Friday
Jun222012

Hort Coach Tour 2012 - Norfolk County

Saturday July 14 - Fletcher Coach Tour’s Elaine Melito, who organized last year’s excursion, has confirmed the date for Saturday, July 14, to Norfolk County, Ontario. We leave from the Keele subway station parking lot at 8am sharp, returning to Keele again around 6pm. The price of $66 per person includes: deluxe motor coach transportation; stops at all the below-mentioned venues; all taxes, service charges and HST.

Pat Mulroney is looking after the ticket sales. Please send your cheque, (made out to the Hort Societies of Parkdale & Toronto) along with your contact information to the address indicated below for receipt before July 10th. Also, please let Pat Mulroney (pmulroney@yahoo.com) know by email so we can keep track of the numbers.  If you have already registered your interest by signing up at the last meeting, Pat still needs to receive your information and your cheque. NOTE: You can bring your cheque and registration information to the Hort BBQ on June 28. This event is open to the public, so get your cheques in as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

If you are taking the subway, use the Indian Grove exit to the parking lot off Indian Road. If you are driving, parking there is free on Saturdays. BRING YOUR PICNIC LUNCH, WATER, SUN HAT, SUNSCREEN AND COMFORTABLE SHOES.

THE TOUR 

8:00am sharp:  Depart Keele St. subway station (Indian Grove side).

There will be a coffee stop en route to our first stop of the day.

10:15am–11:45am: Whistling Gardens  

Tour, shopping and browsing. Nearly 18 acres have been sculpted into 6 major gardens. This is the largest public collection of conifers in the world with over 2,200 species, hybrids and cultivars on site. There are dancing fountains, a full nursery and so much more to see. This stop is sure to be a highlight of the tour.

12–1:45pm: Bonnieheath Lavender Farm  

Lunch stop, tour and shopping. The day we have chosen coincides with their Lavender Festival! There will be a lot going on, including a short wagon tour of the lavender fields with commentary. A seating area makes this a lovely spot for us to enjoy our picnic lunches. There may not be food vendors here so do remember to bring your lunch! All that is Lavender will offer their products and possibly plants for sale.

2:15pm–3:00pm: South Coast Gardens

Exciting shopping! Kevin Kavanaugh’s nursery is a collection of the rare and unusual with display gardens and lots of shopping to be had. He will be there and will speak to the group. The unusual assortment of plants includes perennial palm trees that will grow here.

3:15pm–4:00pm: Burning Kiln Winery  

Tour and wine tasting. What better way to finish our day than with a little drop of the local wine! We will savour their wines and see their facility.

Please note that the driver’s tip is NOT included in the price. We do require 40 paid passengers to make this a go.

Send your $66 cheque made out to the Hort. Societies of Parkdale and Toronto, inculding your name, phone number, and email address to Pat Mulroney, 153 Westminster Ave, Toronto, M6R 1N8, before July 10th.

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