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    When:  April 10 through 13, 2002.

    Where:  Tucson, Arizona

    Location:  Tucson Hilton East

    Theme:  The Desert and You in 2002

               2002 Tucson Convention Summary

               Awards Presented at the Convention

               Convention Schedule

               Convention Registration

               Hotel Registration

               Top Tourist Attractions              

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The Cure for Cabin Fever

2002 National Convention, Tucson, Arizona - April 10-13
Arnold Hunter, Convention Chairman

Imagine this, if you will: It is the first week of April, and you’re socked in by a late season snowstorm. The howling wind whips cold air in through the cracks around the windows that you were POSITIVE that you sealed last fall, numbing you to the bone. All the hot chocolate in the world would not be able to warm you up. All you can do is pray to any and all powers that may be that the snow plows can clear the road to the airport. Tomorrow, you are going to get on an airplane and soar off into the wild blue yonder, heading for sunny Tucson, Arizona. You are doing this not only to get away from the doldrums of winter, but also because that is where the National Convention is going to be held.

The Gardeners of Tucson are hosting the convention this year, but this is more of a region effort. We are getting much help from the Green Valley Club, the Payson Club, and the two Phoenix clubs. We are all working hard to present a good convention and to show you a good time, and the convention schedule is packed full of entertaining meetings, seminars and tours.


First off, all of the regular business meetings that you’ve come to know and love will occur. So if you are a board member or belong to any of the committees you’ll want to attend. We will also have numerous seminars where you can learn (almost) everything you always wanted to know about such subjects as herbs, hydroponics, water gardens, etc.

You will be able to go on tours to unique, unusual, and nationally famous local gardens, including the Tucson botanical gardens. Another afternoon will be spent at the world famous Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum where you can take in the sights and sounds of the desert. This wondrous place was described by the New York Times as “… the most distinctive zoo in the United States” and is rated as one of the top ten zoos in the nation. It is also southern Arizona’s most popular visitor attraction, providing a unique opportunity to see a comprehensive collection of plants, animals and geology of the Sonoran Desert. We will top off the evening with dinner and entertainment at the Triple “C” Chuck Wagon Ranch.


The weather this time of year is usually great, and you can expect sunny high temperatures in the low 80’s and lows in the 40’s. Rain is possible, but unlikely. Be sure to bring plenty of sun block and an umbrella (for the sun, not the rain). Also, bring a jacket and possibly even some gloves for the evening at the Triple “C”, as it could get a might chilly in the dry desert air. Overall, the forecast is for 100% chance of FUN.

There are so many fun and interesting things to do in southern Arizona that the hardest part of scheduling is not what we were going to do but what activities to eliminate. We would need a two or three week convention to properly show you around the area. In the January/February issue of the Gardener some of the convention activities will be detailed and we will give you information on the “fun stuff” so you can properly plan your vacation.

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