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Hancock Twilight Garden Tour on August 4

The Hancock Agricultural Research Station will hold its 16th annual Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables Twilight Tour on Tuesday, August 4. The event begins at 4 p.m. and goes until the twilight fades away.

The tour will showcase more than 500 varieties of fruits, flowers and vegetables from three dozen seed companies in the station”s A. R. Albert and Villetta Hawley-Albert Horticultural Garden. Highlights include the perennial plantings, a collection of heirloom perennials, a shade garden, a collection of new grape varieties, the All-America Display Garden, and collections of hostas and daylilies.

Visitors can also take a tractor-drawn wagon tour of the station grounds to learn about some of the more than 125 research projects currently underway. Extension specialists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and area Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. There will be demos on how to roast peppers and make salsa and a “Think Your Drink” display that compares the sugar content and hydration values of popular beverages.

The Hancock station is located near Interstate 39/US Highway 51 about 30 miles south of Stevens Point and 80 miles north of Madison. Visitors should exit I39 at Exit 131 (Hancock Exit) and follow County Highway V west and then south about one mile to the station.

Visitors are always welcome at the station. The horticultural garden is open daily from dawn to dusk during the summer, and the visitor center is open daily with information about the garden, central Wisconsin agriculture, and the Hancock Station”s internationally know irrigated vegetable and field crop research program.

Group tours can be arranged by calling the station. A picnic shelter and meeting room are available on request. For more information, call the station at 715-249-5961 or e-mail hancock@calshp.cals.wisc.edu.