Gardens of the
Philadelphia Region
A Pacific Horticulture Tour
June 3-9, 2018
Escorted by Sue Goetz,
Tour Manager Cheryl Nichols



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Join us as we visit some of the most outstanding gardens in the United States . Our tour includes
estate gardens founded on fabulous wealth, a historic garden pre-dating American Independence,
exceptional nurseries and delightful private gardens. Space is limited---sign up now, this tour is
sure to sell out early.

Sunday June  3   Make your way to Philadelphia to the
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, our hotel for
next 6 nights. Our hotel is in the heart of the historic Old City
steps from Philadelphia's downtown center within walking
distance of popular landmarks, including the Liberty Bell
Center, Independence Hall, and Betsy Ross House. The
property offers free WiFi, a rooftop pool,  fitness center,
and  Restaurant & Pub. Join Sue and Cheryl in the lobby
for a glass of wine at 6:30pm followed by a welcome dinner
and orientation so you can learn more about the exciting
days ahead and meet the other guests   
Reception, dinner

Monday June  4  Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we depart by private motorcoach for a visit to
Scott Arboretum, spread over 110 acres at Swarthmore College. Founded by Arthur Hoyt Scott,
whose vision was to further horticulture by visual demonstration.   He believed that the dream can
be best realized by the planting  in a public place of such trees, shrubs, and flowers as can be used
by people of average means living in the Philadelphia suburban area.  Next we'll explore
Hedgleigh
Spring
, the garden of Charles Cresson, once featured in Martha Stewart Living. The garden was
originally the creation of Cresson’s grandfather. He built the house in 1911 and spent the rest of his
life fashioning a garden from the open fields. Later Charles’ father continued to maintain the
garden just as his father had left it and passed along his
love of the property to his son. Charles took over in 1979,
after studying horticulture in the United States and in England
and honing his skills in various gardens, including those
maintained at Wisley by the Royal Horticultural Society.
During his more than twenty-year tenure as steward,
Cresson has transformed Hedgleigh Spring into a
consummate plantsman’s garden, with more than two
thousand species and varieties. June is normally peak
season at Hedgleigh for climbing roses.  We will enjoy a
delicious lunch in the Garden Shed at Terrain. After lunch
we'll have an orientation and time to shop and discover ideas
for our home gardens in Terrain's fabulous nursery. There
are departments featuring garden supplies, house and
home, outdoor living, and garden related gifts.
Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday June  5   After breakfast at the hotel, our day begins with a visit to Winterthur. Founded
by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of
American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-
acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from
around the world. We'll have a guided tour of the gardens and house, followed by time to stroll the
garden and browse the gift shop.   

In the afternoon we will visit a private garden and Bartram's Garden. Dating from 1728, this National
Historic Landmark is the former home and garden of John Bartram, America's first botanist. He was
endlessly curious and wanted to learn everything about the world around him. His explorations of
wild American landscapes were deeply influential to Europeans who were hungry for any and all
information about the New World. We'll tour the house and garden. We return to the hotel late
afternoon, evening at leisure.   
Breakfast, Lunch

Wednesday June  6  Today we  are in for a real treat when we visit Chanticleer, a Pleasure
Garden.  
Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden
in America. 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. It is a garden of pleasure and learning,
relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home. There are seven
Horticulturists, each responsible for the design, planting,
and maintenance of an area. The areas are continually
evolving, each with its own feel, yet joined together as one
complete unit.

We continue with an exclusive visit to Jenny Rose Carey's
private garden,
Northview.  Jenny, is director of the
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s garden and nursery, Meadowbrook Farm. She has spent
almost 20 years refining a shade garden at  her Victorian estate in Ambler, Pa. and is the author of
the book Glorious Shade. Jenny believes the shade garden is the best part of the garden and when
artfully planted and groomed, it is the most sheltered and cocooning place to be. The hallmark of
the shade garden, she says, is its “intimacy,” which with its sense of privacy, offers a serene
environment away from the chaos of modern life. We will have lunch in Jenny's carriage house.

Our next stop is to
Brandywine Cottage,  David Culp's beloved 2-acre Pennsylvania garden where
he mastered the design technique of layering — interplanting many different species in the same
area so that as one plant passes its peak, another takes over. The result is a nonstop parade of
color that begins with a tapestry of heirloom daffodils and hellebores in spring and ends with a jewel-
like blend of Asian wildflowers at the onset of winter. David is the author of The Layered Garden.   
Breakfast, Lunch

Thursday  June 7    We start our day with a stroll through
Meadowbrook Farm.  Lovingly designed and created by J.
Liddon Pennock, Jr. (1913-2003), Meadowbrook Farm remains
his garden legacy. Sited on 25 acres to the north of Philadelphia,
Meadowbrook allowed Liddon to hone his gift for garden design.
He spent decades perfecting the gardens on the property, which
have been featured in many books and magazines. Our next
stop is
Hortulus Farm Garden & Nursery. The gardens are
composed of twenty separate, formal gardens, including pastoral
walks, idyllic ponds and streams, intriguing follies, and dramatic
vistas. The historic barns and out buildings at Hortulus Farm are
home to a colorfully diverse family of farm animals, including
horses, sheep, chickens, ducks, swans, guinea fowl, and
pheasants. We'll enjoy lunch and a guided tour then have time
to browse the nursery.  Time permitting, we'll make a stop at Linden Hill Gardens, a retail nursery
specializing in rare, unusual and cutting-edge plants for collectors and connoisseurs. Linden Hill
features terrific display gardens and is owned by garden designer Jerry Fritz.   
Breakfast, Lunch

Friday June  8   The morning is free for exploring Philadelphia's historic sights or perhaps a quick
visit to the Barnes Foundation. (Be sure and pre-purchase tickets) After lunch (on your own) we
depart for the state of Delaware and
Mt. Cuba Center. Located on nearly 600 acres, Mt. Cuba is
dedicated to the study, conservation and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont
Region through garden display, education, and research. Their woodland wildflower gardens are
recognized as the region’s finest. We'll have a guided tour  before departing  for one of the world's
premier horticulture showcases,
Longwood Gardens. The living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, the
gardens are sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent
architecture. Here, amid 1,077 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you’ll find beauty at
every turn. Pierre du Pont built his first conservatory so he could have oranges in the winter.
Although his experiment was not successful, it defines Longwood’s horticultural spirit even today--to
make the impossible possible. We'll have a private guided tour followed by ample time for
independent touring then enjoy  Longwood's famous summer dinner and then a performance of the
"Illuminated, musical Fountains Show," a fitting end to our marvelous tour of the great gardens of
the Philadelphia region. Return to the hotel late evening. (Note: Fountains show is weather
permitting)  
Breakfast, Dinner.

Saturday June 9   Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then independent departures to return home or
perhaps continue touring in the northeast. We suggest flight departures be scheduled noon and
later as we will not be returning to the hotel until late the night before  
Breakfast.  Farewell!

Tour Price:
 $2208  per person based on double occupancy for members of Pacific Horticulture  
$2308 for non-members, $585 single supplement.

Including:
•        6 nights  accommodation at Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
•        Welcome reception, 2 dinners, 6  breakfasts, 4  lunches
•        Transportation by private motorcoach
•        Services of Pacific Horticulture tour escort and Sterling Tours manager
•        All entrance fees as per itinerary
•        Gifts to private garden owners
•        $250 donation to Pacific Horticulture Society
•        Taxes and service charges

Not included:
•        Airfare
•        Tips to our driver, at your discretion
•        Items and events not listed in itinerary.


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