General Meetings


Holly Society of America Annual Meetings
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November 6 - 9th
(Board Meeting Nov. 6)
Mendenhall, PA

Mendenhall Inn, 323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall, PA 19357

Thank you to our Sponsor
The Espoma Company



Susan Hunter, president of the HSA and founder of Heartwood Nursery Inc., extends to you a warm welcome to the 70th 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 know-ledgeable people in the Horticultural World, visiting beautiful and historical gardens and aboreta,to the ever-popular Holly Sprig contest and widely acclaimed Plant Sale and Auction, you will be provided with a unique opportunity to meet and re-connect 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, visit

This is an exciting time as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary and look enthusiastically toward the future to continue to grow our organization.

We look forward to seeing you this November, and best wishes for a memorable Annual Meeting.

Welcome to Mendenhall, PA

Cathy Anderson, hostess, welcomes you to the HSA’s 70th Annual Meeting, which takes place in the colorful area of Eastern Pennsylvania. You don’t want to miss the beautiful gardens showing holly greens and berries ripening red, orange, and yellow of early November.

The Mendenhall Inn is where we will sleep, have our meals, and hear great speakers. The Inn is located at 323 Kennett Pike, Mendenhall, Route 52, PA 19357.


Speaker Line-Up:

Joel Fry, Director and curator of Bartram’s Gardens, will be featured speaker on Tuesday, November 7, during the Welcome Banquet. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. John Bartram purchased 102 acres from Swedish settlers in 1728 along the Schuylkill River, and systematically began gathering the most varied collection of North American plants in the world. We will hear they have just opened a section of the garden that has not been seen in years. A three-year Action Plan shares a new vision for Bartram’s Garden that leads the way forward to a sustainable future. By the 125th anniversary of its founding as a public green space, in 2018, Bartram’s Garden will be a thriving global community of learning and enjoyment.

Gregg Tepper, Director of Horticulture at the future Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro will give you a virtual tour. His enthusiasm, and that of the DBG board of directors, is contagious. You will marvel at what Gregg has discovered behind what once was a farmer’s field of crops and a mass of briery brush up to the tidal waters of Pepper Creek. The future Botanic Gardens will be a treasure for everyone who lives and travels on the East Coast. Charles Anderson is arranging to donate 105 hollies from his collection to the DBG. We will receive an update on this endeavor and learn how other members of the Holly Society are contributing, as well as what is still needed before the Gardens open to the public. Learn more about the DBG at

Bob and Nancy Bernhardt, long established members of the Holly Society of America, have a large and beautiful Holly orchard and are owners of the Indian Orchards Farm in Media, PA. Did you know they have apple trees over 100 years old? Bob and Nancy will tell us more about this farm that has been in their family for generations, and how they keep their products organic. There’s more to learn at


There's more to see and do in Brandywine

515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063, Phone: 610-566-9134

Official Arboretum of the Holly Society of America: Contact is Cricket Brien
Located in the heart of Delaware County, PA, Tyler Arboretum is a place of natural beauty and history dating back to the time of William Penn. Today, Tyler serves the Greater Philadelphia region through horticulture, education and the preservation of natural lands.
Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holly Society of America member Telephone for appointment: 610-565-8387
27 Copes Lane, Media, PA 19063

Fruits and vegetables are grown using organic techniques, natural, sustainable, minimally sprayed. Integrated pest management (IPM) is used as well. Apples, cider, and pumpkins are available in November. Over 100 year old location is tucked away off of Route 352 in Delaware County.

190 Woodcrest Road, West Grove, PA 19390, Telephone: 610-869-3883
Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contacts: David Wells, Pat Joyce, William H Wells

Friends of the Holly Society of America, who proudly display our logo and a link to our website. For over 40 years, they have been known for premium large American Hollies, mature specimen ornaments and evergreens, and native plants in a full range of sizes to suit all needs. The nursery is located 12 miles West of Longwood Gardens. Note: Nursery is on the North side of US-1. (Some GPS/Mapping sites will take you to the wrong side. The closest intersection to input is Woodview and Woodcrest Roads.)

Research and Main Planting
25 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA 19390, telephone: 610-869-4231

Over 75 years ago, Robert Pyle laid the foundation that still exists at Star Roses and Plants. By establishing friendships with nurseries and hybridizers all over the world, Pyle expanded its horticultural palette. Retail: Natural Landscapes Nursery, 354 North Jennesville Road, West Grove, PA 19390, telephone: 610-869-3788

WINTERTHUR- Museum, Garden, Library and Gift Shop
5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, DE 19735
Telephone: 800-448-3883
For in-car GPS; and online mapping services, use: 5105 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807

Founded by Henry Francis DuPont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the DuPont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Museum Main Entrance GPS: 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Library and Soda House Entrance GPS: 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington,

Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. DuPont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the DuPont family. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until mid-November, then 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, the Museum features galleries dedicated to the work of N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The Museum’s outstanding Heritage collection is a cross section of American art with a special focus on artistic practice in the Brandywine Valley. Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.