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WR Regional Meeting, Seattle, WA

Red Lion Seattle Airport - Seattle, Wa

ACS Western Region is excited to announce that we are returning to Seattle, the Emerald City, for this year’s regional conference. If you’ve never been there, you are in for a treat. Seattle is a clean, vital city neatly tucked between the Cascade mountains and Puget sound with large greenbelts and a friendly, progressive population.

This year’s conference will offer a full array of visits, including private gardens, Washington’s premier Bonsai display garden and two public gardens where we will have docent tours and special attractions. Our host hotel is located directly across the street from SeaTac Airport making it extremely convenient for those who are flying in from out of state. We all know that a conehead travels on his or her stomach and this event is sure to please. Culinary highlights will include a sampling from one of Seattle’s ubiquitous food trucks, a wine tasting courtesy of the NW Wine Academy at South Seattle College and the unique treat of a dinner cruise on Lake Union enjoying sunset over Seattle’s iconic skyline.

Educational opportunities will feature a pair of coffee-time seminars, the first will highlight the exploits of modern day broom hunters, Mike and Cheryl Davison and the lengths they go to bring new dwarf conifers into the trade. Saturday’s presentation will be a special event in itself. Featuring Bob Fincham, ACS’s founding father, he will detail our rich history and the legendary plantsmen & women who sowed the seeds that made our organization the success that it is today. He will also offer his new book, Gone, but not Forgotten for the very first time.

Our event concludes Saturday night with the traditional banquet and ever-popular plant auctions featuring rare conifers, first releases of new cultivars and many specimens that simply cannot be found in nurseries or garden centers.

Hotel Information

To reserve your room at the hotel, call the hotel at (206) 246-5535 using the reservation code, American Conifer Society. You can also book online using this link. Our contracted nightly rate of $189 per night will be honored from the day prior to the conference to the day after for those who want to arrive early or stay after.

Schedule of Events. Click here to read the detailed schedule . . .

Thursday, September 8th. Arrival in Seattle, check into the hotel. The fun begins at 4pm with a buffet of small plates, welcoming remarks, announcements and the opening of the silent plant auction.

Friday, September 9th — Seattle North. After Friday’s coffee-time seminar with the Davisons, our day’s road trip begins with private garden tours of Dan Everts and Jim Singer. Dan’s garden is an eclectic mix of conifers and maples with one of the nicest water features one will ever find in a small garden.

A lucious view of Jim and Jeanne's garden. Our first stop on September 9th.
A luscious view of Jim and Jeanne’s garden. Our first stop on September 9th.

Photo by David Olszyk


Jim has assembled a stunning collection of dwarf conifers, tastefully set within the confines of a city lot. His plants are mature and spaced perfectly allowing the viewer to fully appreciate each specimen. His garden is truly a “jewelry box.”

A teaser from Jim Singer's home garden.
A teaser from Jim Singer’s home garden.

Photo by Jim Singer


Later we move on to Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre preserve tastefully planted with many mature species conifers. We will have experts on hand to offer instruction on field identification of conifer species. A food truck will be on site for lunch.

One of Washington Park Arboretum's captivating trails.
One of Washington Park Arboretum’s captivating trails.

Photo by Arlene Rubin


After a short break back at the hotel, we’re off to our dinner cruise courtesy of Argosy Cruises.

Saturday, September 10th — Seattle South. After Saturday’s coffee-time seminar by Bob Fincham, we hit the road for the ACS Reference Garden at South Seattle College where we’ll be wined and dined by the NW Wine Academy. While at the arboretum, we’ll be treated to pruning demonstrations of the mature dwarf conifers which comprise the Coenosium Rock Garden, home to many plants that were originally donated by Bob Fincham himself.

photo by Jan LeCocq
photo by Jan LeCocq


Our second stop Saturday will be the home garden and nursery of Tom Knoblauch. Tom is a bonsai artist who will introduce us to his styling methods and will offer bonsai starts for sale. After the bonsai warm-up at Tom’s it’s off to bonsai nirvana at the Weyerhauser Corporate Headquarters in Federal Way, home to the Pacific Bonsai Museum we we’ll interpret scores of ancient trees, sculpted into works of art. Local bonsai artists will be on hand to demonstrate Bonsai styling and care.

weyerhauser bonsai


Registration. Our conference fee is for this great event is $350. Due to transportation and cruise ship constraints we must limit participation to 55 guests, so by all means, register early so you don’t miss out on the fun. Point of contact for this event is David Olszyk, ACS Western Regional President. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email him at




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