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Mississippi Midsouth Grape Harvest 2018

 

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Harvest time! I couldn’t wait for this morning. I love being in the vineyard. And this would be the first year for a real harvest of Midsouth grapes being grown by Dr. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University Extension Service.

I have watched these grapes for a few years and in particular their evolution from being dormant, to first leaves, to flowering and fruit set all this year.

Midsouth grape

Midsouth grape

Midsouth grape getting big, not ready yet!

Time to harvest later this week!

We arrived at 7:00 a.m. to the research station at McNeill, MS and began shortly thereafter with help from Butch Bailey (The Timber Beast and founder of @raiseyourpints), MSSTATE Extension Associate, Butch’s son, a post-doc from Iran, and a couple of MSSTATE extension employees from the Poplarville station.

Midsouth grape

 

Getting ready to harvest

We wanted to get an early start as a heat advisory with temperatures in the 90’s and heat index 108-110 were predicted.  The grape clusters were so beautiful. I love to watch the trains that pass the station.

Daily train that passes the station

 

Harvesting grapes.

Beautiful tub of harvested Midsouth grapes

Eventually all of the totes we had brought were filled so it was time to begin pressing with the new bladder press from Italy that Dr. Stafne had purchased.

 

The Timber Beast heaves the grape totes into the press with Dr. Eric Stafne.

The beautiful juice was released from the pressed grapes.

 

When enough totes were emptied, some of us went back to picking.

Later, I was so hungry, I almost ate an entire cluster. Almost. #sharkweek. By 11:15 I was sweaty and pooped. More than three hours into it picking and still some to go, but alas, I had to mosey on and leave everyone else to the task.

Mark from Lazy Magnolia showed up around 11 to assist but I never got to say hello. 😦 The entire affair was wrapped up at nearly 2 p.m.

 

Are you a student interested in pursing a degree in horticulture? There are many great programs at fine Universities all over the United States. As an alumna from the UA, I have particular interest in the programs in the Department of Horticulture at The University of Arkansas, Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture and also Michigan State University Department of Horticulture. Find out more about horticulture at the American Society for Horticultural Science website. Read about horticulture careers and opportunities at SEED YOUR FUTURE.

JOIN US!

It sure was a great morning here in south Mississippi.

 

Your Green-thumbed friend,

The Garden Maiden

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American Society for Horticultural Science 2014 Conference: search for the holy grail!

Last week my husband I attended the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science in Orlando, Florida. We’ve been members since about 1998, when we were graduate students at the University of Arkansas. I’ve received questions from friends or family inquiring as to what we do “at those meetings.”

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In our search for the “Holy Grail of Horticulture” we attend these conferences to speak, present, meet, ask, and apply.  In Horticulture there are many “holy grails” being quested for such as the perfect nursery container “pot”. Speaking of pot, I attended a workshop on indigenous herbal medicine and recent developments in cannabis regulation and cultivation. This was a very informative two hours! (or was it six hours or perhaps thirty minutes…I can’t remember…JUST KIDDING!)  As the Grail Knight tells us us in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “You must choose. But choose wisely, for as the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you.”

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Attending the professional conferences, such as ASHS, affords us opportunities to present current research we have been a part of by making oral or poster presentations for our peers.

Even during years when I had nothing to present (I often joke that for several years I was the longest running member not employed in horticulture), I would spend a couple of hours walking through the poster hall reading about the latest and greatest research in horticulture science.

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Since my background is very diversified (from ornamentals, to fruit crops, to veg crops and beyond)…I attend a variety of oral presentations. I gather ideas for garden articles, research topics and usually enjoy a renewed sense of enthusiasm for horticulture and my place in it.

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There are many optional “field trips” available during the conference too, usually incorporating horticulture or public garden sites.

This year there was a silent auction to support speakers for the Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants Working Group. My bids won a Rodale book on medicinal plants and a collection of Proven Winners Gardener’s Collection of soap, hand balm and lip balm created with goats milk and organic essential oils by Indigo Wild in Kansas City, MO.

I would be remiss if not to include the invaluable social time with my peers as part of the enjoyment of the conference. I love meeting new people, but also catching up with friends and colleagues, many of whom I only see once or twice a year at an ASHS conference.

Networking is a big part of the conference. You may meet future employers, committee members, find out about upcoming jobs and opportunities and gain face time for future endeavors. Collaboration is a big part of research and networking at ASHS can put you in touch with new collaboration opportunities.

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For many years now I have been able to use my time attending professional presentations at ASHS as CEU’s to maintain my Certified Professional Horticulturist status. This is a great way to “rack up” a lot of hours in a few days.

Recent trends have included much more research on sustainable and organic methods of growing and producing plants. For that I am very excited and thankful.

A few more shots from ASHS 2014 presentations in this mini-slideshow

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We also attend and have been members of the ASHS-Southern Region group since about 1998.

 

See you next year at ASHS New Orleans!

The Garden Maiden 🙂

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A Few Fun Shots from Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May I attended the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It was my first time in several years and it was great to be back!

Pluto, Minnie and Mickey topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Pluto, Minnie and Mickey topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The topiaries are always amazing and fun showing timeless Disney characters from book and film.

Tow Mater topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Tow Mater topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many fun photo opportunities and surprises around every corner.

Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The work done by the Disney cast members and horticulture team is creative and detailed.

Bambi topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Bambi topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I waited several minutes to get a photo of Bambi and friends as there were throngs of folks waiting to get their photo taken with this arrangement.

Tinkerbell topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Tinkerbell topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some topiary are hidden just out of view making spotting them a nice surprise!

Peter Pan topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Peter Pan topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t want to forget to look up! Peter Pan could be found atop one of the buildings near the Rose and Crown Pub. I happened to notice him while waiting for a beer with my husband.

Monsters, Inc topiary. Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May.  Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

Monsters, Inc topiary. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, 2014. May. Image by The Garden Maiden, copyright 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the Monster’s Inc area so much I wanted to bring them home to my yard. I wonder if I could create topiaries that would be ready for Halloween some day? 🙂

I hope that I will be able to attend this fun and informative festival sooner, rather than later. There was great food and lots of fun. Of course Disney is expensive, so it may be a couple of years. If you have never been, I highly recommend going.

I’d be interested to know if any of you have tried your hand with creative topiary, particularly Disney-themed?

 

Stay cool out there and KEEP ON GROWIN’,

The Garden Maiden

 

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