The 2016-2017 Seed Exchange is now closed. Our sincere thanks to our volunteers, seed donors and all who ordered seeds. Happy Planting!
Fall Gardeners' Market, Saturday, August 26, 2017. If you have a nursery or garden-related business, here is an opportunity to sell directly to a plant and garden-crazed audience! Rent a space and join us! Vendor sign up form here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional questions.
Volunteers Needed For The Members Garden Tour, Sunday June 25
We need volunteers to help as garden greeters, parking assistants, raffle tickets sellers, and set up and clean up for the reception. If you would like to join us in an enjoyable experience and in making our tour a success please contact Sandy Vernick at email@example.com.
Steven Kristoph: Our Prized Native Azaleas
March 25, March Into Spring XXI
April 22, SIG-Winter Interest Mt. Cuba Tour
May 20, SIG-Native Plants Garden Tour
June 25, Members' Garden Tour
Trips and Tours
One of our most popular offerings are guided tours of exceptional gardens in in the US, Canada, Europe and beyond. In North America we have traveled up and down the East Coast, from Montreal to Charleston, and west to Ohio. Overseas we have traveled often to the UK, and also to Belgium, France, Italy and Morocco.
Tours are planned and led by HPS/MAG tour coordinators, with emphasis on visiting unique private gardens that are not generally accessible to US travelers. The tour package typically includes double accommodations, motor coach and guide, entrance fees, tour gratuities, many meals, and often a wine and cheese reception on the first night. Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the starting point of the tour, some meals, travel insurance and incidentals. When travelling outside the US, we partner with well known travel agencies who specialize in garden tours, such as Brightwater Tours, and Susan Worner Tours, and we are frequently accompanied by a horticulturalist who is knowledgeable of local plants. Tours are open exclusively to HPS/MAG members; non-members who would like to travel with us are welcome to join HPS and sign up! Many trips fill quickly; watch the newsletter and website for sign up dates. Click here for a list of some of our previous destinations.
From Glasgow to Durham, July 31-August 7, 2017
On July 31, 2017 HPS returns to Scotland and Northern England on a tour that makes a cultural and horticultural loop from Glasgow to Durham and back in eight days. Click here for more information.
Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA, September 11-14, 2017
The Hamptons, June 20-23, 2016
On this four-day trip, we visited 10 private gardens and three public gardens, all different in one way or another from our last trip to the Hamptons in 2006. The only repeats were the Bridge Garden Trust, Madoo, and Long House Reserve (a visit to the Hamptons wouldn't be complete without seeing these outstanding gardens.)
Our hotel, the Sag Harbor Inn, overlooked the harbor and was convenient for walking to restaurants in the quaint little town of Sag Harbor.
Bella Italia! The Italian Lake District, September 12-22, 2016
In September, HPS journed to the stunning lakes of Como, Garda, and Maggiore to explore a series of villas and gardens alive with color and fragrance, all set against the arresting backdrop of snow-capped mountains and glittering water. Magnificent scenery and mild climate have made this area a destination for the rich and famous for centuries, and we Hardy Planters were able to appreciate it too!
Our twelve garden destinations included the Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi Park, Villa Taranto, Villa Balbianello, Isola Bella, plus trips to the botanical research center of Fondazioni Minoprio and the André Heller Botanical Garden. We immersed ourselves in the culture of the place: House tours at Villa Balbianello and Il Vittoriale degli Italiano, plus visits at a lemon house, an olive grove, a vineyard, and an ancient Roman villa. We also toured Sacro Monte, a World Heritage Site.
Our rooms, all with lake views, were the Hotel Barchetta Elcelsior in Como, the Grand Hotel in Gardone Riviera, and the Hotel la Palma in Stresa. To ease the pace of the tour, we enjoyed a half-day at leisure in each of these three towns, and dinner on our own on three evenings. Our guide was English ex-patriot Kate Williamson (a linguist and plantswoman, and also a level one sommelier), and our tour company was Brightwater Holidays.