Tri-County Horticulture group schedules excursion

Special to The Log

A special excursion is scheduled for the May 25 meeting of the Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Studies Group.

Participants have been invited to see the extensive gardens of DeFuniak Springs residents Don and Lesa Harrison at 1300 Hill Street.

The program will begin at the Harrison home at 9 a.m. Brief tutorials will be given on grafting apple, pear and persimmon trees, hybridizing and judging daylilies, and making green, oolong, and black tea. A tour of the garden will reveal a plethora of vegetables and herbs, fruit and nut trees, sugar cane, a greenhouse full of tropicals, and other attractions of the 31 acre property.

The Harrisons will introduce the group to some apple, peach, persimmon, and pear trees with low chill requirements. A newly planted Chinese chestnut orchard will be featured, and the group will enjoy a bog area with cypress, pitcher plants and sundews. A sugar cane mill and a greenhouse with orchids, bromeliads and other tropicals will enchant visitors.

Participants are invited to join the group for a buffet lunch at McLean’s Family Steak House, 622 Hugh Adams Road in Defuniak Springs (US Highway 331 across from Lowe’s). Please notify the chairman at to secure your reservation.

The award winning Tri-County Horticulture and Environmental Studies Group is sponsored by the garden clubs of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. All programs are free and open to the public.