The 2015 AGA Convention, hosted by the Greater Washington Aquatic Plant Association, is being held at the Sheraton Reston Hotel in Reston, VA April 10 12, 2015! Activities include:
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The Fluval Nano Aquascaping Workshop is back by popular demand! Rocks, wood and plants will be provided and you get to keep the tank!
Our exciting field trip will begin at the Amazonia Exhibit
of the National Zoo where the live kapok, avocado and cocoa trees grow
and support the living forest above, and below into the 27,000 gallon
aquarium with a full breadth of life from the Amazon River
Basin. There will also be free time to visit and eat lunch on your own before
meeting back at the bus for a highlight tour of some of downtown
Washington DCs most famous landmarks and monuments in all their glory
as the Japanese Cherry Blossoms will be in full form at the tail end
of their annual celebratory festival. The afternoon will wind up at
the U.S. Botanic Garden where we’ll start with a quick talk from one
of the main curators for the Gardens at the famous amphitheater, then
groups can break off for walking tours of the expansive gardens. From
rare and exotic plants to displays of desert and rainforest jungle,
the gardens and Conservatory have something for everyone. Their annual
Orchids: Interlocking Science and Beauty exhibit will be going on
while we are visiting, displaying hundreds of orchids and new
technology/inventions related to their care and protection.
Dinner options include:
Basic registration ($65 for AGA or GWAPA members, $85 for non-members) includes admission for one person to all talks (except the banquet), admission as a spectator to the nano workshop and Senske-Farmer duel, and seller fee for Sunday auction. Spouses wishing to attend these events will need to have a separate registration. Spouses or guests who just want to attend the banquet or field trip do not need to register, only pay for the banquet or field trip.
The non-member registration fee includes a free 1-year AGA membership.
Registration is open online in the sidebar. You can also book your hotel room here online, or call Central Reservations at 1-800-561-9186 and ask for Aquatic Gardeners Association 2015 room block.
The hotel offers a complimentary 24-hour shuttle to and from Dulles Airport, running on 30-minute cycles throughout the day. If you will be arriving after 11PM, please call the hotel and arrange pickup so you don’t have to wait. 703-620-9000.
WHY did we not have the convention in the fall of 2014 as usual? Well, those dates were getting kind of crowded, with the catfish convention, the Nature Aquarium Party, and now the Aquatic Experience in late October and early November. So we decided it would be more fun to participate in the Aquatic Experience in Chicago Nov 7-9, and host our regular awesome convention in the spring. A win-win!
Interested in sponsoring the convention, or participating in the vendor room? Click here.