Welcome to "Wine Country"! September is when our valley's grapes are harvested and wineries begin making our award winning wines that come from Yakima Valley.
In this pre-conference experience you will learn about the process of growing wine grapes, making wine, how to properly taste wines and make wise wine selections.
Itinerary for the tour includes:
Five Great Pre-Conference Tours for your enjoyment!
Welcome to Cowiche Canyon Conservancy!
Escape to tree-shrouded streams, sage-dotted slopes, dramatic cliffs and abundant wildlife. We are a land trust founded in 1985 to preserve Cowiche Canyon, a treasure trove of the natural world in south Central Washington. Located just west of Yakima, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy (CCC) owns and manages 5,000 acres and offers close to 30 miles of trails through sage and grasslands, flowering meadows, oak woodlands, and basalt cliffs. Cowiche Creek flows through our ownerships, replete with salmon, beavers, crayfish, great blue herons, and myriad other wildlife drawn to water in our arid lands.
After taking in this amazing landscape and fresh air, we will visit the welcoming home of Master Gardener, Andrea Altmayer. In her backyard vista overlooking the Canyon, feast on wine and hors d'oeuvre prepared by Andrea's Michelin-trained chef-husband, Steve!
Your hiking guides are Master Gardeners and CCC board members. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended. You may wish to bring a water bottle. The 3-mile trail is mostly level, with negligible elevation gain.
Meet Convention Center Wednesday,
9/20 at 2:00 pm.
Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours $ 45
The Gilbert Family has been a leading benefactor in the Yakima community, and raising fruit since 1897.
September will find several varieties of apples being harvested and packed for shipment around the world. After an hour or so touring the warehouse and packing lines, we'll visit one of the Gilbert orchards where you will likely see local workers bringing the bounty from tree to bin, and then on to trucks for delivery to the warehouse.
In recent years, the Gilberts have branched out into the thriving Yakima Valley wine and spirits industries, and they are already a leader in terms of quality and style. The last stop on our tour, time allowing, will be at their winery and distillery for a tour and tasting.
For the warehouse, bring a hat if you don't want to wear a hair net. And In the orchard you will want good walking shoes that you don't mind getting a little muddy.
Fourth generation family leader, Cragg Gilbert, leads us through their state-of-the-art fruit packing facility, orchard and winery. Enjoy a box lunch as we return to town.
Meet at Convention Center Thursday,
9/21 at 8:30 am.
Approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours $ 45
From The Alfalfa Saloon Basement to the
Top of the Larson Building:
North Yakima, Washington was created in the middle of uninhabited sagebrush lands by the fiat of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1884-85, when the company decided that the existing settlement, then known as Yakima City and now known as Union Gap, was not well-located for the placement of a station. Yakima City did not have adequate land on which new settlers could be induced to come and establish businesses and industries which would furnish the new railroad with passengers and freight into the future.
Our walking tour of what is now Yakima’s urban core begins at the Yakima Convention Center and ends on Front Street, where the first businesses were established. Along the way, we will visit the 1888 St. Michael’s Church, the 1918 Christian Science Church, the 1911 Egyptian Revival Masonic Temple Lodge Room, the 1920 Capitol Theatre, the 1931 Art Deco Larson Building (where we will have the rare opportunity to climb onto the roof for a fabulous vista), and the 1910 Northern Pacific Depot, where we will enjoy a box lunch in what was originally the men’s smoking room.
More cacti than you've ever seen in one place!
Hillside Desert Botanical Gardens is the product of more than 25 years of testing and experimenting. What started as a hobby in 1981, has expanded to cover 1/2 acre with more than 20 gardens in a magnificent showplace.
We are in the low desert area in the rain shadow of the Cascades. Annual precipitation seldom exceeds 6" per year. Summertime highs are in the 90-100 degree range. While wintertime lows can reach 0 degrees and occasionally lower. These conditions have proven to be an excellent opportunity to test for hardiness and optimum growth.
Our host is Ron McKitrick.
On the way back, we'll stop at the Yakima MG Demo Garden, where you can browse leisurely through this 1.5 acre oasis in the desert.
Meet Convention Center Wednesday,
9/20 at 2:00 pm.
Approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours $ 30
Fun On Your Own
We encourage you to make this conference experience into a mini-vacation!
The Yakima Valley offers so much for your enjoyment. Come early, stay a few days after.
(Our conference hotels will honor our special rates for nights adjacent to the conference dates!)
Visit these sites for ideas and details:
Yakima Area Arboretum (46 gorgeous acres)
Central Washington State Fair (opens 9/22/2017)
Yakima Farmers' Market (Sundays)
VisitYakima.com (Complete visitor info)
Yakima Greenway (20 miles of paved paths)
Yakima Valley Produce (Take some home!)
WSU Master Gardener Advanced-Education Conference - 2017 - hosted by the Master Gardener Foundation of Yakima County
Questions? - - email@example.com
PO Box 10081, Yakima WA 98909
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