"Long Summer Weekend in the Commonwealth"

July 22, 2004 (Thursday)–July 25, 2004 (Sunday)


July 22 (Thursday)
7:30 AM – Leave Raleigh for Southwest Virginia.

11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Riverbend Nursery – visit, tour, and have lunch there.

3:00-6:00 PM – Visit Virginia Tech Horticulture Garden, the Virginia Tech campus, and the local private gardens of Elissa Steeves and Kim Knight; check-in.
Walk to dinner in Blacksburg on own, walk to Alex Niemiera's garden and stay overnight at the VT hotel (Donaldson Brown Center).

HOTEL: The Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center
201 Otey Street (on the campus of Virginia Tech) – (540) 231-8000

July 23 (Friday)
7:45 AM – Travel to the private garden of Paul James in Boones Mill (just south of Roanoke).

11:00 AM – Travel to Monticello in Charlottesville ; boxed lunch provided, arrive 2:30 PM and spend the afternoon there; stay in a hotel by historic University of Virginia campus, visit and have dinner on own.

HOTEL: Best Western Cavalier Inn at the University
105 N. Emmet Street – (434) 296-8111

July 24 (Saturday)
8:00 AM – Leave C'ville for Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden in Richmond, arrive 9:30 AM and take guided tour and spend free time there, eat lunch at LGBG on own.

2:00 PM – Depart for Colonial Williamsburg and adjoining College of William and Mary, arrive 2 PM and do tours of CW sites and gardens. Stay overnight near Williamsburg, dinner on own. (Check their Web site or call (800) HISTORY for dinner reservations at a Colonial Tavern.)

HOTEL: The Williamsburg Hospitality House
415 Richmond Road – (757) 229-4020

July 25 (Sunday)
Morning activities in Colonial Williamsburg TBD, plus free time
Head back to Raleigh around 2:00 PM.

Pack light!

Lots of walking, bring comfortable shoes and be comfortable walking.
It will be mid-summer and HOT, particularly in the Richmond and Williamsburg areas!

Cost per person, double occupancy: $489.00 ($649.00 single occupancy). Cost includes all hotels, transportation via motor coach (from Raleigh), baggage handling, entrance fees, and lunches at Riverbend nursery and boxed lunch at Monticello.
To register for this Garden Journey, please call Judi Granger at (919) 872-4420.
Departs from the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 515-3132 for more information about this event.