Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our first morning at the 2013 NALS Convention

This year we decided to attend the North American Lily Society Convention in West Des Moines, IA.  This would be my first NALS convention and I really didn’t know what to expect.  We arrived late on Wednesday, June 16, 2013, but made sure to get-up early for the NALS convention check-in on Thursday morning.

Registration Desk at NALS Convention
NALS Convention Check-in at The Sheraton West Des Moines, IA

The very friendly people at the registration desk gave us our name badges, goody bags and pointed us towards the Lily staging room.

In the Lily staging room we found our Mid America Regional Lily Society member, Kim Peterson, working hard to prepare her flowers for display in the Horticulture Division at the Lily Show.  As Kim's flowers soaked-up water from the long ride to Iowa, we volunteered to help her prepare and groom her flowers for the Show.

Kim's preliminary lilies for Horticulture display

Kim's lilies for her Design entries

As we looked around the room, we found an amazing assortment of Lilium soaking-up water and in various stages of preparation for the Horticulture Division at the NALS Lily Show.

There was an entire table full of gorgeous Lilium that people had brought for design exhibitors to use while preparing entries for the Design Division.

We found this gorgeous Martagon Lilium soaking-up water and refreshing in the cool staging room.  I had only seen these amazing Lilium in photographs and seeing them in person...I was in awe of it's structure and substance.

Martagon in NALS staging room
A Martagon we found in the NALS staging room

We spent an amazing morning among the Lilium in the NALS staging room.

--By Lynn Slackman

1 comment:

  1. WOW...
    How many beautiful lilies :)

    Best Regards,