Both Sides of the Bay:
Gardens of San Francisco
& the East Bay
A Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Tour
June 4-10, 20157
Local Hosts Lucy Hardiman and Bob Hyland

California’s Bay Area is blessed with an ideal climate for gardening, and the region’s many beautiful
and interesting gardens, with their unique designs and exciting plant palettes, provide ample proof.
Join Lucy Hardiman and Bob Hyland for this seven-day, six-night tour of many of the Bay Area’s finest.

The tour commences on Sunday, June 4, with a welcome dinner in Berkeley, where we spend
three nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina. Over the next two days in the East
Bay, we visit several enchanting private gardens
showcasing a wide range of styles and materials,
including the quirky one belonging to Berkeley
sculptor and ceramicist Marcia Donahue. In the
Berkeley Hills, wesee the superb collections of
South African plants and California natives at the
UC Botanical Garden. In Walnut Creek, we make a
pilgrimage to the famed Ruth Bancroft Garden, the
inspiration for the creation of The Garden
Conservancy. There’s time to visit a couple of
nurseries, too, including Annie’s Annuals, before we
cross the bridge to the other side of the Bay. With
the Hotel Union Square in San Francisco serving as
our home for the next three nights, we continue our
exploration of private and public gardens and innovative public green spaces in the city. Highlights
include gardens by Organic Mechanics and Shirley Watts, the San Francisco Botanical Garden in
Golden Gate Park and the rooftop garden of the California Academy of Sciences. And what garden
tour of San Francisco would be complete without a stop at Flora Grubb Gardens, the store that
redefined the urban nursery?

Your tour guides are Lucy Hardiman and
Bob Hyland. Lucy is an acclaimed Portland garden
designer, speaker and writer, and past president
of HPSO. Lucy serves on the Great Plant Picks
committee and has deep ties to the Northwest
horticultural community. Bob is a longtime public
garden administrator, now garden designer and
consultant, and owner of Contained Exuberance,
a retail store in Portland. Alongside his role as
HPSO’s First Vice President, Bob serves on the
board of Pacific Horticulture Society. He was Director of Education for the San Francisco Botanic
Garden from 1989-1994. This tour is rated
ACTIVE: It may require walking up to two miles a day,
climbing stairs, and navigating unpaved and uneven paths.
You must be a member of HPSO to
register for this garden tour.

Tour Price: $1,650 per person, sharing a room.  Supplement for single room is $699.
Tour Price includes the following:
• Three nights at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
• Three nights at Hotel Union Square, San Francisco
• First class coach (bus)
• Breakfast daily
• Four lunches (June 5, 6, 7 & 8)
• Welcome dinner on June 4
• Admission to all gardens and other sites on tour
• Gratuity for coach driver
• All applicable taxes
• $120 charitable contribution to HPSO

Tour Price does not include roundtrip airfare, transit to and from your hotels, cost of meals
and personal expenses not explicitly included here. The tour price is based on a minimum of 24
participants. Tour participation is subject to the accompanying General Terms & Conditions and
submission of a signed Waiver and Liability Release.

This HPSO Garden Tour is developed in association with Sterling Tours.
For more information,
please contact:  Lucy Hardiman,, or
          Bob Hyland,

To view or download the brochure, please click HERE.

For more information, contact:
Sterling Tours, Ltd            
2907 Shelter Island Drive Suite #105-262    
San Diego, CA 92106      Tel: 619 299-3010     800-976-9497
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