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2017 APS Annual Meeting Ornamental Field Trip

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Saturday, August 5 • 7:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Organizers: S.C. Rhodes, Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX; Ann Chase, Chase Agricultural Consulting, Cottonwood, AZ; Fulya Baysal-Gurel, Tennessee State University, McMinnville, TN, U.S.A.

Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Disease of Ornamental Plants & Extension Financial

Sponsor: Chase Agricultural Consulting LLC

Participants on the ornamental field trip will visit a production nursery and two of the top attractions in San Antonio. Mortellaro’s Nursery, a wholesale nursery specializing in woody and native ornamental production, will be the first stop. The next stop will be the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This 38-acre garden serves as a museum of plants, as well as a research and conservation facility that provides a beautiful and engaging environment. From the Rose Garden, to the tropical selections in the exhibit rooms of the Conservatory, to the Texas Native Trail, there’s always something new to see at this Texas-style Botanical Garden. The last stop on the tour will be the San Antonio Zoo. The Zoo is a 56-acre compound that represents 750 species. There will be opportunities to interact with the horticultural department at the zoo to learn about their landscaping practices and to see the challenges they face with the diverse landscapes they provide for the animals and the tourists that visit every day. Participants will also be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the various exhibits and animals the zoo has to offer (i.e. hippos, giraffes, monkeys, lions, amphibians, birds).Fee includes transportation, lunch and all admissions. Pre-registration required.

Itinerary (Subject to change)

 7:15—7:30 a.m. Load bus at Grand Hyatt San Antonio
 7:30 a.m.   Leave Grand Hyatt San Antonio
 8:00 a.m.   Mortellaro’s Nursery
 8:15—9:15 a.m.   Tour Mortellaro’s Nursery
 9:30 a.m.   leave Mortellaro’s Nursery
 10:00 a.m. Arrive at San Antonio Botanical Garden
 10:30 a.m. Presentation
 10:50 a.m.12:20 p.m. Explore San Antonio Botanical Garden
 12:40 p.m.           Arrive at San Antonio Zoo
 1:00—2:00 p.m. Lunch
 2:00—4:00 p.m.   Interact with Zoo employees & explore
 4:45 p.m. Arrive at Grand Hyatt San Antonio