First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to my former members as well as any new visitors to the site. Some of you may be wondering what has happened to the ACS. Well, after nearly sixteen years, the American Clematis Society disbanded on December 31, 2011. It was a good run and we had lots of wonderful members from all over of the United States including some International members. As a matter of fact, over the years we had members that resided in 49 of our 50 states. The only state we didn’t have any members in was North Dakota, but I suspect that is because most of the state is comprised of minimum temperatures that are 25 to 35 degrees below zero. As a native Californian I can’t even fathom temperatures that cold, and I suspect that they may not necessarily be the most ideal growing temperatures for clematis.
Having been the founder and President of the first clematis society in the United States, I can tell you it was one of my life’s most cherished experiences (right up there with getting married and giving birth to my two children). Few people get to follow their dreams, so I feel extremely blessed that not only I could promote the growth clematis for gardeners in USDA Zones 4-11, but I also was fortunate to meet so many amazing like-minded souls. Even though I will no longer be running the society, it is my goal to continue to make a difference for those of us who love clematis by hosting this website.