Hotel guest rooms at the Holiday Inn are getting hard to come by. If you need nearby lodging, here's a list of the closest hotels:

Quality Inn Raynham - 3+ miles
Extended Stay America Foxboro - Norton - 3+ miles
Hampton Inn Raynham-Taunton - 4 miles
Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Bridgewater - 6 miles
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Raynham - 8 miles
Comfort Inn & Suites Fall River - 10 miles

Registration Forms are now available, and the Meeting Info section is open. We don't have all the info yet, but we're working on it. 

The 17th Annual First Look Auction was a great success! Thank You to all who contributed! 

Welcome to the website for First Look 17! Our meeting this year promises to be one of the most exciting ever! Join us in Taunton, MA at the Holiday Inn on June 23-25 for the 17th annual First Look meeting. You won't be disappointed! We'll have some of the most exciting new plants on display, contests, classes, speakers, vending, food, gardens and more!

This year we have none other than Jeff Miller, owner of Land of the Giants nursery in Wisconsin. Jeff has risen rapidly to become one of the top people in the hosta world thanks to a wonderful personality and a tremendous work ethic. His nursery and display gardens have become the top destination worldwide for hosta travelers. There they can take in the spectacle of over 400,000 hostas, many of which are new seedlings from Jeff's also-giant hybridizing program. Jeff is the living embodiment of "Go Big or Go Home", and we're excited to have him as our Keynote Speaker.

Joining us again is the ageless Mark Zilis, King of Hosta Tissue Culture, and author of the definitive hosta books of our age, who will also give a talk. Garden tours will include the amazing display gardens at Cochato Nursery, and the AHS Convention Tour Gardens of Paula Lehtola and Mary Arnberg. More details about the meeting will be coming soon, and check our new Facebook page (HERE) as well.


Last summer's First Look 16 meeting was lots of fun for all and we'd like to thank all our volunteers who helped make it a great meeting for our attendees. In the Seedling and Sport Competition, some great new plants were on display and we congratulate our winners Matt Sanford, Ed McHugh, and our own Carol Brashear! All were first time winners of our awards. Matt's glowing 'Rumor Has It' was the star of the show. It really lit up the room and votes were nearly unanimous for it both from our judges and attendees! See it and lots of other entries from the competition and the contests in our Photo Viewer. Click the button at left or just click right HERE.


Bob Axmear, creator of the HostaLibrary, was lost to us this year. Few had his impact on the hosta world. We also lost the legendary Pete Ruh, one of the greats who helped hostas become the great plants they are today. 

Our region mourns the loss of local hosta people Marge Campbell-Bauer, a former First Look Award winner, and Tri-State member Joe Haber.