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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

The International Maple Lovers Extravaganza

Held on October 2022
Raleigh, North Carolina

Maple enthusiasts and professionals from across the world who share a common passion for these fascinating plants all got together on the east coast of the U.S. for our most recent Triennial International Maple Symposium—aka the Maple Lovers Extravaganza

We enjoyed an array of interesting workshops and speakers, covering such topics as collecting maples from the wild, the technical aspects of fall coloration, drone use in microclimate monitoring for long-term conservation, the historical journey of the genus Acer, growing maples from a commercial perspective, and more!

 

Attendees also enjoyed special feld trips to horticultural gems including Duke Gardens, JC Raulston Arboretum, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery.

SYMPOSIUM HOTEL

Our host hotel is the Hyatt House RDU/Brier Creek, located close to Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The Maple Society has negotiated a special rate of $109 per night—not just for the symposium dates, but also for 2 nights pre- and post-conference, should you choose to extend your visit.

Additional Guest Add-On Options

If a spouse or partner is accompanying you, but not planning to take any workshops, use one of the below options to register them for a "meals only" pass,

or a "meals + transportation" pass if they plan to join the garden tours:

OPTIONAL 3-DAY POST-SYMPOSIUM TOUR

October 31 – November 2, 2022

After the Symposium, join us for a separate, 3-day tour of gardens located in and around Asheville, North Carolina. On Monday October 31, participants will board a van or bus (depending on the number of interested parties) which will take us to four different locations, returning to Raleigh by late afternoon on November 2.

 

Cost for this post-symposium tour is $110 per person, excluding meals and hotel. The Maple Society has negotiated a special rate of $89 per night with the Comfort Suites in Asheville (use the below "Comfort Suites Hotel" button to reserve).

 

Gardens we will tour include:

  • Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem

  • Mr. Maple in East Flat Rock, owned by Tim and Matt Nichols, where we can view and purchase trees from their outstanding collection of maples and other exciting plants

  • Private tour of the outdoor bonsai exhibit at The North Carolina Arboretum, led by Curator Arthur Joura

  • Mountain Meadows Nursery, where owner Michael Balogh specializes in dwarf conifers

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