"Pacific Northwest Adventureland"

July 13, 2002 (Saturday)–July 23, 2002 (Tuesday)

Join Todd Lasseigne on a reprise trip visiting the fabulous nurseries and gardens of the Pacific Northwest U.S. and British Columbia, Canada. With an unlimited palette of plants available, this trip should allow even the most avid of plantsmen, nursery and landscape professionals, and gardeners to purchase plants and stock their nurseries and gardens with many newly introduced gems. For folks in the nursery and landscape industries, this trip represents an opportunity not only to visit cutting-edge nurseries, gardens, and new plants, but also to make contacts with nursery owners and other people involved in new plant introductions -- the life-blood of our industry. In the grand tradition of JC Raulston, we invite you to join in on the opportunity to expand your personal (and business) horizons as well as to see nurseries and gardens of all sizes, and to meet the folks involved in making these places great. Don't expect a slow-paced or leisurely, "touristy" trip, as this trip promises to be one filled with non-stop action, fun, and of course, plants!

Building on a plant procurement trip taken by Todd in August, 2000, to the Pacific Northwest, this year we will be visiting a vast range of gardens and nurseries from Vancouver, British Columbia in the north, heading south to see Siskyou Rare Plant Nursery and Forestfarm Nursery in southern Oregon all the way near the California border. All of these places are worthy of pilgrimages alone. From small specialty nurseries, such as Heronswood Nursery and Gossler Farms Nursery; to large-scale nurseries that service the entire U.S., such as J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co. and Iseli Nursery; to world-famous botanical gardens and arboreta such as Washington Park Arboretum and the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, there is something for everyone in this trip.

The places that we will visit include the following:

University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia
VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia
Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bellevue, Washington
South Seattle Community College Arboretum, Washington
Carl S. English, Jr. Botanical Garden, Seattle, Washington
Wells-Medina Nursery, Medina, Washington
Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle, Washington
The Japanese Garden of Seattle, Seattle, Washington
Heronswood Nursery, Kingston, WA
Coenosium Gardens, Eatonville, WA
Collector's Nursery, Battle Ground, Washington
Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose, Oregon
Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon
Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon
J. Frank Schmidt and Son Co., Boring, Oregon
Stanley and Sons Nursery, Inc., Boring, Oregon
Greer Gardens, Eugene, Oregon
Gossler Farms Nursery, Springfield, Oregon
The Oregon Garden, Silverton, Oregon
Forestfarm, Williams, Oregon

$2,199.00 per person, double occupancy (includes airfare from Raleigh, North Carolina, and all other costs except meals and other items purchased by participants).
Tour limited to 40 participants. To make reservations, call Judi Grainger of Custom Travel at (919) 872-4420.
Trip departs from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
To get to the airport from one of the major area highways, take the following exits: from I-40, Exits 284B or 285, from I-540, Exit 2A Aviation Parkway/RDU Airport and follow signs to the airport, or from US 70, Exit 293 Aviation Parkway/Westgate Road and follow signs to the airport.
Parking is available at RDU.
Please call (919) 515-3132 for more information about this trip.