National Christmas Tree Association-
1994 Marketing Conference Farm Tour

Pete Schneider and Clarke Gernon Greet Participants from Sales Building Porch

On the last day of January 1994, the National Christmas Tree Association Marketing Conference participants toured Shady Pond Tree Farm. They were greeted by Louisiana State Representative, District 90, M.P. "Pete" Schneider, III and Clarke J. Gernon, Sr. of Shady Pond Tree Farm. The arrangements for the event were provided for by Shady Pond with assistance from members of the Louisiana-Mississippi Christmas Tree Association.

Christmas Tree Growers from around the World

The technical aspects of the tour focused on the advertising and promotion methods used by the Farm and on the exotic Christmas trees grown there.

Luncheon with Chef John Folse

A Louisiana luncheon was prepared by Chef John Folse. It included crawfish etouffee, chicken and sausage jambalaya, sausage stuffed pork loin, and praline cheese cake with fig glaze. The meal was served on tables decorated with fresh camellia blossoms and Mardi Gras throws.

Growers Tour Fields of Christmas Trees at Shady Pond

After the meal, the guests were treated to walking tours. One group toured the grounds that are home to century old live oaks, and antique camellias and azaleas. The other toured the fields of exotic trees that call this Louisiana plantation their temporary home.

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