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Optional Post Tours

January 30, 2019
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The 2019 MG State Conference is a different format this year. Your registration fee of $50 includes events Monday night at UA Hope’s Hempstead Hall–fun activities with Pop-up Art, Gardeners Market and Silent Auction, along with an optional catfish/chicken dinner. Then you get to hear a great line-up of speakers on Tuesday, with lunch and dinner provided. The conference ends with the keynote speaker Tuesday night, but there are some wonderful optional tours on Wednesday.

Master Gardeners love landscape tours and the interest is high for the Miller County Garden Tour – Gardening on the Edge, May 1. We have already filled one bus and are part way full with a second bus. They have picked a diverse group of gardens to tour with some excellent ideas for your own garden. Our committee toured in December when plants were dormant and we were still quite impressed, so imagine what they will look like May 1!

Three other optional post tours are available as well. The highly successful advanced MG training which featured the Howard Co. Farmers Market and Nashville Demonstration Garden will be highlighted again. If you choose this tour you will see the volunteer built farmers market pavilion and what a small community can do when they band together to make things happen. It can give you great ideas of what you could do in your own county.

Another option is the Prairie Tour featuring Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center. We toured it on a cold, rainy day but May 1 wildflowers will be in bloom and it will be a sight to see. If you are interested in native plants and conservation, this is the tour for you.

And last, but definitely not least is the Southwest Research and Extension Center tour where you will have the opportunity to see fruit and vegetable trials, and high tunnel. There will also be two propagation workshops covering root cuttings, division of plants, seed saving with tomatoes and tomato grafting.

All of the post tours registration fees include lunch and all program materials. The 2019 State Conference registration fee is a bargain and loaded with education. There is still time to register and add an optional tour. Early priority registration for only Active MGs, Lifetime and County Agents ends Thursday, and Friday we continue early registration with the addition of sustainers, leave of absence members and guests. Space is limited on all tours, so register soon to get your picks!

Here is the link to register:

https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/master-gardeners/mgonly/mg-conferences.aspx

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