2018 SCVMGA SPONSORED TOURS
Planning is underway for this season's tours. The goal is to offer three or four tours. The first step is to see what locations the group would like to visit. Please fill out this short survey by March 31st so the visits can be set up. Thank you.
Anita Justen and Debby Walters will be coordinating the tours again this year. If you have questions, contact us.
2017 SCVMGA Sponsored Tours
Four educational and fun tours were held this summer.
All of them were interesting and informational.
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.