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Travel Planning and Meals

The Sheraton Imperial Hotel will serve as the host for AGM activities. It is located midway between Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina, at 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703. It is located on I-40, exit 282 (Page Road). It is approximately 150 miles northeast of Charlotte, NC and 270 miles south of Washington, D.C.

Airline and Train Service

Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU), is served by 9 airlines. It is located 4 miles from the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. The Sheraton shuttle provides free transportation between the airport and the hotel. For those wanting to fly home on Sunday evening, the Sunday tour buses should be back to the hotel by 4:00 pm.

The conference has been designed to minimize the need for a rental car. However, if you want to do some independent sightseeing in the area, car rentals are available at the airport.

Amtrak train service is available from Charlotte to Raleigh on the Piedmont Line and from New York to Raleigh on the Carolinian Line. The Sheraton Imperial Hotel is 18 miles from the Raleigh Amtrak station and 10 miles from the Cary Amtrak Station. You will have to hire a taxi to get to the Sheraton Hotel.


Sleeping accommodations have been reserved at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel at a block rate of $109 for a single king bed or two full beds (excluding taxes). Rooms may be reserved at this rate using this weblink from 1 day prior to the meeting (check in November 16) and 1 day after the meeting (checkout on November 20). Unreserved rooms may be released back to the hotel on October 14. Rooms can be reserved on Tuesday night (November 14) for participants on the pre-AGM native plant tour for $149 using this weblink. Hotel reservations can also be made by calling the hotel at 919-941-5050 or Sheraton’s Central Reservations at 800-325-3535. The hotel provides free shuttle service between the hotel and airport, as well as to nearby restaurants.


The conference registration fee includes receptions on Friday and Saturday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday, and snacks on Saturday during the presentations and on Sunday during the tours. The Friday reception and Saturday dinner will highlight local food specialties. Wine, beer, and mixed drinks will be available for purchase during the evening receptions and dinners, but are not included in the registration fee. Additional information about meal options is provided below. Attendees can pay to bring a guest to the evening activities. Please indicate your food preferences on the registration form.

Saturday Lunch

The Saturday lunch has two entrée options:

  • Salad with grilled chicken or
  • Vegetarian lasagna

Saturday Dinner

On Saturday night, three entrees options are available:

  • Grilled marinated turkey tenderloin with sweet potatoes and seasonal vegetable,
  • Roasted pork loin with garlic roasted red potatoes and seasonal vegetable, or
  • Napoleon of grilled vegetables and brown rice pilaf.


Two breakfast options will be available each morning. The meeting registration fee includes a continental breakfast on Saturday consisting of muffins, bagels, banana bread, and coffee or tea. On Sunday moring, coffee or tea will be available prior to boarding the tour buses; while on the buses, greek yogurt, muffins, fresh fruit, and assorted cold beverages will be available. If you want a wider variety of breakfast options (e.g., made-to-order omelet, bacon or sausage, waffle), the hotel's restaurant is available for purchase.

Sunday Lunch

On Sunday, a lunch consisting of sandwiches, garden salad, chips, fresh fruit, cookies, and a drink will be provided. Snacks and water will also be provided during the Sunday tours.