Pensacola Beach, Florida
ACS Annual Meeting and Convention, Pensacola Beach, Florida


Convention Registration
Registration after December 3: $270
Partial event registration options are included in the online registration.

For questions contact: Camille Bielby   877-422-6355 or

An informative Annual Meeting and Convention is scheduled for December 11 through 15 at the Hampton Inn located in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Pensacola is home to America's oldest Camellia Club, founded in 1937.

The Hampton Inn and Hilton Hotel are located adjacent to each other, within walking distance of local attractions and restaurants.

Pensacola Beach Hampton Inn (Meetings will be held at the Hampton Inn)
Toll free number: (800) 320-8108 
book under "American Camellia Society"  Reservations must be made by November 18.
2 Via DeLuna
Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561

Room rates:
Inland rooms feature views of Santa Rosa Sound and beachfront views feature private balconies with a 180 degree view of miles of white sand beaches and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Inland Rooms, Santa Rosa Sound View:  $89
Beachfront Rooms with Balcony: $99

Free hot breakfast
Room service from H20 Cajun Asian Grill
2 beachfront swimming pools, 1 seasonally heated
Gilligan’s Beachfront Tiki Bar
Tiki Island Mini Golf & Arcade
Free High-Speed Wireless Internet
Free coffee & tea all day
24 hour fitness room
ATM machine
Guest coin laundry
Free local & toll free telephone calls
Baggage storage

Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel (Saturday reception and banquet will be held at the Hilton)
Telephone number: (850) 916-2999

book under "CCF". Reservations must be made by November 11.
12 Via DeLuna
Pensacola Beach, Florida 32561

Room rates:
Rooms feature views of Santa Rosa Sound and beach attractions or balcony views of the beach and pool.
Soundside View: $99
Gulf Front View: $129
Suites: $159 - $239

Bonsai Sushi and Lounge Atrium Sushi Bar, Grab 'N Go Deli, H2O Cajun-Asian Grill, Latitudes Beach Bar
Fitness center, outdoor pool & business center
Fridge, microwave and coffeemaker in every guest room
Free High-Speed Wireless Internet Access
Free Network and Cable TV with HBO, CNN, ESPN


Download a copy of the Press Release
All meetings will be held at the Hampton Inn. A hospitality suite at the Hampton Inn will be open each day. A schedule will be posted on the door.
The Saturday reception and banquet will be held at the Hilton.
The National Camellia Show will be held at the Pensacola First Baptist Church.


6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Breakfast at Hampton Inn
(included with stay)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Convention Registration
 Hampton Inn Lobby
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.ACS Trust Meeting
Hampton Inn
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bus Tour: Naval Air Museum, Historic Fort Barrancas, 1840s Lighthouse, Historic Downtown Pensacola.
Bus tour will conclude at reception location.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Welcome Reception: Home of Roger and Ellen Vinson
1905 East Strong Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
7:00 p.m.Bus departs reception for return to Hampton Inn
 7:00 p.m.Dinner on Own


6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Breakfast at Hampton Inn
(included with stay)
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Convention Registration
Hampton Inn Lobby
8:15 a.m.Bus departs hotel for tours
8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Tour Includes:
Veterans Park and Vietnam Memorial
University of West Florida Camellia Garden and Japan House or Archeology Institute
John Davy's Camellia Garden with Chet's Catered Buffet (seafood and non-seafood options)
Panhandle Grower's Nursery
5:00 p.m.Bus returns to hotel
6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.Reception
Hampton Inn
7:00 p.m.Dinner on Own


6:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.Breakfast at Hampton Inn
(included with stay)
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Endowment Steering Committee Meeting
Hampton Inn
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Council of State Directors Meeting
Hampton Inn
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Membership Meeting: Pat Short (International Camellia Society Update); Brenda Litchfield (China Tour); Patrick Andrews (ACS Membership)
Hampton Inn
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Box Lunch
Hampton Inn
1:00 p.m. Optional Go-Retro Tour: By Design (Architectural Bus Tour)
 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Building Committee Meeting
Hampton Inn
2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.Board of Director's Meeting
 Hampton Inn
3:00 p.m.Optional Go-Retro Tour: Landmarks (Monuments Bus Tour)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Drop In Open House Reception: Quayside Art Gallery
17 East Zarragossa Street
Downtown Pensacola
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.President's Reception
Hampton Inn
7:00 p.m.Dinner
Keynote Address by Dr. John Ruter, University of Georgia Professor of Horticulture (Development of Camellia oleifera (tea) oil as a new commercial crop.) 
Plant Auction following key note address
Hampton Inn


7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Breakfast at Hampton Inn
(included with stay)
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Shuttle Service: Hampton Inn to Pensacola First Baptist Church
Depart from Hampton: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Depart from Church: 2:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Camellia Bloom Entry
Pensacola First Baptist Church
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Plant Sale
Pensacola First Baptist Church
10:15 a.m.Camellia Judges Assemble
Welcome by Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward
Pensacola First Baptist Church
10:30 a.m.Camellia Show Judging Begins
Pensacola First Baptist Church
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Luncheon
Pensacola First Baptist Church
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.mCamellia Show open to Public
Pensacola First Baptist Church
 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Educational Session: Randolph Maphis (Raised Bed Grafting) 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Educational Session: Cinny O'Donnell (Decorating with Camellias)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Educational Session: Mack Thetford (Camellias and Companion Plants in the Landscape)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m..Reception
Hilton Hotel
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.mNational Convention Awards Banquet
(Musical entertainment by pianist John Ripley and vocalist Ellen Vinson)
Hilton Hotel
Aquamarine and Emerald Coast Rooms


6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Breakfast at Hampton Inn
(included with stay)