Memorial Day weekend is regarded as the best time to plant annuals, as there is no longer any risk of frost. If you would like to learn how to create a beautiful landscape in your own backyard, then Landscaping Camp is for you!
The camp will take place May 26-28 at the Inn at Ole Miss on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Mississippi. The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Foundation Retirement Attraction program are hosting the Landscaping Camp.
An outstanding line-up of professionals will be presenting talks, tours and visits to two beautiful homes.
“We’re excited to be featuring Jeff McManus, whose expertise in landscaping has earned accolades for The University of Mississippi as being ‘The Most Beautiful Campus’ from a number of national publications,” said Rosie Vassallo, director of retirement attraction. “We’ll be rolling out the green carpet, inviting participants to enjoy the seminars and visits to the magnificent landscaped campus and private homes. Afterward our ‘campers’ will be excited to put their new ideas to work taking their homes to a new level of beauty.”
Research shows that beauty created through landscaping is one of the top three factors in creating community attachment or loyalty to your particular town, city or neighborhood.
The cost of registration is $375 per person (which does not include accommodation) and the deadline to sign-up is May 19. Here’s what’s scheduled for each day!
May 26, Day One:
1 – 3 p.m.: Registration, Inn at Ole Miss.
3 p.m.: Walking tour of Ole Miss campus with Jeff McManus (wear comfortable shoes).
**No accommodations will be available for wheelchairs.
6 p.m.: Dinner/Book Signing at the Inn at Ole Miss. Introduction of Jeff McManus, keynote speaker, followed by book signing. Each participant will receive two books written by McManus.
May 27, Day Two:
9 – 10 a.m.: “Creating a Bird Friendly Landscape,” speaker Mitch Robinson from the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.
10 – 11 a.m.: Hop on the Double Decker bus for a tour of Dickie and Dianne Scruggs’s home.
11 a.m. – Noon: Tour of Oxford’s historic sites on the Double Decker Bus.
Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch, Inn at Ole Miss followed by “Butterfly Gardening,” speaker Carson Ellis, Horticulturist from Memphis Botanical Garden.
2 – 3:30 p.m.: “Prune Like A Pro,” speaker Jeff McManus, University of Mississippi.
3:45 – 5 p.m.: “Talking Turf,” speaker David Jumper, UM Golf Course, Tallahatchie Spray Service.
After 5 p.m.: Free time to enjoy Oxford’s fabulous shopping and dining destinations.
May 28, Day Three:
9 – 10 a.m.: “Cut Flower Gardening,” speaker Donna Yowell, executive director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council. Yowell is known for starting the first cut flower garden for the Governor’s Mansion.
10 – 11 a.m.: Tour of Sam and Mary Haskell’s home, reached by the Double Decker Bus.
In addition, if you don’t have a place to stay in Oxford you can make reservations with the Inn at Ole Miss at a discounted rate by calling 1-888-486-7666. The deadline for the discounted rate is May 5.
We would like to thank our major sponsors for supporting this inaugural event. The sponsors include: The City of Oxford, The University of Mississippi, MaxxSouth Broadband, Rebel Realty and Property Management LLC, The Inn at Ole Miss, Stages Mississippi Magazine, and HottyToddy.com.
Interested parties can learn more, as well as register, by going to http://oxfordms.com/retire-in-oxford/landscaping-camp/ or contact Rosie Vassallo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 662- 234-4651.