"Long Weekend in Washington, D. C.; Maryland; Delaware; and Pennsylvania"
- Thursday, June 9, 2005 – 7:30 am–6:00 pm
- Friday, June 10, 2005 – 9:00 am–5:15 pm
- Saturday, June 11, 2005 – 9:15 am–10:30 pm
- Sunday, June 12, 2005 – 9:00 am–9:45 pm
Dates: June 9-12, 2005 (Thursday-Sunday)
Cost: $579.00 per person, double occupancy and $839.00 per person, single occupancy. Rate includes hotel accommodations for three nights, comfortable motorcoach throughout, entrance fees, porterage at hotels, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, and all taxes.
Registration: To register, please call Judi Grainger or Lisa Gibson at The Vacation Centre at (919) 872-4420 as soon as possible. Full payment is due at the time of registration and can be made by check. Make payable to The Vacation Centre.
Information: For additional information about the trip, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the Arboretum's Web.
Urgent response is needed. This trip is limited to 42 travelers.
- Depart from Raleigh, North Carolina at 7:30 AM, arrive in Washington, D. C. at 2:00 PM
- Visit The United States National Arboretum, Washington D. C.
- Travel to Baltimore, Maryland – overnight at Baltimore's Inner Harbor
- Depart Baltimore, Maryland at 9:00 AM, travel to Delaware Visit Mt. Cuba Center, Greenville, DelawareVisit Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Winterthur, DelawareOvernight in Wilmington, Delaware
- Depart Wilmington, Delaware at 9:15 AM, travel to Wayne, Pennsylvania
- Visit Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, Pennsylvania
- Visit Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- Reception at Bob Lyons' Home, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- Longwood Gardens for Festival of Fountains, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- Overnight in Wilmington, Delaware
- Depart Wilmington, Delaware at 9:00 AM, travel to Wheaton, Maryland
- Visit Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland
- Return to Raleigh, North Carolina at 9:45 PM
The United States National Arboretum – The U.S. National Arboretum was established by an Act of Congress in 1927. The arboretum's mission is "serve the public need for scientific research, education, and gardens that conserve and showcase plants to enhance the environment." Located on 446 acres, minutes away from the National Mall in Washington D. C., the arboretum's major gardens include: the Aquatic Garden, Asian Collections, Fern Valley Native Plant Collections, Flowering Tree Collection, Flowering Tree Walk, Friendship Garden, Gotelli Dwarf and Slow-Growing Conifer Collection, Introduction Garden, National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, National Capitol Columns, National Grove of State Trees, and National Herb Garden in addition to many single-genus collections. – www.usna.usda.gov
Mt. Cuba Center – Opening their gardens exclusively for our pleasure, Mt. Cuba Center features a Colonial Revival style residence and offers a diverse landscape ranging from their formal Lilac Path, Round Garden, and South Terrace to more natural gardens including their Dogwood Path, Meadow, Pond Garden, West Slope Path, and Woods Path. Their mission is to "foster an appreciation for plants of the Appalachian Piedmont and the conservation of their environment through garden display, education, and research." – www.mtcubacenter.org
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library – Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont who was an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. In addition to Winterthur's 60 acres of naturalistic gardens, visitors enjoy unparalleled collections of antiques and Americana and learn the workings of an American country estate. Winterthur was designed in the early 20th century by Henry Francis du Pont and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, in the spirit of 18th- and 19th-century European country houses. – www.winterthur.org
Longwood Gardens – Known as the "world's premier horticultural display garden," Longwood Gardens has it all – 1,050 acres of gardens and natural areas, 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens spanning four acres, 11,000 taxa (different types) of plants, spectacular fountains, daily educational and cultural programs, illuminated fountain and fireworks displays, and Bob Lyons. After an early evening reception at Bob's home and dinner in Kennett Square, we will return to Longwood Gardens for a carillon concert and Longwood's famous Festival of Fountains. The garden dates back to 1906 when Pierre S. du Pont purchased the property to protect the trees, however, the first "seeds" of the garden were planted when descendants of George Pierce began planting an arboretum in 1798. – www.longwoodgardens.com
Chanticleer – Chanticleer is the smallest (35 acres) and youngest (formally opened in 1993) garden we are visiting, but do not let that fool you. In 1912, Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., built a large summer house for his wife and their two children on seven acres he recently purchased. The estate was later enlarged by Adolph Rosengarten, Jr., and his wife, Janet. Chanticleer is a "pleasure garden designed to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture" and has been described as "one of the most interesting and edgy public gardens in America" by the Washington Post. – www.chanticleergarden.org
Brookside Gardens – Our last destination, Brookside Gardens, is Montgomery County's incomparable and award-winning 50-acre public display garden. Brookside Gardens features an azalea garden, rose garden, children's garden, formal garden, fragrance garden, Japanese style garden, and trial garden in addition to two conservatories for year-round enjoyment. – www.brooksidegardens.org
Where are we staying? Fabulous places to complement the great gardens we'll visit.
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel (June 9) – The Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, located on Baltimore's Inner Harbor, is steps away from numerous area attractions, sights, and restaurants. This "modern, sophisticated, and stylish" four-star hotel offers upscale amenities and services in a distinctive atmosphere.
Doubletree Hotel Wilmington (June 10 and 11) – Located in the heart of the Brandywine Valley, this recently renovated hotel with its "bright, contemporary, and eclectic" feel is conveniently located near numerous gardens including several we are visiting. Rest easily at night in their new "Sweet Dreams" beds and enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Bring your swimming suit and enjoy the indoor pool. Don't forget to pick up a warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in.
A downloadable copy of the registration form is available in Microsoft Word format and Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format (both removed from site).
Ask Judi Grainger or Lisa Gibson about travel insurance when registering for this trip.
This trip will fill fast...contact Judi Grainger or Lisa Gibson at The Vacation Centre at (919) 872-4420 to register ASAP.
- $579.00 per person, double occupancy and $839.00 per person, single occupancy.
- To register, please call Judi Grainger or Lisa Gibson at The Vacation Centre at (919) 872-4420 as soon as possible. Full payment is due at the time of registration and can be made by check. Make payable to The Vacation Centre.
- Trip begins at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
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- Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
- For additional information about the trip, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or email@example.com. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the Arboretum's Web site.