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In addition to being open to the public year round, we also offer scheduled, guided tours of our greenhouses, located just three miles south of historic downtown Newberry. We welcome bus tour groups, garden clubs, senior citizen groups, church groups, garden clubs and other groups year round.
First, we invite our guests to a sit-down session in our air-conditioned multi-purpose meeting area where blooming orchids are exhibited for discussion and enjoyment. A professional grower or staff member will make introductory comments about our company, show demonstrations of different types of orchids, discuss their growing conditions, and will answer questions from the group.
Next comes a walking tour of our sales areas and growing greenhouses containing orchids in various stages as well as other tropical and hardy plants. Those who choose not to make the walking tour can still view blooming orchids, houseplants, and tropical foliage in areas near the front offices.
The charge for tours is $6.00 per person ($60.00 minimum deposit is required to hold your time slot) for which each member of a tour also receives a coupon which can be redeemed for one of a wide variety of foliage plants in 4” pots or for a $6.00 discount off the purchase price of larger plants and orchids. During and after tours, visitors are encouraged to shop and to use their coupons. Tour directors and bus drivers are not required to purchase coupons. Tour fees are not refundable.
Public restrooms are available at Carter & Holmes, but we encourage larger groups to make rest stops before visiting to save time. Due to the fact that our greenhouse aisles are narrow, we ask that handbags, camera bags and other bags/totes be left locked in vehicles or in secure filing cabinets in our office. Carrying these through the greenhouses can easily damage plants or knock them off benches.
Tours are by appointment only, which should be made and confirmed at least one week in advance. Please allow at least 1-½ hours for tours. Groups may want additional time for shopping. There are no Sunday tours. Photography is encouraged. We only schedule tours upon receipt of payment.
Tours are generally scheduled on weekdays, at the following times:
9:00 am * 10:30 am * 1:00 pm * 3:00 pm
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