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Invitation to Tour Texas Ornamental Nurseries


News Advisory:

Members of the media are invited to accompany leading plant disease experts on a tour of Texas ornamental nurseries on Saturday, July 30. The tour is part of the upcoming annual meeting of The American Phytopathological Society (APS), that will be held July 30 – Aug. 3 in Austin, Texas.

Tour participants will observe ornamental facilities in operation including those that produce woody and greenhouse plants. Participants will also see first-hand a variety of new technology now used at nurseries.

The tour begins with a trip to San Antonio, one of the most important agricultural production areas in Texas.

Tour stops include:

-- Mortellaro’s Nursery in Shertz, which began as a backyard nursery and now comprises over 70 acres of tree, shrubs, ground cover

-- Peterson Brothers Nursery, a bedding plant operation that retains mostly peat pot production and hand-seeded flats

-- ColorSpot Nurseries, one of the largest national ornamental producers with more than 587 acres

-- Klepac Greenhouses, Blanco, a 10-acre production facility situated on the Blanco River that grows florist-quality blooming plants, tropical foliage, and seasonal holiday crops


EDITOR’S NOTE: Complimentary registration to this and other annual meeting events is available to members of the media by contacting Amy Steigman at or 651-994-3802. A news conference on emerging plant diseases will be held at the annual meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 1. Media are invited to attend or call in.


The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit, professional scientific organization. The research of the organization’s 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding of the science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.


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