2017 SCVMGA Sponsored Tours
Four educational and fun tours were held this summer. All of them were interesting and informational. The plan is to arrange four tours again for 2018. If you have ideas for places to visit, please email Debby Walters or Anita Justen with your ideas by March 1st of 2018. Once input is received, we will once again survey members to determine the top destinations and best days and times.
Sign up deadline is a week before the tour is to take place.
A minimum of 5 attendees are required for the tour to take place.
These tours count towards educational requirement for Master Gardeners.
The drive time does not count..
Rush Creek Growers, Spring Valley
Tuesday, March 28th at 2:00
Rush Creek Growers in Spring Valley grows speciality plants for wholesale. 23 members took advantage of this tour and learned about the greenhouse set up, organic growing practices and more.
Tuesday, May 9th at 2:00
The tour of Bailey Nurseries was well-attended. The group saw the display gardens and learned about the various propagation methods and quality control methods used in this huge family owned wholesale operation. Bailey's is responsible for the Endless Summer Hydrangeas, First Edition plants and Easy Elegance Roses. Gail Soens, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
Donna Davis graciously opened her gardens to 24 members the evening of July 18th. Donna has numerous gardens featuring many shade plants, a fairy garden, and sunny plants also. Donna shared her techniques to limit critter damage; deer and woodchucks can be challenging.
You can read about Donna Davis’s gardens in the June 2016 issue of Sprinklings, page 7.
Saturday, Sept. 16 at 1:30
This small group of Master Gardeners learned about the background of the Como Conservatory, had a guided tour of the various collections and went behind the scenes to view the greenhouses and talk to one of Como's gardeners. All the plants used in the Sunken Garden's seasonal displays are started on site and timed to bloom at the appropriate times. After the Conservatory tour, the group enjoyed the serenity of the Japanese Gardens.