The Inn at Ole Miss Rolls Out ‘Green Carpet’ for Landscaping Camp May 25-27

With little likelihood of frost, Memorial Day weekend is known as the best time to plant annuals. To get a jumpstart in 2018, home gardeners and landscapers can learn firsthand from a line-up of professionals at the Landscaping Camp, scheduled for May 25-27 at The Inn at Ole Miss.

The event will be hosted by The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Foundation Retirement Attraction program.

“We’re excited to be featuring Jeff McManus, whose expertise in landscaping has gained the University of Mississippi accolades of being named the ‘Most Beautiful Campus’ by a number of national publications,” said Rosie Vassallo, Director of Retirement Attraction.

This national recognition for Ole Miss has not only recruited students, but retirees, too, and this camp will bring back alums as well as residents and visitors to learn some of McManus’ secrets.

“We’ll be rolling out the ‘green carpet,’ creating a sense of anticipation that will result from the seminars and visits to the magnificent landscaped homes. Campers will be enthused to return home and put their new ideas to work. They’ll be excited about taking their homes to a new level of beauty,” Vassallo said.

Cost of registration is $375 per person (does not include accommodations), and the deadline to sign-up is May 18. Campers can take advantage of the Early Bird Special, available for $300 per person now through March 2018 (price does not include hotel accommodations).

Here’s a look at the schedule:

Day One:
2 p.m.: Registration
3 p.m.: Walking tour of Ole Miss campus (wear comfortable shoes)
** No accommodations will be available for wheelchairs
6:30 p.m.: Dinner/Book Signing at The Inn at Ole Miss – Intro of Jeff McManus, keynote speaker, followed by book signing

Day Two:
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: “Cut Flower Gardening,” Donna Yowell, Executive Director, Mississippi Urban Forest Council
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Tour of the Scruggs’ Home on Double Decker Bus
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Tour of Oxford’s historic sites
12 noon–1:30 p.m.: Lunch at The Inn at Ole Miss, and “Container Gardening,” The Garden Mama, Nellie Neal, Radio Host
1:30-3 p.m. “Prune Like A Pro,” Jeff McManus

After 3 p.m., take time to enjoy Oxford’s fabulous shopping and dining destinations!

Day Three
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: “Explore the links between the Southern garden, Southern food, and the Southern larder,” Melissa Booth Hall, managing director of the Southern Foodways Alliance
10:30 a.m.-12 noon: Tour of Rowan Oak, Ed Croom, retired botanist, University of Mississippi, and author of “The Land of Rowan Oak: An Exploration of Faulkner’s Natural World” on the Double Decker Bus.

Participants can make reservations with The Inn at Ole Miss at a discounted rate by calling 888-486-7666. The deadline for the discounted rate is April 25.

Major sponsors for this year’s event include The City of Oxford, The University of Mississippi, MaxxSouth Broadband, Rebel Realty and Property Management LLC, The Inn at Ole Miss, Stages Mississippi Magazine and

Interested parties can learn more as well as register by going to or contact Rosie Vassallo by email at or by phone 662-234-4651.

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