Gardens of North Carolina

September 10 - 14, 2021

$899pp Double Occupancy and $1199pp Single Occupancy Status: Available
  • Trip Includes: Transportation, 4 Nights Hotel, Admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens,, Tour J.C. Raulston Gardens, Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, Historic Oakwood, Tour Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Tour NC Botanical Garden, Tour Montrose, Tour Coker Arboretum, Tour Reynolda Gardens, Old Salem Museum, Historic Bethabara Park, 4 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, Escort, Taxes and Meal Gratuities.

Itinerary: September 10, 2021 Friday
7:00 am Depart. Breakfast and rest stop en route, on own. Stop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens with time to explore on your own and enjoy lunch at the café. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers year-round beauty on a historic property with more than 50 acres of spectacular gardens, dining, and shopping. A classical domed Conservatory is the only one of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. More than a dozen themed gardens include a Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Asian Valley and Cherry Tree Walk. Pathways will draw you to parts of the garden that delight you around every turn. Arrive in Raleigh, NC and check into your hotel—The Embassy Suites. Enjoy a reception before dinner. Local dinner tonight. (D)
September 11, 2021 Saturday
Breakfast included at hotel. Today we’ll visit J.C. Raulston Arboretum ~ a nationally acclaimed garden with one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for land-scape use in the Southeast. Next we will visit Juniper Level Botanical Garden and Plant Delights Nursery ~ established in 1988 when Raleigh native Tony Avent and his wife Michelle purchased a 2.2 acre abandoned sandy loam tobacco field. Approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Raleigh, NC, Juniper Level is located between the rural farming communities of Wil-low Spring and Panther Branch. Enjoy a visit to Historic Oakwood Neighborhood ~ the only intact nineteenth century neighborhood in Raleigh, it was built in the dense woods known as “Mordecai Grove” and sold off in parcels after the Civil War to individuals and developers. The variety of Victorian architectural styles represented in the neighborhood reflects the middle-class tastes of business and political leaders of Raleigh for whom the homes were built, as well as the skills of architects and builders. Return to the hotel, enjoy reception before dinner. (B,D)
September 12, 2021 Sunday
Breakfast included at hotel. Today we will visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. ~ In the early 1930s, Dr. Frederic M. Hanes, a member of the original faculty of Duke Medical School possessed a special love for gardening and was determined to convert the debris-filled ravine, by which he walked daily, into a garden of his favorite flower, the iris. In the previous decade, the land had been under consideration for creation of a lake. But funds were short and that project was abandoned. So the idea for a garden took root. We are now off to visit, North Carolina Botanical Garden , Chapel Hill ~ The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a conservation garden. The guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and con-servation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature. Now enjoy a visit to the Coker Arboretum ~ In 1903, Dr. William Chambers Coker, the University’s first Professor of Botany and the first chair of the University Buildings and Grounds Committee, began developing a five-acre boggy pasture into an outdoor University classroom for the study of trees, shrubs, and vines native to North Carolina. We will end the day at Montrose Gardens, a listed property in the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds include several 19th century buildings, a rock garden, scree garden, extensive woodland plantings, and large areas of sunny gardens with unique color and planting schemes. Unusual trees and trellises, fences, and arbors, designed and constructed by local artist, enhance the gardens. Winter gardens are a spe-cial feature of Montrose. We will arrive at the Embassy Suites in Winston Salem for a 2 night stay. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight. (B,D)
September 13, 2021 Monday
Breakfast included at hotel. Depart for the Reynolda Gardens ~ The Reynolda estate, which was developed as an estate where the family could enjoy clean air, healthy food, and active leisure pursuits. It is distinguished by the fact that it was guided to fruition and managed by a woman, Katharine Smith Reynolds. Historic Bethabara Park ~ The birthplace of Winston-Salem. Found-ed in 1753 by German-speaking Moravians, Bethabara was the first European settlement in the North Carolina Piedmont. A National Historic Landmark and Local Historic District, historic Bethabara Park encompasses 183 acres of preserved wildlife, historic buildings and grounds, walking and birding trails, and protected wetlands. Local dinner included tonight. (B, D)
September 14, 2021 Tuesday
Breakfast included at hotel. Depart for Old Salem Museum ~ Self-Guided Walking Tour of Historic Town of Salem. Costumed Interpreters, Trades People, and Home Life Educators greet your participants in the historic buildings. 11AM Depart for home with lunch & dinner stops en route “on own”. 7PM Approximate arrival back. (B)