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Topiaries, Pleasure Gardens and Botanical Gems in Philadelphia and Beyond

Join local experts to explore Longwood Gardens, the Mount Cuba Center, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Chanticleer, the Barnes Foundation’s Arboretum and more!
Rating (5)
Program No. 21967RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899
Pennsylvania

Topiaries, Pleasure Gardens and Botanical Gems in Philadelphia and Beyond

Join local experts to explore Longwood Gardens, the Mount Cuba Center, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Chanticleer, the Barnes Foundation’s Arboretum and more!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,899
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,899
Program No. 21967RJ

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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Itinerary Note

We will visit Winterthur in place of Meadowbrook Farm.

Sep 15 - Sep 20, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Sep 22 - Sep 27, 2022
Starting at
1,899
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 4/23/23.

May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 5/14/23.

May 14 - May 19, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our Signature City Program (10238) and World of Art Program (23179) starting on 5/7/23 or 5/21/23.

May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 5/14/23.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our World of Art Program (23179) starting on 9/17/23.

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our World of Art program (23179) or American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 10/15/23.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Itinerary Note

We will visit Winterthur in place of Meadowbrook Farm.

Sep 15 - Sep 20, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Sep 22 - Sep 27, 2022
Starting at
2,499
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
Starting at
2,819
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 4/23/23.

May 7 - May 12, 2023
Starting at
2,819
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 5/14/23.

May 14 - May 19, 2023
Starting at
2,819
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our Signature City Program (10238) and World of Art Program (23179) starting on 5/7/23 or 5/21/23.

May 21 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
2,819
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 5/14/23.

Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
Starting at
2,819
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our World of Art Program (23179) starting on 9/17/23.

Oct 8 - Oct 13, 2023
Starting at
2,819
Itinerary Note

Consider our Philadelphia Flower Show program (20362), a 200 year old annual show in Philadelphia! Interested in learning more about Philadelphia? Look into our World of Art program (23179) or American Revolution Program (22708) starting on 10/15/23.

At a Glance

Philadelphia is a little-known hub for some of the finest botanical gardens on the East Coast. Discover an array of hidden horticultural gems not just in Philadelphia, but also within a short drive of it in Delaware, Maryland and surrounding townships. Join gardening experts for a special exploration of the native plants of the Mount Cuba Center in Delaware, the sculptured greenery of Ladew Topiary Gardens in Maryland, the pleasure gardens of Chanticleer in Pennsylvania, and the beautiful botanical gardens of Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania (a new addition for 2019). Expert-led field trips to Meadowbrook Farm, Morris Arboretum, and the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation, among others, offer additional opportunities to thrill in the natural beauty of some of the region’s premier gardens.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking and standing for up to two hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore botanical treasures Chanticleer, a pleasure garden, and Longwood Gardens' Glass Conservatory.
  • Hear the story of John Bartram — the father of American botany — at his historic home and gardens.
  • Journey to Maryland to explore the Ladew Topiary Gardens, considered the finest topiary garden in the country.
Featured Expert
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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.

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

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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.
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Tish Byrne View biography
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.
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Warren Williams View biography
Warren is a retired architect with over 30 years of experience. Much of his career was spent at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia. In his professional career, he has worked on several historic projects in the Philadelphia region. Warren is an avid photographer of historic buildings and urban streetscapes. He has led groups exploring Philadelphia’s historic architecture and city planning for over 25 years and occasionally lectures on Philadelphia’s historical development.
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Jenny Rose Carey View biography
Jenny Rose is an educator, historian, author and senior director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown. An avid, hands-on gardener who has worked in both England and the United States, she has lectured nationally and internationally for many years. Jenny Rose and her gardens have been featured on the PBS series 'The Victory Garden' and in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Green Scene magazine and the Pennsylvania Gardener. Her latest book, 'Glorious Shade,' was released in 2017.
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Lauren Kain View biography
Lauren Biddle Kain is the site coordinator for Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar. She received her BS/BA from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After marriage and transfer to the San Diego area, she began working at EVENT NETWORK, a leading experiental retail operator, on behalf of cultural attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, museums, science centers and other cultural attractions. Lauren and her family now reside in the Philadelphia area. She started working with Road Scholar as a junior Group Leader for Grandparent Programs.





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