Fall Gardens of Boston and New England

We are delighted to announce our upcoming tour, “Fall Gardens of Boston and New England.” Join us from October 4 to 10, 2011 to see magnificent fall scenery on a delightful tour that carries you through beautiful countryside to unforgettable gardens and historic sites of America’s New England States.

Visit historical Boston where brave and intelligent men worked to form a new nation amid the battle cries of freedom.

See superb gardens across Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire amid rolling hills and the regal trees of New England”s hardwood forests.

Please join us for this outstanding tour to see fabulous scenery and gardens, enjoy excellent food and lodging and enjoy the company of others who share similar interests.

Tour Highlights:

  • Fall splendor of New England
  • The Fells Estate Garden
  • The Lincoln Estate at Hildene
  • Arnold Aboretum
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Botanic Garden at Smith College
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Newbury Perennial Gardens
  • Boston Freedom Trail
  • Tower View Botanical Garden
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Gardens
  • Fenueil Hall

… and more

We hope you will join us this fall!

Spectacular! Exquisite! Blazing color! These are some of the adjectives that describe autumn in the New England States. Savor the colors of magnificent gardens on a delightful tour that carries you through beautiful countryside.

From the majestic trees, covered bridges rolling hills and historical sights, you will taste the beauty and history of an area never to be forgotten.

US history began in Massachusetts more than any other place – some 150 years before the founding of this country. Boston was a gathering-place of brave and intelligent men who sought a better form of government. A new country sprang from the battle cries of freedom that rang through the streets of this remarkable city.

There are contrasts between the New England States.  Massachusetts is the home of Harvard University and political and literary figures while New Hampshire is a haven of peace, quiet, rolling hills and beautiful hardwood forests. Vermont can be described by the French term from which it takes its name – les vertes mont – Green Mountains. These mountains are adorned with maple trees and granite quarries and the quiet of forest lands.

Best of all, the New England States are resplendent with beautiful gardens and scenery – the ideal place to visit in the fall.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Boston.

Step back in time Freedom Trail for the story of events that shaped our country. The Freedom Trail holds the Old North Church, Bunker Hill and more. It is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

Explore the historic area of Boston’s Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market near the waterfront and today’s Government Center. Faneuil Hall has been a meeting hall since 1742. There such orators as Samuel Adams, James Otis and others encouraged Americans to seek independence from Great Britain.

Browse the gardens of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Browse the art of Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance, Italy, Asia, the Islamic world, France and America in an art collection of world importance. The courtyard garden that is visible from nearly every room in the museum or step outside to walk the Monks Garden, South Garden, and other outdoor displays.

Dine at the oldest continually running restaurant in North America, The Union Oyster House.

Take a driving tour of two beautiful, historic American landscapes – Mount Auburn Cemetery and Arnold Arboretum. Weather permitting, we will find the vibrant fall color of New England.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is the United States’ oldest garden cemetery featuring more than 380 varieties of rare trees and shrubs. The stately and magnificent old trees are regal around ponds, streams, and sweeping vistas. At Mount Auburn thousands of shrubs and herbaceous plants weave their way through hills, dells, ponds, woodlands and clearings.

Enjoy the stately beauty of Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University is North America’s oldest arboretum that has introduced exotic plant species. Here you will find hundreds of kinds of maples.

Visit Garden in the Woods, New England’s premier showcase of native plants. View more than 1,000 species of flowers, shrubs, trees and ferns native to North America. Learn about garden history, naturalistic landscape design, identification and uses of native plants, habitat displays, sustainable horticulture practices, and native plant conservation.

That afternoon will be a real treat – a guided tour of some Private Gardens not typically available for public tours. Our guide will be Mr. Dave Epstein author of Gardens of New England and a professor at Framingham State College.

Enjoy a group buffet dinner that evening.

Visit Tower View Botanical Garden – a horticultural feast with cutting edge plantings, a fragrant secret garden, heirloom apple trees, woodland “Folly,” a wildlife garden (a birder’s paradise), and the special Orangerie displays.

At the Botanic Garden of Smith College, you’ll see more than 2500 species of plants in one of the best collections of tropical, subtropical and desert plants in the country in the Lyman Conservatory and its special seasonal shows under glass. The campus arboretum and specialty gardens display a living collection of 10,000 plants that make up their horticultural learning center.

Browse the shops of Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, recently voted Best Small Arts Town in America

Enjoy dinner together that evening.

Walk among the beautiful displays of the Berkshire Botanical Garden: one of the nations’ oldest botanic gardens. Designed as an idea garden, you may find inspiration in the Herb Garden, Vegetable Garden, Pond Area Garden and several landscaped flower gardens and walks. Get a taste of the tropics along with the New England fall season in several greenhouses.

Meander through the garden for all seasons that Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Edith Wharton designed with the help of her niece, Landscape Architect, Beatrix Farrand at The Mount. This incredible, don’t miss estate garden is a composite of English and European garden designs. Walk among beautiful blooms in English borders, Italian Renaissance gardens, pools and fountains and a private tour of the mansion.

Your next stop will couple history with beautiful gardens of The Lincoln Estate at Hildene. This was the summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s only child to live to maturity. Robert became enamored with the area when he visited with his mother in 1863 and 1864 and returned after he became head of the Pullman Company to build a 412 acre estate. Lincoln descendents lived here until 1974. Discover the lavish home with its Aeolian 1,000 pipe organ and stroll through formal gardens that overlook the Green Mountains and quintessential Vermont landscapes.

See one of New England’s finest examples of an early 20th-century summer estates at the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens developed as a summer retreat by John Milton Hay who served as private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and as Secretary of State. Explore the colonial revival house and outstanding “don’t miss” gardens replete with arbors, trellises, shrubs, classic statuary. A 100-foot-long perennial border is packed with butterflies and bees. You’ll love the formal Rose Terrace with its cascading fountain and views of the lake beyond. One of The Fells loveliest features is Clarence Hay’s Rock Garden, which tumbles down the hill filled with alpine and native plants around a trickling brook that terminates in a water-lily pool.

All seasons are lovely at the renowned Newbury Perennial Gardens a destination for enthusiastic gardeners. This private garden features 24 theme gardens focusing on color, foliage and the spectacular arrangement of a tremendous collection of perennials and shrubs. Walk among formal, rustic and whimsical gardens to see the flowers of the season at this beautiful and magnificent estate.

You are sure to find something you love at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. As one of America’s finest art museums, it houses a world-class collection of Asiatic, African, Oceanic, European and American works from throughout history. Among the 350,000 objects are works of Money, Manet, Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, John Singer Sargent and James Whistler.

Dine on our final farewell luncheon cruise and then wing your way home, after savoring a week of the beauties of New England.

This Tour Includes:
Airfare, luxury coach transportation, tips, fees, taxes, excellent lodging, admissions to listed tour sites, breakfast daily, four lunches and six dinners on this escorted tour.

About the tour company:

Larry Sagers is a horticulturist with Utah State University Extension and garden guru of the Saturday Morning KSL Greenhouse show.

Larry and his wife, Diane, have conducted tours in 39 states and 4 countries.

    Call now to reserve this great tour!