February 17-24, 2005 and cruise February 24-28
Leave the cold winter behind and travel with Larry and Diane Sagers to enjoy the serene beauty of the gardens and the season. Florida is a traveler’s paradise with its tropical climate and spectacular year-round gardens.
In a sense, southern Florida is a different world. Enjoy an area replete with outdoor extravaganzas of beautiful tropical plants found only in conservatories elsewhere.
Dine on delicious food and enjoy great traveling companions. Enjoy excellent lodging to relax after daily sightseeing. Take the opportunity, if you choose, to join us aboard the Imagination for a luxurious cruise from beautiful Key West to Cozumel, Mexico.
- Epcot, the showcase of nations, is Walt Disney’s idea to bring the world together. Ramble through cultures and gardens of the world. Enjoy magnificent entertainment and exhibits from China, Mexico, Canada and other Nations of the world. Catch a glimpse of future possibilities in Future World. Enjoy the world-renowned hydroponics gardens of the Land Pavilion. Disney is famous for providing the best of the best and Epcot is no exception. Relax and enjoy the many facets of this extraordinary attraction.
- Historic Bok Sanctuary, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, is a Florida landmark. Listen to the music of the beautiful carillons housed in Bok Tower. Stroll through the tranquil and lovely gardens and lovely groves of citrus trees surrounding the famous hilltop tower. Enjoy blooming azaleas, camellias, and other flowering plants. Delight in the Pinewood House rooms and the picturesque garden “rooms” that surround it.
- Ramble through the herbs, palms, roses and topiaries of Florida’s newest garden, Florida Botanical Gardens. Wander along winding paths by ponds with splashing fountains that set off the gardens.
- John Ringling took the “Greatest Show on Earth” on the road, but his Florida home, Ca’d’Zan, is a unique showplace. Here you will see three exciting attractions: Ca’d’Zan, surrounded by gardens, the Ringling Art Museum, and the Ringling Circus Museum. In the plaza of the 38-acre landscape, you will see wonderful stone and bronze statues, fountains, columns and arches. Re-live circus memories at the Ringling Circus Museum with its fascinating posters, wagons, wood carvers’ studio, costumes and other memorabilia. The Ringlings were avid art collectors who specialized in art of the old masters. They gathered on of the world’s greatest collections of 17th Century Baroque art including some of John Paul Reubens’ most famous tapestries and paintings. They also gathered a collection of contemporary art. Browse this exceptional collection in the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, and discover the artistry in the season’s special exhibit, Ansel Adams: Celebration of Genius.
- Thread your way among ancient oaks that hold one of the world’s most complete collections of epiphytes at the Marie Selby Gardens. You will also find flamboyant flowers, water birds, and lovely views of the bay.
- Venture into Everglades National Park, the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the nation. Labyrinthine waters creep through salt prairies, hardwoods hammocks and stands of mangroves and cypress trees. The park is home to more than 350 species of birds – most of which nest there in the winter.
- Relish the novel Fruit and Spice Park, the only public garden of its kind in America! You will find plants you have never imagined in this lush showcase for exotic fruits, herbs, spices and nuts from throughout the world.
- Roam through Fairchild Garden, the largest tropical botanical garden in the United States. Relax on your tram ride through the picturesque garden among tropical plants, palms, flowering trees and vines, orchids and spectacular views.