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Administrators Breakfast

Date: to be confirmed.

This is a venue for department heads, department chairs, and anyone else involved in horticulture administration in the public sector to join together and discuss current issues. We will discuss topics relevant for academic horticulture programs in the U.S. and share information about best practices from our institutions.


Featured Speaker Luncheon

Sponsored by the Industry Division

Date: to be confirmed


Featured Speaker Luncheon

Sponsored by the International Division

Thursday, August 2, 2018, 12 - 2 p.m.


Pi Alpha Xi Luncheon

Date to be confirmed


Featured Speakers Luncheon

Sponsored by the Extension Division

Date to be confirmed.




Tour of Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Monday, July 30, 2018

We invite you to join an excursion to the home of George Washington to see, hear, taste and witness Mount Vernon like few have experienced. 

Our day will start at 9:30 at the restored/recreated grist mill and distillery to witness the grinding of corn and to learn the process of making Washington’s own rye Whiskey.  Before departing, we will sample both the original recipe and whiskey aged two years in a charred oak barrel. 

Arriving at the estate at 10:30 we will begin our tour of the historic gardens and landscape with long time horticulturist Dean Norton.  Dean, in his 49th year at Mount Vernon, will introduce us to all areas of the country seat Washington created in 1785 to include the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River, the kitchen garden, pleasure garden and the landscape features to include the groves, shrubberies, wilderness areas, bowling green and ha-ha walls.  Dean will give us plenty of historical insight and share lots of stories of preservation and his own personal experiences from his years as a teenage paper picker.

After lunch at the Inn we will have the opportunity to tour the house as well as embark on a behind the scenes tour exploring the forest, seeing a number of historic trees and other special areas that at this time will remain a surprise.

Before leaving, the estate there will be time for you to explore on your own, tour the museum and also the education center.

It will be a day to remember and a trip that should not be missed.


Tour of U.S. Botanic Garden

Date: to be confirmed

Tour the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory (USBG) and go behind-the-scenes on a tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Production Facility (PF). Explore a diversity of plants from the USBG collection with horticulture and plant health experts.

Learn how the Garden’s collections and displays plants are safeguarded from pests and diseases, and how the collections policy is implemented. The Conservatory, located on the National Mall, features 11 different rooms of plant displays, and two exhibit galleries. Seven miles south is the USBG Production Facility (PF), which features nearly two acres of greenhouses and is the largest support facility for a public garden in the U.S. Plants grown at the PF are transported daily up to the Conservatory for public display. This tour offers a unique opportunity to see collections that are not usually on display for the public due to their fragile nature or conservation status.



1018 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.836.4606