Southern Appalachian Plant Society (SAPS)

SAPS SUMMER TOURS

Rebecca Millhorn Garden

Tuesday June 6 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

200 Allison Court, Piney Flats (parking along subdivision)

Becky is a renowned landscape designer and interior designer in the area. SAPS members are making a return visit to this beautiful garden which has changed and evolved since our visit. Becky is a plants woman and you will get many ideas of design concepts that you will want to add to your own garden. This is a year-round green wonderland with all kinds of flowering and foliage plants, including several that bloom in winter. Hus-band Jack Baumgardner is a beekeeper and claims to produce the best honey in East Tennessee. The woodland garden is broken up into walking trails and is illuminated at night.

Additionally, you can visit her interior design workshop for interior design suggestions. She honors the SAPS discount for her interior design work.

Johnson County, TN Vocational – Technical School Hydroponics Program

SAPS Unusual Garden Tour

Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. Mountain City, TN

SAPS has arranged an unusual garden tour – a tour of the Johnson County, TN, Vocational-Technical School Hydroponics program which is the only such program in the state of Tennessee.

We encourage you to make your own carpool arrangements.

Mr. Brian Arnold, the instructor will lead the tour. Please plan to ar-rive by 10:00 a.m.

While there you will see the use of hydroponics to raise tilapia, Koi, ornamental catfish and gold fish. They also raise water lettuce and water reeds for ponds. You will also see hydroponic lettuce being grown for sale to restaurants and the school system as well as the public. We may see the hydroponic strawberries they are starting.

The address is:

Johnson County Vocational School

348 Fairground Hill Lane

Mountain City, TN 37683

Please let Jane Mullins know if you plan to go in order that Mr. Arnold is prepared for the group. Call or text 423-737-7915 or email ajt-mul35@yahoo.com

Earl and Carol’s Garden

Tuesday, June 27, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

1001 Laurelwood Dr, Kingsport (Park on grassy area across from the house.)

Moving into a new home June 2015 presented an opportunity and challenge to turn a Bermuda grass infested backyard “lawn” into a garden. We have combined landscaping, perennials and trees with 3 raised beds for vegetables to transform the yard. Although relatively small this yard has a variety of habitats ranging from full sun to full shade that has challenged us to develop very distinct areas.

Thomas Hollow Nursery

The tour will begin at 10 am on Tuesday, July 18. Please be prompt.

10547 Oak Grove Rd, Bristol VA

(NB: when putting the address into a GPS be sure to enter Oak Grove as two separate words otherwise you will definitely get lost and end up very far away)

This nursery specializes in trees and shrubs which they generally raise from small starter plants. They sell both young and more mature sized trees and shrubs. They also carry a number of perennials. They carry unusual cultivars as well as the common-ly available ones.

This visit will take the form of a guided tour. The processes of the nursery business will be ex-plained to deepen your understanding of the time, effort and knowledge required to bring a sapling to marketable size. Additionally, the guide will ex-plain why they favor certain cultivars. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and browse after the guided portion of the tour.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Each August SAPS sponsors Homegrown Tomato Fest to extol the virtues of this juicy red fruit. The Thirteenth Annual Homegrown Tomato Fest will take place Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 8-11 a.m. at the Kingsport Farmers’ Market, Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Kingsport and will feature toma-to contests, free tomato tasting, cooking demonstrations, and more. So get started growing your tomatoes and plan to enter them to in contests for Best Tasting, Biggest, Prettiest, Ugliest, Most Bizarre and/or Best Dressed. Make your favorite salsa recipe to enter in the Best Salsa Contest. Volunteer to help on this fun morning with fellow SAPS members.

Volunteers are needed to help slice tomatoes, staff the salsa booth, coordinate children’s activities, etc. If you can help contact Dennis Marshall, Tomato Fest Chairman, at 423-288-3675 or dmarshall@chartertn.net. For Master Gardeners your time counts for your volunteer hours.