Archive | April 16, 2014

The 2014 AAS Summer Summit is in June, not August!

Reprinted with Permission of the National Garden Board:

AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip
is Two Months Earlier This Year!
June 16-19, 2014
Charlotte & Asheville, NC 

Usually, most attendees register for Summer Summit in late June and Early July. If you wait that long this year, you’ll MISS THE EVENT!

Please join All-America Selections as we travel to a state that we’ve never toured for an AAS summer meeting. Register now for an amazing and educational tour of vibrant North Carolina farms and markets. We’ll begin our tours in the Charlotte area then make our way to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, seeing many horticulture sights along the way during our 2014 “Summer Road Trip”.

BONUS! The 2014 AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip is being held during the same week as the 2014 Southern Garden Tour. One trip, multiple stops to see many varied flower and plant trials in the southeast. Join us for a few days then visit the other Southern Garden Tour stops before and/or after for a complete southern experience.

Click here to register for the AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip.

A few highlights of our immersion into the North Carolina culture:

Monday, June 16
Fly into the Charlotte-Douglas International airport and use the hotel’s complimentary shuttle to get to our host hotel, just minutes from the airport, for that evening’s Opening Night Reception from 6:00-8:00 PM. (AAS Judges will meet for a Judges-Only meeting at 3:30 PM.) The first night’s hotel is the Hyatt House Charlotte Airport. Click here to book your Monday night room.

Tuesday, June 17
Get an early start so you can check out of our first host hotel and pack your luggage for the trip to Asheville. Then join the group and stock up on your first southern breakfast, after which you will enjoy a short “Welcome to North Carolina” presentation. Once we load our buses, we’ll head to the North Carolina Research Center in Kannapolis for an eye-opening view of how our industry’s products are being reconsidered in a number of new health and nutrition research projects. Next we’ll make the short drive to Huntersville, NC for lunch and a tour of the impressive Metrolina Greenhouses and their AAS Trials. Later that afternoon, we’ll take the scenic drive to Asheville, NC and upon arrival and check-in at our second hotel, then enjoy the “Dinner With Peers” in downtown Asheville, the self-proclaimed Foodtopia and Brewtopia of the United States! Click here to book your Tuesday and Wednesday room nights at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville.

Wednesday, June 18
Today has us again covering a lot of territory when we begin with a visit to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market where we’ll enjoy breakfast of famous made from scratch biscuits at local farm-to-table restaurant, The Moose Cafe. Then we’ll explore the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains while visiting Mountain Crops Research Station (for some AAS Edible Trials) and Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a small business incubator. That evening will be our annual awards and recognition dinner at the North Carolina Arboretum then back to our base hotel in Asheville for a second night.

Thursday, June 19
On Thursday, you have several options:
1. Stay in Asheville on your own for further exploration (like the Biltmore Estate!).
2. Travel on your own to other local trial sites that are part of the Southern Garden Tour.
3. Enjoy the early AAS bus ride back to Charlotte, arriving by 9:30 a.m. in order to catch flights later that day.
4. Stay on with the group to visit several other farms and NC sites as we leisurely make our way back to Charlotte for evening flights.

Full Registration is available for $410 or $450 depending on your Thursday choice.
Monday/Tuesday only registration is $175.
Wednesday only registration is $250.

AAS Judges – this is a great opportunity to meet other judges and share your experiences.
AAS Display Gardens – this is a chance to learn more about the AAS trialing process and the story behind the AAS Winners you feature in your gardens.

Mark your calendars now for a trip to Foodtopia!
June 16-19, 2014