August 3 & 4, 2018
More than 100 friends and extended "ANLA Family" made the trek to Cedar Rapids, Iowa on a steamy summer day in 2018 to refresh connections, share stories and enjoy the exceptional Hughes Nursery hospitality! It was a fantastic, somewhat dream-like two days.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Dwight, Tom and John Hughes and the entire extended Hughes Nursery family for hosting us and putting on a fantastic experience - no detail went un-attended! If it hadn't been for Dwight's passion for making this happen, and the exceptional attention to detail that he put into building and curating the museum, the event would have been a shadow of itself. And to Tom & John who made sure everything worked - that Gators were available and the building was clean and tables and chairs and plants and parking and all the "business" of an event all got handled... You have our undying appreciation. You have helped to cement a legacy of service, and we thank you all.
An event like this truly does takes a village: THANK YOU to Bob & Susie Dolibois for helping to organize all the historic memorabilia and get the ball rolling with Dwight, to "Uncle Bob" (and Carol!) for keeping tabs on Dwight and making all the calls to ensure people would know how to register and that the festivities were happening, to the Nelsons, Demalines, and Schmidts who showed up early to decorate and set up, to Dale Bachman for bringing some extra decor, to Megan and the Hughes kids for providing table decorations and kind hospitality for the early arrivers, to Hillary and her crew for post-party hosting, to Geoff & Tom Pinney - our champions making ice runs. To those who handled registration and badges and signage and stocked and staffed the "Bar-V" - Craig Regelbrugge, Kellee & John O'Reilly. Finally, special kudos to those who lended their talents and perspective - either planned or unexpected!: Sally Benson for offering kind words in memory of those who weren't able to join us, to Kelly Lamb our exceptional horse carriage guide and hostess, to Ken Fisher for joining us and sharing today's view from AmericanHort, to Hank Guarriello for his moving song tribute, to Steve Wills who did much of the fantastic photography capturing the event in the photo gallery below. - it really was a stupendous team effort making the magic happen.
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS go to those of you who tossed some extra dollars into the kitty at the end to help offset some of our extra expenses - - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
MOSTLY - our thanks go out to ALL OF YOU who made time to attend, to send a note, to spend time connecting with friends and sharing memories, and who donated to HRI through the tip jar at the bar. ANLA was a magical connection for so many people, and this event was just a glimpse at revisiting that magic.
There was a lovely 30 minute photo collage compilation set to rousing patriotic music that played throughout the networking meals. Attendees received a copy of it on a USB drive (THANK YOU to Peter Orum for helping support this souvenir initiative!) You can view and download a copy of that video embedded below on this page -- or you can download a copy of it yourself here at this link:
Well it took us SIX MONTHS to get the photos up from this one ... but there are rumors that a possible future event may be in the works!
(The volunteer committee just has to forget THIS one first!)
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Stay tuned here at ANLA Reunion HQ for more information.
This is a photographic history from the American Nursery & Landscape Association and its predecessor, American Association of Nurserymen (compiled by the Dwight and the Hughes Nursery team for the occasion of the 2018 reunion event). (NOTE: The only sound is a rousing patriotic soundtrack, you can also watch silently).
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