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Our annual summer orchard tour will be held in the Shenandoah Valley focusing on fruit production and marketing. The tour will begin at the Virginia Tech REC in Winchester.  After that we will tour two large, multi-generational family farms that are involved in wholesale and retail fruit production and sales. The tour will end at an interesting winery owned and managed by a University of Maryland graduate who grew up in Howard County.



TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Alson H. Smith Center
595 Laurel Grove Road

Winchester, VA 22602-2852

Directions from Interstate 81

Virginia Tech's Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center is located approximately 7 miles southwest of Winchester, VA in Frederick County. From Interstate 81, take the Stephens City exit on the south side of Winchester. Go west into Stephens City (200 yards off of I-81) and proceed straight through traffic light onto Rt. 631. Continue west on Rt. 631 approximately 3.5 miles. Turn right (north) onto Rt. 628 at the "T" intersection. Go 1.5 miles north on Rt. 628 and turn left (west) onto Rt. 629. Go 0.8 miles. The center is on the left side of the road.



$25 MSHS Member (Tour and Lunch)

$35 MSHS Member (Tour, Lunch, and Wine Tasting)


$35 Non-Member (Tour and Lunch)
$45 Non-Member (Tour, Lunch, and Wine Tasting)



(Registration deadline: Friday, July 5, 2019)

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  • Mail your check payable to Maryland State Horticultural Society (MSHS) with registration form to: Susan Barnes, c/o MSHS, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, Maryland 21756-1104

 If you have any questions or special needs, please contact Susan Barnes at 301-432-2767 x301 or by email



Program Sponsored By

Maryland State Horticultural Society, University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension, and Farm Credit


Wednesday, July 10, 2019



8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.


Alson H Smith Center Virginia Tech REC
595 Laurel Grove Road
Winchester, Virginia 22602-2852


Registration (Coffee and Donuts)
Fill out box lunch menu form


9:00 a.m. —10:15 a.m.


Alson H Smith Center Presentations


Highlights of work being done at the Center

Chris Bergh, Professor of Entomology,
Parasitoid Controls for BMSB

Tremain Hatch, Viticulture Research Technician

Leave at 10:15 a.m. to Woodbine Orchard




10:30 a.m. — 11:50 a.m.


Woodbine Orchard
452 Barley Lane
Winchester, Virginia 22602-2710


Park at high tunnels


Wagon Tour of young apple orchards


New rootstocks and varieties; what works well in our conditions?
Harman Brumback and Greta Liskey


Leave at 11:50 p.m. to West Oaks Farm Market


12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.


West Oaks Farm Market
4305 Middle Road
Winchester, Virginia 22602-2777


Park in front of the Farm Market




1:00 p.m. —2:00 p.m.


West Oaks Farm Market Tours


Walking Tour by Levi Snapp
Farm Market, Pick Your Own (PYO), and Storage Facilities


Leave at 2:00 p.m. to Arterra Wines





2:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.


Arterra Wines
1808 Leeds Manor Road
Delaplane, Virginia 20144


Tours led by Jason Murray to the vineyard and Winery. Also wine tasting will be available to those who would like to participate for an extra $10.00


Tour ends at 4:00 p.m. Safe travels



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