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Richmond's Great Gardens and Estates

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Program #14656RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.

Itinerary for May 4 — May 9, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 04 - Welcome to Richmond!/Orientation
Afternoon: Registration is in the hotel lobby from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Register for your room at the hotel desk. Register for the program at the Road Scholar desk.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Orientation and introductions

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 05 - Class/Class
Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: This exciting program is for participants at all levels of gardening experience. Walking in this program is 1-2 miles daily, at a moderate pace, as you explore gardens and historic homes. Some gardens have areas or exhibits that are not barrier-free. Stairs only (no elevators) to the 2nd floor of historic homes. Please be aware that, although you will have time to relax before dinner and classes, there is no large block of free time in this program. The following is a sample schedule. Classes and field trips may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' schedules. Class this morning explores the history and development of Richmond and the various styles of architecture of its mansions and plantations.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: Class this afternoon is about "Healing Gardens." Learn about herbs, growing herbs, and the varieties and uses of perennial medicinal herbs. This class will prepare for our visit to Lavender Fields Farm later in the week.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Class this evening, "Richmond's Gilded Age and early 20th Century Families," discusses the folks who were the patrons for a number of the gardens we will see.

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 06 - Maymont Gardens and House/Tuckahoe Plantation
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: This morning we'll visit a world of timeless elegance and natural beauty at Maymont, an intact Gilded Age estate in the heart of Richmond. A knowledgable staff person from Maymont will lead us through the 100 acres of grounds, which include Japanese, Italian, formal and speciality gardens and arboretum. Maymont's grounds are unique, with high bluffs, streams, ravines and massive rock outcroppings, interspersed with gazeboes, statuary and garden ornaments, paths and walkways. Maymont's mansion, the Queen Anne-Romanesque Revival Dooley House, is rare because its 12 rooms of furnishings and wall hangings were totally preserved. In addition, the lower level where the servants worked and stayed has been restored, providing a fascinating "upstairs, downstairs" view of the House. And there is a fine collection of carriages.

Lunch: We will take lunch at the Best Cafe, located in the new wing at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with a view of the sculpture garden, and an outdoor patio open in suitable weather.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Tuckahoe Plantation, boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson and a National Historic Landmark. Prepare for a unique experience and a step back in history! Tuckahoe, unusual because of its H-shaped plan and overall setting, is considered to be America's finest existing example of an early 18th century plantation. We'll tour the House, which contains ornately carved woodwork and staircases, and the grounds, which contain a "plantation street" with a storehouse, smokehouse, barn, kitchen, plantation office, slave quarters and the schoolhouse that Jefferson attended as a child. A knowledgable staff person from Tuckahoe (or someone from the family that owns it) will discuss the colonial era gardens and cedar-lined lanes that reflect the grandeur of the period. This famous plantation is often used as a setting in films, yet Tuckahoe has been a home and working farm for nearly 275 years.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Class this evening focuses on "Plantations and Their Architecture."

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 07 - Class/Agecroft Hall and Virginia House gardens
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Class this morning is taught by an expert horticulturist, whose focus is growing historic plants.

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.

Afternoon: Journey to medieval times in England this afternoon, as we visit two imported English mansions and their gardens, located on the banks overlooking the James River. Tudor-style Agecroft Hall was dismanteled in Lancashire, England, shipped to America, and rebuilt at its location during the American country-house movement. The House reflects English opulence and the lives of landed gentry in the Elizabethan period. After a tour of the House, a knowledgable staff person from Agecroft will guide us through the gardens, which include a sunken garden based on the pond garden at Hampton Court Palace, a rare collection of exotic plants recorded by John Tradescant, an herbal knot garden, and other gardens of roses, perennials, annuals, and plants grown for their medicinal, flavoring and aromatic values. We then move to Virginia House, initially an early 12th century priory built in Warwick, England, that was bought by its American owners at a demolition sale and imported to Richmond. We'll visit its eight types of formal and naturalistic gardens, which include bog, historic, and ornamental plants. Landscaping at both Agecroft and Virginia House was designed and completed by the noted landscape architect Charles Gillette.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Class this evening continues our discussion of "Richmond's Gilded Age and early 20th Century Families."

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.

Contact info:
555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown

Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access

Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Road Scholar rate
Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 08 - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden/Lavender Fields Far...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: This morning we'll visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which is fast becoming one of the great botanical gardens in North America. Located on land that was once Powhatan Indian hunting territory - and then owned by Patrick Henry - Lewis Ginter has numerous gardens and is internationally respected for its botanical and applied horticultural research and education, which we'll learn about from knowledgable Lewis Ginter staffers. Types of gardens are too numerous to mention individually, but plantings include Japanese and Asian, roses, wetland (with a unique collection of pitcher plants), woodland (with a rare collection of ferns), native, ornamental grasses and mosses, herbs, more than 770 species of perennials, annuals, miniatures, wildflowers, topiary, azaleas, mountain laurels and rhododendrons displayed in formal, ornamental, Victorian, sunken, seasonal and other settings, interspersed by lakes, streams, ponds and the river. The Conservatory at Lewis Ginter is a lush oasis of palms, orchids and other tropical, exotic and unusual plants from around the world. Lewis Ginter also has a large gift shop, which you'll have time to explore, if you wish, after lunch.

Lunch: Lunch in the Garden Cafe at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll travel to Lavender Fields Farm, situated on 22 rolling acres on the Chickahominy River. Lavender Fields is proof-positive that you can, indeed, grow lavender in a hot, damp climate! The owners of Lavender Fields will give us a tour of the farm and its nine greenhouses, where they grow the numerous varieties of organic herbs that supply many sites in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic. You'll be able to learn about different herbs and their uses and purchase herbs if you wish. There is also a small gift shop with handmade soaps, exotic teas and lavender ice cream.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.

Evening: Entertainment for your enjoyment

Lodging: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 09 -
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.

Morning: Final class on "Richmond History, Great Houses and Architecture" is followed by early lunch at 11:30 am. Your program ends after lunch. Room check-out is 12:00 noon.

Lunch: Program ends after early lunch in the hotel. Check out time is 12 noon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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