Travelogue: IPPS International Tour Day One

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Travelogue:  IPPS International Tour Day One

Wow!  What a great start to our tour!  We started out visiting Buddy Lee’s Transcend Nursery in Independence, Louisiana.  His expansion area was once an old nursery site, and there’s still some lingering evidence, like these old cans.

Old can yard.

Old can yard.

Then Buddy, along with his friends and family, treated everyone to an awesome lunch complete with shrimp, catfish, brisket, and alligator nuggets!  There was even Zydeco band, so of course there was dancing!

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Our next stop was to Jenkins Farm and Nursery and Amite, where Ms. Margie held court.

Ms. Margie forgets more about plants each day than I'll ever know!

Ms. Margie forgets more about plants each day than I’ll ever know!

She shared her knowledge and her fantastic collection of unusual plants.

White Moon azalea

White Moon azalea

When presented with a thank you gift, Ms. Margie remarked, "A gathering of plant people is a feast for the soul."

When presented with a thank you gift, Ms. Margie remarked, “A gathering of plant people is a feast for the soul.”

Then we headed up the road to visit the spectacular Bracy’s Nursery.

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There we learned a lot about nursery production and propagation.  Randy and Regina Bracy were wonderful hosts, wining and dining us at their home!

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Now to get some rest before we hit the road bright and early in the morning!

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About veggiedr

Christine is an Associate Research and Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. She works as the resident scientist at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County, MS. Her research interests include urban agriculture, backyard farming, container gardening, high tunnel production, local foods, horticultural therapy, green roofs, and small farm issues. Christine is passionate about feeding people and growing farmers.

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