Travelogue: IPPS International Tour Day Four

Day 4 was a non-stop day of nurseries with a dash of culture thrown in for good measure.  After resting up in Mobile for the night, we headed back over into Mississippi for a visit to Rocky Creek Nursery.

Jeff Howell sharing details about Rocky Creek Nursery.
Jeff Howell sharing details about Rocky Creek Nursery.

Rocky Creek is known as a “black pot” nursery, providing a variety of unbranded plants (and a few branded varieties) to landscapers and retailers.

Our next stop took us back over into Alabama with a quick visit to Tom Dodd Nurseries and a nice propagation tour at van der Giessen’s in Semmes.

Marten van der Giessen
Marten van der Giessen

Of course, we always leave each of our hosts a gift box filled with MSU jellies!


Our next stop was just around the corner to Martin’s Nursery.  Buddy Martin and Bill Turk gave us a great tour of their operation.


Then we were treated to a traditional Southern lunch, complete with turnip greens and banana pudding!


Buddy Martin is known not only for his nursery, but also for his on-site car museum.


The next stop was a break from plants and an introduction to a little bit of our local culture, the Mobile Carnival Museum!


Laissez les bon temps roulez!  LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

One final stop before dinner, was Green’s Nursery.


Bobby Green specializes in camellia production and shared many details of his propagation and production.

We wrapped up the day having dinner followed by some shopping at Bass Pro Shop.  Lots of good food, fun, and shopping!


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