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Department of Horticulture and Crop Science


"Best of Columbus: Garden and Urban Farms Bus Tour

Sep 29, 2017, 8:00am - 4:30pm
$65 per person for bus tour / $20 for 4 half-day campus tours/ $60 for after bus tour dinner event
Ohio 4H Center 2201 Fred Taylor Dr Columbus, Ohio 43210

"Best of Columbus" Garden and Urban Farms Bus Tours

Some basic information about the conference:

  • Friday will feature four different day-long bus tours ($65), four different half-day campus tours ($20 each), an evening keynote presentation by Melinda Myers, book signings, trade show, a reception with complimentary appetizers, wine, and beer, and a dinner ($60).
  • Saturday will feature 14 different breakout sessions, trade show, silent auction, state MGV awards program, keynote presentations by Pam Bennett and Joseph Tychonievich and a capstone presentation by Melinda Myers.
  • Master Gardener Volunteers and their guests may register for all Friday activities, while only Master Gardener Volunteers may register for Saturday’s events.
  • Earn up to 8.5 continuing education hours on Friday, and 4.5 continuing education hours on Saturday.
  • All meals are included with your registration fees.  Lunch will be provided as part of all day-long bus tours on Friday. Dinner, including beer, wine, and appetizers is included in the Friday evening registration ($60). Registration for Saturday ($120) includes both breakfast and lunch.
  • A block of sleeping rooms is being held at Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus University Area at a rate of $119 per night. Rooms are available for Thursday and Friday night.  You must reserve sleeping rooms directly with the hotel by calling: 614-268-8700 and using Group Code: SMG.  Hotel reservations must be made by August 15.
  • Free on-campus parking is available during the conference.
  • The conference is limited to 330 persons and will sell-out long before the registration deadline of August 15.
  • Registration is only available online.  No paper registrations will be accepted.
  • Featured books will only be available on a pre-sale basis as part of the conference registration process
  • Conference apparel and promotional items will only be available on a pre-sale basis as part of the conference registration process
  • A professional tool sharpener will be onsite at the conference, so bring your garden tools which need to be sharpened for a fee.

Following the bus tour, guests are also invited to join Master Gardener Volunteers at a dinner and presentation by PBS gardening guru, Melinda Myers.  The cost of dinner is $60 and includes appetizers, dinner, and alcoholic beverages.