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Annual Conference

Tennessee Native Plant Society
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2024 Annual Meeting & Conference

The Tennessee Native Plant Society is delighted to announce that registration for its 2024 Annual Conference is available online (via you member login) or via mail-in registration using the form below. The Conference will be held at the beautiful Roan Mountain State Park in northeast Tennessee on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. The 2,000-acre park is located at the base of Roan Mountain, which is not one mountain but a five-mile ridgetop of different elevations, each rich with plant life.

June in Roan Mountain is like spring in the valley. The temperatures typically stay in the 70s during the day and the 50s at night, perfect for  hiking and sleeping. If you are lucky enough to rent one of the cabins in the park, you enjoy a rocking chair on the porch, a full kitchen and bathroom, gas-powered heat, and a wood-burning stove. There are also campsites for tents and RVs.

If you prefer a hotel room or the cabins are full, TNPS has secured a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn in Johnson City, TN, about 45 minutes from the park. The hotel address is 508 N State of Franklin Road, Johnson City, TN 37604. The TNPS group rate is $139 per night for a room with a king-size bed and sofa bed or 2  queen-sized beds. A block of rooms will be reserved for TNPS until May 10, 2024. By comparison, nightly room rates for similar hotels in the area range from $189 to $250 per night and up.

Below is a link for you to use to book a room online with the Hampton Inn within the TNPS block at the group rate. The link is available for use now: TNPS Special Rate Hampton Inn

You may also call the hotel at (423) 929-8000 to book your room. You will need to reference the Tennessee Native Plant Society group and the dates required to receive the group rate. Again, the TNPS room block will be reserved through May 10, 2024, after which any unused rooms in the block will be released, room rates will increase, and booking is subject to availability.

All TNPS meetings, meals, and presentations will take place at the Roan Mountain Conference Center, adjacent to the Park Office. This venue offers a spacious meeting room with a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains. Although Wi-Fi and cell service are unavailable in the cabins and much of the park, the Conference Center provides excellent Wi-Fi connectivity both inside the building and on the large porch.

When you register, you can purchase meal tickets for catered dinners on Friday and Saturday nights and a bagged lunch on Saturday. These meals will cost $15-$22 each. We hope you will join us for these meals, as they are a great time to socialize and get to know your fellow TNPS members.

We also plan to have conference tee shirts available for purchase online. The pictured design will be available in short or long sleeves with color options for $20 – $25 each. You will choose your tee shirt style, color, and size and pay for the tee shirt online. Once ordered, the tee shirt can be delivered directly to you (you pay shipping), or you can pick it up at the conference (free shipping). Since tee shirts require a minimum order, we would like you to indicate on the registration form if you plan to purchase one. If we have sufficient interest, we will let conference attendees know how to order their tee shirts.

We have an excellent mix of field trips and presentations planned for the conference. A detailed description of each are available on the Calendar.  The full conference schedule is available here: Conference Schedule.

Please note: You MUST be a current member of TNPS to attend!

Tennessee Native Plants

Fire Pink, Silene virginica

Indian pink, Spigelia marilandica

Fourleaf milkweed, Asclepias quadrifolia

Hear-leaf skullcap, Scutellaria ovata

Zigzag spiderwort, Commelina subaspera

Squaw root, Conopholis americana

Photos by David Hill