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Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (3 nights)

Program Number: 20363RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/8/2013 - 3/11/2013; 3/4/2016 - 3/7/2016; 3/11/2016 - 3/14/2016;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 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.


• Attend the Flower Show with limited free time to explore on your own.
• Explore the unique Barnes Foundation at its magnificent new Philadelphia campus.
• 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

Walking up to two miles on busy city streets.

An extended five-night version of this program which gives you early morning access to The Flower Show is also available: #20362. For details, see or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.

Date Specific Information


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Lodging is at a full-service hotel in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district.
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Lodging is at a members-only hotel in Rittenhouse Square.
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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.
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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Radisson Warwick Hotel
  Philadelphia 3 nights
 Radisson Warwick Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Radisson Plaza Warwick Hotel Philadelphia is rich in tradition, as it has been servicing elite Philadelphians and guests for many years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Plaza Warwick Hotel was originally constructed in 1926. With 301 handsomely appointed rooms, this historic yet modern downtown Philadelphia hotel is located just off the world-renowned Rittenhouse Square, the city's most prestigious residential, commercial and business district. This hotel in Philadelphia is located near fabulous shopping, wonderful restaurants and bars, and a variety of exciting live performances - from ballet to orchestra. Our downtown Philadelphia hotel is the place to stay for leisure or business travel, as it is only minutes from the business district and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our Philadelphia, PA hotel's services include: ATM Baggage storage Bell service Boarding pass printing (complimentary) Business Center (complimentary, open 24 hours) Children 18 and under stay free in the same room with an adult Concierge staff Daily newspaper (your choice of Wall Street Journal or USA Today) Dogs allowed on our dedicated dog floor (one-time, non-refundable $50.00 deposit and $10 daily fee applies) Dry cleaning and laundry services Executive/Club Level Express Yourself online check-in Forgotten items service Free local phone calls Hair salon High-speed, wireless Internet access (complimentary) Laptop safe and safety deposit box Laundry facilities Local area transportation and tours Lounge Luggage hold Multi-lingual staff Overnight package services and package delivery Parking (valet or self) at a standard fee Piano bar Room service (6:30am-midnight) Soda and ice machines on each floor Wake-up service
  Contact info: 1701 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-735-6000
  Room amenities: 32" LCD HD television Bathroom amenities Coffee maker Connecting rooms -clock radio Hair dryer free Local phone calls-Handicap accessible rooms High-speed, wireless Internet In-room printing-room safe -Iron/ironing board work desk Windows open to outside
  Facility amenities: Relax at One of the Finest Hotels in Philadelphia, PA The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia is awash in services designed to enhance your experience. State-of-the-art fitness equipment with 15" LCD TVs and iPod hookups can be found in our downtown Philadelphia hotel's 2,000 square foot Fitness Center. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi service. Valet and self parking are available at a standard fee. A full service hair and nail salon is conveniently located on site.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $134 + 15.2% tax May book directly with the hotel. Ask for ......( whose name will supplied later)
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $134 + 15.2% tax May book directly with the hotel. Ask for ......( whose name will supplied later)
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration/Orientation 4:30 PM at hotel. You will be staying at Radisson Warwick Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after lunch at approximately 1:00 pm. You will be staying at Radisson Warwick Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Across the street from Club Quarters Hotel at Liberty Place 1 & 2 complex. Entrance on 17th St between Market & Chestnut. $20 per day Monday through Friday, $16 per night Friday through Sunday.
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/barnes foundation
(Friday, March 8)
 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: After dinner we will visit The Barnes Foundation. Audio will be provided.
Accommodations: Radisson Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal Market/Philadelphia Museum of Art/Philadelphia Orchestra Concert
(Saturday, March 9)
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: We will depart at 8:30 am to attend The 2012 Flower Show, the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, who's theme this year will take you on an exotic journey with "Islands of Aloha" all about Hawaii and its floribunda. You are on your own at the Flower Show to leisurely view the floral displays or to participate in demonstrations and lectures that are offered.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own and many inexpensive 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. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.
 Afternoon: At 1:00 pm we will take you to The Phiiladelphia Museum of Art to view the exhibit Van Gogh Up Close. In 1886, while living in Paris, Vincent van Gogh dramatically altered his manner of painting landscapes and still lifes. By experimenting with depth of field and focus and using shifting perspectives, he produced some of the most radical and original works of his career. Dominated in the foreground by close-up views of grasses, wheat sheaves, or tree trunks, van Gogh’s canvases in this period suggest a detailed study of nature and a concern with representing the sensory experience of being outdoors. Contact with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters including Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Paul Signac, and others inspired van Gogh to lighten his palette and to try different kinds of brushwork, as seen in his still lifes and in landscapes painted in gardens near Paris that stress an abundance of grasses, flowers, and branches. 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. The bus will return you to the hotel by 4:00
 Dinner: Dinner at Davios
 Evening: Attend the Philadelphia Orchestra Concert at The Kimmel Performance Hall Rhapsody in Blue James Gaffigan Conductor Stewart Goodyear Piano Bernstein Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake Music for the jazz hall, the ballet stage, and the silver screen. Gershwin's jazzy Rhapsody in Blue is presented for the first time ever on The Philadelphia Orchestra's subscription concerts. Bernstein's film score stands the test of time and Tchaikovsky's ballet is one of his most iconic works.
Accommodations: Radisson Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Winterthur/Longwood Gardens/Dinner/Evening Lecture
(Sunday, March 10)
 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. On our way to dinner we will visit the Brandywine River Museum which collects and preserves American art with primary emphasis on the art of the Brandywine region, American illustration and still life painting. Since 1971, when it was founded, the museum's collections have grown to more than 3,000 works of art by hundreds of artists and most importantly the art works of three generations of Wyeths from N.C. Wyeth to James Wyeth son of the prodigious painter Andrew Wyeth. The art work is housed in an old mill nestled along the banks of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford where the Wyeth family reside.
 Dinner: at hotel
 Evening: We will return to the Philadelphia by 4:30 to rest before dinner at the hotel. Following dinner we will enjoy an evening lecture at the hotel.
Accommodations: Radisson Warwick Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Barnes Foundation on the Parkway
(Monday, March 11)

Note: moderate- wheelchairs available and benches are located in every gallery for sitting

 Breakfast: At hotel. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge.
 Morning: We will visit the Banres Foundation on the Parkway- its new location from 10:00 am to 12:00. Returning to the hotel at 12:15
 Lunch: Lunch is not includded on this last day. Check-out is 12 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge, if you are staying on till later that day.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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