October 20-23, 2019

Embassy Suites
Lake Buena Vista South
Kissimmee, Florida

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Optional Field Trips

Sunday, October 20th  |  12:30pm–5:00pm

Field trip sign up is on the conference registration form.

Shingle Creek 04

Tour 1: Shingle Creek Experience

$65 | Capacity: 54

Shingle Creek is at the headwaters of the Everglades. This beautiful creek is lined in cypress and pioneers would harvest the trees to make roof shingles, hence the name. Here you will be ensconced in natural Florida in the land and on the water. You will experience a two-hour guided kayak tour to see Florida plants and ecosystems, and an expert Naturalist and retired Extension Agent will lead the 90-minute forest walk.

Note: Participants must wear closed toed shoes and a hat. Quick dry clothes, sunscreen, bug spray and water are also recommended.


Island Grove Winery

Tour 2: Backstage Disney Horticulture and Island Grove Winery Tour

$55 | Capacity: 108

Have you ever wondered how Disney does it? Those amazing topiaries, gorgeous hanging baskets and showy color beds aren’t made by the 7 dwarfs. Visit the Disney horticulture greenhouses where they make the magic happen! See inspired plant choices and combinations and learn to take a little magic home with you. Then discover the newest winery in Osceola County, Island Grove Wine Company and farm. Here you will tour the farm to see many interesting fruit trees, blueberries, and grapes. Afterwards, relax and enjoy a wine sampling in the beautiful tasting room.

Note: Participants must wear closed toed shoes and a hat. Sunscreen and water are also suggested.


Harry P Leu Gardens (9059492344)

Tour 3: Nehrling’s Garden and Leu Gardens

$45 | Capacity: 54

Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical garden located in the heart of Orlando. You will be amazed by their extensive rose garden and tropical stream garden. Nehrling Gardens is the former home of famed horticulturalist Henry Nehrling, who purchased the property in 1885 to establish a garden where he could experiment with tropical and subtropical plants year-round. Join us as we explore these two distinctively different yet beautiful gardens.

Note: Tour participants must wear closed toed shoes, long pants and a hat. Sunscreen, bug spray and water are also suggested.

Printable Map of Leu Gardens


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