The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) announces five regional meetings to be held in 2011. Regional meetings are informal, usually one-day gatherings at which growers can tour cut flower farms, research facilities or other points of interest; listen to a variety of speakers; and participate in networking opportunities. All growers are welcome.
People interested in learning more about cut flower production and marketing are particularly encouraged to participate. Sessions are varied. This year they include speakers on cut garden roses, bouquet making, wedding flowers, woody plants, healthy soils, post-harvest handling and more.
A combined West and Northwest regional meeting will be held in Central Point, Ore., on June 26. Tours of Newflora Roses and Le Mera Gardens will be featured.
The Northeast regional meeting is July 16-17, based in Burlington, Vt. Stray Cat Farm, The Painted Tulip and Third Branch Flower will open their doors to attendees for farm tours.
On August 1, the South and Central region will meet at Cuts of Color in Weimar, Texas.
The Midwest regional meeting is in Wooster, Ohio on August 8, at Ohio State University’s OARDC. The meeting will include a tour of the Secrest Arboretum and talks on post-harvest, organic weed management and floral design.
The Southeast regional meeting is August 15 in Charleston, S.C. It will include morning speaker sessions and an afternoon tour of Magnolia Plantations and Gardens.
Full program schedules and registration information are posted at www.ascfg.org.