Tuesday, September 11, 2018 – Tuesday, September 18, 2018
$4275 plus airfare, $1000 single supplement, Deposit of $1,000 due by March 12, 2018; final payment due by June 11, 2018
In the gently rolling hills and picturesque villages of Normandy are some of Europe’s most irresistibly beautiful country gardens. Our eight-day tour includes the finest French gardens from the 17th century to the present. We’ll explore public and private creations with diverse styles: opulent parterres; naturalistic meadows; walled kitchen gardens; romantic hideaways; and intimate, flower-ringed nooks.
At Giverny, we’ll marvel, as Monet did, at the play of light upon water that inspired his world-famous waterlily compositions. Le Jardin Plume will enchant us with its exquisitely shaped wave hedges surrounded by billows of colorful flowers and airy grasses. At Le Bois des Moutiers, we’ll explore the only foray into France of the famous English partnership of planting designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens. Les Jardins Agapanthe will give us a lesson in how a visionary owner creates drama with garden objects. And at Versailles, well stand in awe of the exacting formal design of one of the world’s most treasured gardens. We’ll round out our tour with six other gardens and visits to Mont Saint Michel, the village of Honfleur, and Omaha Beach.
Fisher Museum Harvard Forest, 324 N. Main St., Petersham, MA
Member $50, Non-member $60, includes guided tour and box lunch
Enjoy a guided hike to some of the long-term ecological research sites at Harvard Forest and an introduction to Hemlock Hospice, a temporary art/science installation and exhibition. After a box lunch, tour the Fisher Museums historical dioramas depicting the landscape history of central New England.
Tour meets at Fisher Museum, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA
Member $125, Non-member $150, includes deluxe motor coach, admissions, guided tours, and buffet lunch
Leave Tower Hill at 8:30AM and return at 5PM. Tour the historic Lyman Estate mansion and greenhouses. Enjoy a buffet lunch followed by a guided tour of Harvards unique and newly renovated Glass Flowers exhibit.
Member $125, Non-member $150, includes transportation, lunch, and admissions to The Breakers and The Elms
Leave Tower Hill at 8AM and return by 5:30PM. Tour The Breakers and The Elms-National Historic Landmarks and icons of the Gilded Age-decked out in Yuletide finery with thousands of poinsettias, fresh flowers, evergreens, wreaths, and decorated trees.