The focus will be on visiting nurseries producing bedding plants, pot plants, herbaceous plants and a range of other seasonal plants.
The study tour will be an intensive trip taking in a selection of different sized commercial production units (using different types of technology, energy sources, methods of crop protection etc), garden centres and retail outlets and provisionally a research centre.
Terra Nova Nurseries, Smith Gardens, Northwest Horticulture, Rainbow Greenhouses Inc and Darvonda Nurseries are on the list so far.
The previous study tour to the East coast of the USA was around £1,500 per person before sponsorship/funding. AHDB will fund internal transport within the USA/Canada and any organisational costs for the study tour and further sponsorship/funding may be forthcoming from other bodies. It is expected that each attendee will need to fund their own flights, accommodation and meals for a period of six to seven days. It is envisaged that the study tour logistical details will be once again dealt with by Farm Tours.
As with the study tour to the East coast of the USA in 2015, younger growers are encouraged to sign up.
Contact either Mike Smith, W.D. Smith and Sons at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wayne Brough, AHDB Horticulture at email@example.com or Simon Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org.