Pennsylvania's Gardens: From Amish Charm to Longwood Sophistication

See the world in bloom in Lancaster County, where you’ll discover the renowned Longwood Gardens, the du Pont naturalistic garden and the unique gardens of local Amish and Mennonites.
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Program No. 11116RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The gardens of Lancaster County and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful in the country and have a unique style all their own. Celebrate spring or fall in Lancaster County, and take in the vast array of seasonal blooms and plants on display at the world-famous Longwood Gardens. Along the way, learn about gardening history and design as you find inspiration for your home gardens.
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On Your Feet
Walking on grass, some steps into Amish home. Climbing on/off bus.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With local Master Gardeners and a Mennonite historian, enjoy the charming gardens of Lancaster County.
  • Explore Henry Francis du Pont's Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, one of America's “10 great places of historical proportions.”
  • Embrace the beauty of 1,077 acres of Longwood Gardens and the grand Conservatory with an expert, and enjoy plenty of time to enjoy at your own leisure.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs).
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Brinton Rutherford
Brinton Rutherford grew up in northern Lancaster County. He currently works as a resource staff person for Lancaster Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. His prior work includes five years as the director the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. With an earned doctorate in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, he also teaches theology and church history at the Lancaster campus of Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Eastern Mennonite University, and at Messiah College.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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