Rutgers Gardens is proud to partner with Noble Garden Tours for day trips to gardens in the tri-state area. Kirsty Noble Dougherty has a great love for travel, gardens and sharing unique experiences with people. Before moving to New Jersey from Australia, Kirsty was based in Buenos Aires, Argentina taking visitors on fun boutique tours. Since moving to the US, Kirsty has led over 70 tours visiting beautiful places in the US, the UK and Europe.
Join Rutgers Gardens Director, Bruce Crawford and Kirsty on day trips to some of the most amazing gardens in the area. The tours focus on established beautiful garden destinations such a Longwood Gardens, horticulture stars like Chanticleer and Wave Hill and iconic historical estates like FDR’s Springwood and Old Westbury on Long Island.
All tours leave from the Holly House in the Rutgers Gardens, 130 Log Cabin Road. The day includes transportation provided by the Academy Bus Company, coffee and pastries in the morning, lunch either at the garden or a nearby restaurant.
Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.
The garden has evolved greatly since the death of the owner in 1990. As the home of the Rosengartens, Chanticleer was beautiful and green with impressive trees and lawns. Most of the floral and garden development you see today has occurred since 1990, designed by Chanticleer staff and consultants.
Thursday, June 28
9am - 6pm
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Visit Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home on the Hudson River, plus a visit to the Presidential Library. Franklin & Eleanor were the most influential couple of their time. He was the 32nd president of the United States, creator of the "New Deal" of government programs, dragged the country out of the Great Depression and led the States through WWII. She redefined the role of First Lady. As the wife of a president disabled by polio, Eleanor Roosevelt became his eyes and ears around the country, pushing for civil and women's rights and writing a daily newspaper column. Springwood was donated to the American public in 1943 and became a part of the National Park Service two years later. Exploring the house where Roosevelt was born gives you a fascinating insight into the life one of America’s greatest presidents.
Lunch at the Culinary Institute is a real treat! There is time to explore the campus, see the students at work or do some shopping. Lunch is at the American Bounty restaurant. This is a farm–to–table restaurant with a conscious focus on local Hudson Valley products.
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Visiting Longwood at Christmas has become an annual tradition for many people: it’s so fun and uplifting with organ sing-alongs, stunning decorations and all those incredible lights! Inside the Conservatory, follow the Christmas Trail to see thousands of seasonal plants & decorations. Everything is exquisite – their attention to detail is legendary and you’ll get plenty of ideas to take home. Outside, as night falls the gardens comes alive with half a million lights strung throughout the garden – it is nothing short of magical! The Christmas lights go on at 3:30pm and darkness falls by 4:30pm. Going back into the Conservatory at night time is stunning: the garden & your experience are transformed!
Date: December 10, 2018
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