Calendar of Events: 70th Annual Meeting Holly Society of America

Event Date: Nov 7, 2017 7:00 AM - Nov 9, 2017 9:00 PM

Susan Hunter, president of the HSA and founder of Heartwood Nursery Inc., extends to you a warm welcome to the 70th Annual Meeting of the Holly Society of America, Inc.

Are you ready for an outstanding Meeting? We hope you will enjoy our annual gathering and take advantage of everything the HSA has to offer.

From conversing with some of the most knowledgeable people in the horticultural world, visiting beautiful and historical gardens and arboreta, to the ever-popular Holly Sprig contest and widely acclaimed Plant Sale and Auction, you will be provided with a unique opportunity to meet and re-connect with people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

Please also know that your HSA President and Executive Board are always interested in hearing your thoughts and knowing what is happening in your HSA Region. To find out how to contact the HSA Executive Board, visit .

This is an exciting time as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary and look enthusiastically toward the future to continue to grow our organization.

We look forward to seeing you this November, and best wishes for a memorable Annual Meeting.

Welcome to Mendenhall, PA
Cathy Anderson, hostess, welcomes you to the HSA’s 70th Annual Meeting, which takes place in the colorful area of Eastern Pennsylvania. You don’t want to miss the beautiful gardens showing holly greens and berries ripening red, orange, and yellow of early November.

The Mendenhall Inn is where we will sleep, have our meals, and hear great speakers. The Inn is located at 323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall, Route 52, PA 19357.


Speaker Line-Up:

Joel Fry, Director and curator of Bartram’s Gardens, will be featured speaker on Tuesday, November 7, during the Welcome Banquet. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. John Bartram purchased 102 acres from Swedish settlers in 1728 along the Schuylkill River, and systematically began gathering the most varied collection of North American plants in the world. We will hear they have just opened a section of the garden that has not been seen in years. A three-year Action Plan shares a new vision for Bartram’s Garden that leads the way forward to a sustainable future. By the 125th anniversary of its founding as a public green space, in 2018, Bartram’s Garden will be a thriving global community of learning and enjoyment.

Gregg Tepper, Director of Horticulture at the future Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro, will give you a virtual tour. His enthusiasm, and that of the DBG board of directors, is contagious. You will marvel at what Gregg has discovered behind what once was a farmer’s field of crops and a mass of briery brush up to the tidal waters of Pepper Creek. The future Botanic Gardens will be a treasure for everyone who lives and travels on the East Coast. Charles Anderson is arranging to donate 105 hollies from his collection to the DBG. We will receive an update on this endeavor and learn how other members of the Holly Society are contributing, as well as what is still needed before the Gardens open to the public. Learn more about the DBG at

Bob and Nancy Bernhardt, long established members of the Holly Society of America, have a large and beautiful Holly orchard and are owners of the Indian Orchards Farm in Media, PA. Did you know they have apple trees over 100 years old? Bob and Nancy will tell us more about this farm that has been in their family for generations, and how they keep their products organic. There’s more to learn at

Mendenhall Inn, 323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall, PA 19357
Holly Society of America Group Rate Reservation Telephone: 610-388-2100

Contact Link: Event webpage

Contact Person: Cathy Anderson, Annual Meeting Chairperson

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