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North American Branch 2012 Conference

Pacific Northwest Fantasyland Maple Adventure
Oct 19-21 Seattle, WA and Oregon Post Tour Oct 22-24

The 2012 Conference will be in Seattle, WA on Oct. 19 – Oct 21 at the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle SeaTac. It will be hard to match the previous wonderful meetings organized by past president Sharon Nelson but Frank Byles and I are determined to make this another great maple event. Frank has secured very reasonable room rates in a great location, and the food will be excellent and affordable. This conference features some of the most knowledgeable maple growers and collectors in the world, eight amazing gardens with amazing fall colors, and in sizes you will find hard to believe. Many original cultivars and mature species will be found along with many surprises.

There will also be a silent auction of rare maples and artifacts. The beautiful Cascade Mountains have native A. circinatum and A. macrophyllum but we will also ferry over to Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island to complete your experience of maples like you’ve never seen them before. You’re sure to be surrounded by thousands of maples in blinding colors to sweep you into a Fantasyland Maple Adventure. So if you love maples you must make plans to attend this once in a lifetime event that will make maple memories that will last a lifetime. Please study the following summary of events and make plans to attend.


Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Sea-Tac
16038 West Valley Highway
Tukwila, WA 98188

Ask for the Maple Society Annual Meeting Group Rate - Single or double rate, $79 or King Suite, $114
Breakfast buffet optional $8.00 (We will provide coffee and rolls in our meeting room).

Meetings will be held in the hotel’s San Juan room. Free shuttle to Sea-Tac and surrounding shopping areas. You must register with hotel before Sept. 27 to receive these rates.


  • Matt Nichols, co-owner of Nichols Nursery, Flat Rock, NC.
  • Charlie Morgan, owner Amazing Maples, Mukilteo, WA.
  • David De Groot, author and Curator of Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Federal Way, WA.
  • Don Brooks, Director Kubota Gardens, Seattle, WA.
  • David Zuckerman, Head Horticulturist Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, WA.
  • Talon Buchholz, owner of Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, and plant introductions extraordinaire, Gaston, OR.


Kubota Gardens:
20 acre public garden acquired by the city of Seattle in 1987 from the Kubota family. Began in 1927 and has streams, waterfalls, and has an exceptionally rich and mature plant collection including several very large dissectums.
Washington Park Arboretum & Japanese Garden
230 acres of mature plants operated by the University of Washington and the city of Seattle with 150 maple species along with hundreds of Japanese maples and several other important plant collections. The Japanese Garden is a 3 1/2 acre formal garden established in 1960.
Bellevue Botanic Garden
53 acre public garden with thirteen theme gardens.
Rhododendron Species Foundation
A beautiful non-profit garden with 600 species of Rhododendrons and a generous compliment of maples on 24 acres with many plants over 40 years old.
Weyerhaeuser’s Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
amazing collection of priceless bonsai.
South Puget Sound Community College
A huge collection with about 400 Japanese maples on campus.
Amazing Maples:
Charlie Morgan’s gardens with a truly outstanding collection of very large Japanese maples some of which are the original trees.
Bloedel Reserve
An internationally renowned public garden with a tranquil and refreshing experience of nature. The Reserve’s 150 acres is a Northwest treasure with a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, and Reflection Pool, and the Bloedel’s former estate home.


  • Registration: $65
  • Friday Tours: $45 (Box lunch included)
  • Friday Dinner at Charley’s: $25
  • Saturday Tours: $45 (box lunch included)
  • Saturday Banquet (casual): $29
  • All day Sunday Tours: $80 (lunch provided by Charlie Morgan)
  • Late Registration Fee after September 15th, 2012: $25
  • Total All Event Cost: $289

Oregon Post Tour

A 3 day Oregon tour starts Monday morning Oct. 22 and will get you back to our hotel late afternoon on Wednesday, Oct 24. (Don't forget to reserve a return room on October 24th at Courtyard SEA-TAC). We plan to visit the Portland Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, Iseli Nursery, J. Frank Schmidt Nursery, Don Schmidt Nursery, Whitman Farms, Oregon Botanic Garden, and Munn’s Nursery. Total cost is $225 and includes 3 lunches and a Tuesday dinner.

Post Tour Accommodation, October 22-23

Holiday Inn Portland South, 25425 SW 95th Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070 - (503-682-2211). Ask for special International Maple Society rate of $89/day, single or double.


Please register before September 15, 2012. Credit Cards Accepted.
Marielle Eykeman
PO Box 2635
Pt. Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 457-6952

Chairman and Contact for Silent Auction

Keith Johansson (817) 797-3419

Alternatively contact the North American Branch through the web contact form.

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