We are looking for a volunteer to reinstate this annual trip which was postponed due to Covid! If you enjoy traveling to world-renowned gardens and are a Master Gardener, we would love to have you spearhead this effort. Please email [email protected] if you are interested!
With the recent surge of COVID cases in most states, the MGSOC Board members have decided to postpone our 2022 Bus Tour. Holding any sizeable gathering of people at this time would contradict our concern for everyone’s safety, so it is for this reason the tour is being postponed until 2023. It is our intent to host the same trip as previously planned (see below). The Trips and Tours Committee is looking forward to hosting an amazing bus tour in 2023. Any questions, please contact Sue Williams, Committee Chair, Trips & Tours, at [email protected].
The Master Gardener Society of Oakland County invites you to join us as we travel to Southeastern Pennsylvania for our 20th Anniversary Garden Tour.
With a tradition of horticulture going back 300 years, the Greater Philadelphia region is referred to as “America’s Garden Capital of the U.S.” Spend your days strolling through magnificent, premier gardens and arboretums. There are more famous public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes in the region than anywhere else in North America.
One of the famous gardens on our itinerary is Longwood Gardens which began as a humble Quaker farm to becoming one of the premier gardens of the world. Longwood Gardens’ 1,083-acres showcases formal and informal gardens, fountains, a meadow and farmhouse, and a grand 4-acre conservatory. Explore the beauty and wonders of nature at Phipps Conservatory, encompassing 15-acres including a 14-room glass house. Chanticleer, known as a “pleasure garden”, is a 48-acre botanical garden built on the grounds of the Rosengarten estate. Winterthur gardens are one of the last of the original “wild gardens”. The wild garden concept is built around the idea of gardening on a broad scale, “placing perfectly hardy exotic plants under conditions where they will thrive.” The woodland gardens at the Mt. Cuba Center produce some of the most spectacular displays of wildflowers in the mid-Atlantic region. Additional venues will be announced for our visit to the area.
Have fun making new friends, reuniting with past travel companions, and talking “plants” with like-minded people. You do not have to be a Master Gardener to participate, but if you are, you will earn Master Gardener Continuing Education hours. There will truly be something for everyone and, you would NEVER do and see this much on your own!
- Four days touring and three nights hotel (downtown Lancaster, PA)
- Breakfast each day and other meals as determined
- Admission to all gardens and venues we visit
Estimated cost is $575-$625 per person, double occupancy, with an up-charge for single occupancy. A deposit of $150 is required to reserve a place.
If you have questions, please email Sue Williams, Trip Leader, Committee Chair Trips and Tours, at [email protected].
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm
Illinois and Indiana
Chicago Botanical Garden, Hidden Lake Gardens and Shipshewana
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton and Niagara Falls
Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Toledo Botanical Gardens and Put-in-Bay
Frederik Meijer Gardens, Dow Gardens, Grand Hotel Gardens and Lilac Festival Mackinac Island
Shakespeare Gardens, Stratford; Toronto Islands Cottage Gardens, Laura Grant’s Garden and Blue Man Group
Illinois & Michigan
Cantiny Gardens, Chicago Botanical Garden, Morton Arboretum, Evanstan and Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Oakhurst Gardens, Carolee’s Herb Garden, Shipshewana, Amish Acres and Intl. Friendship Garden
Franklin Park Conservatory, Park of Roses, Topiary Garden, German Village Home and Garden Tour and Schedel Arboretum
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water, Phipp’s Conservatory, local celebrity Doug Oster’s garden and neighbor’s Japanese garden, Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Sandhill Berry Farm and Greendance Winery, Duquesne Incline, Stan Hywet Gardens, Fellows-Riverside Gardens, National Aviary, Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden and Naturally Native Nursery.
St. Louis, Missouri
Chicago Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee and more
Toledo Botanical Garden, Schedel Arboretum, Schoepfle Garden, Clevand Botanical Garden, Lakeview Cemetery, Holden Arboretum
19th Annual Bus Trip to Madison, Wisconsin, the City of Lakes