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32nd Annual
FLORIDA MASTER GARDENER

CONTINUED TRAINING CONFERENCE


October 1-3, 2012


Clearwater Beach Hilton
Clearwater Beach, Florida

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Optional Pre-Conference Events

 

  Field Trips – Sunday, September 30, 2012
  You may choose to attend one Pre-Conference Field Trip for a fee of $35 for each participant.
   (Registration for each tour is limited and Advance Registration is Required)

  Buses Load at 12:15pm Please meet at the lower level entrance of the hotel at the front drive
    and walk to the sidewalk on Mandalay Avenue.
 
Buses Depart at 12:30pm
  Buses
return by 5:30pm

  • A - Landscape Tour of Clearwater Beach and Downtown St. Petersburg

    This tour will visit six landscapes designed by renowned Landscape Architect, Phil Graham, Jr. Phil has been practicing Landscape Architecture in the Tampa Bay Area for more than 30 years, and has worked on projects all across the globe. We were lucky enough to have Phil available to guide this tour and it should be a remarkable experience.

    Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to walk at least 1 mile throughout the length of the tour. The tour will end at the Salvador Dali Museum gift shop where participants will have a chance to purchase a memento to remember the event should they choose to do so. The tentative agenda for the tour is as follows; Sandpearl Resort, Private Belleair Residence, Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, Pioneer Park, Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Salvador Dali Museum.

  • B - Florida Botanical Gardens and Sunken Gardens
    Florida Botanical Gardens

Pinellas County is home to many botanical wonders. On this tour you will get the opportunity to visit two different garden sites. The Florida Botanical Gardens is adjacent to the Pinellas County Extension Service and is comprised of over 30 acres of cultivated gardens and 90 acres of natural area. Planning for the garden began in 1991 with the garden opening to the public in December 2000. While there you will see a wide variety of garden areas and exhibits.

Sunken Gardens is a small 4 acre garden that began in 1903. The gardens contain over 500 species of tropical and subtropical plants. Sunken gardens in probably the oldest tourist attraction on Florida’s west coast. The garden atmosphere is peaceful and contains many mature plants.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and be prepared to walk a considerable amount between the two sites. Be sure to bring sun screen, hats and rain protection.

  •  C - Busch Gardens and the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden -- CANCELLED
     

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