NJHA holds its convention during the first weekend of October at a different host city each year. A diverse group of projects and activities covering all areas of horticulture are offered at the annual meeting. Convention events include contests in the horticultural demonstrations, public and extemporaneous speaking, and horticulture judging and identification; photography exhibition; and evaluation of projects in environmental awareness, experimental horticulture, and marketing. Additionally, workshops and tours of local horticulture industries and local points of interest are scheduled.

2016 Erie, Pennsylvania

2016 NJHA Convention
October 7 – 10, 2016

Ambassador Center
7794 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509

There are two hotels under one roof: Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn.

The Ambassador Center has two indoor pools (in each hotel), with excellent convention center under one roof. There are excellent facilities for members to visit and to accommodate exhibits. Room rate is approximately $100.00 inclusive of tax.

The next Convention of the National Junior Horticultural Association will be October 8-11, 2016, in Erie, Pennsylvania. In addition to the national contests, delegates will learn about commercial horticulture by visiting and touring the various horticultural industries in the western region of Pennsylvania.

Tours will be finalized later in 2016. The Erie, Pennsylvania region has a vibrant and diverse horticultural industry, and there tours are being planned to feature that following. Erie also features a unique historic link to the war of 1812 and potential for some great experiences linked to Lake Erie, Presque Isle, and the water front which features a maritime (Lake Erie) museum relative to the War of 1812.

We are working with the Erie County Cooperative Extension, and we are considering several interesting and exciting tours, events, activities.

The horticultural industries in the area of Erie, Pennsylvania include landscape-plant and greenhouse/nursery production, viticulture (from the Latin word for vine) which is the science, production, and study of grapes, and many commercial orchards. Another possible visit may be the Erie Zoo, a small zoo with a special horticultural relationship.

Although educational tours have not been finalized, one possible tours may include the Ernst Conservation Seed Company. (https://www.linkedin.com/company/ernst-conservation-seeds). Ernst Seeds specializes in native and naturalized seeds and plant material of Eastern North American ecotypes, cleaned and tested to USDA standards. Ernst supplies the highest quality seeds, mixes and bioengineering products for restoration, reclamation and conservation applications. Ernst Conservation Seed Company was founded in the 1960’s, and it is a three-generation, family owned and operated business located in western Pennsylvania.

NJHA’s headquarters will be the Ambassador Center which is two hotels under one roof: Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton Garden Inn.

The Ambassador Center has excellent convention facilities under one roof, with amble space for attendees to visit and accommodate exhibits. There are two indoor pools (one in each hotel).