazoo, Michigan have come to the
difficult decision to cancel the in-person convention in June.
While we’re incredibly disappointed that we won’t be able to
enjoy the fellowship of friends and other hosta lovers in
person, it creates a wonderful opportunity to put on the
first-ever virtual AHS convention! The team in Kalamazoo is
planning an exciting, action-packed virtual event!
|What will participants receive access to?
- One convention gift Hosta ‘Silly
String’ (mailed to you)
- Speakers, workshops, Q&A, awards
shows, and judges clinics via Zoom
- On-demand, professionally recorded
virtual garden tours
- Participating vendors
- Hosta leaf show photo contest (unsanctioned)
- Seedling photo competition
- And more!
Mark your calendar for July 15–17! The new
date allows convention planners to record and produce video
of the featured garden tours at their peak. The cost to
participate in the 2021 virtual convention will be $49 per
Please join me in thanking the Kalamazoo convention team for
their hard work through a difficult time and for their
creativity in planning a meaningful experience virtually.
They’re excited to present a one-of-a-kind event for you!
We’ll send out an update with details and registration
information to be released on the forthcoming convention website
in the next few weeks!
In the meantime, stay safe and stay well.
For the Love of Hostas and Hosta Friends,
AHS Executive V.P.