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Please keep checking this page for updated information on Tours and Events for the 2019 ASHS Conference in Las Vegas.  Details will be added as they become available.


You can add tickets to your conference registration or purchase separately in the ASHS online store. 


Administrators Breakfast

Date: Tuesday, July 23rd - 8:00 AM-10:00 AM

$40 - Breakfast will be served at the beginning of the time slot.

This is a venue for department heads, department chairs, and anyone else involved in horticulture administration in the public sector to join together and discuss current issues. We will discuss topics relevant for academic horticulture programs in the U.S. and share information about best practices from our institutions.


Luncheon Series Speaker: Frank McDonough

Presented by the Industry Division

Date:Tuesday, July 23rd, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

$40 (advance registration required)

Investigations into Climate Change and Its Effects on Collections at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Botanist Frank McDonough is the Botanical Information Consultant at the L.A. Arboretum and Botanic Garden. He has 35 years of experience in horticulture, a degree in Botany from California State Polytechnic University Pomona and is currently certified as a California Pest Control Advisor. His research projects have included using thermal imaging to detect shot hole borer infestations in oak trees as well as determining the efficacy of gypsum treatment for Phytophthora control.

This talk details an ongoing investigation into any correlation between the rise in minimum temperatures here locally over the last 60 years and collection loss records from the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (and maybe other local botanic gardens if possible). A rise in minimum temperatures could increase transplant stress as well as disease and insect damage to plants in our collections and therefore increase losses-do the numbers bear that out? Is there a significant correlation? Or are the variables involved too numerous? Both the experimental process and the results, if any, will be discussed. 


Pi Alpha Xi Luncheon & Business Meeting

Date: Wednesday, July 24,12 - 2 P.M.

$40 (advance registration required)


Luncheon Series Speakers: Angela O’Callaghan and Maurice Robinson

Presented by the Extension Division

Date:  Wednesday, July 24, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

$40 (advance registration required)

Desert Green

The Extension lunch in 2019 will continue the tradition of showcasing a local extension program. Associate Professors Angela O’Callaghan and Maurice Robinson from University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will be this year's presenters. 

Although the Mojave Desert is not known as an agricultural paradise, it does have a great deal of ornamental horticulture activity. Desert Green is a collaborative effort of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Society for Arboriculture, Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Extension faculty specialists and Department of Agriculture Specialists from Nevada, as well as professionals from surrounding states teach classes. During the three-day conference, well over 275 attendees participate in workshops that provide continuing education credits in arboriculture, golf course management and pesticide applicator certification. These CEUs are approved for California, Utah, Arizona as well as Nevada. On the last day of the conference, attendees are able to take the state examination to obtain their Restricted Use Pesticide applicator certificate or license. This conference could not operate in the smooth way it has for the past 22 years without the contributions of the Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada. These volunteers handle registration tables, direct participants to their rooms, staff booths, and act as time-keepers for individual workshops. Over 25 Master Gardener volunteers help keep things running smoothly. 


Luncheon Series Speaker: Dr. John Bowman

Area Leader for Nutritious and Safe Foods at the USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security

Presented by the International Division

Date: Thursday, July 25, 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM

$40 (advance registration required)




Behind the Scenes: Interiorscaping at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, the Mirage, and the Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort

Monday, July 22, 2019

8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (bus leaves promptly at 8:30)

$ 25 - SOLD OUT

This behind-the-scene tour is not an ordinary one.

Experience and explore interiorscaping inside out at one of the most luxurious resorts in the U.S. Walk through Bellagio’s world famous conservatory, a 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and seasonal colors.

Under a hundred feet dome of lush tropical forest, hundreds of orchids, thousands of bromeliads and gargantuan palm trees will welcome you at the Mirage Atrium.

Wynn’s ornate atrium is adorned with immaculate floral sculpture and trees. Wynn and Encore hotels boasts its abundance use of plants: 12,000 pots of floral and 5,500 fresh stems in the public spaces, covering six to eight miles in the process. Additionally, Wynn’s 24 florists work in a 5,000-square-foot room below the main casino floor, cleaning and cutting the fresh flowers, including 350 Phalaenopsis orchids from Asia.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a peek at major hotels’ operation and their use of plants and flowers.


Indoor Vertical Production of Leafy Greens Tour 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. (meet at 8:15 a.m.)


On this 1.5 hour tour, participants will learn how Sananbio U.S., one of the largest LED manufactures in the world has created Oasis Biotech, a US $30 million, 215,000-square-foot indoor vertical farm facility in Las Vegas, NV.  On the tour you will see how Oasis Biotech is achieving their goal of producing producing over one million pounds of microgreens, lettuce and herbs.


Sustainable Ornamental Landscapes 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 12 noon (meet at 7:15 a.m.)


This tour has two stops.  The Club at Sunrise, an 18-hole golf course, has wall-to-wall seashore paspalum turf and incorporates several environmentally sustainable practices. The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden has a 14,000 square foot distinctive indoor floral playground committed to sustainable practices.




Historic Hoover Dam and Boulder City 

Sunday, July 21st OR

Thursday, July 25th

7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (bus leaves promptly at 8 a.m.)

$75 - does not include lunch

Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Boulder City was originally built in 1931 as housing for workers who were building the Hoover Dam.

The sheer scale of the dam and duration of the project required the Bureau of Reclamation to consider the construction of a semi-permanent town rather than a temporary arrangement. Boulder City was exceptionally rare as an example of a town fully planned under government supervision.

This is a guided tour of the power plant, and a drive through tour of Boulder City.

Wear comfortable walking clothes, bring a sun hat and sun screen.  Water will be provided.

This tour will be conducted twice, once on Sunday and once on Thursday. Please pick your day at the time of registration.  Date changes will not be permitted after May 15th.


Vineyards of Nevada: Puhrump and Sanders Wineries Tour 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (bus will leave promptly at 10 a.m.)

$120 - includes lunch 

Nevada, with thousands of acres of barren desert, may seem like a strange place to have vineyards, and for most of the state that would be true. However, a small group of pioneers are making real progress in select areas and with certain grape varietals. While Nevada may never become another Napa Valley, they are proving every day that with patience, care, and yes a little luck it can be done!  Tour the Puhrump Winery, followed by lunch (included). After lunch, we’ll proceed to Sanders Winery for a leisurely afternoon of tour and wine tasting.

Wear comfortable walking clothes, bring a sun hat and sun screen.  Water will be provided. 


Afternoon Culinary Adventures with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours  


12 - 3 p.m.

$125 - does not include beverages*

 A 2 ½-hour tour starting at 12:30 p.m., this casual, afternoon stroll of eating and exploring provides the best introduction to the city and still leaves the evening free. It includes 4 exciting stops to satisfy each and every palate, VIP immediate seating, 3 signature dishes at every restaurant and a guided walking tour between stops packed with insider information about Las Vegas and the sights along the way. At each stop, you can sit next to a different person, affording greater opportunities to mingle.

*Optional Beverage Package: $60 per-person receives (1) pre-selected signature cocktail at (3) stops. We highly recommend purchasing our beverage package to alleviate any waits so that your group will have a beverage available to enjoy upon arrival.  Please contact Negar Mahdavian at if you would like to purchase the beverage package.


Evening Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street Experience 

Monday, July 22, 2019

6:30 p.m. - 12 midnight (bus leaves promptly at 7 p.m.)


The tour will include narration as the coach drives along Las Vegas Strip between Tropicana and Downtown Las Vegas. Stops will include the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" Sign for photographs, Bellagio Resort to view the Fountains of Bellagio, and the Dale Chihuly Fiori di Como Blown Glass Sculpture, the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo Resort, and the Fremont Street Experience light show.


Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 

Tuesday, July 23rd OR

Wednesday, July 24

7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (bus leaves promptly at 8 a.m.)

$65 - does not include lunch

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area lies in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. It’s known for geological features such as towering red sandstone peaks and the Keystone Thrust Fault, as well as Native American petroglyphs.  20 miles from Las Vegas Strip, this tour will be conducted twice, on two consecutive days. 

Please pick your day at the time of registration.  No date changes will be permitted after May 15th.

Wear comfortable walking clothes, bring a sun hat and sun screen.  Water will be provided. 




1018 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.836.4606