Field Trips 2021

Each year we organize a variety of field trips according to member interest.  Some are free and some have a cost. Some are members only and some are open to guests. Some are local and some will require travel. 

Please reach out to the appropriate contact with any questions.

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This is an evolving schedule.  Please stay tuned as events will be added shortly.

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Arborcrest Garden Tour

Boone, NC

Friday, June 25

Open to: Members Only

Cost: None

Description: Arborcrest Gardens is a 25-acre ornamental plant evaluation garden located in Boone, NC. They grow and evaluate over 13,000 different species and cultivars of trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, and bulbs. They also maintain a large vegetable/fruit test garden.  Dr. Stanley, owner, will be available to talk with the guests and describe the vegetable test gardens. There are two open air golf cart tours to choose from. Limit 10 members per tour so make your reservations now.

Time and Transportation: There is a tour at 10 and a tour at 11:15. For members who would like to carpool, meet at the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church or you can meet us at the property in Boone. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Destination: 174 Evergreen Lane, Boone, NC, north of King St off Cherry

Website: www.arborcrestgardens.org

Contact: For any questions about this event please contact Lynda Steele 239-292-2910

Blueberry Picking in Lansing

Friday, July 9th

Open to: Members and Guests

Cost: None to attend. $10 per gallon of “you pick” berries.

Description: Tour and picking of blueberries. Old Orchard Creek is a historic Appalachian mountain farm in Lansing, NC, raising blueberries using sustainable farming practices. Blueberries are usually available from late June to early August, and they have other goodies for sale. They are open 7 days a week, 8 AM – 6 PM. Come visit and enjoy hiking, stargazing, magnificent views, in-season blueberry picking, or simply rocking on the front porch. Their cabins are available for rental all year.

Time & Transportation: Carpool meeting at 10 am at Rumple Presbyterian Church parking lot in BR

Destination: 410 Swansie Shepherd Rd, Lansing, NC

Website: oldorchardcreek.com

Contact: For any questions about this event please contact Lynda Steele 239-292-2910.

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Linville Falls Winery

August 13, Friday

Open to: Members and Guests

Cost: None to attend

Description: Stroll the grounds of the winery, enjoy a glass or flight of wines and a snack, and listen to music.  Last year they had tons of sunflowers, and the year before that they grew tomato plants.  We will see what they have growing this year. Buying lunch is optional.  Wine by the glass is $6+.  Flight of 4 wines is $12.  Other beverages available. Music and lunch is available Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Rascal Jack’s Sandwich Shack is open 12 noon to 6 pm. Live Music: Hogan’s Heroes from 3-6 pm.


Time & Transportation: Carpool leaving at 1:30 pm from Rumple Presbyterian Church parking lot in BR or you can meet us at the winery.

Destination: Linville Falls Winery, 9557 Linville Falls Hwy, Newland, NC 28657

Website: LinvilleFallsWinery.com

Contact: For any questions about this event please contact Lynda Steele 239-292-2910


 

This is an evolving schedule.  Please stay tuned as events will be added shortly.

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Apple Picking, Cider Making

and Plant Exchange

Sunday, September 26

Open to: Members Only

Cost: None


Description: Join us at the Steele Apple Orchard to pick apples and make cider. Bring a container to take home some fresh cider.  There will be plenty to share and taste test.  The flavor is amazingly delicious. 


Also this will be the beginning of our ANNUAL PLANT EXCHANGE- for members only…From our gardens to yours!!! This will give us a chance to pass along our plants among friends, so start collecting pots for dividing any plants you would like to share. There will be a program on dividing plants at the August meeting in preparation for this event.


Time & Transportation: 12 noon until 4pm.  Drive to the site or arrange carpooling individually

Destination: Steele Apple Orchard, Briarcliff Road, Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC

Website: N/A

Contact: For any questions about this event please contact Lynda Steele 239-292-2910

New River Corn Maze

Sunday, October 10

Open to: Members and Guests

Cost: Admission Free.  Corn Maze $7 adults, $5 for students/children. Fee charged for Tram Rides if available this year.


Description: A great fall activity!  Relax by the charming New River, stroll the pumpkin patch, or walk and perhaps get lost in the mile-long the corn maze (fee charged), have a picnic by the New River and take home a pumpkin or two.  This field trip would also be appropriate for children or grandchildren.  Snag a wagon, walk the pumpkin patch, and haul some pumpkins home in time for Halloween. 

Participants are asked to bring a dish to share. 

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch:  An array of varieties, sizes, and colors from typical Jack-O-Lantern's to Giant Pumpkins to heirloom pumpkins. Including the tried and true Jarrahdale Pumpkin for the best pies!!  Both edible and ornamental options to choose from!

Time & Transportation:  12 noon. Brown Family Farm, off Highway 421, GPS address is 660 Laurel Gap Ridge Road.  Arrange carpooling at your discretion.

Destination: Steele Apple Orchard, Briarcliff Road, Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC

Website: newrivercornmaze.com

Contact: For any questions about this event please contact Lynda Steele, 239-292-2910  cell

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