Monday – May 23, 2016
Greenhouse Shopping Tour of the Connecticut River Valley of Vermont
Due to popular requests, we’re pleased to announce this first spring day tour of several Vermont greenhouses, timed for your spring garden shopping. We’ll travel in a Premier luxury coach, with room to hold plants and purchases. This tour is sponsored by Green Works, the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, in collaboration with and hosted by Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor at the University of Vermont.
Visits will include Walker Farm in Dummerston where we’ll have a catered lunch (included), Cider Hill Gardens in Windsor, and Killdeer Farm Stand in Norwich. We’ll also have a visit to King Arthur Flour in Norwich, where you’ll have a chance to shop in their extensive kitchen shop, have an afternoon snack in their café, or purchase a sandwich for the ride home. Refreshments will be served going and coming, and the videos on the bus will give you an overview of other gardens and horticultural sites. There also will be plenty of gardening information and tips provided, a chance to ask your own garden questions, and the chance to meet and network with other gardeners.
Walker Farm (www.walkerfarm.com) is a must-do destination for myself and many others each spring. Jack and Karen Manix carry on the family farm over 200 years later. In addition to their fields for summer vegetables, in 23 greenhouses they grow over 1,200 different annual and perennial flowers started from seed, as well as hundreds of varieties of propagated plants from around the world. There you’ll find unusual annuals, heirloom vegetables, new perennials, choice trees and shrubs, and food products in their farm stand.
Cider Hill Gardens (www.ciderhillsgardens.com) offers a unique combination of flower gardens and fine art. Sarah Milek, an expert gardener and herbalist, manages the greenhouses and display gardens. Gary Milek, a gardener and world-renowned artist, finds inspiration from the gardens to paint timeless portraits of garden flowers which are offered in the art gallery. Cider Hill Gardens specializes in woodland and primrose offerings, peonies, daylilies, and hostas—all grown using eco-friendly practices.
Killdeer Farm and farm stand (www.killdeerfarm.com) has been in operation over 30 years, with Jake and Liz Guest now running a farm stand next to the King Arthur Flour campus, with the original greenhouses and seasonal production fields (where we will visit) just north of Norwich. In their fields as well as in greenhouses they grow vegetables, using certified organic and sustainable practices, and have a selection of quality annual and perennial flowering plants plus, of course, vegetable plants.
Here’s your chance in one day, without having to drive, to see and select from the diverse offerings of several established Vermont plant retail growers. Any family or friends interested in joining you? Send in your registration NOW in order to guarantee seats on this relaxing, comfortable and educational tour that is sure to fill quickly. Register early for a discount. Questions or special needs? 802-318-8453 or email@example.com
The cost of the tour is $99 per person prior to March 28, 2016; $109 per person after March 28, 2016 (except $99 for Green Works members and VT Master Gardeners). Tour cost includes luxury motor coach, refreshments throughout the trip, lunch, and driver gratuity. Confirmation and further details will be provided prior to the trip. Return registrations no later than May 9, 2016 to: Kristina MacKulin/VNLA, PO Box 92, N. Ferrisburgh, VT 05473 (802-425-5117). You can download and mail your registration in by mail or register below. Register for two or more garden tours this summer hosted by Dr. Perry, and you’ll get a $10 discount coupon good for tours in 2017.
TO REGISTER (see below):
Attendee – VNLA Member/Master Gardener – $99
Attendee – Non Member – $99 prior to March 28, 2016
Attendee – Non Member – $109 after March 28, 2016
Confirmation receipt, itinerary, and directions to departure sites will be mailed prior to the tour. For questions on registration and payment, contact Kristina (802-425-5117). For other questions, contact tour host Dr. Leonard Perry (UVM Horticulture Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-318-8453).
Questions – please contact: email@example.com.