|My beautiful babies...BUY ME!!!|
The first stop was Tobe Gardens. This is a family owned garden that was started in the 70's but the bulk of it started getting built around 1993. It was interesting but it was mostly trees and large shrubs in a more native looking planting. I really like gardens that are more formal..but that is just my personal opinion. There were some interesting building and sculptures around that were all hand built by the Tobe family. The temple was the most interesting, it must have been really hard to build! It was a great place for a group photo!
|IPPS Southern Region goes to Nepal!|
The next stop was Superior Trees. This was an interesting operation because I had never seen so many field grown tree liners. in fact I thought at first the trees were grasses because they had said they grew grasses. Turns out they were thousands of Longleaf Pine seedlings. This operation was 120 acres in productions with 196 total acres. It was started in 1953 by St. Regis Paper Company. They grow about 4 million bareroot seedling a year and have over 300 varieties.
|Not grass, these are trees!|
We got back on the bus and were off to Simpson Nurseries. On the bus I was updating the IPPS facebook page after each stop. I figured the information would be extremely timely and it would prevent be from procrastinating to get it done later! We we arrived at Simpson Nurseries we were immediately shuffled into line for lunch, my kind of stop! Next we loaded onto wagons and toured the nursery. The weather was just perfect at this point, the morning had been a bit cold but now the sun was shinning...belly was full, wagon was rocking just right...eyes were closing...it was almost nappy time! I stayed awake though because the tour was very interesting. I learned that this nursery was huge! Just when I thought we were almost back to the start we were not, being 1000 acres with 500 acres in production this was the reason! The one thing that stood out here from other nurseries was the use of liquid feed..I mean we use it but most nurseries are on a slow release program.
|That is not a retention pond, that is a retention lake!|
After a great tour we were back on the buses and headed off to Pebble Hill Plantation for Dinner. Yes, more food! Obviously my plans to eat healthy were spoiled by all the wonderful food choices...it is so hard to diet when traveling! Pebble Hill was a very nice location for everybody to unwind and socialize. There were horse carriage rides and house tours before dinner.
|Social hour, yes plant nerds still know how to have fun!|