Noble County Master Gardeners offer bus trip

KENDALLVILLE — The Noble County Master Gardeners will host a bus trip Saturday, Sept. 22, to the Frederk Meijer Gardens and Scupture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The park features 158 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, the largest temporary butterfly exhibition in the U.S., a gift shop, tram tours and over 200 permanent masterworks of sculpture.

Experienced tour guides John and Cheri Kessen will lead the trip. Two special events will also be taking place at the park during the trip — the Art Prize Grand Rapids and the Chrysanthemum Festival. A tram and guided tour are planned before lunch, so participants will have the entire afternoon to visit exhibits and spend time in the park gardens.

The cost of the trip is $75, and including admission, a tram tour at 9:30 a.m., a guided tour of the indoor gallery at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m., water and snacks.

An early bird special of $65 per ticket is offered if people sign up for the trip and pay no later than Wednesday, Aug. 1. A minimum of 40 participants are needed to make the trip a possibility.

Members of the American Horticultural Society and Fort Wayne Botanical Gardens may deduct the $10 park entrance fee if a copy of their current membership is attached to the registration form. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Checks can be made payable to Noble County Master Gardeners and mailed to Carol Blackman, 8071 E. 350N, Kendallville. Confirmation will be by email when payment is received.

Dinner is not included, so participants will have to purchase their own dinner. The group will leave at 6:30 a.m. sharp, from the Fairview Plaza on U.S. 6 and return at 7:30 p.m. The bus leaves the gardens at 5 p.m. sharp.

Master Gardeners may receive six hours of educational credit for the trip. For more information, contact Carol Blackman at 318-0682.

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