The 9th annual Fruits, Flowers & Vegetables Twilight Tour will be held Monday, Aug. 12 at the Hancock Agricultural Research Station . Activities begin at 5 p.m. and end at dusk.
More than 750 varieties of fruits, flowers and vegetables from 25 seed companies will be showcased in the station”s A.R. Albert and Viletta Hawley-Albert Horticultural Garden. Of special interest are the perennial plantings, a collection of heirloom perennials, a shade garden, an herb garden, a collection of new grape varieties, and the All-America display garden.
The evening will feature a hayride tour of the grounds, where visitors will hear about some of the more than 150 research projects underway at the station. Extension specialists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and area Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions about insects, diseases, weeds, and gardening in general. Guests are welcome to tour the garden on their own or join in more formal group tours led by teams of Master Gardeners. A free guide listing all varieties in the garden and seed sources will be available.
The station”s horticultural garden is open daily from dawn to dusk during the summer, and visitors are welcome. The Brian Wallendal Visitor Center is open daily. The center contains information and displays about the garden, agriculture in central Wisconsin, and the Hancock station, which is the premier irrigated vegetable and field crop research facility in the nation.
The station is located near Interstate 39/US Highway 51 about 30 miles south of Stevens Point. Exit I-39/US-51 at the Hancock exit (exit 131). Follow County Hwy. V west and then south about one mile to the station.
A picnic shelter and meeting room are available on request. For more information about the twilight tour or to arrange a group tour date, call the station at (715) 249-5961.