(Shared with permission of All-America Selections.)
June 16-19, 2014
Charlotte & Asheville, NC
All-America Selections is yet again changing things up and visiting a state that we’ve never toured for an AAS summer meeting. Mark your calendars now for an amazing and educational tour of vibrant North Carolina farms and markets. We’ll begin our tours in the Charlotte area then make our way to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, seeing many horticulture sights along the way during our 2014 “Summer Road Trip”.
BONUS! The 2014 AAS Summer Summit/Road Trip is being held during the same week as the 2014 Southern Garden Tour. One trip, multiple stops to see many varied flower and plant trials in the southeast.
Registration for the AAS Summer Summit and hotels will open on March 1, 2014.
A few highlights of our immersion into the North Carolina culture:
Monday, June 16
Fly into the Charlotte-Douglas International airport and use our hotel’s complimentary shuttle to get to our host hotel, just minutes from the airport, for that evening’s Opening Night Reception from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Tuesday, June 17
Get an early start so you can check out of our first host hotel and pack your luggage for the trip to Asheville. Then join the group and stock up on your first southern breakfast, after which you will enjoy a short “Welcome to North Carolina” presentation. Once we load our buses, we’ll head to the North Carolina Research Center in Kannapolis for an eye-opening view of how our industry’s products are being reconsidered in a number of new health and nutrition research projects. Next we’ll make the short drive to Huntersville, NC for lunch and a tour of the impressive Metrolina Greenhouses and their AAS Trials. Later that afternoon, we’ll take the scenic drive to Asheville, NC and upon arrival and check-in at our second hotel, enjoy an evening in downtown Asheville, the self-proclaimed Foodtopia and Brewtopia of the United States!
Wednesday, June 18
Today has us again covering a lot of territory when we begin with a visit to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market where we’ll enjoy breakfast of famous made from scratch biscuits at local farm-to-table restaurant, The Moose Cafe. Then join us as we explore the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains and visit several small growing operations, research farms and small business facilities. After lunching on locally grown fare, we’ll make our way to Van Wingerden International, another large growing facility that is also home to several AAS Trials. That evening will be our annual awards and recognition dinner then back to our base hotel in Asheville for a second night.
Thursday, June 19
Our last day in North Carolina will include several options:
1. Stay in Asheville on your own for further exploration
2. Travel to other local trial sites that are part of the Southern Garden Tour
3. Enjoy the bus ride back to Charlotte in order to catch afternoon flights
Full Registration or single day registrations will be available once registration opens.
AAS Judges – this is a great opportunity to meet other judges and share your experiences.
AAS Display Gardens – this is a chance to learn more about the AAS trialing process and the story behind the AAS Winners you feature in your gardens.
Mark your calendars now for a trip to Foodtopia!
June 16-19, 2014