Gardens and Grandeur of the South

October 24-31, 2002

Experience the delights of the South with us. Rollick in the heartland of Country Music, savor the ambience of the Old South and stroll through magnificent gardens. Relax with convenient multiple-night stays in hotels and enjoy the fun, gardens, history and mystique of the area. Join us for delightful gardens, wonderful city tours, tasty food and great company. Larry and Diane Sagers have conducted garden tours in 38 states and four countries. We are excited to share these gardens with you. Get your garden questions answered while enjoying splendid gardens. This is a tour you will not ever forget. Larry has wanted to take his friends to these delightful attractions for many years. Join us as we take this outstanding tour.

Day 1, Thursday, Oct 26

  • Fly Delta Airlines from Salt Lake City to Nashville. Stay in comfort at the fabulous Opryland Hotel – one of America’s finest. The hotel is not always an attraction, but that is not the case at Opryland. You can meander through acres of gardens under glass at the Opryland Hotel Conservatory. Enjoy terraces, statuary, ravines, coves, a waterfall and sculpture garden, or a boat ride. Delight in beautiful rooms, shopping and dining.

Day 2, Friday Oct 25

  • Savor fine gardens and art at Cheekwood-the Tennessee Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center. Wander through blossom laden fall gardens, among waterfalls, pools, fountains, statuary, a Japanese Garden, and see breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills. Orchids, and delightful Central American displays grace greenhouses and rock gardens. Round out your tour at The Museum of Art in the Cheek Mansion. This fine example of Georgian-style architecture was built of limestone quarried from the property. See the full-size replica of the Parthenon, in Athens, Greece. It is home to permanent art collections and a 42-foot-high sculpture of Athena. Nashville is the country music capitol of the world. Round out the day with a fun filled evening at an American Institution, the Grand Old Opry.

Day 3 Saturday, Oct 26

  • Enjoy a delightful morning at the Oprlyand Country Music Museum seeing the icons in the history of Country Music. Enjoy the elegance of Southern plantation gardens and the restored mansion at The Hermitage, home of President and Mrs. Andrew Jackson. Walk under the trees Jackson planted and browse his gardens as you experience life in the pre-war South. Enjoy our coach tour of Tennessee hills and Countryside going to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Day 4 Sunday, Oct 27

  • Delight in a morning of fall colors among 2,500 native and exotic woody plant specimens at the University of Tennessee Arboretum. Explore one of the world’s largest energy¬† exhibits, The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge Tennessee, home to the Manhattan Project. This is where the Atomic Bomb was developed in World War II. Enjoy a hands-on look at energy and science of the atomic age through demonstrations, interactive exhibits, films and displays Savor rich fall color in comfort of our splendid motorcoach as we travel through Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Day 5 Monday, Oct 28

  • Spend a delightful day at Biltmore, home to the Vanderbilts where a thousand workers spent five years building the lovely French Chateau — the largest in America. You’ve seen this mansion on Castles of America, now enjoy it yourself. You’ll love art works of Renoir, Sargent, Whistler, Durer and others in the mansion’s opulence. Relish 25 acres of formal gardens, English gardens, Italian garden with pools and statuary gardens designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted.

Day 6 Tuesday, Oct 29

  • Visit one of North America’s finest gardens, magnificent Callaway Gardens, with plantings said to rival the Garden of Eden. Enjoy these¬† luxurious gardens featured on TV’s Victory Gardens. Wander among the rollicking Giant Insects that whimsically decorate brilliant fall flowers. Enjoy fluttering color in Callaway’s Butterfly house. Finish your day in grand style in the lush foliage and fall flower show at the John A Sibly Horticultural Center conservatory.

Day 7 Wednesday, Oct 30

  • Enjoy herb, vegetable, Japanese and rose gardens at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. See tropical, Mediterranean, desert and endangered plants at the glass-enclosed Fuqua Conservatory. Take in the expansive relief carving on the world’s largest mass of exposed granite at Stone Mountain Park. Explore by coach breathtaking scenery, pristine lakes, forestland, and spectacular flora. For some fun and drama of the Old South, visit the park’s Antebellum Plantation. After a delightful dinner, take "A Tour of Southern Ghosts" as story tellers in authentic antebellum costumes tell stories filled with romance of the past. Hear the hilarity of folk tales, and Civil and Revolutionary War ghosts. Join in as the glow of candlelight reflects on eerie Southern tales from bygone generations.

Day 8 Thursday Oct 31

  • See Atlanta on a fabulous Driving Tour. Enjoy a mix of the Old South, Civil War, and modern-day capital city. See its burgeoning skyline and treasures. Experience the history of Atlanta, the Civil War, Southern Folk arts and African-American history at the museums of the Atlanta History Center. Thirty-three acres of gardens create the setting for the historic Swan House, a 1928 classically styled mansion and Tullie Smith Farm, an 1845 farmhouse. Relax after a delightful eight days in the South flying non-stop from Atlanta to Salt Lake.