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Cultivating Healthy Communities

Sign up Now for Educational Trip to Montreal Botanic Gardens

Burlington--Join Dr. Leonard Perry, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension horticulturist, on a luxury coach tour, Sept. 16, to visit the Montreal Botanic Gardens. Highlights include the world- renowned annual fall Chinese lanterns display and the International Mosaicultures exhibition and competition, held in Montreal only this year.

At the botanic gardens you will have the opportunity to view more than 30 outdoor specialty gardens, 11 themed exhibition greenhouses, the Japanese garden and bonsai collection, the Insectarium and the Chinese garden with its spectacular display of hundreds of hand-made silk lanterns in all different shapes, colors and sizes including some over 10 feet tall.

You also can visit the Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013--Land of Hope, which features two- and three-dimensional works of living plants created by top horticultural artists from several countries including the United States, France, Japan, China and Turkey. The competition, which began in Montreal in 2000, is held only every three years, and this year, after its world travels, it returns to Montreal.

The $65 fee covers admission to the gardens, Mosaicultures and exhibition greenhouses; transportation by luxury motor coach; educational commentary and gardening tips by the tour's hosts and on-board refreshments and videos of the Montreal Botanic Gardens and other well-known gardens. The fee does not include lunch, which may be purchased at the gardens or brought from home.

Sign up by June 30 for the early-bird discount of $59. UVM Extension Master Gardeners and members of Green Works--the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association also pay $59.

Registration ends Aug. 30 or when all spots are filled. Early registration is advised as the trip is expected to fill up quickly. For tour details and registration information, log onto

To register, send a check, payable to the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association, to Leonard Perry, Plant and Soil Science Department, Jeffords Hall, 63 Carrigan Drive, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. Please include name(s), address, e-mail and phone number.

Confirmation and additional information will be provided prior to the tour, which departs from the UVM Horticultural Research Center on Green Mountain Drive in South Burlington at 8 a.m. and returns by 7 p.m. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, e-mail by June 30.

You will need a passport, passport card or enhanced driver's license to cross the border into Canada. If you need to obtain any of these, be sure to allow at least four to six weeks for a passport. You can obtain an enhanced license from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles more quickly.

The tour is sponsored by UVM Extension; the King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga and Green Works--the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association. If questions, please contact Leonard Perry at Individuals requesting a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program should contact Leonard Perry at 802-656-2630 by June 30, 2013.