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 National Clonal Germplasm Repository Tour 
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Post National Clonal Germplasm Repository Tour
Is anybody planning on going on that tour next weekend?

I would Looove to do it even though the morning drive is a bit daunting since I'm not a morning person. But I just had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and its probably too soon for me to be walking what I'm guessing would be a couple of miles or so during the tour.

Is this the kind of thing that HOS sponsors regularly, or is this a one time deal that I'm missing out on?

Anybody care to report back how it goes? Maybe take some pictures? Let us know how the fruit tastes and what's new :)


Sat Jul 14, 2007 3:09 pm
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Where is the repository and what does it consist of?


Sun Jul 15, 2007 2:33 am
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Looks like it's at the Agricultural Research Station in Corvallis. From http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15307:

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2007 Open House

On July 20 and 21 we will open our blueberry and pear field collections for the public to explore and sample the hundreds of varieties (about 400 different blueberry and nearly 1000 different pear varieties) in these "germplasm" collections. Our genebank represents world diversity of a number of different fruit and nut crops preserved as living plants either in protected potted collections or in field collections.

Repository staff will be on hand in the field to give hourly presentations on Friday afternoon and during the day on Saturday:

Friday, July 20 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Between presentations, visitors will be invited to roam the fields and taste the wide diversity of fruits. (In July there will be only a handful of pears that are ripe, but some of these early varieties may be of special interest.)


It sounds very interesting, but I'll be renting a U-Haul to move across town on Sunday -- don't know if I'll have the time to spare Saturday. (Friday I'll be waiting at my new house for the phone installer, refrigerator repairman, and plumber....)


Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:18 pm
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1000 pears? Wow! If I ever make it over there I'll definitely have to go there.


Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:04 am
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Yes, the Repository is basically located within the Oregon State University research farm; think they share grounds but not collections. Thanks for the update on the open house; I'm in Corvallis and was wanting to go on the tour Sat. morning.....but was already scheduled to leave on a 3 day camping trip to the coast with my ladyfriend; and she wasn't interested enough in the tour to postpone camping 1/2 a day! So instead I'll just zip over there after I get off work at 3:30 on Friday, before the ladyfriend even gets into town:)
Dave
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Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:17 pm
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I would love to tour the Paw Paw orchard. Does anyone know if tours/tastings are offered in the Fall?
Thanks


Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:55 pm
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gponder, I second the Paw Paw tour request. If you get some kind of private answer please share.


Tue Jul 17, 2007 12:25 am
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Well, I'd think that they'd be likely to have a Fall open house, and in fact I seem to remember seeing dates for them in the past; though I don't know for sure that they were in the Fall! But their website (Listed in an earlier post) has their phone number, could always call them. Only make sense that they'd show it off to the public when there's more than just trees growing to be shown, fruit to be tasted makes a better impression:)
Dave
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Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:42 pm
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