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2020 Annual Meeting
January 30 - February 5, 2020

Omni Louisville Hotel

Louisville, KY

Early Bird Hotel Reservation and Information
Omni Louisville Hotel
400 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40202

RESERVATIONS:  For lodging reservations, click on this link which is specific for our Louisville SAAS conference:

Or, call the Omni Louisville Hotel at 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664). Be sure to ask for the SAAS (Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists) group rate.

Single/Double $159
Triple $169; Quad $179
 (SAAS group rates apply 3 days prior and 3 days after meeting dates, if rooms are available.)

CHECK IN:  3:00 pm              
11:00 am ($60 charge for late check out till 4:00 pm)

NOTE:  Early departure fee of one night's room and tax will apply if attendee checks out prior to the confirmed checkout date. To avoid fee, advise hotel at or before checking in of any change in plans.

AIRPORT: Hotel is 5.9 miles (8 minutes) from Louisville International Airport (SDF). Hotel does not provide shuttle to/from airport. Estimated taxi fee is $28 one way. Estimated Uber or Lyft fee is $13-17 one way.

PARKING: Hotel has only valet parking. Cost is $32/night. Click here for public parking lots near the hotel for less cost.

AMENITIES:  Complimentary access to fitness center.

NOTE: Hotel has a smoke-free policy.

STORAGE and SHIPPING: Storage of packages sent to hotel prior to meeting: Handling fees are based on weight and include the acceptance, storage an delivery of the item to the required meeting room or guest room.
1-10 lbs. $7; 11-20 lbs $15; 21-40 lbs $25, 41-60 lbs $45, 61-80 lbs $70; 81-100 lbs $100, 100+ lbs $120. (Items received greater than 4 days prior to pick up are subject to a separate storage fee.)
All items must have the following information to ensure proper delivery:
Attn: Mark Legendre
For: [your name, cell number & Assn]
Contact Phone: 225-773-3055
Group: Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists
Arrival: January 30, 2020
Property Address:
Omni Louisville Hotel
400 2nd St., Louisville KY 40202
Sales Manager: Tyler Lowry
Sales Manager Phone: 502-313-6674
Number of Boxes:

To visit the Omni Louisville Hotel website, click here.
Click here to join Omni Select Guest loyalty program. (SAAS participants in the loyalty program will receive complimentary internet in guest room.)

Forms and Nomination Applications
All the forms needed for awards and nominations are available on the Forms link in the left side panerl
Active Membership and Dues Status
 Dues are paid through National ASHS with your National Membership enrollment, or throught the Online Store at

Southern Region Dues
ASHS Headquarters collects and manages dues for the Southern Region.  It is recommended that you pay your dues with your yearly ASHS membership.  If you are not a member of National ASHS, you can pay your dues through the ASHS Online Store at or at the annual meetings.  Dues are $30. Notice: Dues must be paid to be elected to an office or to receive an award.

Southern Region ASHS
The Southern Region  ASHS is a regional scientific society of the parent scientific society the American Society for Horticultural Science.  The Southern Region encompasses the 14 southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Membership varies over the years from about 400 to 500 active members.  Membership is composed of  research scientists, teachers and extension specialist from Universities, State, Federal and private research organizations, and industry. The Southern Region also contains a student section, the Association of Collegiate Branch, which is composed of student clubs from Departments of Horticulture and Plant Science across the region.  The main focus of the Southern Region is the Annual Meeting, which is held every February in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS).  The Annual Meeting consist of presentations of scientific papers, student paper competitions and judging contest, commodity group meetings,  and awards presentations. 

  • Encourage and facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas and information concerning horticultural research, extension, education, and industry in the south
  • Promote stronger bonds among horticulturists in the southern regions
  • Encourage participation in the national society of the American Society for Horticultural Science
The Southern Region ASHS is recognized widely as the strongest and most active Region of the American Society for  Horticultural Science, and has a history that goes back to 1920!  Join us and become a part of the Tradition.

David Creech
Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 13000
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
Phone: 936-468-4343
Fax: 936-468-4747
Curt  Rom
Department of Horticulture
University of Arkansas
316 Plant Science Buidling
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1021
Phone: 479-575-7434
Fax: 479-575-8619
David Wm. Reed
Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Phone: (979) 458-0710
Fax: (979) 845-6083