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2019 Minneapolis Tours & Optional Activity

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Minnesota Vikings' Outdoor Practice Facility
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Kick off the convention with a visit to the Twin City Orthopedics Performance Center, the Vikings’ new cutting edge, natural grass practice facility and learn from field manager Grant Davisson how grass is maintained on this high-traffic playing surface! The grass in this facility is provided by TPI member Graff’s Turf Farm, Inc, of Fort Morgan, Colorado.

University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center (TROE)
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Enjoy tours of the University’s natural grass research plots, challenge your friends to some lawn games, and enjoy some Famous Dave’s BBQ. Members of two USDA natural grass research projects will join our group for dinner and networking. Individuals not opting to attend the Twins game will arrive back at the hotel between 8:00 and 8:30 pm.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees
Tuesday: July 23rd - 7:00 pm

We have reserved a block of tickets for individuals who are interested in seeing the Minneapolis Twins play the New York Yankees at Target Field on Tuesday, July 23. A bus will leave the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research and Outreach Center (the last tour stop on Tuesday) to take ticketholders to the game. Tickets are $45 each and include a credit that can be used for supper or snacks at the concession stands. Tickets can be purchased in the registration process.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Join your TPI friends and colleagues for a day of learning and networking as we tour industry-related facilities in the Minneapolis area (some destinations have space constraints and final destinations are subject to change based on advance registration numbers. Lunch is included with both tours.) Attendees can choose Tour #1 or Tour #2 in the registration process.

Tour #1:(This tour is limited to 100 attendees):

  • The Toro Company: Learn about Toro’s research priorities, learn about their history, and watch as they demonstrate some of their equipment in their outdoor testing area!
  • Bailey’s Nursery: Visit Bailey’s Nursery, a fifth-generation, family-owned company, and learn about their production of shrubs, roses, and perennials, including their Endless Summer, First Editions, and Easy Elegance lines. The visit will also include a trip to their display garden where we will see many of the plants in a garden setting to learn about their habitat and performance.

Tour #2:

  • Target Field: Come see Target Field, home of the Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. The stadium, opened in 2010, features a natural grass playing surface. The tour will be hosted by head groundskeeper Larry DeVito and will include the unique experience of learning about gameday preparations as the field crew prepares for the evening’s Twins vs. Yankees contest.  Tour participants will also learn about the stadium’s unique water drainage system that has allowed the Twins to reduce their municipal water use by 50% and they will hear how the natural grass playing field is maintained in the challenging Minneapolis climate (the area had snow flurries into May this year!). 

  • Como Park Gardens Conservatory Tour: Travel through the many gardens of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory as you explore the Jewel of Como and learn about our rich history. Go behind-the-scenes and uncover how the garden staff keep the conservatory looking lush and green all year long and produce the many spectacular and beloved Sunken Garden flower shows. This tour is a unique opportunity to “peek behind the curtains” of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and get your daily dose of green!

 

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