Portland Fall Home and Garden Show

28th Annual Portland Fall Home & Garden Show®

 

Venue:

Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive
Portland, Oregon

 

Dates and times:

October 6 – 9, 2016
Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.

 

Farwest Portland

Farwest Portland 2016 – Far From Ordinary

 

The BIGGEST green industry trade event in the US west with over 6000 attendees in 2015.

Farwest is designed to meet the needs of retailers, growers, plant breeders, landscape professionals , landscape designers, wholesale buyers, arborists, researchers and educators and allied horticultural suppliers.

•  Growers showcase

•  New Varieties Showcase

•  New Products Showcase

•  Seminars, classes and workshops

Plus a wide variety of nursery stock, decor, pots, landscape products, turf, gifts and accessories, soils and soil mixes, fertilizers, irrigation equipment, tools and computer equipment

 

Show hours:

Thursday August 25: 10am to 5pm

Friday August 26: 10am to 5pm

Saturday August 27: 10am to 2pm

 

Venue:

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232

 

Early bird registration until July 31, 2016.

 

Best of the US West

Garden and landscape tour to Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, USA in 2017

 

The spectacular landscapes of south west USA are renowned – from Utah’s Zion and Bryce National Parks and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the dramatic spring cactus flowering and hummingbirds of the Sonoran Desert.

Join Jennie Churchill on a wide‑ranging tour that takes us from these extraordinary national parks and wilderness areas to sophisticated private and botanic gardens, the Phoenix architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright to Walpi and the Taos Pueblo, two of America’s oldest continuously inhabited Native American villages. We finish in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s 1610 capital and a city famous for its exceptionally well‑preserved Pueblo adobe architecture, vibrant arts community and galleries, excellent museums and great food and wine.

From Phoenix to Santa Fe, this is a one‑off tour that celebrates nature on a vast scale, the designed environment, flora and fauna, contemporary and Native American culture and art, iconic architecture and history.

To book this exciting tour, download the booking form brochure.

Nursery Cottage in Ojai Valley, California

Nursery Cottage in Ojai, California

 

The cottage is situated on the grounds of Australian Native Plants Nursery, a specialist nursery growing drought tolerant plants from Australia and South Africa.

The cottage sleeps 6 and is fully self contained and private from the nursery and owners next door. There are 3 bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed, one with a full/double bed, the third has a day bed and a single bed. The house has one bathroom, however, there is another toilet attached to the bunkhouse near the cottage. It has a kitchen-dining area and living room. Fast internet and Netflix available.

There is additional accommodation in the original small barn, “The Bunkhouse” (seasonal) that sleeps 2-4. The bunkhouse is available during the warmer months for an extra $100/night (additional $100 cleaning fee). This bunkhouse has 2 double beds (one a futon), a kitchen and toilet facilities.

There are plenty of outdoor sitting and eating areas.

The house is ten minutes from Ojai and 7 miles from Ventura and the beach. It is 40 minutes south of Santa Barbara and one and half hour (traffic permitting!) from LAX. Excellent location for day trips to Los Angeles Botanical Gardens and Art galleries and all that LA has to offer. Also close are the Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara wineries.

Please contact Jo O’Connell at jo@australianplants.com if you wish to check dates and book the cottage or visit the nursery.

Gardens, Art & Fall Foliage: New England, New York & Pennsylvania

Gardens, Art & Fall Foliage: New England, New York & Pennsylvania

 

Itinerary

 

Boston, MA – 4 nights

Day 1: Tuesday 26 September, Arrive Boston

Welcome Meeting and Orientation
Participants taking the ASA ‘designated’ flight are scheduled to arrive into Boston in the late afternoon. After clearing Passport Control and Customs we transfer to our hotel located in the heart of historic Back Bay. If you are not taking the ASA ‘designated’ flight please meet your fellow tour members at the Lenox Hotel, or ask ASA to organize a private transfer for you. (Overnight Boston)

Day 2: Wednesday 27 September, Boston

Guided Walking tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery
Guided Walking tour of Harvard University including the Glass Flower Exhibit, Museum of Natural History
Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
Welcome Evening Meal
This morning we depart our hotel for Cambridge, which has played a pivotal role in America’s intellectual, literary and general cultural history. We first visit Mt Auburn Cemetery that from the beginning was the preferred resting place for famous Bostonians. Inspired by Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, Mount Auburn has the character of an early 19th century English garden, with gardenesque plantings to suit.

Later this morning we take a walking tour of Harvard University that includes a visit to the Glass Flowers Exhibit in the Museum of Natural History. This is a unique collection of over 3000 models created by glass artisans Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf. The commission began in 1886 and continued for 50 years. The collection represents more than 830 plant species.

This afternoon we visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) whose collection contains approximately 450,000 objects ranging from Renaissance and Baroque masters to divine examples of Native American crafts. American decorative arts in general are liberally represented, especially those from New England in the years before the Civil War. The MFA is home to one of the world’s most extensive collections of Asian art under one roof — its Japanese art collection is the most sensational outside of Japan. The MFA emphasises their focus on traditions outside of the Western canon, and three important galleries within the Museum explore the art of Oceania, Africa and the ancient Americas. However it by no means ignores Europe, and there is a considerable amount of attention paid to the Impressionist movement. Along with canvases by Renoir, Manet, Pissarro and American painters Childe Hassam and Mary Cassatt; the museum contains the largest acquisition of works by Claude Monet (around thirty eight) outside of France. This evening we gather for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (Overnight Boston) BD

Day 3: Thursday 28 September, Boston – Bristol – Newport – Boston

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Bristol
Marble House, Newport
The Breakers, Newport
We drive this morning to Rhode Island, to visit some of America’s most extraordinary houses and gardens. This is the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, evoking a past of overwhelming luxury and conspicuous consumption. Newport’s 2.5 mile Bellevue Avenue is lined with the houses of America’s ‘Gilded Age’ elite: the Astors, Vanderbilts, Pierpoint Morgans and others who made Newport Rhode Island their summer home. Mansions along the avenue include: Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, The Elms, Chateau-sur-Mer, Rosecliff (The Great Gatsby and True Lies were filmed here), the Astors’ Beechwood, and horticulturalist and art collector Doris Duke’s Rough Point. A number of gardens here represent the Country Place era, an important period (c.1890 – 1930) in the development of landscape architecture, when wealthy Americans commissioned extensive gardens for their country estates, emulating gardens they had seen on their European travels. Some of America’s greatest early landscape architects were involved: Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles Adam Platt, Beatrix Farrand and Marian Cruger Coffin.

We first visit Blithewold, a large summer estate with grand views of Narragansett Bay. It is one of the most fully developed and authentic examples of Country Place era properties. The Van Wickle family’s 45-room Queen Anne Blithewold mansion (1896) is filled with family heirlooms. It is framed by a series of lovely gardens ranging in character from the mysterious to the exotic, and from the poetic to the workmanlike. The gardens and greenhouse hold an exceptional collection of rare and unusual plants and specimen trees. A whimsical stonework project gives a unique aura that is romantic, yet fresh and inspiring. In 2010 Blithewold was nominated one of the ‘Best 5 Public Gardens in New England’.

We next visit two monumental houses of the Vanderbilt family, William Kissam Vanderbilt’s (1849 – July 22, 1920) Marble House (1888 – 1892) and Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s (1843 – 1899) The Breakers (1892 – 1895). William and Cornelius were both grandsons of the shipping and railroad magnate, ‘Commodore’ Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 – 1877), who created the New York Central Railroad.

Marble House was a social and architectural landmark that set the pace for Newport’s subsequent transformation from a quiet summer colony of wooden houses to a resort of opulent stone palaces. William Kissam’s wife, Alva Vanderbilt, was a society hostess who envisioned Marble House as her ‘temple to the arts’.

Architect Richard Morris Hunt based his design for Marble House on the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Upon its completion, Vanderbilt gave the house to his first wife, Alva, as a 39th birthday present. After William’s death, Alva reopened Marble House and built a Chinese Tea House on the cliffs where she hosted rallies in support of votes for women. She sold the house to Frederick H. Prince in 1932. The Preservation Society of Newport County acquired the house in 1963 from the Prince estate. In 2006, Marble House was designated a National Historic Landmark.

‘The Breakers’ is the grandest of Newport’s summer ‘cottages’ and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial pre-eminence in turn of the century America. Cornelius Vanderbilt II had purchased a wooden house called ‘The Breakers’. In 1892 this house burnt down and in 1893 Cornelius commissioned architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa to replace it. Hunt directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a 70-room Italianate ‘palazzo’ inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, and Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters. The Vanderbilts’ youngest daughter, Gladys, inherited the house on her mother’s death in 1934. In 1972, the Preservation Society purchased the house from her heirs and today it is designated a National Historic Landmark. (Overnight Boston) BL

Day 4: Friday 29 September, Boston

Boston Common
Private Gardens of Beacon Hill (Hosted by the Beacon Hill Garden Club)
Private Houses of Beacon Hill (Hosted by The Beacon Hill Circle of Charity)
Boston Freedom Trail (optional)
This morning we walk from our hotel, through Boston Common up into the residential community of Beacon Hill. Boston Common, a beautiful English-style park, takes its name from the land’s original use as common pasture for horses and cattle.

The charming historic region of Beacon Hill is bounded by Cambridge Street on the north, Somerset Street to the east, Beacon Street on the south, and Storrow Drive to the west. The Massachusetts State House (1795), designed by the architect Charles Bulfinch (1763 – 1844), with its lustrous gilded dome, is a prominent landmark on Beacon Street just across from the Boston Common.

Fifty years after the construction of the State House, several wealthy Bostonians, including Bulfinch, formed an association to develop the area known as the ‘South Slope’, as an elegant residential community suitable for elite residents, dubbed ‘Boston Brahmins’. Between 1800 and 1850, although a few stately free-standing mansions were built on the South Slope, most of the homes constructed here were brick row houses, with either flat or bow fronts, built in the Federal style popularized by Bulfinch, or the Greek Revival style, inspired by an interest in everything Greek that swept across America during the 19th century. South Slope has charming brick sidewalks, gaslights, some cobblestoned streets, homes with tall narrow windows, sometimes with purple glass, doors with elaborate brass knockers, wrought iron railings, flower boxes, and beautiful hidden gardens. Over the years, most of the wealthy residents moved away from Beacon Hill to the suburbs. Their houses have been converted to apartments or condominiums for professionals who work close by. Since the area was legislated as a historic district in 1955, concerted efforts have been made to preserve its period architecture.

This morning’s program will be hosted by the Beacon Hill Garden Club who have kindly arranged for us to visit a number of ‘hidden gardens’. We shall explore the challenges of urban gardening, especially within a heritage precinct. Many of Beacon Hill’s charming old houses had walled yards behind them, used in the 19th century for laundry lines, wood sheds, out houses, and trash pits. Later residents recognized the potential of these compact outdoor spaces and converted them into pleasant little gardens.

After some time at leisure for lunch, we continue with an historic walking tour of Beacon Hill led by a representative from The Beacon Hill Circle of Charity. A highlight will be visits to the interiors of three private homes, not open to the public.

In the late afternoon there is an option to walk a section of Boston’s famous ‘Freedom Trail’. Sites include the New State House, Park Street Church, the Granary Burying Ground, the King’s Chapel, the site of the first public school, the Old Corner Bookstore, the Old South Meeting Hall, the Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall. You have the evening at leisure. (Overnight Boston) B

Jackson, NH – 2 nights

Day 5: Saturday 30 September, Boston – White Mountains – Jackson

Kancamagus Scenic Byway (also known as ‘The Kanc’)
Franconia Notch
Aerial Tramway to the Summit of Cannon Mountain
Evening meal at the Wentworth Hotel
This morning we depart Boston and drive northwest to the White Mountains. Here we will meet Chris Lewey, a local ecologist and guide who will accompany the group during our stay in this beautiful part of the world, introducing us to the extraordinary and diverse flora and fauna to be found here.

Wwe drive north through famous Franconia Notch with some of the most spectacular scenery in New England. In Franconia Notch State Park we take the Aerial Tramway to the summit of Cannon Mountain. We shall enjoy a smooth, comfortable ride, viewing awesome alpine panoramas, up to where the spruce and fir are dwarfed and weather beaten, and then observe alpine plants on a short summit walk. On a clear day you can see the mountains of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, New York and Canada!

We will then travel along the Kancamagus Highway where our journey down this scenic byway will include a couple of short walks; our guide will present and ‘interpret’ the forest for you whilst allowing you time for photography. The route travels through some 70 kilometres of remote National Forest between Conway to Lincoln.

Mid-afternoon we continue our journey to Jackson in the heart of the White Mountains. Tonight we enjoy a special dinner will be at the nearby boutique Wentworth Hotel. (Overnight Jackson NH) BD

Day 6: Sunday 1 October, The White Mountains National Forest

Mount Washington
Crawford Notch
Evening Lecture
Today we travel to the highest peak in the Northeastern United States, Mount Washington. On arrival at the base of the mountain we will be welcomed by the Manager Howie Wemyss before transferring into smaller vehicle for our drive to the summit where we’ll learn about the alpine flora in this extraordinary landscape at 6,288 feet. We will have the special opportunity to visit the Mount Washington Weather Station and see the observation room, the living quarters and talk to the people who work here, as well as visit the Summit Museum and see the Mount Washington Post Office (the highest post office in the East!).

From Mt. Washington we turn south on Route 302 through Crawford Notch State Park, source of the Saco River and another wonderful scenic area, remote even from villages. We then drive to Conway where our guide will present an evening lecture before dinner. (Overnight Jackson NH) BD

Note: If the weather on Mount Washington is poor and a visit to the summit is not possible, an alternative program will be arranged.

Deerfield, MA – 2 nights

Day 7: Monday 2 October, Jackson – Francestown – Hancock – Peterborough – Deerfield

Private Gardens of Joe Valentine and Paula Hunter – Juniper Hill Farm, Francestown
Lunch at Hancock Inn
Private Garden of Michael and Betsy Gordon, Peterborough
Evening Talk by Gordon Hayward: ‘Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Design’
We depart early this morning, and journey south to the private residence of Joe Valentine and Paula Hunter in Francestown. Their Juniper Hill Farm gardens surround an 18th century saltbox house and farmstead that are much as they were 200 years ago. Juniper Hill remains a working farm and home to some of the world’s most endangered breeds of livestock. The 2-acres surrounding the farm might best be described as ‘country formal.’ There is a courtyard garden reminiscent of those at farmhouses in Provence, a formal lilac garden, a boxwood parterre leading into a woodland walk, a whimsical wildflower meadow, a tranquil Mediterranean-inspired ‘clipped green’ garden, a formal potager and a pool house modeled after the Arts and Crafts garden pavilion at Hidcote Manor, Gloucestershire. Scattered throughout the garden are over 150 boxwoods representing 11 different varieties. Because winter interest was an important consideration in the original layout of the garden, strong architectural lines have become an important design element. The garden has been featured in several regional and national magazines and the home has been a cover feature in New Hampshire Home magazine. These gardens are also beautifully featured on Joe’s blog see: www.juniperhillfarmnh.com/p/gardens.html

Next, we drive to the lovely rural town of Hancock, located in southwest New Hampshire, where we shall lunch at the Hancock Inn.

From Hancock we journey south to visit a gem of a small garden in Peterborough owned by Michael and Betsy Gordon. It’s a superb example of how to garden a small space. Michael Gordon, both plantsman and garden designer, has played a significant role in developing a number of the beautiful gardens and public spaces in the region of Peterborough, New Hampshire. His own small village garden was designed to be an extension of the house. The house and garden are situated on a hill and the garden is terraced on three levels. The two upper levels are laid out formally with yew and boxwood hedges. The lowest level, a work in progress, is an informal woodland garden. The garden is planted with a mixture of unusual trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs, selected primarily for their interesting foliage and textures. For further information see also Michael’s gardening blog ‘Gardener’s Eye‘ which chronicles both his personal garden and the public gardens he works on in Peterborough.

From Peterborough, we travel further south to our charming inn in Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. Located on the main street of this historic village, the inn has been welcoming guests since 1884. After checking into our hotel Gordon Hayward will give a lecture entitled ‘Fine Painting as Inspiration for Garden Design’. His lecture is based on the theme of his 10th book on garden design, Art and the Gardener. His talk will help link our local garden encounters with the nearby Clark Art Institute that we visit on Wednesday. In Art and the Gardener, Hayward explores the visual language garden designers share with painters and artists such as Thomas Cole, Camille Pissarro, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt and Vincent Van Gogh. Hayward explains how to choose your garden style, the relationship between house and garden, its overall composition and colour, specific design principles, and the roles trees play in a garden. Gordon travels extensively across the US and in Europe, designing residential gardens and lecturing on various gardening topics. (Overnight Deerfield) BLD

Day 8: Tuesday 3 October, Deerfield – Westminster West – Deerfield

Private Gardens of Gordon and Mary Hayward, Westminster West
Afternoon at leisure to explore Historic Deerfield
Since 1984, Gordon and Mary Hayward have been developing a garden around their 220-year-old farmhouse in Westminster West. It is divided into several areas: six rectangular island beds with crab apples under-planted with hardy geraniums, a brick walk garden divided by a central pergola, and a woodland garden. A copper beech tunnel links these to the Long Borders, a pair of 80 x 10 foot mixed borders with a post-and-beam gazebo at the end of a lawn path, an outdoor dining area, a four-quadrant herb garden, and a pool garden built on the remains of a 200-year old barn and an abandoned silo base. The Paddock, on the north side of the house, is a lawn area with topiary enclosed by stonewalls built by Dan Snow. Throughout are richly planted terra cotta pots and garden ornaments. The most recent addition is a 20-tree orchard of apples, plums, pears and cherries, along with a renovated spring garden that follows the relaxed style of a densely planted meadow. The Haywards’ garden is the subject of their book The Intimate Garden (2005).

The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts, and one of the settings for the 1994 movie of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. You will have time to visit a number of beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings. Tonight we dine together at our lodgings. (Overnight Deerfield) BD

Stockbridge, MA – 2 nights

Day 9: Wednesday 4 October, Deerfield – Williamstown – Stockbridge

The Mohawk Trail & The Green Mountains, Southern Vermont
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
Naumkeag, Stockbridge
This morning we view the fall foliage of Southern Vermont as we make our leisurely way south through the Mohhawk Trail and Green Mountains to Williamstown. Here we shall visit the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, one of America’s best collections of American painting and sculpture and a breathtaking corpus of French Impressionists that Clark collected whilst living in Europe in the early 20th century; you will see many very familiar works and wonder how one private collector could possibly have amassed such an extraordinary corpus of masterpieces.

In the afternoon we visit Naumkeag, a typical country estate of the ‘Gilded Age’ with a gracious Shingle Style house, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views. Stanford White of the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White, who designed many of America’s greatest buildings like the New York Public Library and the West Wing of the White House, designed this family home for Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney. The house is a masterpiece, with extraordinary views of Monument Mountain, and a stunning collection of gardens created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Mabel Choate and Fletcher Steele over 30 years. The gardens include the Blue Steps, a series of deep blue fountain pools, flanked by 4 flights of stairs and a grove of white birches. There are also the Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden.

In the late afternoon we continue our journey to Stockbridge, a charming historic town where we will stay in a series of charming, restored guesthouses operated by the Red Lion Inn. (Overnight Stockbridge) BD

Day 10: Thursday 5 October, Stockbridge – Lenox – Stockbridge

The Mount – Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
The Mission House, Stockbridge
This morning we drive to the nearby town of Lenox where our first visit is to The Mount, novelist Edith Wharton’s ‘first real home’ where we shall take a tour of both the house and grounds. Wharton planned the house and its sumptuous interiors, applying the principles in her own book, The Decoration of Houses, and designed the garden, and in this grand home she sat in bed every morning and wrote books like The House of Mirth, The Fruit of the Tree and The Custom of the Country. Henry James, who traveled with Wharton in Europe and was a frequent guest at ‘The Mount’ described it as ‘an exquisite and marvelous place, a delicate French château mirrored in a Massachusetts pond’.

The 100 acre-property included a drive lined with sugar maple trees, an English-style meadow, an American suburban lawn, gravel walks, an elaborate rock garden, fountains and terraces with views over the lake, as well as a working farm. Wharton’s niece, Beatrix Farrand, designed the kitchen garden. Wharton lived here in summer and fall between 1903 and 1908, overseeing improvements and fresh plantings and once wrote that ‘it looks, for a fleeting moment, like a garden in some civilized climate.’ The estate has recently undergone a massive restoration. Trees were revitalized or replaced and nearly 3,000 annuals and perennials planted in the flower garden, the crown jewel of the four-year restoration of the formal landscape. The Italianate walled garden and its rustic rock pile fountain have been completely restored. Wharton’s design includes a rock garden with grass steps, a landscape feature rarely seen in America.

Following a boxed lunch provided by The Mount we return to Stockbridge to explore the wonderful work of 20th-century artist and illustrator, Norman Rockwell. His art has been hugely popular in America and often appears in American films. Rockwell wrote extensively about art and depicted in his art the main street of Stockbridge, once an Indian Mission and now a lovely village.

The final visit for the day is to The Mission House, built in 1739 by Reverend John Sergeant. Landscape architect Fletcher Steele later created a Colonial Revival garden including the Dooryard Garden, a kitchen garden, an orchard garden, and a grape arbor. (Overnight Stockbridge) BL

Tarrytown, NY – 2 nights

Day 11: Friday 6 October, Stockbridge – Garisson – Tarrytown

Manitoga (Russel Wright Centre), Garrison
Union Church of Pocantico Hills
We spend the morning making our way from Stockbridge to the Hudson Valley. A contemporary testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature and architecture, Russel Wright’s Manitoga nestles amidst the woodlands of the Hudson River Valley. Wright (1904 –1976), a famous industrial designer whose legacy continues in the successful Russel Wright Studios (New York and Burbank, California), acquired the 75-acre property in 1942. He built a house and studio directly into the side of a former quarry, collectively referred to as ‘Dragon Rock.’ Manitoga, whose name means ‘place of great spirit’, is an integrated landscape encompassing his modernist, open design house and studio and grounds. Wright blurred the traditional boundaries between interior and exterior by walling his house and studio with huge areas of glass that bring the surrounding woodland into interior spaces, and by incorporating materials found on the site. Innovative construction methods and details exemplify his philosophy of domestic efficiency and economy of space. In 2001 the not-for-profit Manitoga, Inc. acquired ownership of the property, initiated its conservation, and opened the site to the public.

We shall explore this beautiful light-filled house and the surrounding woodland before continuing to our hotel in Tarrytown. En route we visit the Union Church, an unassuming country church that happens to contain a stained glass window by Henri Matisse, his last work before his death in 1954, and nine windows by Marc Chagall. (Overnight Tarrytown) B

Day 12: Saturday 7 October, Tarrytown – Sleepy Hollow – Tarrytown

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, Sleepy Hollow
Lunch at Philipsburg Manor
The Hudson River Valley was the site of the first Dutch settlement in America (1610). It saw French and Indian wars and was one of the major regions of clashes during the Revolution. It has seen such conflict that it’s been dubbed ‘America’s Rhine’. This morning we explore superb Kykuit Estate, a hilltop paradise that was home to four generations of Rockefellers. The Estate, a monumental Neo-Palladian House set in grand formal terraced gardens, holds an extensive collection of sculpture and a collection of classic vehicles from horse-drawn carriages to cars. A light lunch will be served at Philipsburg Manor, an 18th-century farming, milling, and trading center owned by the Philipses. (Overnight Tarrytown) BL

East Hampton, NY – 1 night

Day 13: Sunday 8 October, Tarrytown – East Hampton

Long House Reserve
Pollock-Krasner House
This morning we drive to LongHouse Reserve, located in East Hampton. The reserve is a 16-acre garden with established lawns, ornamental borders, plant collections and outdoor sculpture, planned by the internationally recognized textile designer, Jack Lenor Larsen. The gardens include a collection of over 90 sculptures including ceramics and bronzes by Toshiko Takaezu and bronzes by Costantino Nivola. Other well known sculptures include Blue Cobalt Spears by Dale Chihuly; The Fly’s Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller; Play it By Trust by Yoko Ono, Reclining Figure by Willem de Kooning, Irregular Progression by Sol LeWitt, and a gravity defying kinetic sculpture by Takashi Soga. Overlooking lotus-filled Peter’s Pond stand two black figures, Rabdomante by Magdalena Abakanowicz and, at the end of David’s walk, Tumbling Women by Eric Fischl.

We then drive to the nearby Pollock-Krasner House. In 1945 Jackson Pollock and his new wife, artist Lee Krasner, purchased this small homestead using a loan from Pollock’s mentor Peggy Guggenheim. Lee had a studio area in the back parlour, and Jackson painted in an unheated upstairs bedroom. In June 1946, he had the barn moved from behind the house to the north side of the property and renovated it as his studio and it is here that Pollock produced his most famous paintings, including Autumn Rhythm (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Convergence (Albright-Knox Art Gallery), Blue Poles (National Gallery of Australia) and Lavender Mist (National Gallery, Washington DC). (Overnight East Hampton) BL

New York, NY – 3 nights

Day 14: Monday 9 October, East Hampton – Westbury – New York

Old Westbury Gardens
This morning we drive to Westbury to visit the large and traditional house and garden, Old Westbury. This grand mansion was built by John S Phipps, the son of a steel baron, for his British wife Margarita and their four children. Phipps employed English architect George A Crawley to design the mansion which is furnished throughout with English antiques and decorative arts. The house sits within 200 acres of woodlands, formal gardens and landscaped grounds.

At the conclusion of our visit, we shall travel to New York to the Hotel Beacon located on the historic Upper West Side, which will serve as our base for the next 3 nights. (Overnight New York) BL

Day 15: Tuesday 10 October, New York

Guided tour: Lower Manhattan
Afternoon at leisure
This morning we will take the subway down to Lower Manhattan for a long and gentle walk that will pass many well known sites including Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, Trinity Church and City Hall. The afternoon is at leisure for you to further explore the city’s museums and monuments. (Overnight New York) B

Day 16: Wednesday 11 October, New York

The Frick Collection
The High Line
Lunch in the Garden Room, of The Park Restaurant
We commence this morning with an audio-guided tour of the Frick Collection, housed in the former home of Henry Clay Frick (1849 – 1919). This is one of the preeminent small art museums of the US, featuring well-known masterpieces by major European artists, as well as numerous works of sculpture and porcelain, 18th century French furniture, Limoges enamel and Oriental rugs. It also includes the 1913-14 ‘Fifth Avenue’ garden with its Neoclassical urns and limestone façade, the ‘Garden Court’ designed by John Russell Pope to replace the open carriage court of the original residence; and the soft and intimate ‘Seventieth Street Garden’, designed by Russell Page in 1977.

After this visit we continue by public transport to Gansevoort Street, where we commence our tour of the High Line, a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. During our walk, we shall make a diversion to The Park for lunch. Designed by Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson, this legendary restaurant includes a spectacular 400 square foot garden room that has Japanese Maple Trees and wisteria vines. (Overnight New York) BL

Philadelphia, PA – 3 nights

Day 17: Thursday 12 October, New York – Short Hills – Princeton – Wayne – Philadelphia

Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills
‘College Town’ of Princeton
Chanticleer Garden, Wayne
We depart New York early this morning for Short Hills, New Jersey, home to Greenwood Gardens, a 28-acre formal Italianate garden surrounded by a landscape of long allées of majestic trees, wildflower meadows, ponds, and cultivated woodlands, all set against 2,100 acres of preserved parkland, itself set in the midst of the most densely populated region of the country. At the conclusion of our guided tour we continue our journey southwest to Princeton, home to America’s 4th oldest university (1746) where there will be time at leisure for lunch.

By mid-afternoon we resume our journey to Philadelphia, making a detour in Wayne to visit Chanticleer, often referred to as ‘the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America’. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., head of the chemical company Rosengarten and Sons, bought the land on which the garden was created in 1912. Most of the floral and garden development that today surrounds the beautiful gamble roofed white house has been effected since 1990. ‘The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural’. Seven horticulturists are each responsible for the design, planting, and maintenance of a particular area. The areas are continually evolving, each with a unique feel, yet joined together visually and spatially as one complete unit. There are lawns, woods, flower gardens, courtyards, a Ruin Garden and adjacent dry gardens, as well as the ‘Old Tennis Court’ gardens. The character is predominantly English – with an Arts and Crafts American accent. (Overnight Philadelphia) B

Day 18: Friday 13 October, Philadelphia – Brandywine Valley – Philadelphia

Mt Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square
We depart early this morning to travel to the historic Brandywine Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, home to a wonderful assortment of world-class museums and gardens.

Our first visit is to the Mt Cuba Center, located in Hockessin, Delaware. Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland founded this centre as her home. In 1935, Mr. and Mrs. Copeland built a Colonial Revival manor house they named ‘Mt. Cuba’ and soon afterwards, with the assistance of designer Thomas W. Sears, began developing the original agricultural landscape into a series of garden spaces. In the 1950s, the Copelands hired Marian C. Coffin to design the Round Garden, which has a swimming pool in the shape of a Maltese cross at its centre. Seth Kelsey designed the woodland wildflower gardens in the 1960s. The Copelands took a particular interest in plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont region. From the time they moved in until Mrs. Copeland’s death in 2001, the gardens grew in both the number of individual plants and the diversity of appropriate species. Today, the Mt. Cuba Center that maintains the gardens is dedicated to the study, conservation and propagation of native plants of this region. It is recognized as having the region’s finest woodland wildflower gardens.

Our day concludes with a visit to Longwood Gardens, one of the premier arboretums in the country. The Peirce family acquired the land now occupied by the gardens from William Penn in around 1700; they named it Long Woods. Two members of the family, Joshua and Samuel Peirce, began planting exotic trees there in 1798. The industrialist Pierre Samuel du Pont acquired ‘Peirce’s Park’ in 1906, and renamed it Longwood. He drew inspiration from contemporary books and visits to European gardens and the garden grew by the addition of major features, but without an overall plan. The gardens now occupy 1,050 acres (425 hectares) and contain extensive collections of native, tropical, and subtropical plants, totalling some 11,000 different varieties. There is a Flower Garden, a Sundial Garden, a Rose Garden, an Italian Water Garden (modelled on the Villa Gamberaia, Italy) and a Fountain Garden. DuPont was particularly interested in fountains and used them in his musical entertainments, in the manner of Versailles. The conservatory houses 4 acres of indoor garden. In the late afternoon we return to Philadelphia where the evening is at leisure. (Overnight Philadelphia) BL

Day 19: Saturday 14 October, Philadelphia

Walking tour of historic Philadelphia
The Barnes Foundation, Parkway Museum District
Group Evening Farewell Meal
We spend the morning on a walking tour of historic Philadelphia. In the afternoon we transfer to the new Barnes Foundation located on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, for an audio-guided tour of their collection. Located on 4.5 acres, the vast two-story building houses the Foundation’s art collection in exhibition space that replicates the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original galleries in Merion. Designed by architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, it is described as a ‘gallery in a garden, a garden in a gallery.’ Boasting a textured grey-and-gold Ramon limestone exterior and a glass canopy that glows at night, the building is a breathtaking addition to the Parkway Museum District. It includes a number of sustainable features, including a green roof and a 40,000 gallon rainwater cistern to water the Olin designed gardens. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection, arguably America’s finest collection of Impressionist and Modernist works, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Titian and Picasso. A tour of this collection will deepen your understanding of the European landscape tradition that has enriched American landscape painting and gardening. This evening we enjoy a farewell meal at one of Philadelphia’s local restaurants. (Overnight Philadelphia) BD

Day 20: Sunday 15 October, Depart Philadelphia

Airport transfer for participants departing on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
Our tour ends in Philadelphia. Passengers travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight will transfer to the airport for the return flight to Australia. Alternatively you may wish to extend your stay in the USA. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. B

Fall Colours Garden Cruise of Canada & USA with Deryn Thorpe

Fall Colours Garden Cruise of Canada & USA with Deryn Thorpe

 

Full itinerary

 

Day 1 Thursday October 13, 2016 – Montreal, Canada
We depart Australia today on our flight to Montreal in Canada. We arrive the same day as we depart because we cross the International Date Line. Deryn Thorpe will meet you at the airport and our private coach will transfer us to our hotel.

Day 2 Friday October 14, 2016 – Montreal, Canada
Montreal is a fascinating blend of old and new and the French-English mix adds dynamism! Today we enjoy a guided tour of the old city. We see bustling Place Jacques Cartier and the Basilique Notre Dame situated in Place D’Armes and the Old Seminary built by Sulpician missionaries in 1685 which, is the oldest building in Montreal. The downtown area of Montreal has a North American look with wide thoroughfares winding through a forest of skyscrapers. This afternoon will be free for exploration of Montreal where the street corners will have trees clothed in gorgeous fall colour. The city is blessed with one of the most exciting food scenes in North America and tonight we get a taste at our welcome dinner. Deryn Thorpe will welcome the group and outline the wonderful experiences we will share on the tour.

Day 3 Saturday October 15, 2016 – Embarkation
This morning we visit Chateau de Ramezay, built in 1705 as the residence of Montreal Governor, Claude de Ramezay. It is now a museum of early Quebec history and the enclosed garden next door has been re-created to resemble a garden like the ones cultivated by Montreal’s nobility in the 18th century. The garden is in formal French style and consist of a kitchen garden, an orchard and a pleasure garden. This afternoon we are transferred to the port to board MS Rotterdam for our cruise to New York down the St Lawrence River. Known to the Mohawk as Kaniatarowanenneh, or big waterway, the Saint Lawrence River encompasses several lakes and three archipelagos.

Day 4 Sunday October 16, 2016 – Quebec City, Canada
We will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the main sights of this attractive city. The lower town has streets lined with shops and art galleries, which reflect the streets 18th century heritage. We see the Royal Battery, which has been reconstructed and replicas of 18th century canons are on display. We travel to Place Royal square in the upper town, which was the hub of the city’s economic activity until the mid-19th century. We see the Citadel and Quebec’s fortifications. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration.

Day 5 Monday October 17, 2016 – At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. As we sail from Quebec and into the Atlantic Ocean watch from the ship for blue fin or beluga whales, porpoises and dolphins, and countless bird species. In the afternoon Deryn will lead a Gardening Trivial Pursuit competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.

Day 6 Tuesday October 18, 2016 – Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, with street’s lined with colourful planters. The Island is renowned for its food producers. We will visit La Serena farm, which displays wonderful seasonal vegetables. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels “Anne of Green Cables” and the home of the author. We visit Anne of Green Cables Museum at Silverbush. This is the spacious house where the author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited relatives and where she was married in 1911. The rest of the day is free to explore gorgeous Charlottetown.

Day 7 Wednesday October 19, 2016 – Sydney, Canada
Today we will enjoy a relaxing walking tour of the Colonial Town of Old Sydney, founded by Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution. We will see six buildings that were constructed in the late 18th century and another two which were built at the turn of the 19th century. Full of rich storytelling, and friendly characters, this tour will also take us to St. Patrick’s, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Cape Breton; Cossit House, built in 1787; and Jost House, offering interesting exhibits from this same period.

Day 8 Thursday October 20, 2016 – Halifax, Canada
This morning we arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada. We will enjoy a guided tour of the town and see some of the historic sites and landmarks such as the Spring Garden Road area, the Province House, Old Town Clock, St Paul’s Church, City Hall, Grand Parade, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. We visit the 19th-century Halifax Citadel National Historic Park, where we will have a spectacular view of the downtown area. Our next stop is the Halifax cemetery where some of those who perished on the Titanic are buried. We will drive to Peggy’s Cove, set on rocky shores the lighthouse and village at Peggy’s Cove are a photographer’s paradise. On our journey we will see charming little fishing villages and lovely homes on lakes. After time for lunch, we will visit the Halifax Public Gardens open since 1875, set out in a Victorian style with three ponds and fountains and two stone bridges. The beautiful trees, which include maples and elms, will be in spectacular autumn colours.

Day 9 Friday October 21, 2016 – Bar Harbour, USA
We travel to Mount Desert Island Maine, after arriving in Bar Harbour, to visit two gardens kept open by the Land and Garden Preserve. We will visit Thuya Garden and Lodge a wonderful blend of semi-formal English border beds and indigenous eastern Maine woodlands. Thuya Lodge was constructed in 1912 and used as a summer house. From 1956 to 1961 Charles Savage created the garden we see today. The herbaceous borders are a pleasing mix of colourful annuals and perennials defining the sides of an expanse of grass lawns, which leads to a shallow reflecting pool. We will also visit Asticou Azalea Garden and enjoy the quiet and contemplative garden. We travel along spectacular Loop Road located in Acadia National Park, where we have glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean. Arcadia National Park is a haven for 1,100 plant species.

Day 10 Saturday October 22, 2016 – Boston, USA
This morning we arrive in Boston, known as the cradle of American Independence and is now New England’s centre for finance and technology. The home of Harvard University, the area is among the most varied and interesting in America. We will tour the city with a local guide and see Paul Revere’s House and Kings Chapel, home to the largest and sweetestsounding bell. We will also visit Faneuil Hall, and the Old Statehouse, which was the seat of Colonial Government from 1713. In the afternoon we travel to Long Hill, a Federal-style home which was the summer retreat of Mabel Sedgwick. This garden has integrated outdoor rooms and is flanked by 100 acres of woodland.

Day 11 Sunday October 23, 2016 – At sea
Today is free to enjoy the ships facilities. Perhaps enjoy a spa in the beautiful wellness centre. In the afternoon Deryn will give a talk about her life in the media and some of her favourite gardens in Australia.

Day 12 Monday October 24, 2016 – Newport, Rhode Island
We dock in Newport today. This island is well known as a holiday location for the famous and wealthy and for the summer White Houses, which were used during Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy’s presidencies. We will drive past some of the gorgeous summer houses as we travel to visit Blithwold. Located on Narragansett Bay it was built in 1896 as a summer house for the Van Wickle’s. The naturalistic grounds were laid out by landscape architect John de Wolf and have beautiful specimen trees and wide borders.

Day 13 Tuesday October 25, 2016 – New York, USA
Our ship docks in New York today. This is a city of superlatives with its skyscrapers and bright lights. Most of the major sights are situated in Manhattan, where we will be staying for four nights. This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of exciting New York City. We will see the famous Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero Area and the United Nations Building. We will have a short walk around Central Park, the “lungs of the city”. We visit Highline Park on Manhattan Island in the afternoon. This 1.45 mile section of the former elevated rail spur called the West Side Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial park. It starts with a thicket of shrubs and small trees that leads to an open lawn and an elevated walkway through sumac and magnolia trees.

Day 14 Wednesday October 26, 2016 – New York, USA
This morning is free for individual activity. This afternoon we travel to Long Island to visit Old Westbury Gardens. Home of the Phipps family, the garden designed by George Crawley and completed in 1906. The 200 acres of gardens include formal gardens, lakes, wooded trails all set around a magnificent Charles II-style mansion.

Day 15 Thursday October 27, 2016 – New York, USA
This morning we travel to New York Botanical Garden which comprises 250 acres and 50 speciality gardens and plant collections. Features include the Bronx River and cascading waterfall, 50 acres of historic forest and one of the largest Victorian glasshouses in America and more. In the afternoon we travel along the Hudson River to Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring. The 12 acres of gardens are at an elevation of 1,000 feet. There is a diverse collection of plants in the enclosed flower garden and the alpine rock ledge. There are also woodland and Mediterranean gardens.

Day 16 Friday October 28, 2016 – New York, USA
Today we visit Innisfree Garden, often listed in the top ten gardens in the world. It was designed by landscape architect Lester Collins. The garden merges Modernist ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese gardens. The owners of the garden, the Becks, hoped their garden would stimulate an American approach to garden design. In the afternoon we travel to visit the John P Humes Japanese stroll garden. On this steeply sloping site the garden evokes the feeling of a remote mountain hamlet. The garden is a place of contemplation in which symbolism plays a major part. We enjoy a farewell dinner this evening to say goodbye to group members.

Day 17 Saturday October 29, 2016 – Departure
This morning is free for individual exploration. In the afternoon we travel to the airport to catch our flight to Australia. Tour members travelling on the extension will travel to Philadelphia this morning.

Day 18 Sunday October 30, 2016 – In flight

Day 19 Monday October 31, 2016 – Australia
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.

US Mansions and Gardens of the Hudson River and Canadian Lakes Cruise in Fall

US Mansions and Gardens of the Hudson River and Canadian Lakes Cruise in Fall

ITINERARY

Day 1. Arrive Washington
Be met at the airport and join your fellow travellers for dinner at 6.30pm.
Two Nights: Washington DC, Fairmont Hotel or similar (D)

Day 2. Washington and Mt. Vernon
See the sights of Washington including the White House. Visit Mt Vernon, the former home
of America’s first ‘gardening President’, George Washington, and Hillwood Estate. (BD)

Day 3. Virginia and Wilmington
Travel through southern Pennsylvania and explore an Amish farm house. Visit Chanticleer, one of the great gardens of the region.
Two Nights: Wilmington, Du Pont Hotel or similar (BD)

Day 4. Brandywine Valley
Spend the morning at Longwood Gardens. With 20 outdoor display gardens, as well as lakes, meadows and forest walks, there is plenty to explore. This afternoon visit Winterthur Garden, home of Henry Du Pont. (BD)

Day 5. New York City
Depart Wilmington for New York City where you will board your ship. 15 day BTUS15 travellers join this evening in time for dinner at 6.30pm. This afternoon visit the walkway garden designed by James Corner of Field Operations in conjunction with Piet Oudolf, the Highline.
Fourteen Nights: aboard the comfortable MV Grande Mariner (BD)

Day 6. New York City and Kykuit
Visit the famed New York Botanical Gardens, boasting one of the world’s greatest collections of flora. Its 250 acres include some of the most beautiful natural terrain. It houses the nation’s largest Victorian-era glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Next stop is Kykuit, a Hudson Valley landmark and home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. See the Rockefeller private art collection and magnificent expansive garden terraces, garden ornaments and many fountains, as well as spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. Your day culminates with a cocktail party atop the deck of your ship as you bid farewell to New York City. Enjoy the unparalleled views of the harbour, the illuminated Statue of Liberty and the iconic city skyline. (BLD)

Day 7. Roosevelt Estate and Gardens, Poughkeepsie
A short cruise takes you from Bear Mountain to West Point, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley. This morning choose to visit either the West Point Military Academy campus, including its gothic revival style chapel. Alternatively visit Boscobel with its colonial architecture or Stonecrop with its magnificent garden. Heading north on the Hudson River you will stop in Poughkeepsie. Here choose to visit either historic Hyde Park, including a visit to Springwood, the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s only four-term president. Alternatively visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, a National Historic site. You are sure to enjoy its 211 acres of parkland that boast centuries old tree plantings and stunning Hudson River and Catskill Mountain views. (BLD)

Day 8. The Mount, Naumkeag Mansion and Gardens
Arrive in Troy, known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and abundant Tiffany windows as seen in such films as Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence. Here, witness the unique feat of lowering the ship’s pilot house as we prepare to travel under the low bridges of the Erie Canal. A visit to The Mount is sure to be a fascinating one of historical significance; especially for those interested in women’s history. It is a turn-of-the-century home that Edith Wharton designed and built herself. She was an established author of fiction, architecture and gardens. Later visit Naumkeag Mansion and gardens and experience a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age. Marvel at this rare Berkshire cottage, its magnificent gardens and the incredible panoramic view. (BLD)

Day 9. Troy, Erie Canal Lock 11 and Amsterdam
Today your river ship will pass through Lock 11 of the Erie Canal to Amsterdam. (BLD)

Day 10. Amsterdam and Sylvan Beach
Today you will enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal taking in the unspoiled beauty of the surrounding countryside. During the day, you may choose to visit Cooperstown and meet the ship later in the day at Sylvan Beach. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is best known as the ‘Birthplace of Baseball’ and is home to the renowned Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Choose to visit Fenimore Art Museum or Farmers Museum. Tonight in Sylvan Beach, on the shores of shimmering Oneida Lake, a local performer will entertain and pay tribute to the history and music of the Erie Canal. (BLD)

Day 11. Sylvan Beach and Oswego Canal
Cruise along the Oswego Canal to Oswego on the shores of magnificent Lake Ontario. You may choose to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area and view some of the highlights. (BLD)

Day 12. Boldt Castle and Garden, Thousand Islands and Alexander Bay
Cruise to Clayton. Visit the Antique Boat Museum and the majestic Boldt Castle and gardens where you will learn of the touching story behind its creation. Enjoy scenic cruising through the beautiful Thousand Islands, a favourite holiday destination. (BLD)

Day 13. Alexander Bay, Dark Island and Ogdensburg
Visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour Singer Castle. Afterwards, journey on to Ogdensburg where you might like to visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum. BLD

Day 14. St. Lawrence Seaway
Crossing into Canada, you will cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks, canals, and channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats. (BLD)

Day 15. Québec City
Today you will take a tour of the private garden of La Seigneurie de I’ile d’Orleans. Afterwards, a sightseeing tour will introduce you to the highlights of the beautiful city of Québec. (BLD)

Day 16. Rimouski and Les Jardins de Metis
Cruise north along the St. Lawrence River passing the beautiful Saguenay River en route to Rimouski. Be sure to look out for whales as this is one of the world’s best locales for whale watching. A private visit and guided tour of Les Jardins de Metis also known as Reford Gardens is sure to be a fascinating one. The unique garden is bold and innovative, yet traditional. Few gardens have been built in such difficult and harsh conditions as the Québec climate; it is a story of triumph. (BLD)

Day 17. Saguenay River and St. Lawrence River
Cruise to the breathtaking Saguenay River, boarded by dramatic cliffs which create some of Canada’s most stunning natural scenery. You then cruise south on the St. Lawrence River to your next destination, Montréal. (BLD)

Day 18. Montréal
Arrive in Montréal this afternoon and embark on a city highlights tour. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Jardin Botanique de Montréal located in the Olympic Park. Here, marvel at over 20,000 species of plants as you explore the 31 gardens which have been planted over 75 hectares. (BLD)

Day 19. Depart Montréal
Disembark in Montréal and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

The MV Grande Mariner
The Grande Mariner is designed to travel where larger ships can’t. The retractable pilot house allows it to slip gently beneath low bridges and transit narrow locks and rivers. It is like sailing on a friend’s yacht but with the comfort and safety of an American crew and friendly staff. From the lounge area enjoy 180° panoramas of pristine environments and small towns. Dining is casual, with an open seating policy. Cabins are air-conditioned and comfortable with either slide windows or portholes. Whilst the ship can accommodate 96 people, Botanica will only be taking 75, making this a very relaxing experience.

Unforgettable Fall Colours
During our US and Canadian journey, you’ll explore elaborate mansions and thoughtfully landscaped estates. The diverse range of gardens we visit will inspire, motivate and challenge you in your own horticultural endeavours. Styles vary from formal to casual, intimate to grand, but all with something different to offer. It’s a truly special experience to visit this region in the Fall. The striking hues and vibrancy of the foliage, as well as the tantalising seasonal produce, is sure to make your trip memorable. This is an incredible journey, unique to Botanica, and not to be missed.

The Landscape Show, Florida

The Landscape Show, Florida

 

The Landscape Show is one of the USA’s leading landscape and nursery trade shows.

• Dozens of Educational Programs
• Industry CEUs
• Peer-to-peer Exchange
• FNGLA Landscape Award Winners
• Opportunties to Connect
• Learn to Grow Your Business

Held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando:

9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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Garden Cruise of USA & Canada with Melissa King

ITINERARY

Day 1, Sunday October 4, 2015 New York, USA
We depart Australia today on our flight to New York City. We arrive the same day as our departure since we cross the International Date Line. We will be met at the airport by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2, Monday October 5, 2015 New York
This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of exciting New York. We will see the famous Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero area and the United Nations building. We will have a short walk around Central Park, the “lungs of the city”. This afternoon we travel to Long Island to visit Old Westbury Gardens. Home of the Phipps family, the garden was designed by George Crawley and completed in 1906. The 81 hectares of gardens include formal gardens, lakes, wooded trails, all set around a magnificent Charles II-style mansion. We will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Melissa King will welcome the group and outline the wonderful experiences we will have during the tour.

Day 3 Tuesday October 6, 2015 New York
This morning, we travel to New York Botanical Garden, comprising over one square kilometre and fifty speciality gardens and plant collections. Features include the Bronx River and cascading waterfall, over 20 hectares of historic forest, one of the largest Victorian glasshouses in America, and more. We continue to Highline Park on Manhattan Island. This 2.33 kilometre section of the former elevated rail spur called the West Side Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial park. It starts with a thicket of shrubs and small trees that leads to an open lawn and an elevated walkway through sumac and magnolia trees.

Day 4, Wednesday October 7, 2015 New York
We will enjoy free time for independent sightseeing before we are transferred to Cape Liberty, New Jersey, to board the Serenade of the Seas for the start of our Fall Colours Garden Cruise. Make sure that you’re up on deck as the Serenade of the Seas slips her moorings and makes her way out of the Hudson, with a view over one of the most iconic cityscapes in the world, New York City.

Day 5, Thursday October 8, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. In the afternoon, Melissa will lead a Gardening Trivial Pursuit competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.

Day 6, Friday October 9, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts
This morning we arrive in Boston, known as the cradle of American Independence and now New England’s centre for finance and technology. The home of Harvard University, the area is among the most varied and interesting in America. We will have a city tour with a local guide. During the tour we will see The Paul Revere House and King’s Chapel, home to the largest and sweetest-sounding bell. We will also see Faneuil Hall, and the Old State House, which was the seat of colonial government from 1713. In the afternoon, we visit Long Hill. This Federal-style home was the summer retreat of Mabel Sedgwick. This garden is full of interest, it is a garden for living, with integrated outdoor rooms. The garden is flanked by over 40 hectares of woodland.

Day 7, Saturday October 10, 2015 Portland, Maine
Today we visit Portland. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic town, which began life as a trading post in 1658. We will see the Old Port, which is made up of Victorian warehouses converted to art galleries, craft shops and restaurants. We visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a famous American poet, memorialised in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, London. The house was the first brick building in Portland, built in 1786. Virtually all the artefacts belonged to the original inhabitants. We visit the Colonial Revival garden, an oasis of green at the back of the house, maintained by the Longfellow Garden Club.

Day 8, Sunday October 11, 2015 Bar Harbor, Maine
We travel to Mount Desert Island, Maine, after arriving in Bar Harbor, to visit two gardens kept open by the Land and Garden Preserve. We will visit Thuya Garden and Lodge a wonderful blend of semi-formal English border beds and indigenous eastern Maine woodlands. Thuya Lodge was constructed in 1912 and used as a summer house. From 1956 to 1961 Charles Savage created the garden we see today. The herbaceous borders are a pleasing mix of colourful annuals and perennials defining the sides of an expanse of lawn, which leads to a shallow reflecting pool. We will also visit Asticou Azalea Garden and enjoy the quiet and contemplative space. We will travel along spectacular Park Loop Road, located in Acadia National Park, where we have glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean. Acadia National Park is a haven for one thousand one hundred plant species.

Day 9, Monday October 12, 2015 Rockland, Maine
We are in for a treat today as we anchor near Rockland. We will visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, listed in the top three Maine attractions. It is a natural wonder with over one square kilometre of shorefront. There are spectacular ornamental gardens. Our group will be delighted with the beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls, fountains and scenic views.

Day 10, Tuesday October 13, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

Day 11, Wednesday October 14, 2015 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
This morning we arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada. We will enjoy a guided tour of the town and see some of the historic sites and landmarks such as the Spring Garden Road area, the Province House, Old Town Clock, St Paul’s Church, City Hall, Grand Parade, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. We visit the 19th-century Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, where we will have a spectacular view of the downtown area. We will travel to Harbourside Market with time to browse and buy produce for lunch. We will see the wonderful display of seasonal vegetables. In the afternoon we will visit the Victorian-era Halifax Public Gardens, open since 1875, with three ponds and fountains and two stone bridges. The beautiful trees will be in glorious autumn colours.

Day 12, Thursday October 15, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon you are invited to join Melissa King for an informal chat and find out what drives her passion for gardening.

Day 13, Friday October 16, 2015 Charlottetown, Canada
We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, its streets lined with colourful planters. The island is renowned for its food producers. We will visit Island Meadow Farms, where cut flowers and perennials are grown. We continue our journey to La Serena Farm, which displays wonderful seasonal vegetables. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels Anne of Green Gables and the home of the author. We visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush. This is the spacious house where the author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited relatives and where she was married in 1911.

Day 14, Saturday October 17, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. A chance for last-minute shopping.

Day 15, Sunday October 18, 2015 Quebec, Canada
We arrive in Quebec at noon. We will enjoy a tour of the main sights of this attractive city. The lower town has streets lined with shops and art galleries that reflect their 18th-century heritage. We see the Royal Battery, which has been reconstructed and where replicas of 18th-century canons are on display. We travel to Place Royale in the upper town, which was the hub of the city’s economic activity until the mid-19th century.

Day 16, Monday October 19, 2015 Quebec
We disembark in Quebec this morning. We travel to the Ile d’Orleans, located in the St Lawrence River, and see splendid views of Quebec and the shoreline. We visit Manoir Mauvide-Genest, built in 1734 in Louise-XV French style by a surgeon-cum-landholder. It features a stunning collection of artefacts from the 17th to 19th centuries. Early afternoon we check into our hotel. We will have free time to explore Quebec.

Day 17, Tuesday October 20, 2015 Montreal, Canada
This morning we travel to Montreal. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of Old Montreal. We see bustling Place Jacques-Cartier and Basilique Notre Dame, facing Place d’Armes. We see the Old Seminary built by Sulpician missionaries in 1685, it is the oldest building in Montreal. The downtown area of Montreal has a North American look, with wide thoroughfares winding through a forest of skyscrapers. We check in to our hotel late afternoon.

Day 18, Wednesday October 21, 2015 Montreal
We visit Chateau Ramezay, built in 1705, as the residence of Montreal Governor Claude de Ramezay. It is now a museum of early Quebec history and the enclosed garden next door has been re-created to look like a vegetable garden of the 17th and 18th centuries. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. We enjoy a farewell dinner this evening to say goodbye to group members.

Day 19, Thursday October 22, 2015 Departure
We visit the Montreal Botanical Garden late morning. It comprises seventyfive hectares made up of twenty themed gardens and ten exhibition glasshouses. We will see trees with gorgeous fall colours. Late afternoon we travel to the airport to depart for our return to Australia.

Day 20, Friday October 23, 2015 In flight

Day 21, Saturday October 24, 2015 Arrival Australia
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.

Garden Cruise of USA & Canada with Melissa King

ITINERARY

Day 1, Sunday October 4, 2015 New York, USA
We depart Australia today on our flight to New York City. We arrive the same day as our departure since we cross the International Date Line. We will be met at the airport by our private coach and transferred to our hotel.

Day 2, Monday October 5, 2015 New York
This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of exciting New York. We will see the famous Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Ground Zero area and the United Nations building. We will have a short walk around Central Park, the “lungs of the city”. This afternoon we travel to Long Island to visit Old Westbury Gardens. Home of the Phipps family, the garden was designed by George Crawley and completed in 1906. The 81 hectares of gardens include formal gardens, lakes, wooded trails, all set around a magnificent Charles II-style mansion. We will enjoy a welcome dinner this evening. Melissa King will welcome the group and outline the wonderful experiences we will have during the tour.

Day 3 Tuesday October 6, 2015 New York
This morning, we travel to New York Botanical Garden, comprising over one square kilometre and fifty speciality gardens and plant collections. Features include the Bronx River and cascading waterfall, over 20 hectares of historic forest, one of the largest Victorian glasshouses in America, and more. We continue to Highline Park on Manhattan Island. This 2.33 kilometre section of the former elevated rail spur called the West Side Line has been redesigned and planted as an aerial park. It starts with a thicket of shrubs and small trees that leads to an open lawn and an elevated walkway through sumac and magnolia trees.

Day 4, Wednesday October 7, 2015 New York
We will enjoy free time for independent sightseeing before we are transferred to Cape Liberty, New Jersey, to board the Serenade of the Seas for the start of our Fall Colours Garden Cruise. Make sure that you’re up on deck as the Serenade of the Seas slips her moorings and makes her way out of the Hudson, with a view over one of the most iconic cityscapes in the world, New York City.

Day 5, Thursday October 8, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. In the afternoon, Melissa will lead a Gardening Trivial Pursuit competition. We will divide the group into teams with prizes for the winning team.

Day 6, Friday October 9, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts
This morning we arrive in Boston, known as the cradle of American Independence and now New England’s centre for finance and technology. The home of Harvard University, the area is among the most varied and interesting in America. We will have a city tour with a local guide. During the tour we will see The Paul Revere House and King’s Chapel, home to the largest and sweetest-sounding bell. We will also see Faneuil Hall, and the Old State House, which was the seat of colonial government from 1713. In the afternoon, we visit Long Hill. This Federal-style home was the summer retreat of Mabel Sedgwick. This garden is full of interest, it is a garden for living, with integrated outdoor rooms. The garden is flanked by over 40 hectares of woodland.

Day 7, Saturday October 10, 2015 Portland, Maine
Today we visit Portland. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of this historic town, which began life as a trading post in 1658. We will see the Old Port, which is made up of Victorian warehouses converted to art galleries, craft shops and restaurants. We visit the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a famous American poet, memorialised in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, London. The house was the first brick building in Portland, built in 1786. Virtually all the artefacts belonged to the original inhabitants. We visit the Colonial Revival garden, an oasis of green at the back of the house, maintained by the Longfellow Garden Club.

Day 8, Sunday October 11, 2015 Bar Harbor, Maine
We travel to Mount Desert Island, Maine, after arriving in Bar Harbor, to visit two gardens kept open by the Land and Garden Preserve. We will visit Thuya Garden and Lodge a wonderful blend of semi-formal English border beds and indigenous eastern Maine woodlands. Thuya Lodge was constructed in 1912 and used as a summer house. From 1956 to 1961 Charles Savage created the garden we see today. The herbaceous borders are a pleasing mix of colourful annuals and perennials defining the sides of an expanse of lawn, which leads to a shallow reflecting pool. We will also visit Asticou Azalea Garden and enjoy the quiet and contemplative space. We will travel along spectacular Park Loop Road, located in Acadia National Park, where we have glorious views over the Atlantic Ocean. Acadia National Park is a haven for one thousand one hundred plant species.

Day 9, Monday October 12, 2015 Rockland, Maine
We are in for a treat today as we anchor near Rockland. We will visit the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, listed in the top three Maine attractions. It is a natural wonder with over one square kilometre of shorefront. There are spectacular ornamental gardens. Our group will be delighted with the beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls, fountains and scenic views.

Day 10, Tuesday October 13, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.

Day 11, Wednesday October 14, 2015 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
This morning we arrive in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest urban area in Atlantic Canada. We will enjoy a guided tour of the town and see some of the historic sites and landmarks such as the Spring Garden Road area, the Province House, Old Town Clock, St Paul’s Church, City Hall, Grand Parade, Government House and Point Pleasant Park. We visit the 19th-century Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, where we will have a spectacular view of the downtown area. We will travel to Harbourside Market with time to browse and buy produce for lunch. We will see the wonderful display of seasonal vegetables. In the afternoon we will visit the Victorian-era Halifax Public Gardens, open since 1875, with three ponds and fountains and two stone bridges. The beautiful trees will be in glorious autumn colours.

Day 12, Thursday October 15, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon you are invited to join Melissa King for an informal chat and find out what drives her passion for gardening.

Day 13, Friday October 16, 2015 Charlottetown, Canada
We dock in Charlottetown, the gracious capital of Prince Edward Island, its streets lined with colourful planters. The island is renowned for its food producers. We will visit Island Meadow Farms, where cut flowers and perennials are grown. We continue our journey to La Serena Farm, which displays wonderful seasonal vegetables. Prince Edward Island is the location for the novels Anne of Green Gables and the home of the author. We visit Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush. This is the spacious house where the author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited relatives and where she was married in 1911.

Day 14, Saturday October 17, 2015 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. A chance for last-minute shopping.

Day 15, Sunday October 18, 2015 Quebec, Canada
We arrive in Quebec at noon. We will enjoy a tour of the main sights of this attractive city. The lower town has streets lined with shops and art galleries that reflect their 18th-century heritage. We see the Royal Battery, which has been reconstructed and where replicas of 18th-century canons are on display. We travel to Place Royale in the upper town, which was the hub of the city’s economic activity until the mid-19th century.

Day 16, Monday October 19, 2015 Quebec
We disembark in Quebec this morning. We travel to the Ile d’Orleans, located in the St Lawrence River, and see splendid views of Quebec and the shoreline. We visit Manoir Mauvide-Genest, built in 1734 in Louise-XV French style by a surgeon-cum-landholder. It features a stunning collection of artefacts from the 17th to 19th centuries. Early afternoon we check into our hotel. We will have free time to explore Quebec.

Day 17, Tuesday October 20, 2015 Montreal, Canada
This morning we travel to Montreal. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour of Old Montreal. We see bustling Place Jacques-Cartier and Basilique Notre Dame, facing Place d’Armes. We see the Old Seminary built by Sulpician missionaries in 1685, it is the oldest building in Montreal. The downtown area of Montreal has a North American look, with wide thoroughfares winding through a forest of skyscrapers. We check in to our hotel late afternoon.

Day 18, Wednesday October 21, 2015 Montreal
We visit Chateau Ramezay, built in 1705, as the residence of Montreal Governor Claude de Ramezay. It is now a museum of early Quebec history and the enclosed garden next door has been re-created to look like a vegetable garden of the 17th and 18th centuries. This afternoon will be free for individual exploration. We enjoy a farewell dinner this evening to say goodbye to group members.

Day 19, Thursday October 22, 2015 Departure
We visit the Montreal Botanical Garden late morning. It comprises seventyfive hectares made up of twenty themed gardens and ten exhibition glasshouses. We will see trees with gorgeous fall colours. Late afternoon we travel to the airport to depart for our return to Australia.

Day 20, Friday October 23, 2015 In flight

Day 21, Saturday October 24, 2015 Arrival Australia
The tour group arrives in Australia and the tour concludes.

Garden Lovers’ Tour of America

Tour Details

 

Beginning in the unique, port city of Charleston and winding your way north to New York City, this tour will explore a dazzling selection of gardens, private and public, historic and contemporary, on the USA’s East Coast.

Timed to coincide with the spring blooms of the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll begin the tour with the Charleston Spring Festival, strolling leisurely between gardens while getting to know this charming city. Explore South Carolina’s nearby plantations and enjoy culinary experiences scouted by gourmand and tour leader, Kirsty Dougherty.

Visit historic Monticello and Washington DC as well as the renowned Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens of Philadelphia. In New York, your final destination, be surprised by urban farming in Brooklyn Grange Farm and green space reclamation in the High Line and 55 Waters Street, Manhattan.

If you haven’t travelled with Kirsty before, she is well-known in the States for her passion for gardens, combined with a love of food and wine, convivial company and good times. Bon voyage!

 

AT A GLANCE…

Begin in Charleston during the annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens
Visit South Carolina’s magnificent plantations on the Ashley River
Explore the grounds and home of Jefferson’s Monticello and Washington’s Mt Vernon
Discover Chanticleer, Longwood and Mrs Hamilton’s gardens in Philadelphia
Enjoy a contemporary take on urban gardening in New York City, including the High Line and Brooklyn Grange – the world’s largest rooftop farm
Savour the varied local cuisines, wines and flavours of America, through South to North

 

Itinerary

Mon 06 Apr 2015 / Depart Australia – Arrive Charleston
Depart Australia and arrive in historic Charleston, South Carolina late on the same day. Taxis are readily available to transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Check-in to the beautiful King Charles Inn and get some rest before the tour starts on Tuesday.

Tue 07 Apr / Charleston
After a morning at leisure, gather for a welcome tour briefing and lunch with Kirsty and fellow travellers.

After lunch, walk with a 13th generation Charlestonian, Anne Middleton Herron, to get a local perspective on a city rich in early American history. As you stroll through the old walled city, you will be able to identify buildings dating back to before the Revolutionary War. End the tour in a private courtyard in the Middleton family’s private garden with refreshments.

Kirsty will provide restaurant recommendations for dinner on your own tonight – Charleston is a food destination and the restaurant scene is fabulous. Charleston is low-country cuisine, representing the area between Savannah, Georgia and Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Recipes from this region were greatly influenced by immigrants from Europe, West Africa and the West Indies. (BL)

Wed 08 Apr / Charleston
Spend the day visiting three plantations within ten minutes of each other on the Ashley River, which offer very different experiences.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a former slave plantation established in 1679, containing America’s oldest public gardens, constructed in 1840 by John Grimké Drayton. Today, the English-style gardens feature winding paths lined with native azaleas and antique camellias, as well as a pre-Revolution-era plantation house and a petting zoo.

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens, dating back to 1741. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres ‘the most important and most interesting garden in America’. The gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.

Drayton Hall is the only original Ashley River plantation home (i.e. main residence) that still stands. The home is unfurnished and unrestored, but the interior and exterior architecture are completely authentic. It is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the US, and one of the only pre-revolutionary houses that remain in close-to original condition today. (BL)

Thu 09 Apr / Charleston
Continue your exploration of Charleston, the Holy City by the harbour, with a harbour cruise taking in significant historical sights while keeping your eye out for dolphins.

After lunch, stroll leisurely through eight to ten private gardens as part of the Festival of Houses and Gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material and history. Enjoy wine and American Classic Tea reception in the garden of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical houses and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973. Today, the interiors are restored to their original 1808 grandeur and surrounded by formal gardens. (B)

Fri 10 Apr / Charleston – Richmond – Charlottesville
Depart Charleston by air (3 hours) for Richmond, Virginia. Transfer to the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville – well located to the historic mall zone. Explore the area and enjoy dinner at your own leisure. (B)

Sat 11 Apr / Charlottesville
This morning, enjoy a historical visit to Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson, America’s 3rd President and the Author of the Declaration of Independence. Tour the home and its grounds, which were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.

After a picnic lunch, continue to a local vineyard in an area highly regarded for its wine. Jefferson was the first landowner in the area to encourage grape planting on the land near Monticello. Relax and taste the wine from the area. Return to Charlottesville for an evening at leisure. (B, PicnicL)

Sun 12 Apr / Charlottesville – Washington DC
Depart Charlottesville and travel to Mt Vernon, home of George Washington, first President of the United States. The 21-room mansion is an iconic example of 18th century architecture. The gardens and grounds of Mt Vernon are beautiful, with both ornamental and edible plants grown there for centuries.

In the afternoon, continue to Washington DC via the Arlington Cemetery. (BL)

Mon 13 Apr / Washington DC
Enjoy a morning orientation tour of the nation’s capital. Begin with the best known Washington institutions such as the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the White House. See also the Jefferson Memorial and the National Mall with the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The afternoon is at leisure to further explore Washington on your own. You may wish to visit the United States Botanic Gardens, established by the U.S. Congress in 1820 and one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Alternatively, the various branches of the Smithsonian Institution (the world’s largest museum and research complex comprising 19 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoological Park) are all open today. (B)

Tue 14 Apr / Washington DC – Philadelphia
This morning you will visit Dumbarton Oaks. Bought in 1920 and described as ‘an old-fashioned house standing in rather neglected grounds’, owners Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss had soon employed landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand to design the gardens. Dumbarton Oaks is ranked number 6 in the National Geographic’s Top 10 Gardens of the World.

After lunch in Georgetown, drive to Philadelphia in the afternoon. (BL)

Wed 15 Apr / Philadelphia
Learn about the early history and foundation of the United States of America on a walking tour of the Independence National Historical Park where the events of the American Revolution transpired.

In the afternoon continue to the new home of the Barnes Foundation, established in 1922 by wealthy pharmaceutical mogul Dr Albert C. Barnes to ‘promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts’. Spend the afternoon viewing the remarkable collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. (B)

Thu 16 Apr / Philadelphia
Enjoy a day outside the city in exclusive district, Wayne, which dates back to the early 20th century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia.

Begin with a visit to Chanticleer which, in 2013, celebrated two anniversaries: its centennial as the Rosengarten estate and 20th year as a public garden.

After lunch at nearby Valley Forge Flowers, visit the private garden of Mrs Dodo Hamilton, Campbell Soup heiress, legendary horticulturalist and supporter of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (America’s oldest). (BL)

Fri 17 Apr / Philadelphia – New York
Depart Philadelphia and drive to New York.

On the way, stop at Longwood one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States covering more than 1,077 acres (436 ha). Your visit will coincide with the famous Spring Blooms festival, when thousands of bulbs blossom throughout the gardens.

Continue to New York City, arriving in the late afternoon. (BL)

Sat 18 Apr/ New York
Enjoy a day of exploration of Manhattan’s contemporary green spaces and relaxing gardens.

First, begin with a visit to the new 9/11 Memorial Museum, honouring the victims and examining 9/11 and its continued global significance. Continue to the incredible public space that is Ken Smith’s Elevated acre at 55 Water St, and The Gardens of Remembrance, Piet Oudolf’s waterfront plantings on Battery Point, which are a tribute to the victims of 9/11 and include 114 varieties of perennials and native plants.

After lunch on your own in Chelsea’s thriving art district, head to the High Line, the famous elevated freight railway transformed into a public park on the lower west side of Manhattan. The 1.6km park’s attractions include naturalised plantings inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the disused tracks, rugged meadow plants as well as many American natives.

Evening at leisure. Renaissance Tours will assist with theatre and restaurant bookings. (B)

Sun 19 Apr / New York
Spend the day out of Manhattan in the borough of Brooklyn.

Today begins with a visit to Brooklyn Grange, a one acre urban farm in Brooklyn. Enjoy the unique perspective of the Manhattan skyline from the top of a six-storey industrial building amidst a productive, thriving green space. Take the Founders tour and be inspired by their fascinating philosophy.

In the afternoon experience spring in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Along with countless other spring blossoms, April is prime flowering time for over 200 Japanese flowering cherry trees showcasing more than 40 different species and cultivars.

This evening, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a dinner cruise on New York harbour. (BD)

Mon 20 Apr / Depart New York
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. (B)

Garden Lovers' Tour of America

Tour Details

 

Beginning in the unique, port city of Charleston and winding your way north to New York City, this tour will explore a dazzling selection of gardens, private and public, historic and contemporary, on the USA’s East Coast.

Timed to coincide with the spring blooms of the Northern Hemisphere, you’ll begin the tour with the Charleston Spring Festival, strolling leisurely between gardens while getting to know this charming city. Explore South Carolina’s nearby plantations and enjoy culinary experiences scouted by gourmand and tour leader, Kirsty Dougherty.

Visit historic Monticello and Washington DC as well as the renowned Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens of Philadelphia. In New York, your final destination, be surprised by urban farming in Brooklyn Grange Farm and green space reclamation in the High Line and 55 Waters Street, Manhattan.

If you haven’t travelled with Kirsty before, she is well-known in the States for her passion for gardens, combined with a love of food and wine, convivial company and good times. Bon voyage!

 

AT A GLANCE…

Begin in Charleston during the annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens
Visit South Carolina’s magnificent plantations on the Ashley River
Explore the grounds and home of Jefferson’s Monticello and Washington’s Mt Vernon
Discover Chanticleer, Longwood and Mrs Hamilton’s gardens in Philadelphia
Enjoy a contemporary take on urban gardening in New York City, including the High Line and Brooklyn Grange – the world’s largest rooftop farm
Savour the varied local cuisines, wines and flavours of America, through South to North

 

Itinerary

Mon 06 Apr 2015 / Depart Australia – Arrive Charleston
Depart Australia and arrive in historic Charleston, South Carolina late on the same day. Taxis are readily available to transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Check-in to the beautiful King Charles Inn and get some rest before the tour starts on Tuesday.

Tue 07 Apr / Charleston
After a morning at leisure, gather for a welcome tour briefing and lunch with Kirsty and fellow travellers.

After lunch, walk with a 13th generation Charlestonian, Anne Middleton Herron, to get a local perspective on a city rich in early American history. As you stroll through the old walled city, you will be able to identify buildings dating back to before the Revolutionary War. End the tour in a private courtyard in the Middleton family’s private garden with refreshments.

Kirsty will provide restaurant recommendations for dinner on your own tonight – Charleston is a food destination and the restaurant scene is fabulous. Charleston is low-country cuisine, representing the area between Savannah, Georgia and Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Recipes from this region were greatly influenced by immigrants from Europe, West Africa and the West Indies. (BL)

Wed 08 Apr / Charleston
Spend the day visiting three plantations within ten minutes of each other on the Ashley River, which offer very different experiences.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is a former slave plantation established in 1679, containing America’s oldest public gardens, constructed in 1840 by John Grimké Drayton. Today, the English-style gardens feature winding paths lined with native azaleas and antique camellias, as well as a pre-Revolution-era plantation house and a petting zoo.

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens, dating back to 1741. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres ‘the most important and most interesting garden in America’. The gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.

Drayton Hall is the only original Ashley River plantation home (i.e. main residence) that still stands. The home is unfurnished and unrestored, but the interior and exterior architecture are completely authentic. It is the oldest surviving example of Georgian Palladian architecture in the US, and one of the only pre-revolutionary houses that remain in close-to original condition today. (BL)

Thu 09 Apr / Charleston
Continue your exploration of Charleston, the Holy City by the harbour, with a harbour cruise taking in significant historical sights while keeping your eye out for dolphins.

After lunch, stroll leisurely through eight to ten private gardens as part of the Festival of Houses and Gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material and history. Enjoy wine and American Classic Tea reception in the garden of the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical houses and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973. Today, the interiors are restored to their original 1808 grandeur and surrounded by formal gardens. (B)

Fri 10 Apr / Charleston – Richmond – Charlottesville
Depart Charleston by air (3 hours) for Richmond, Virginia. Transfer to the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville – well located to the historic mall zone. Explore the area and enjoy dinner at your own leisure. (B)

Sat 11 Apr / Charlottesville
This morning, enjoy a historical visit to Monticello, home to Thomas Jefferson, America’s 3rd President and the Author of the Declaration of Independence. Tour the home and its grounds, which were a botanic showpiece, a source of food, and an experimental laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world.

After a picnic lunch, continue to a local vineyard in an area highly regarded for its wine. Jefferson was the first landowner in the area to encourage grape planting on the land near Monticello. Relax and taste the wine from the area. Return to Charlottesville for an evening at leisure. (B, PicnicL)

Sun 12 Apr / Charlottesville – Washington DC
Depart Charlottesville and travel to Mt Vernon, home of George Washington, first President of the United States. The 21-room mansion is an iconic example of 18th century architecture. The gardens and grounds of Mt Vernon are beautiful, with both ornamental and edible plants grown there for centuries.

In the afternoon, continue to Washington DC via the Arlington Cemetery. (BL)

Mon 13 Apr / Washington DC
Enjoy a morning orientation tour of the nation’s capital. Begin with the best known Washington institutions such as the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and the White House. See also the Jefferson Memorial and the National Mall with the Korean Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The afternoon is at leisure to further explore Washington on your own. You may wish to visit the United States Botanic Gardens, established by the U.S. Congress in 1820 and one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. Alternatively, the various branches of the Smithsonian Institution (the world’s largest museum and research complex comprising 19 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoological Park) are all open today. (B)

Tue 14 Apr / Washington DC – Philadelphia
This morning you will visit Dumbarton Oaks. Bought in 1920 and described as ‘an old-fashioned house standing in rather neglected grounds’, owners Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss had soon employed landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand to design the gardens. Dumbarton Oaks is ranked number 6 in the National Geographic’s Top 10 Gardens of the World.

After lunch in Georgetown, drive to Philadelphia in the afternoon. (BL)

Wed 15 Apr / Philadelphia
Learn about the early history and foundation of the United States of America on a walking tour of the Independence National Historical Park where the events of the American Revolution transpired.

In the afternoon continue to the new home of the Barnes Foundation, established in 1922 by wealthy pharmaceutical mogul Dr Albert C. Barnes to ‘promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts’. Spend the afternoon viewing the remarkable collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. (B)

Thu 16 Apr / Philadelphia
Enjoy a day outside the city in exclusive district, Wayne, which dates back to the early 20th century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia.

Begin with a visit to Chanticleer which, in 2013, celebrated two anniversaries: its centennial as the Rosengarten estate and 20th year as a public garden.

After lunch at nearby Valley Forge Flowers, visit the private garden of Mrs Dodo Hamilton, Campbell Soup heiress, legendary horticulturalist and supporter of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (America’s oldest). (BL)

Fri 17 Apr / Philadelphia – New York
Depart Philadelphia and drive to New York.

On the way, stop at Longwood one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States covering more than 1,077 acres (436 ha). Your visit will coincide with the famous Spring Blooms festival, when thousands of bulbs blossom throughout the gardens.

Continue to New York City, arriving in the late afternoon. (BL)

Sat 18 Apr/ New York
Enjoy a day of exploration of Manhattan’s contemporary green spaces and relaxing gardens.

First, begin with a visit to the new 9/11 Memorial Museum, honouring the victims and examining 9/11 and its continued global significance. Continue to the incredible public space that is Ken Smith’s Elevated acre at 55 Water St, and The Gardens of Remembrance, Piet Oudolf’s waterfront plantings on Battery Point, which are a tribute to the victims of 9/11 and include 114 varieties of perennials and native plants.

After lunch on your own in Chelsea’s thriving art district, head to the High Line, the famous elevated freight railway transformed into a public park on the lower west side of Manhattan. The 1.6km park’s attractions include naturalised plantings inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the disused tracks, rugged meadow plants as well as many American natives.

Evening at leisure. Renaissance Tours will assist with theatre and restaurant bookings. (B)

Sun 19 Apr / New York
Spend the day out of Manhattan in the borough of Brooklyn.

Today begins with a visit to Brooklyn Grange, a one acre urban farm in Brooklyn. Enjoy the unique perspective of the Manhattan skyline from the top of a six-storey industrial building amidst a productive, thriving green space. Take the Founders tour and be inspired by their fascinating philosophy.

In the afternoon experience spring in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Along with countless other spring blossoms, April is prime flowering time for over 200 Japanese flowering cherry trees showcasing more than 40 different species and cultivars.

This evening, celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a dinner cruise on New York harbour. (BD)

Mon 20 Apr / Depart New York
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. (B)

Northwest Flower and Garden Show, Seattle

Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2017

 

A Taste of Spring – let things get a little tasty and Plant Grow and Eat!

Come along a celebrate all things edible and sustainable, with urban food gardening, homesteading, outdoor dining and a range of exciting culinary experiences including a brand new show section ‘The Tasting Corner’ filled with craft food and beverage exhibitors.

 

Show Gardens

The Northwest Flower and Garden Show show gardens are the heart and soul of all world-class gardens shows and the Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2017 is no exception.

 

Seminars

All the dozens of seminars and demonstrations at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show are FREE so make sure you come along for lots of inspiration and ideas for your garden. Meet some of your favorite gardening heros, like Dan Hinkley, Joe Lamp’l, Debra Prinzing, Tracy DiSabato-Aust and Linda Chalker-Scott.

With seminars and advice for new gardeners as well as old hands, our expert Speakers will give you tips and techniques for creating gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens perfect for your family.

Our seminars bring together stunning visuals and up-to-date advice from all kinds of garden experts – designers, horticulturists and also authors, as there are plenty of very practical sessions too, with demonstrations covering edible gardening, growing plants in of containers, how to prune a wide vaeity of plants, and even flower arranging. We have something for every gardener! Whether you can fit in just one seminar or dozens, remember that it’s all included in your ticket price. Why not buy a multi-day pass so you can see them all and still enjoy everuything else that the show has to offer too?

If your’e keen to see a particular speaker, or get tips on a special subject, or buy a new book signed by the author, use our handy seminar and book-signing guides (available in December)

 

Marketplace

Our Marketplace with over 300 exhibitors is just the thing for your green thumb as you stock up on the latest tools and accessories for your home and garden. You can buy new plants or unique hand-crafted wares, savor delicious specialty foods, or find that special piece of furniture or art to grace your garden. There’s aisle after aisle of fresh gear and outstanding services, including a Plant Market and Vintage Garden Market. We even have a free package check service for you to stash your purchases while you continue to enjoy the show.

 

Venue

Washington St. Convention Center 7th & Pike | Seattle, Washington

 

Show Hours

Wednesday: 9am – 8pm; Thursday: 9am – 8pm; Friday: 9am – 8pm; Saturday: 9am – 8pm; Sunday: 9am – 6pm

Philadelphia Flower Show

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The Show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.

Visitors to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show are treated to fabulous design, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, gardening how-to workshops, and lectures by experts. Show week begins with an exclusive black-tie Preview Party and After Party, one of Philadelphia’s premier events.

Proceeds from the Show support PHS, particularly the City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1,200 families each week during the growing season.

Dates & Times

The 2017 Flower Show opens on Saturday, March 11 and will close on Sunday, March 19.

Show Hours

Friday, March 10 (PHS Members’ Preview) 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, March 11 (PHS Members’ Preview) 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 11 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 12 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Mon. – Fri., March 13-17 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 18 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 19 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location

Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tropical Gardens, Culture and History of Hawaii

Tropical Gardens, Culture and History of Hawaii

 

Day 1. Arrive Oahu

Upon arrival, be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at Waikiki Beach. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel, known as the ‘Pink Palace’.
Stay: Two Nights: Oahu, Royal Hawaiian
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Oahu Garden Visits

This morning, enjoy a scenic tour of Waikiki Beach and surrounding area, including a visit to the Pearl Harbour Visitor Centre. Next, visit Foster Botanical Garden, considered to be a living museum of tropical plants. Including some rare and endangered species, they have been collected from throughout the world’s tropics over a period of 150 years. We will then visit an exclusive private garden, not normally open to the public.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Oahu to Kauai

Visit Queen Emma’s Summer Palace. Built in 1847, the restored and furnished home of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Hawaiian monarchy. Fly to Kauai and visit the dramatically positioned Allerton Gardens. This garden paradise has been transformed through time by the hands of a Hawaiian Queen, by a sugar plantation magnate, and most significantly by an artist and an architect.
Stay: Two Nights: Kauai, Sheraton Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Kauai Garden Visits

This morning, visit Limahuli Botanic Gardens. The garden features endemic Hawaiian species, plants introduced by the early Polynesian voyagers, as well as culturally important plants that were established during the plantation era starting in the mid-1800s, where the plant collections are used for the purposes of conservation, cultural perpetuation, and education. We then travel to the Waimea Canyon, which Mark Twain referred to it as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil. We will then visit a private garden, owned by a local garden enthusiast. In the evening, we visit Smith’s Tropical Paradise to wander the tropical gardens, dine on traditional cuisine and participate in a garden Luau.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Kauai to Maui

Visit Na ‘Aina Kai, a diverse garden with a hardwood plantation, a moss and fern-covered canyon, with views over the pristine sandy beach. Enjoy a tour of the garden and discover the many sculptures. Later, fly to the island of Maui.
Stay: Two Nights: Maui, Sheraton Resort and Spa
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. Maui Garden Visits

Travel along the stunning road to Hana, old Hawaii. Here, we explore the natural pools of Oheo, Keanne Valley Lookout and Wainapanaga State Park. Visit Tedishi Winery to enjoy a historical tour of the gardens and winery. Visit the Rose Ranch, graced by towering 150-year-old trees brought back from Captain James Makee’s travels.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart Maui

This morning we will visit a private garden. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Oahu, where your tour concludes upon arrival.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

 

Cultivate ’16

Cultivate – An AmericanHort Experience.

Cultivate’16 offers premier educational and networking experiences, and more than 7 acres of trade show exhibits including technology, new products and services, and new plant varieties. This year also sees an expansion of products and services for retailers, nursery production, and landscaping. Thousands of attendees from more than 20 countries are expected this year.

The New Now

Polaroids and pay phones.
Snail mail and silent films.
Cursive writing and cassette tapes.

Some things just don’t stick around.

Horticulture isn’t one of them.

When the only thing we’re running short of these days is time, there’s something to be said for timelessness. And that’s what we’re in the business of.

The face of horticulture and the definition of “gardening” are vastly different than what they used to be. Consumers are redefining the relevance of plants and what it means to “go green.” They’re “biophiliacs” instead of gardeners. They’re urban Millennials and downsizing Baby Boomers. They’re hipsters, yupsters, independents, and renegades. And as technology, schedules, and lives get more complex, the importance of outdoor spaces seems to grow larger.

While we might have changed our game and shifted our strategies, our roots are grounded in what makes the industry strong – dedication, perspiration, ingenuity, creativity, and beauty.

This is “The New Now”: same values, different strategies. Discover your role in the New Now at Cultivate’16.

 

You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Solutions.

Cultivate is the largest horticultural industry event in North America, serving every segment from production and retail to installation and suppliers. So it’s only natural that when you’re here, you’ll find the answers to all of your business questions, and all the solutions you need to grow.

 

Solutions Marketplace

Solutions Marketplace is where you’ll find EVERYTHING you need for your business in one easy-to-navigate place. Every year, nearly 600 companies debut their new plants, products, and business services, and you get to see them first.
Trust us when we tell you to wear comfortable shoes. Solutions Marketplace is seriously big: it covers 8 acres!

 

Retail Terrace

Cultivate has long been a preferred destination for independent garden retailers, and although our Solutions Marketplace has always included numerous companies that provide them with products and services, we realized that there was even greater demand to offer more exhibitors and activities for this particular group.
New for 2014, Retail Terrace is a completely separate exhibit hall especially for retailers, where you can find all of the hard goods and services needed to round out your inventory.

 

Cultivate Knowledge

At Cultivate, we offer more than 140 sessions full of innovative ideas and easy-to-implement solutions guaranteed to help you stay competitive. From classroom sessions to hands-on learning, idea exchanges to rapid-fire Q&A, we enable you to learn in the ways that suit you best.

 

Cultivate Innovation

At Cultivate, we dream big, and we encourage you to dream big, too. When you’re here, innovation is everywhere, and your next big inspiration might be just around the corner.
It only takes one great idea to set your business on a whole new course—one to profit, growth, and (dare we say it?) less stress. Our sessions offer you hundreds of innovative ways to propel your company forward, help you balance work and life, boost your career, and let you sleep better at night.
In addition to our sessions, tours, and workshops, here are some other innovative ways we help you find your next BIG idea:
TED-Style TALKS
Get your TED style on with thought-provoking sessions that help you look at the future of the industry, your business, and yourself in all new ways.
IGNITE with the AmericanHort Scholars
In a fun, fast-paced series of presentations, six university students will present current industry topics to their audience. It’s a great way for horticulture professionals to learn what’s happening in education and how it can be applied to the industry. And it gives students the opportunity to develop their presentation skills and apply their theoretical knowledge to real issues. Not only is this a good chance for you to take a peek at what’s going on in academia, it’s also a great place to find your next intern or new hire.
INNOVATION ZONE
Simply put, technology makes businesses grow. But keeping up with the latest and greatest can sometimes feel like a full-time job. Our Innovation Zone is the ideal way to cultivate your technology knowledge by allowing you to gain hands-on experience with the newest, most innovative products and technology. Tech heads will be ready and willing to show you the how’s, what’s, why’s, and wherefore’s, and answer any questions you may have, including how to use an iPad and its available Apps to help build your business.

 

Cultivate Connections

It’s so great to FINALLY meet you! Yep. You read that right. Cultivate is the only significant annual opportunity to get up close and personal with customers, suppliers, colleagues, and all the other people you carry on a cyber-relationship with all year long.
You know that networking is the best way to build your community and keep it strong. So mix and mingle. Visit the trade show floor. Meet people in the hallways and lobbies. And make the connections that can make your career. Here are a few of our favorite ways to meet and greet.
Happy Hour

C’mon, Get Happy! Cultivate’s Happy Hour is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day on the trade show floor. Mix with your industry colleagues. Mingle with your team. Build your network of contacts. And, of course, have fun.

International Garden Festival Canada

International Garden Festival Canada

The International Garden Festival at Reford Gardens (Les Jardins de Métis) in Quebec, Canada is a unique place of innovation and experimentation in contemporary landscape design.

It is also a launching pad for participating designers from a host of disciplines. It provides an annual rendez-vous for admirers of contemporary gardens and design as well as offering a unique space for those involved in the renewal of this art form. This artistic and tourism event also gives visitors a chance to discover inspiring spaces bringing together the visual arts, architecture, design, landscape and the environment.

The Festival site is articulated around two perpendicular axes. The north-south axis is defined by a geometric grid of identical rectangular spaces that are 10m x 20m. They are separated from each other by a filter of trees (birch, ash, maple and linden) underplanted with ground covers. The west-east axis consists of a series of garden rooms that are variable in size and of irregular configurations.

There are 20 conceptual gardens at the 16th International Garden Festival, including some of the most popular from the previous seasons, such as ‘Courtesy of Nature’, ‘ A Ditch with a View’, ‘Jardin M’ and ‘Making Circles in the Water’. Five new gardens have been selected for the 2016 season (see below)

The International Garden Festival runs from May 28 to October 1, 2016. The ticket booth is open from:


June                      8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entrance) / 6 p.m. closing of the gates

July                        8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entrance) / 8 p.m. closing of the gates

August                  8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last entrance) / 8 p.m. closing of the gates

September          8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entrance) / 6 p.m. closing of the gates

A visit to the Reford Gardens takes about 1 ½ and 3 hours and add an extra hour for the International Garden Festival (only open from June 27 to September 27, 2015).

Address: 200, rte 132, Grand-Métis, Québec, Canada, G0J 1Z0

 

New gardens for 2016:

Le caveau (The Cave) by Christian Poules of Switzerland.

Carbone by Coache Lacaille Paysagistes of France.

Cyclops by Craig Chapple, architect, Phoenix, Arizona, United States

La maison de Jacques (Jack’s House) by Romy Brosseau, Rosemarie Faille-Faubert, Émilie Gagné-Loranger, intern architects, Canada

TiiLT by SRCW [Sean Radford, architect, Chris Wiebe, designer], Canada

plus a highly commended project: Dress Up! by Ran Hwang, artist, Sangmok Kim, architect, Sungwoo Kim, architect, Shin Hee Park, fashion artist, Seoul, South Korea / Beijing, China / New York, United States.

Mansions & Gardens of the Canadian Lakes & Hudson River in Fall

Day 1. Montréal

Today arrive in Montréal, often referred to as “the Paris of North America”. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Fourteen Nights: RV Grande Mariner. (D)

 

Day 2. Saguenay River

Breathtaking views abound today as you cruise the Saguenay River, boarded by dramatic cliffs which create some of Canada’s most stunning natural scenery. The Saguenay is noted for its majestic fjords and stunning wildlife, including a variety of whales, seals and birds. Be sure to be on the lookout for whales as this passageway is one of the world’s best locales for whale watching, attracting belugas, right whales and even the elusive blue whale. (BLD)

 

Day 3. Rimouski and Reford Gardens

Start the day with a private visit and guided tour of Les Jardins de Metis, also known as the Reford Gardens. These gardens are full of character, boldness and innovation, yet traditional. You will come to appreciate its uniqueness as you learn of the difficulties in creating a garden in such difficult and harsh conditions as the Quebec climate. Cruise south along the St. Lawrence River to your next port of call, Quebec City. (BLD)

 

Day 4. Quebec City Sightseeing

With its distinctly French culture, Quebec is considered by many to be the most romantic city in North America. Browse the shops and restaurants along the cobblestone streets of the Old Town. This morning you have the option to choose one of two impressive garden tours; the Jardin Botanique Roger-Van den Hende or a private tour of La Seigneurie de I’ile d’orleans. Later, a tour introduces you to the charms and highlights of Quebec City. Tonight, a local pianist entertains you on board. (BLD)

 

Day 5. Montréal and Jardin Botanique

Arrive in Montréal and embark on a city highlights tour, followed by a guided tour of the world famous Jardin Botanique de Montréal, located in the Olympic Park. Marvel at the gardens’ 20,000 different plant species in 31 specialised gardens. (BLD)

 

Day 6. Ogdensburg

Cruising south into the United States, travel the St. Lawrence Seaway, the gateway from the Atlantic Ocean to the North American Great Lakes. The Seaway is a system of locks, canals, and scenic channels dotted with waterfront communities, scenic islands, and amazing wildlife habitats. (BLD)

 

Day 7. Ogdensburg, Thousand Islands, Singer and Boldt Castle

Cruise through the splendour and beauty of the Thousand Islands region, stopping to visit tiny Dark Island in Chippewa Bay and tour the stately and elegant Singer Castle. Built as a private home in 1905, the mansion was used for rum-running during Prohibition. Then cruise to Alexander Bay and visit Boldt Castle and Gardens, built for the wife of a hotel mogul but abandoned due to tragedy. (BLD)

 

Day 8. Oswego and Sylvan Beach

This morning you may choose to take a local shuttle on a panoramic loop around this charming area of Oswego and view some of the highlights such as the H. Lee White Museum, the Richardson-Bates House Museum or Fort Ontario. Your cruise continues along the Oswego Canal on your way to Sylvan Beach, located on the shores of shimmering Oneida Lake. (BLD)

 

Day 9. Sylvan Beach and Amsterdam

Enjoy a full day on the Erie Canal’s calm blue water and unspoiled surrounding countryside. Perhaps visit Cooperstown and meet the ship later in the day at Amsterdam. Located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum. (BLD)

 

Day 10. Amsterdam, Troy, Naumkeag Mansion and The Mount

Today you have the option to continue cruising on the Erie Canal or you can travel through the lovely countryside to visit Naumkeag Mansion and Gardens. Experience this quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age; marvel at this rare Birkshire “Cottage”, with its magnificent gardens and panoramic views. Next, visit The Mount, sure to be a fascinating visit of historical significance, especially for those interested in women’s history. It is a turn-of-the-century home that Edith Wharton designed and built herself. Arrive in Troy, known for its unparalleled Victorian architecture and abundant Tiffany windows as seen in such films as Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Age of Innocence’. (BLD)

 

Day 11. Troy, Poughkeepsie and Springwood

Heading south on the Hudson River you will stop in Poughkeepsie and enjoy a tour of Hyde Park, including a visit to Springwood, the estate of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s only four term president. Next visit the Vanderbilt Mansion, a National Historic Site. (BLD)

 

Day 12. West Point and New York City

Cruise to West Point, located in the heart of breathtaking Hudson River Valley. Tour beautiful West Point Military Academy campus with its Gothic Revival-style chapel. Later today, arrive in New York City and enjoy the unparalleled views of the harbour, the Statue of Liberty and the magnificent city skyline. (BLD)

 

Day 13. New York City Sightseeing

After a leisurely breakfast, start your morning with a visit to the famed New York Botanical Gardens, a national historic landmark, boasting one of the world’s greatest collections of flora. Its 250 acres include some of the most beautiful natural terrain, including dramatic rock outcroppings, rolling hills, waterfalls and ponds. It also houses the nation’s largest Victorian-era glasshouse, the magnificent Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Afterwards, a visit to Kykuit is sure to be amazing. This preeminent Hudson Valley landmark is home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. (BLD)

 

Day 14. New York City

Today is free to explore New York City at your leisure. You may choose to visit some of the many galleries or museums of the city or perhaps indulge in some shopping at many world renowned stores. Tonight gather with your fellow travellers atop the deck of your ship for a farewell cocktail party. (BLD)

 

Day 15. New York City and Wilmington.

Depart New York City to Wilmington where we visit Winterthur, home of Henry du Pont.

Two Nights: 5-star hotel in Wilmington, Dupont Hotel. (BD)

 

Day 16. Brandywine Valley

This morning we visit Bartram’s Garden, the oldest surviving Botanic Garden of North America. Spend the afternoon at the Longwood Gardens. With 20 outdoor display gardens, as well as lakes, meadows and forest walks, there is plenty to explore. (BD)

 

Day 17. Virginia and Washington

Travel through southern Pennsylvania and explore an Amish farm house. Afterwards, we will visit the extraordinary Meadowbrook Farm.

Two Nights: Washington DC, Marriott Wardman Hotel (BD)

 

Day 18. Washington and Mt. Vernon

See the sights of Washington including the White House. Visit Mt Vernon, the former home of America’s first ‘gardening President’, George Washington, and Arlington Cemetery. (BD)

 

Day 19. Depart Washington

Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Tropical Gardens of Hawaii

DAY 1
Wednesday 18 June 2014
Sydney – Honolulu (D)

Meet Graham at Sydney airport for the flight to Ohahu, Hawaii. We’ll be presented with leis when we arrive, which serve to instantly proclaim holiday time! Before we check in to our hotel, we’ll stroll through the Forster Botanic Garden in the heart of Honolulu. This living museum features a wonderful collection of tropical plants. Then it’s on to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known as The Pink Palace. This Honolulu landmark, right on the beach at Waikiki, has recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment and is back to its luxurious and romantic best. Our Welcome Dinner this evening will be in the restaurant of the hotel, overlooking the moon shining on Waikiki.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 2
Thursday 19 June 2014
Honolulu (B/L)

A treat today as members of the Honolulu Garden Club welcome us into their extraordinarily beautiful private homes and gardens. You’ll love Hawaiian hospitality.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 3
Friday 20 June 2014
Honolulu (B)

A free day today to enjoy the hotel, take a shuttle to the shops, or join Graham for an emotional experience visiting the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour. Later Graham will take you out for drinks at the nearby Moana Hotel, which was built in 1901.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 4
Saturday 21 June 2014
Honolulu (B)

Step back into the 19th century this morning with a visit to Queen Emma’s Summer Palace, which is now managed by the Daughters of Hawaii. Membership of the Daughters is open to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawaii prior to 1880, with no restrictions to race. A passionate guide will show us through the charming Hawaiian-Victorian palace, and then we’ll explore the exceptional garden. The afternoon is free.
Accommodation: Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu

DAY 5
Sunday 22 June 2014
Kauai (B)

We take a morning flight to Kauai, where Allerton Gardens will be our first stop. This was Queen Emma’s garden estate. She named it ‘Lawai Kai’ which means ‘Garden by the Sea’, and carefully introduced exotic species into the natural landscape, including bougainvillea and Morton Bay fig. Between 1938 and 1989 Robert and John Allerton introduced more plants from around the world, along with garden features, such as water channels, cascades, pools and waterfalls, latticed pavilions and European sculpture. It’s eclectic in design and dazzling in botanical diversity. Opposite, on Kauai’s South Shore we’ll see the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, then check in to our hotel, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, on the beach at Poipu.
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

DAY 6
Monday 23 June 2014
Kauai (B)

Hanalei is our destination today, on Kauai’s scenic north shore. We’ll explore the town and the famous pier on Hanalei Bay, and get a good view of the emerald quilt of taro farms from the Hanalei Valley Lookout. Limahuli Garden and Preserve is nearby, set in a lush tropical valley and surrounded by towering peaks. The American Horticultural Society selected Limahuli as the best natural botanical garden in the USA. We’ll see intriguing lava rock terraces built by Limahuli’s early inhabitants, learn more about taro, and about the native plants of Hawaii, the so-called ‘canoe plants’ brought to the islands by voyaging Polynesians, and the flowers and fruits introduced during Hawaii’s plantation era.
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

DAY 7
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Kauai (B/D)

You’ll recognise scenes from Jurassic Park when we visit Waimea Canyon on the western side of Kauai this morning. This is the largest canyon in the Pacific and it’s a dramatic sight. Lines in the canyon walls depict the volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. The elevation makes the air 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley and by afternoon much of the mountain is shrouded in cloud. The afternoon is free to relax and have a swim. Wear your lei tonight for our Farewell Dinner in the resort restaurant!
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Poipu

DAY 8
Wednesday 25 June 2014
Kauai – Sydney (B)

Say aloha to Kauai – after breakfast we fly back to Honolulu and onward to Sydney.

DAY 9
Thursday 26 June 2014
Arrive Home

Great Gardens of East Coast USA

DAY 1
Thursday 1 May 2014
Sydney – Washington DC

Meet your Ross Tours representative at Sydney Airport for our flight to Washington DC, where we’ll check into the Omni Shoreham for a four-night stay. The Omni Shoreham is an institution in the US capital and has hosted inaugural balls for every president from FDR to Bill Clinton. It sits on 11 acres, adjoins one of Washington’s great parks and offers fabulous views.
Accommodation: Omni Shoreham, Washington

DAY 2
Friday 2 May 2014
Washington (B/D)

An orientation tour of Washington DC will put the White House, Capitol Building, Pentagon and other landmarks into their city context. The afternoon is free to relax, or lunch at the Smithsonian and wander through the nearby National Botanic Garden with Michael. We’ll all meet up this evening for our Welcome Dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Omni Shoreham, Washington

DAY 3
Saturday 3 May 2014
Washington (B)

Step back into the 18th century today at Mount Vernon, the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. We’ll explore the Palladian-style mansion and stroll through the gardens. They give a great insight into Washington’s varied passions. After lunch in the restaurant at Mount Vernon we’ll have some time to explore the museums of the Smithsonian Institute. Don’t miss the Enid Haupt Roof Gardens.
Accommodation: Omni Shoreham, Washington

DAY 4
Sunday 4 May 2014
Washington (B/D)

The morning is free for us to explore the beautiful houses and gardens of Georgetown before our afternoon visit to Dumbarton Oaks. Owner Mildred Bliss and designer Beatrix Farrand collaborated for more than 30 years on this garden, considering and planning every terrace, bench, urn and border. Each terrace is sculpted with glass, brick, mosaic pebble and plants. These days it’s part of Harvard University and meticulously maintained.
We’ll meet up after dinner this evening to tour the famous Washington monuments, including the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, all beautifully illuminated.
Accommodation: Omni Shoreham, Washington

DAY 5
Monday 5 May 2014
Washington – Philadelphia (B/D)

A pause for reflection at Arlington Cemetery this morning before we leave Washington for Philadelphia, where our hotel is the Omni Independence. It’s right in the historic centre of the city, next to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. We have an afternoon free to explore. Dinner is included tonight.
Accommodation: Omni Independence, Philadelphia

DAY 6
Monday 5 May 2014
Philadelphia (B)

Today an insight into the wealth, influence – and philanthropy – of the du Ponts, one of America’s most prominent families. Just outside Philadelphia is Brandywine Valley, home to many grand gardens including Longwood Gardens. Pierre du Pont had the first flower gardens laid out at Longwood in 1907. He went on to create a horticultural tour-de-force to rival anything he had seen in Europe. Huge and elegant glass conservatories were built to house 20 indoor gardens. After our guided tour there will be time for lunch and free time to explore before we head back into Philadelphia.
Accommodation: Omni Independence, Philadelphia

DAY 7
Wednesday 7 May 2014
Philadelphia (B/L)

Back to Brandywine this morning to visit Winterthur. This was the home and garden of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), a cousin of Pierre. Du Pont developed an appreciation of nature as a boy and it served as the basis for his life’s work in this garden. He selected plants from around the world to enhance the natural woodland setting, planting an understory of rhododendrons and azaleas beneath the tree canopy following meticulous colour planning. Close to the house the Sundial garden, Reflecting Pool and Peony Garden link the domestic to the wider landscape. The house itself is the premier museum of American decorative arts so well worth a look. A light lunch is included. Don’t miss the shop!
Accommodation: Omni Independence, Philadelphia

DAY 8
Thursday 8 May 2014
Philadelphia – New York (B/D)

A brilliant garden for us this morning: Chanticleer, described as a ‘pleasure garden’ and designed to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture. It dates from the early 20th century, and was the summer home and country retreat of Adolph Rosengarten. It’s been open to the public since 1920 and it’s unlike any other public garden you’ve ever seen!
There’s the Old Tennis Court garden, with its fantastic emphasis on foliage, the fabulous folly of the Ruin Garden, an exuberant and flowery Pond Garden and an immense Woodland Garden, which is a particular joy at this time as it blooms with countless rare spring ‘ephemerals’ such as the trilliums.
We’ll make a lunch stop in Wayne before continuing to New York. Le Parker Meridian is home for the next four nights. The hotel is spectacularly located in the very heart of the city, a short walk from Central Park, Carnegie Hall, the Broadway theatres and Fifth Avenue’s famous shops. Dinner is included this evening.
Accommodation: Le Parker Meridian, New York

DAY 9
Friday 9 May 2014
New York (B)

First up this morning is a lesson in planting design from the master, Piet Oudolf. His widely acclaimed High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side and owned by the City of New York. Oudolf is a leading figure in the New Perennial planting movement. His planting schemes emphasize plant structure as the most important aspect of a successful garden. Form and texture are valued as much as colour. It’s not just the planting here that impresses. The design of every detail, from bench to water fountain to steps, is sleek perfection.
The afternoon is free for you to go back to your hotel, or to stroll across to Times Square and join Michael on a visit to the 9/11 Memorial.
Accommodation: Le Parker Meridian, New York

DAY 10
Saturday 10 May 2014
New York (B)

We’ll take a short walk around the corner to Central Park for a guided tour this morning. There are sprawling waterways, green meadows, bridges, performance spaces, educational facilities, gardens and classical architecture. But above all else, this is a recreation space for the people of New York.
The afternoon is free and there are lots of choices, with Michael and our local guide to help to you decide.
Accommodation: Le Parker Meridian, New York

DAY 11
Sunday 11 May 2014
New York (B)

There are treasures in store this morning. The Cloisters Museum is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Our guided tour will include the building and its cloistered gardens, located in Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan. Our next stop is Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural centre in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River. Broad lawns and majestic trees complement dense and sophisticated theme gardens. This is a fantastic site on high bluffs looking across the Hudson River to the palisades.
Return to the hotel or join Michael in Harlem for the afternoon Gospel service at Greater Refuge Temple – quite an experience!
Accommodation: Le Parker Meridian, New York

DAY 12
Sunday 11 May 2014
New York – Boston (B)

We travel through stunning countryside from New York to Boston this morning and stop in at Hollister House in Connecticut. This classic garden in the English style is the home and garden of George Schoellkopf, an antique dealer. He used plasticine to model the garden in order to resolve the tricky contours of this sloping site! The creative solution has walls and hedges buckling throughout to provide a series of intimate spaces containing different planting styles surrounding the 18th century farm buildings.
Later we’ll settle in to The Colonnade Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay, a short stroll to Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts and directly opposite the fabulous shops of The Prudential Centre and Newbury Street.
Accommodation: The Colonnade Hotel, Boston

DAY 13
Tuesday 13 May 2014
Boston (B)

Discover the home of American democracy with a guided tour of Boston this morning, then this afternoon we’ll visit Cambridge, home of Harvard University. After a wander through some of the oldest quadrangles, we’ll visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see the world-famous display of glass flowers. These were made for Harvard by glass artisans in Germany for the purposes of teaching botany. They are botanically correct in every detail and astonishingly realistic.
Accommodation: The Colonnade Hotel, Boston

DAY 14
Wednesday 14 May 2014
Boston (B/L)

Today we discover the marvelous mélange of the colonial, the maritime and the aristocratic that is Newport Rhode Island, ‘America’s First Resort’. We’ll visit Cornelius Vanderbuilt’s summer mansion, The Breakers. This is the grandest of Newport’s summer ‘cottages’ and symbolises the Vanderbilt’s social and financial pre-eminence in turn-of-the-century America.
Another idiosyncratic garden this afternoon: Sakonnet Garden, which contains a huge range of original design ideas, desirable plants and exquisite planting schemes.
Lunch is included today.
Accommodation: The Colonnade Hotel, Boston

DAY 15
Thursday 15 May 2014
Boston (B/L/D)

Beautiful private gardens in an historic area of Boston are on the programme this morning when we visit gardens belonging to the members of the Beacon Hill Garden Club. We will be treated to lunch at William Prescott House, hosted by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
The afternoon is free so you can stay on and discover more Beacon Hill gardens or return to the hotel. Our farewell dinner tonight will give us one more chance to share some stories.
Accommodation: The Colonnade Hotel, Boston

DAY 16
Friday 16 May 2014
Boston – Home Port (B)

Transfer for flights home

DAY 17
Saturday 17 May 2014
Inflight
DAY 18
Sunday 18 May 2014

Arrive Home