2017 CONVENTION TOURS

Excellent interesting and educational tours on Sunday afternoon and Monday. Sunday afternoon we will visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art and tour its world-renowned gardens and greenhouse. They have orchid varieties from around the world and many tropical plants.

Sunday evening at White River Gardens with fountains, walking paths, beautiful sculptures. There is an observatory which usually contains hundreds of butterflies in a tropical setting. We will have a sit-down dinner and a short program.

Dow AgroSciences’ Global Headquarters. Located on their campus, in Indianapolis, is their Biotechnology Research Center. The Headquarters’ Center supports research and development of more than 200 scientists for the development and commercialization of new crop protection and seed traits for farmers around the world. One of Dow AgroSciences’ missions to offer innovative technology to the landscape management industry.

Heartland Growers (Visit Website) is a full-service wholesale greenhouse, Westfield, Indiana.. Heartland Growers supplies wholesale plants to independent garden centers, florists, landscapers and national chain stores throughout the Midwest.

Heartland Growers is one of the most modern, capital intensive greenhouses in Indiana. The greenhouse facility covers over 30 acres where a variety of plants are produced including: bedding plants, geraniums, lilies, hanging baskets (flowering and foliage), mums, poinsettias and other flowering crops.

Hilltop Orchids, Inc., Cloverdale, Indiana, ( Visit their Website) was established in 1991, in a small 24 x 60 ft. greenhouse offering only retail sales. Today the facility has grown to almost 10,000 square feet of growing space.

Hilltop Orchids offers wholesale and retail sales of plants, seedlings, community pots, and flasks, many of which are produced in their onsite laboratory facility.

Dick and Sandy Wells own and operate Hilltop Orchids. Dick has been growing orchids since 1954. Dick has been an American Orchid Society orchid judge since 1998. He has won over 60 national awards, and in 2009, he was awarded the prestigious W.W. Wilson award for the best Lady Slipper of the year.

Many of the awarded plants are from Hilltop’s own breeding program. Many unique plants can found at Hilltop that are not available elsewhere. They offer a wide variety of orchid genera, such as Paphiopedilums, Phragmipediums, Cattleyas, and Oncidiums.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis Museum_of Art Link) is an encyclopedic art museum. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the ninth oldest and eighth largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States.
Located on 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the museum’s permanent collection spans a vast range of cultures and eras, and numbers more than 50,000 works (including one of the nation’s largest and most significant collections of Asian art, the newly designed Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art, along with so many other equally impressive features that you should really visit their website in order to be properly awed).
On the grounds, we will tour the historic Oldfields estate with botanical landscaped grounds, greenhouse. The gardens designed in the 1920s by the famous Olmstead Brothers landscape design firm. Elsewhere, 100 acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park offers visitors one of the United States’ foremost museum contemporary sculpture parks, with installations integrated into woodlands, wetlands, lakes and meadows.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Link) is an automobile racing circuit located in Speedway, Indiana, in the United States. It is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, and formerly the home of the United States Grand Prix.
Constructed in 1909, it is the original speedway, the first racing facility so named. It has a permanent seat capacity at 235,000 with infield seating raising capacity to an approximate 400,000.
Considered relatively flat by American standards, the track is a 2.5-mile-long rectangular oval with dimensions that have remained essentially unchanged since its construction. It has two 5⁄8-mile-long (1,000 m) straightaways, four geometrically identical 1⁄4-mile (400 m) turns, connected by two 1⁄8-mile (200 m) short straightaways, termed “short chutes”, between turns 1 and 2, and between turns 3 and 4.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it is the only such site to be affiliated with automotive racing history.
On the grounds of the speedway is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum which opened in 1956, and houses the Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Poet Biorefining, near Cloverdale, Indiana, produces ethanol primarily for fuel supplement with gasoline. They use field corn, processing corn by fermentation using enzymes similar to making alcohol for medical and human consumption.
After the fermentation process, the residual corn “mash” is dried, and then sold as animal feed.
The plant began operations on march 22, 2011. The facility produces 92 million gallons of ethanol per year.
On an average year, we will consume a little over 31,000,000 bushels of corn.

On an average year, we produce about 180M tons of dried distillers grains.

The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens (Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens Links) enables one to move from one fascinating ecological system (biomes) to another, which range from Artic lands to African plains. Both are located in White River State Park. The Indianapolis Zoo is a 64 acre zoological park, aquarium, and botanical garden. The primary points where people connect with animals and plants are with the Zoo’s “biomes” or collection of habitats. The biomes presents about 250 species of animals and 1,700 species of plants together in simulated natural habitats.
The White River Gardens are botanical gardens located adjacent to the Indianapolis Zoo. The Gardens are a stunning scenery of three acres, which include the indoor Hilbert Conservatory as well as the outdoor DeHaan Tiergarten.