AMERICAN PENSTEMON SOCIETY
joined by the UTAH NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY

Annual Meeting, June 2-5, 2017
Uintah Conference Center, 313 E 200 S, Vernal, Utah, 435/ 789-8001
http://www.uintahconferencecenter.com

An updated schedule will be available on the American Penstemon Society (http://penstemons.org) and Utah Native Plant Society (http://www.unps.org) web sites ahead of the meeting.
The meeting is open to members of the Utah Native Plant Society and the American Penstemon Society (and family).  

Registration is now closed.

Friday, June 2, Uintah Conference Center (address above)
Noon – 5 pm   Registration at the reception desk by the doors in the south lobby.  Registration materials will include an updated schedule, detailed information about field trips, a key to the penstemons of the area, and information about the field trip leaders and banquet speakers + a baseball cap + Field Trip Sign-up + Waiver of Liability + packet of information from Uintah County Travel & Tourism with area attractions and list of Vernal restaurants
2–4 pm          APS Board Meeting, Split Mt. rooms 1&2, main floor of the Conference Center
4–5 pm         Poster presentation on the relationships of the presently described varieties of the Penstemon scariosus complex, including geographical maps of the distribution of morphological characters and molecular relationships across the region; Mikel Stevens, Robert Johnson, Andi Wolfe, Rosa Rodriguez Pena, and Jason Stettler; Mezzanine, second floor of the Conference Center
5–6 pm        Get-acquainted Social, appetizers and soft drinks, Mezzanine, second floor of the Conference Center
6–9 pm         Dinner, Paradise room, second floor of the Conference Center   (Catered by Smoke n’ Pots, Dutch Oven Catering, Roosevelt, Rick and Mary Stewart)
                    Welcome and Field Trip Announcements
                    Speaker: Sherel Goodrich, “Uinta Basin Endemics”

Saturday, June 3
7 am            Meet in parking lot of Uintah Conference Center for field trips
                   Field trip leaders: Sherel Goodrich, Noel Holmgren, Lisa Boyd, Bill Gray, Allen Huber, Robert Johnson, Matt Lewis, Wayne Padgett, Leila Shultz, Jim Spencer, Mike Stevens; Joan Degiorgio at The Nature Conservancy’s Flowers Penstemon Preserve
7am–4:30pm Field trips 1 and 2, west and east of Vernal
5–6 pm          Social, appetizers and soft drinks, Mezzanine, second floor of the Conference Center
6–9 pm          Dinner, Paradise room, second floor of the Conference Center   (Catered by Smoke n’ Pots, Dutch Oven Catering, Roosevelt, Rick and Mary Stewart)
                     APS general membership meeting
                     Speaker: Robert Johnson, “Relating to Native Plants in Wildscapes and Landscapes: Rhymes and Reasons”

Sunday, June 4
7 am                Meet in parking lot of Uintah Conference Center for field trips
7am–4:30pm    Field trips 1 and 2, west and east of Vernal (repeat of June 3 trips)
                       No evening activities planned.  A list of Vernal restaurants and breweries will be included in your registration packet.

Monday, June 5
7 am                Meet in parking lot of Uintah Conference Center for Field trip 3, north of Vernal.  If you plan to go on the Monday trip, please sign the sheet at the registration desk.

We plan to travel north from Vernal across the Uintas to Manila (63 miles), stopping along the way to see some species not seen on days 1 and 2 field trips, for example, Penstemon acaulis, P. angustifolius var. vernalensis, and P. caespitosus var. caespitosus.  

Those who plan to return to Vernal on Monday may want to leave the trip at Manila and return to Vernal.  Noel and Pat plan to continue to Green River, Wyoming (44 miles), stopping south of Green River to see P. cleburnei

Other penstemons in the area include P. yampaensis and P. gibbensii.  We may not have time to drive to their localities, but Noel can provide locality information for those who may want to leave the group and search on their own.

Motels in Vernal:

Lesha Coltharp, Uintah County Travel and Tourism, has worked to provide us with reduced rates at several hotels/motels.  See the Quick Link to the left on this page.

There are many motels/hotels in Vernal, among them:

  • Holiday Inn Express, 1515 West Hwy 40, 435/ 789-4654
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1205 West Hwy 40, 435/ 789-9000
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 1219 West Hwy 40, 435/ 789-8050
  • Microtel Inn and Suites, 1041 South 1500, 435/781-8141
  • Quality Inn, 1684 West Hwy 40, 435/789-9550
  • Ledgestone Hotel, 679 West Main Street, 435/789-4200
  • Alert!  Landmark Inn & Suites 301 E. 100 S, and Dinosaur Inn 251 E. Main St. have gone out of business.  If you have reservations at either, please make arrangements elsewhere.  Some have been told that their reservations were placed at the Antlers instead but found later this was erroneous.  Be sure to check!

Penstemons

P. acaulis                    P. grahamii                 P. scariosus var. albifluvis
P. angustifolius            P. humilis                    P. scariosus var. cyanomontanus
P. cleburnei                 P. luculentus                P. scariosus var. garrettii
P. duchesnensis           P. moffatii                   P. subglaber
P. flowersii                  P. mucronatus             P. uintahensis
P. fremontii                 P. pachyphyllus            P. watsonii
P. goodrichii                P. radicosus     

To whet your appetite, click here to open and read the article, 'A Tale of Four Rare Utah Penstemons' by Ty Harrison.  If that is not enough, click here to access a piece from Utah Public Radio.

Penstemon goodrichii courtesy of Mikel Stevens.  See more Penstemon images on this website on the Gallery tab.