Register Now: GCA Travels to Portland
In Portland, sustainability is a way of life — an eco-friendly light rail system, more than 92,000 acres of green space and miles and miles of biking and hiking trails are just a few of the green bragging rights it holds. And from June 28 to July 1, attendees on the Garden Centers of America 2009 summer tour will have the opportunity to see “America’s Greenest City” for themselves while touring a diverse array of Portland’s finest garden centers. So pack your camera, a notepad and some comfortable shoes, and sign up.
“Portland is a terrific city to host GCA’s annual summer tour,” according to tour co-chairs John and Carrie Trax of the Northwest Nursery Buyers Association. “The weather during the summer is unbeatable, and the stunning natural beauty of the area is incredible.”
The event kicks off Sunday evening with a reception at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, followed by a dinner awards ceremony where GCA leadership also will present the Garden Center of the Year award.
Stops on this year’s tour include:
- Al’s Garden Center — Sherwood
- Bauman Farms
- Yard ‘n’ Garden Land
- Tsugawa Nursery
- Shorty’s Garden & Home
- Drake’s Seven Dees
- Portland Nursery
- Garden Fever
- Cornell Farm
- Hughes Water Garden
- The Garden Corner
- Red Ridge Farms
- Al’s Garden Center — Woodburn
Registration is now open for the tour. Until June 6, GCA members pay only $550, and nonmembers are encouraged to register for $600. After June 6, the price jumps to $750 for members and $800 for nonmembers. Space is limited, so get on the bus early! For more information on Garden Centers of America, visit www.gardencentersofamerica.org.