Presidents and Patriots

October 18-25, 2000

Join us to see the gardens of the presidents and patriots. Many of America’s historic leaders loved the land and cultivated wonderful gardens.

In addition to gardens, we will visit colonial and Civil War sites, explore the harbor front, enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn in the Appalachians and relish an evening of lively music.

  • Join our convenient, mid-morning, nonstop Delta flight to Dulles Airport. Our luxury coach will carry us to the Hampton Inn, Charlottesville.
  • Bask in rich, fall colors of the  hardwood forest atop the Appalachain Mountains in the comfort of our coach. Lunch at the five diamond Old Mill Room at the Boars Head Inn. Explore Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s beloved home. It epitomizes his brilliance,  inventiveness and diversity. Stroll through lovely flowers, borders, vegetable gardens and pleasant terraces like he created. Visit his home–known as an architectural wonder. Stay two nights in the spacious three diamond Amerisuites Hotel and choose from the 21 item breakfast buffet
  • Ramble among waterfalls, koi ponds, and meditation areas in the award-winning Japanese gardens gracing the 105 acre Maymont estate. Roam Italian and herb gardens and delight in 200 species of exotic trees and the carriage collection. Dine in luxury at the 4 diamond Lemaire Restaurant in the opulent Jefferson Hotel. Step into England at 15th-Century  Agecroft Hall, moved to America with its Tudor and Stuart furnishings. Relish Elizabethan sunken, knot, and gardens reminiscent of old England. Discover Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the East’s largest perennial garden,  lovely Victorian and children areas. Got a burning garden question? Bring it to your Personal Greenhouse Show to get  your answers this evening.
  • Discover the White House of the Confederacy, lavish presidential mansion. Browse the vast collection of Civil War artifacts, paintings, and documents of Civil War heros who shaped the South at the Museum of the Confederacy. Dine colonial style at the 3 diamond Mr. Patrick Henry in the heart of old Richmond. Roam through Shirley Plantation, America’s oldest. See original silver, portraits,  furniture and an amazing carved walnut staircase rising three stories with no visible support. Walk through picturesque outbuildings in the Queen Anne courtyard. Shop for nearly anything at a shoppers’ paradise — Williamsburg Pottery Factory. Hit Parade USA at the Music Theater of Williamsburg is rollicking fun, family fare. Enjoy 40’s big band music, 50’s swing , and early 60’s good time music. Stay two nights in Williamsburg’s Gold Key winning Historic Ramada Inn.
  • Feel like you visited the year 1775 at Colonial Williamsburg, America’s premier historic town. Spend your day with costumed officials, soldiers, tradespeople, and housewives filling 1700’s duties. See the splendor of the Governor’s Palace and Gardens, authentic homes, taverns, shops and gardens and a fife and drum parade or military drill.
  • The Norfolk Botanical Gardens is a “don’t miss” attraction. Stroll through 20 magnificent theme gardens. Explore tropical plants in the climate-controlled Tropical Pavilion. Enjoy the boat tour through the lovely landscapes. After a waterside lunch at the three star Ship’s Cabin Restaurant, the sea beckons us to Mariners’ Museum on Chesapeake Bay. See how seamen braved, explored and defended themselves for centuries. Discover rare books, maps, and navigation artifacts. Return that night to the Amerisuites Hotel in Richmond.
  • Visit Kenmore Plantation and Gardens, home to Betty Washington Lewis, George Washington’s sister. Stroll tree-lined paths, boxwood hedges, flower and herb and domed pavilions filled with plants she grew. Imagine Mary Washington giving her son, George, her blessing before he left the Mary Washington House for his inauguration. See old English Gardens and boxwoods Lafayette saw when he visited George Washington, gentleman farmer, savored life at Mount Vernon. Delight in the premier 18th century landscaping he designed. Roam serpentine paths amid graceful colonial trees to his garden, orangery, innovative horse powered threshing house and the family tomb. Our Farewell Evening  will cap off our last night of the tour.
  • Our motor coach will take us through the 444-acre National Arboretum. to get ideas for your garden. See the superb Bonsai Collection featuring 360-year-old trees and the country’s largest herb garden. Dumbarton Oaks estate garden reflects quiet elegance in 16 planted acres. Inspect the “garden rooms,” set like extensions of the house, with many Italian features. We will return that evening via a nonstop flight to Salt Lake City.