Horticulture & Turfgrass Committee




The Horticulture and Turfgrass committee is dedicated to further the professional improvement and personal growth of NACAA members in the area of horticulture by promoting communication and cooperation among all extension educators and through the sharing of knowledge and experience. 



Promote engagement through shared knowledge during professional improvement tours, demonstrations, conference workshops, seminars, symposiums and posters.


Horticulture & Turfgrass 
State Chairs
KARLA K KEAN ('19) kkean@utk.edu     Committee Chair
PATRICK L BYERS ('19) byerspl@missouri.edu   North Central  Committee Vice-Chair
CYNDI K. LAUDERDALE ('20) cynthia_lauderdale@ncsu.edu   Southern  Committee Vice-Chair
JANET L SCHMIDT ('20) schmidtj@wsu.edu   West  Committee Vice-Chair
WILLIAM SCIARAPPA ('19) sciarappa@njaes.rutgers.edu   Northeast  Committee Vice-Chair




2017 AM/PIC Pre-Tour Information

July 7 and 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah

As arranged by our local host and tour guide, Brittany Hunter of Utah State University, we will start off on Friday July 7 in Salt Lake City leaving from the hotel at 12:00 pm. The group will be traveling on one bus. Please eat lunch before joining the tour.

Leaving at noon we will drive approximately 30 minutes to tour the Sego Supreme plant introduction program at the Utah State University Botanical Center with tour guides Richard & Bill Varga. http://innovation.usu.edu/commercial-enterprises/segosupreme From there we will load the bus and move to tour Perennial Favorites Nursery in Layton with Bill Varga. This nursery grows Sego Supreme releases and other plants adapted to the west. http://www.perennialfavoritesnursery.com. We will end the day with a short drive back to Salt Lake to tour Red Butte Gardens. http://www.redbuttegarden.org This will be followed by a Catered Dinner at the Place Heritage Park near Red Butte before returning to the hotel. http://www.thisistheplace.org

Saturday morning, we will load the buses and depart by 8:00 am from the hotel, driving to the Salt Lake City Farmers Market http://www.slcfarmersmarket.org. Once finished we will load the bus for a 1 hour drive to tour Olson’s Greenhouse http://www.ogg.com/. From there we will take lunch at Grantsville/Tooele at Fawson’s Farm. Once we depart from there we will head back to Salt Lake City to the county jail garden for a tour and discussion. http://utahpests.usu.edu/htm/utah-pests-news/winter-08-09/slc-jail-program. Our goal is to make it back to the hotel by 2:00pm so those on tour can have dinner on their own or make it to the first NACAA function.

Registration will begin April 1. THANKS TO THE SPONSORSHIP OF BONNIE PLANTS - there is no fee for the tour however you are responsible for the cost of your hotel stay. The main hotel is the Radisson - Single/Double rate per night $155 + tax, $165 triple, $175 (4 people). Hotel rooms will not be covered by the tour although we will help find roommates if help is needed. The hotel will be booked as you register for the pre-tour. Dinner will be covered on Friday night and lunch on Saturday. Space is limited to the first 50 attendees.

Photo Recap from 2016 Horticulture Pre-Tour





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