The trip was very cool. We went on a tour through the Mountain Horticulture Research Center. There we met Dr. Dilip R. Panthee, a man from Nepal who has completed major accomplishments in tomato science...for lack of better words. We met several other people who work in the research center, some of whom were just recognized by NC State as being "The Best Of The Best". It was a really amazing learning experience.
|Dr. Dilip R. Panthee|
Visit Him Here!
|The Best of The Best|
|Behind him is a screened in area that they release honey bees|
into, to pollinate just certain plants. Keeping Honey bees, that
was very interesting for me to see!
|Our group looking over the ornamental plants in the green house.|
|Mr. Nathan Lynch -in the middle- was one of the men|
recognized as being "The Best Of The Best".
|Here is a bloom from a blah tree. See all the little white tags?|
Each tag was on a single branch coming off of the tree, and each
tag was a different cultivar of flower on that single tree!
|Mrs. Jeanine Davis was exceptional|
with the information she provided us
with about how there is great possibility
of us getting a chance in the hort. department.
| Showing us that only a handful of these green plants wll|
become a yellow variety and then singled down to ONE plant.
Over a three year time span.
Dr. Panthee said that it takes about Nine seasons for him to create a single tomato variety. In the conditions that he works in, the greenhouses, the temperatures in Asheville and the unique way they are able to handle things at the research facility, Dr. Panthee can create the variety in just Three years instead of Nine. That to me is remarkable! It was great to see and learn about all they were doing up there...and the amount of time it took to accomplish even the smallest of things! I highly recommend you try to go visit, or tour sometime in your life. You will love it, and walk away amazed.