Monday, June 3, 2013

2013 Horticulture Post Tour

A note from NACAA Horticulture National Chair - Stacey Bealmear
As we get closer to this years AM/PIC, I'd like to remind you about the 2013 horticulture tour. It will be held as a post tour this year (September 20th and 21st 2013) due to Galaxy. Our Pennsylvania hosts have put together an OUTSTANDING tour that includes horticulture, local foods, turf and more. If you are interested in attending, please see the information below.

September 20th-
Stop 1) Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park. This course is Audubon certified to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce pesticide use and other possible harmful impacts.
Stop 2) Master Gardener demonstration garden followed by lunch with the Master Gardeners.
Stop 3) Harvest Valley Farms, a fourth generation family farm that provides produce through CSAs, farm markets, and roadside stands.
Stop 4) Quality Gardens of Valencia. This nursery/garden center offers landscaping services, educational seminars and a farmers market.

September 21st-
Stop 1) Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse is a 200 acre farm that grows vegetables and fruits for sale year round in their farmers market. They offer sessionally available produce along with freshly baked goods made on site. They also have a greenhouse where they grow a variety of plants from Easter flowers, spring bedding plants, fall mums and Christmas flowers.
Stop 2) Gardens of Ogelby Resort and Conference Center for lunch and a garden tour. The gardens are a re-creation of many that existed in Oglebay in the early 1900s. Visitors are enticed to wander on red brick paths through the ever-changing flower displays, hanging baskets and majestic trees. These lovely sites are made even more memorable by the addition of soft landscape lighting and water displays. 
Sponsorship for the tour has been attained from EcoScraps thanks to Jim Hruskoci, a former NACAA member and extension educator. With the sponsorship we hope to pay for most of the tour expenses (hotel, food, and tour transportation) for NACAA members. Non-members are welcome if room permits but their costs will not be covered.
The application will be excepted until August 1, 2013 or earlier if the tour fills up. For more information about registration please see page 7 of December issue of The County Agent.

For more information on the tour stops please see the following links.
      Harvest Valley Farms-
      Quality Gardens of Valencia-
Janoski's Farm and Greenhouse-
Gardens of Ogelby Resort and Conference Center-

For more information on EcoScraps-

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know!

Stacey Bealmear
Urban Horticulture Agent
Yuma County Cooperative Extension

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