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Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (5 nights)

Program Number: 20362RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/1/2013 - 3/6/2013; 3/3/2016 - 3/8/2016; 3/6/2016 - 3/11/2016; 3/9/2016 - 3/14/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,240.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; None    

The fabulous Philadelphia Flower Show, an internationally renowned treasure, is America’s oldest and grandest indoor horticultural display. Explore breathtaking exhibits presenting the talents of designers and landscapers who “force” perennials, shrubs, and trees into bloom to create full-scale gardens and floral displays. Plus, travel to the beautiful Brandywine Valley visiting the gardens of Longwood and Winterthur; visit the collections of the Barnes Foundation and for a finale, a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra.


• Led by an expert, enjoy privileged access to the Flower Show before the crowds arrive, with significant free time to explore on your own.
• Explore the unique Barnes Foundation at its magnificent Philadelphia campus and attend a cultural event from current offerings.
• Go behind the scenes at Longwood Gardens to see what it takes to maintain its indoor and outdoor gardens, then enter another time at Winterthur, with its priceless art, antiques, and 60-acre garden.

Activity Particulars

Moderate walking up to one mile on busy city streets. Extensive walking at the Flower Show itself; wheelchairs are available at the show if needed.

Participants in this program receive VIP passes for early-morning private viewing before the Flower Show opens to the public. An abbreviated three-night version of this program is also available: #20363. For details, see or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.

Date Specific Information


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Lodging is at a members-only hotel in Rittenhouse Square.
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Lodging is at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, a five-star luxury hotel on the Avenue of the Arts housed in an historic bank building and directly across from the city's stunning City Hall.


Lodging is at a full-service hotel in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district.
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Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.


An appealing and walkable metropolis, 300-year-old Philadelphia is steeped in the beliefs that founded the American Revolution and today is a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and internationally recognized cultural institutions.

Lodging varies by date. Please call or visit for more info.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy Webster

Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, former curator of education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earned a master’s in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1965 until her retirement in 2005, and during that time, presented numerous lecture series on art history, as well as gallery talks on specific objects in the museum’s collections. In addition to her activities at the museum, Elizabeth taught at LaSalle University, Drexel University, Rosemont College and St. Joseph’s University. She continues to be a guest lecturer at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton University. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia; a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. She is currently a trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
Kenneth Hinde

Kenneth Hinde received his B.A. degree in history from Ursinus College. He was employed by the Bucks County Historical Society for fifteen years as associate curator of the Mercer Museum, then as the first site administrator of the Fonthill Museum. He then served as tour director for the Foundation for Architecture in Philadelphia where he was responsible for developing an extensive program of architecture walking tours, geared to the general public. Kenneth is the former director of special programs for Landmarks Road Scholar.
Tish Byrne

An artist and historian, Tish Byrne is passionate about all aspects of her native city and its environment after having lived in and led explorations at the Physick House, which belongs to Philadelphia Landmarks. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts later becoming an administrative assistant to the Director of the school. Presently, she leads excursions for the mural arts program, is a docent at Historic Christ Church and leads explorations of Philadelphia landmarks.
Meals and Lodgings
   Doubletree Hotel
  Philadelphia 5 nights
 Doubletree Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel
  Contact info: 237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
  Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, internet hookup, two telephones
  Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2% Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $152 to $180. plus tax 15.2% Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration/Orientation 4:00 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after lecture. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
A Parking Garage is adjacent to the hotel. 24 hrs cost $26. Discount parking located 2 walking blocks from the hotel cost $15 - Cash only.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington DE and Trenton NJ
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95 and PA 76.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International Airport - PHL
  From End of Program
  Location: Philadelphia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

30th Street-Philadelphia


From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 


Pick up any cab at 30th Street Station. The hotel is 14 blocks from the station.




From Airport




Any Taxi


Per Person/One Way:


$28.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes depending on traffic and rush hour travel 




8 miles


Any taxi from the airport will charge a flat rate for the cab. The cab will hold up to 4 persons.




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lady Liberty
phone: 215-724-8888


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes (dependent on traffic) 




8 miles


Lady Liberty is the only commercial van shuttle to hotels in the Philadelphia area. The van stops at every terminal for pick-up and drops off at the hotel closest to and farthest out from the airport. There is no need for a reservation. Sometimes there could be delays in pick-up due to heavy volume of travelers.




From Airport




Public Transportation
SEPTA R1 High Speed Airport Train
phone: www-sep-taor xg


Per Person/One Way:


$5.50 normal fare. Seniors with a medicare card it is $1.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 




Hotel is 2 blocks


For Doubletree Hotel - exit at 30th Street and take a taxi to the Doubletree Hotel ($10.00 for the cab up to 4 persons in the cab) or continue on train to Suburban Station at 16th & JFK Blvd and take a taxi $5.00 or you can walk. Cross JFK at 16th St and walk to Locust St (5 blocks) then left onto Locust and walk 2 blocks to Broad St. Hotel is on corner of Broad & Locust.

Driving Directions
  From New York, New Jersey and points Northeast (via NJ Turnpike): Take NJ Turnpike South to exit 4 (Philadelphia/Camden Exit). Take 73 North to 38 West. Follow signs to The Benjamin Franklin Bridge . Once over the bridge follow signs for 676 West. Take 676 West to the Broad Street/ Central Philadelphia Exit onto 15th street heading South. Take 15th Street (approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust one block to Broad Street, the hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad and Locust Streets.
  from all points Take 676 East or West depending on which direction you are coming from and exit at Central Philadelphia Exit (Broad Street Rt 611) onto 15th Street heading south. Take 15th St (Approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust 1 block to Broad Street. The hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad & Locust. Turn right onto Broad and left into the parking garage.
Elevation Note: sea level

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation/Dinner
(Friday, March 1)
 Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration begins at 4:00 in the designated conference room as listed on the electric sign located by elevator. Orientation at hotel at 4:30 p.m.
 Dinner: At hotel.
 Evening: Tonight no activity is planned.
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Art lecture/Rodin Museum/The Philadelphia Museum of Philadelphia Orchestra Concert
(Saturday, March 2)

Note: There is a handicap entrance to the Rodin Museum. Not a lot of walking as it is a small museum (5 galleries). Usual walking and standing as expected at art museum. Wheelchairs are available at no charge.

 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a fascinating lecture on the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art by an art educator.
 Morning: Following our lecture, we will go to The Rodin Museum which has been rejuvenated to its 1929 origins. The Rodin Museum, located just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, houses the largest public collection of works, outside of Paris, by the celebrated late nineteenth-century French sculptor Auguste Rodin. With extraordinary works of art and a spectacular garden, the Museum offers a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
 Lunch: The Philadelphia Museum of Art has three locations for you to dine on your own for lunch. The museum cafeteria in the museum or in the Perelman annex and fine dining at The museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.
 Afternoon: You are on your own this afternoon to enjoy the galleries of the museum. Docent led tours are available every 1/2 hour concentrating on different collections of the museum
 Afternoon: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Constructed in 1928 of Minnesota dolomite, it's modeled after ancient Greek temples but on a grander scale. The museum was designed by Julian Francis Abele, the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Inside, you'll see Saint-Gaudens's statue of Diana; she formerly graced New York's old Madison Square Garden. The museum has several outstanding permanent collections: the John G. Johnson Collection covers Western art from the Renaissance to the 19th century; the Arensberg and A. E. Gallatin collections contain modern and contemporary works by artists such as Brancusi, Braque, Matisse, and Picasso. Famous paintings in these collections include Van Eyck's St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, Rubens's Prometheus Bound, Benjamin West's Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, van Gogh's Sunflowers, Cézanne's The Large Bathers, and Picasso's Three Musicians. The museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial teahouse. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts. An unusual touch -- and one that children especially like -- is the Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor.
 Dinner: at hotel
 Evening: Off to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, performance home of The Philadelphia Orchestra. enjoy them in concert. Prior to the concert, we will attend a lecture presented by a musicologist about the works to be presented. Philadelphia Orchestra Haydn, Schumann, Stravinsky Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor Haydn Symphony No. 38 Schumann Symphony No. 1 ('Spring') Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Winterthur/Brandywine River Museum/Longwood Gardens
(Sunday, March 3)

Note: Winterthur requires 1 hour of tour walking and standing. Longwood Gardens is all walking at your own pace. Wheelchairs and motor scooters are available at Longwood. They cost $15 (rental fee).

 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: Then we leave by motorcoach for a full day's excursion to The Brandywine Valley. We will tour Winterthur,the residence in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight
 Lunch: Lunch at Winterthur
 Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the worlds premier horticultural showplace. Longwood Gardens is 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. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. The Conservatory was built in 1919 At present, there are 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.
 Afternoon: After our visit to Winterthur, we will make a brief stop to The Brandywine River Museum to view the collections of the Wyeth and McCoy family, the most notable being Andrew Wyeth.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening
 Evening: We will return to the Philadelphia between 6 and 6:30 pm. You are free this evening to dine out, meet with friends or acquaint yourself with Philadelphia night life.
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Horticulture lec/lunch/The Barnes Foundation/Student Music Recital at Curtis
(Monday, March 4)

Note: Barnes has 15 viewing galleries with benches in each room. Wheelchairs are available.

 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: A garden lecture will take you back to the time of the Quakers and thier settlements in the Brandywine Valley. You will learn more about John Bartram, the "Father of American Botony"
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel or local restaurant
 Afternoon: It is time to visit the Barnes Foundation in its new location on the Parkway. After many years of controversial court hearings the Barnes has moved from its Merion Campus to Center City. Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.
 Dinner: Dinner is included
 Evening: Attend a student recital at the Curtis Institute of Music Mansion on Rittenhouse Square just 3 blocks from our hotel.
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal Market/Philadelphia Flower Show/Evening Lecture
(Tuesday, March 5)

Note: Extensive walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available, but must be reserved in advance. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.

 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Early morning private tour of the flower show before it is opened to the public. Horticultural guides walk you around the exhibits in small groups. Use of the member lounge is available all day for our group. The theme of the 2013 Flower Show, “Brilliant!” is a celebration of the contemporary culture, design, gardens and landscapes of Great Britain. The central feature of the 2013 Flower Show will focus on London and how it has influenced the modern world. Other exhibits will be inspired by both the historical and contemporary landscapes and floral designs of Great Britain and lift up the extraordinary passion the English have for gardening. To ensure an authentic and spectacular Show experience, PHS has developed relationships with the Royal Horticultural Society and the British-American Business Association. PHS will also work closely with British artists, fashion designers, horticulturists, and landscape and floral designers to create garden displays, entertainment, and exhibits in hundreds of categories. The Philadelphia International Flower Show is the nation's largest indoor flower show, which blooms in Philadelphia every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Show features the country's premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a floral fantasy world with beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic arranging, hundreds of gardening lectures and demonstrations, special events, a mammoth indoor Marketplace, and a city-wide Flower Show Week celebration throughout the Philadelphia region.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own and many inexoensive options are available either at the flower Show food court on the terrace cafe or at the Reading Terminal market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., Originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods.
 Afternoon: On your own at the Flower Show to attend lectures. We provide our own shuttle bus back to the hotel from 1pm to 3pm. The convention center is 8 blocks from the hotel, if you wish to stay later and walk ,taxi or public bus back. Your ticket allows you to go back to the show later that evening
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Enjoy an evening lecture TBA
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis" lecture
(Wednesday, March 6)
 Breakfast: At hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a closing lecture on Philadelphia "A Modern Metropolis"
 Lunch: The program ends after the morning lecture
Meals Included: Breakfast
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