Annual Meeting


Holly Society of America Annual Meetings
Everyone Welcome

October 8 - 11, 2018

Reserve Early!


The Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club
2907 Main Street, Brewster, MA

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HSA President Welcomes You
Susan Hunter, president of the HSA and founder of Heartwood Nursery Inc., extends to
you a warm welcome to the 71st Annual Meeting of the Holly Society of America, Inc.

Are you ready for an outstanding meeting?
We hope you will enjoy our annual gathering and take advantage of everything the HSA has to offer.
From conversing with some of the most knowledgeablempeople in the horticultural world, visiting unique
and beautiful gardens, educational presentations, to the ever-popular Holly Sprig Contest and widely acclaimed plant sale and auction, you will be provided with an unsurpassed opportunity to meet and reconnect with people of all interest levels and backgrounds.

Please also know that your HSA president and executive board are always interested in hearing your
thoughts and knowing what is happening in your HSA region. To find out how to contact the HSA executive board, see contacts.

This is an exciting time as we celebrate our 71st year together and look enthusiastically toward the future to
continue to grow our organization. We look forward to seeing you this October, and send best wishes for a memorable Annual Meeting.

Welcome to Brewster, MA

Christine Wiley, Vineyard Gardens, West Tisbury, MA, hostess, welcomes you to the HSA’s 71th Annual Meeting, which takes place in the historical area of Cape Cod. You don’t want to miss the beautiful gardens showing holly greens and berries ripening, red, orange, and yellow of October.

The Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club is where we will sleep, have our meals, and hear great speakers. The resort is located at 2907 Main Street, Brewster, MA. Visit
Tel. 508-896-9000

Speaker Line-Up

Wayne Mezitt, treasurer and grandson of Weston Nurseries founder Peter
J. Mezitt, joined the family business in 1960 and continued to expand and innovate,
purchasing adjoining land in Hopkinton until the nursery encompassed over 900 acres by the end of the 80’s. The Peter J. Mezitt Rhododendron is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful and resilient Rhododendron PJM. Wayne is also owner of Hort-Sense, a personalized horticultural advisory service and is a member of Garden Writer’s Association. He will speak to us Thursday morning.

C. L. Fornari, writer, Master Gardener, and radio host, is a sales associate at Hyannis Country Garden. The full service garden was established in 1965 by R. W. Griffith Jr. and is a family owned, seven acre garden center. The garden features a diverse product selection, personal assistance to cultivate a beautiful home and landscape, and is committed to providing beautiful plants, accurate and up-to-date information. C. L. Fornari is an author having written several gardening books. She will speak on Thursday.

Jack Alexander, retired, is a well-known Propagator from Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, which is located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale sections of Boston. Jack was successful propagating most all plants during his association with the Arboretum. The Arboretum carefully documents plant production activities, protocols, and experiments, providing vital historical information on its plants and public horticulture. Since the launch of the Campaign for their Living Collections, plant production staff have shepherded newly collected plants gathered in expeditions both close to home and across the globe. Jack will speak to us on propagation on Thursday.


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Holly Sprig Contest and Auctions
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The Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club
2907 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631
Holly Society of America Group Rate Reservation
Telephone: 508-896-9000

Hotel Reservations
Each attendee will make his or her own reservation by calling direct to 508-896-9000, or toll free: 800-343-6074, and ask for the Holly Society of America’s set-aside rooms. Room rates are $134.00, plus 11.7 percent tax, per night for bed type. The resort has allocated to us one-bedroom townhouses in one of its villages.

They are all handicap accessible. Check-in Time: 4 p.m. Hostess Chris Wiley urges you to please register early, or by September 7, 2018.

This resort, once a private residence, won second place in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine. It is comprised of the historic Nickerson family Mansion and Carriage house overlooking Cape Cod Bay and the Resort Villages. The Villages surround the resort’s 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, pools and tennis courts, kayaking on Blueberry Pond. The romantic Cape Cod Rail Trail runs through the Ocean Edge Resort and follows a former railroad right-of-way for 22 miles. Its paved surface is mostly flat, so bring your bicycles, or rent one from any of several bike shops in the area. The Beach is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.

The Beach House Spa, with expert wellness and beauty services, sits conveniently between both sides of Ocean Edge Resort. Activities include fitness, beach yoga, and guided walking oyster tours that take guests through the aquaculture of the oyster farms to learn how Brewster is boosting the health of the local economy and environment, deliciously.

Breakfast in the hotel is on your own from either the Linx Tavern or the Ocean Terrace. Or in your Villas that comes equipped with a spacious living and dining area, kitchenette, patio or balcony.

The Mansion House and Carriage House, where the main program will be held, are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion has fine dining and sweeping views of Cape Cod Bay. The dinners and lectures, the auction room and the sprig room will all be in the Mansion House and the Carriage House.

We will enjoy Cape Cod during the fall season, which is one of the Cape’s best seasons. The crowds are gone and the weather is lovely: perfect during the day, but a little cool at night.
Please join the fun at our 2018 HSA meeting in Cape Cod and rediscover the value of meetings.

Meeting Registration
Please use the clipped portion of the Meeting Registration Form below to register for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Indicate the number of people you want to register for the entire meeting, the entire meeting plus one or both of the optional tours, and/or only part of the meeting. Calculate the total amount due and complete the reverse side of the form and return the form with your check payable (in U.S. Funds or International Money Order) to Holly Society of America by
September 28, 2018, to: Carole Cossaboon, Secretary, Holly Society of America, Inc.
P. O. Box 803, Millville, NJ 08332-0803 Download Form Here

OR Pay Now On-Line

Upon arrival at the Resort, pick up your registration packet at the registration table.

Holly Auction: Your support of the auction both as a donor and participant helps finance the Holly Society Research and Development Program. Please bring holly donations (or other plants of horticultural merit), to the Holly Auction. Label in advance with the Plant Auction Form on page five (5), and list all plant material with genus, species, cultivar name and USDA hardiness zone. Please complete a Plant Contribution Form for each plant you are entering in the auction and forward to: Margot Gerding as early as possible, or email: We also recommend attaching a copy of the completed Plant Contribution Form to each plant you bring to the meeting.

Silent Auction: Handcrafted items displaying a holly motif, or other items of special interest will be greatly appreciated. Remember to price your donations before they are displayed.

Holly Sprig Contest: Everyone is encouraged to participate in this event. See page four (4) for more information on entering the sprig contest.

For questions about the meeting, contact meeting coordinator, Chris Wiley. Email:

Optional Meeting Extension
Come to Martha’s Vineyard for a few days after the Cape Cod meetings. Chris
can set aside a block of rooms at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven where we stayed the last time. Pleaselet her know.

Travel Directions
From Boston, MA
Take Rte. 3 south across the Sagamore Bridge, (1 hr.).
Rte. 3 becomes Rte. 6, Mid Cape Hwy, (1 hr. 25 min. to Dennis,
Rte. 134 north, Airline Rd., Rte. 6A Satucket Rd. toward Brewster.
Turn right on Rte. 137, Long Pond Rd., to North on Villages Dr.

From Providence, RI
Take Rte. 195, (1 hr. 34 min.) to Rte. 25 Follow the signs
to the Cape. Rte 6, then Exit 10, to 6A. Satucket Rd. toward Brewster.
Turn right on Rte. 137, Long Pond Rd., to North on Villages
Dr. to the Resort.

From Green Airport, Warwick, RI
Take Rte. 4, north to 195 E., then Rte 25. Follow the signs
to the Cape. Rte 6, then Exit 10, to 6A. Satucket Rd. toward Brewster.
Turn right on Rte. 137, Long Pond Rd., to North on Villages
Dr. to the Resort.



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Thank you to our Sponsor 2017
The Espoma Company