Itinerary

This itinerary is preliminary and is subject to change.

Day One
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
We all arrive at LaGuardia International Airport from different cities primed for a week of great gardens and exciting times in the Big Apple. From LaGuardia, our hotel shuttle picks us up and delivers us to the hotel. Once settled in our rooms, we enjoy a wine and cheese reception up on the roof.
Lodging: Hotel de Point, Flushing, NY

Day Two
Thursday, September 14
We start the day with a visit to one of Long Island’s most famous residences: Old Westbury Gardens. This magnificent estate has been in numerous films with good reason. It has 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes, plus an interior that is like a visit to another era. Leaving Westbury, we drive to another former Gold Coast estate, Planting Fields Arboretum. With 409 acres of rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths and outstanding plant collection, Planting Fields is a must see for gardeners visiting the greater New York City area. Once we leave, we are off to a private garden on Long Island for an afternoon visit.
Lodging: Hotel de Point, Flushing, NY (B)

Day Three
Friday, September 15
We start our day up in the Bronx to see two great gardens. First is New York Botanical Garden, featuring a Chihuly Glass Exhibit. After lunch we take a short drive to visit one of NYC’s most unique parks: Wave Hill. Originally two grand estates overlooking the Hudson River, it is now one of the finest gardens in America. For many years it was managed by the horticulturist, Marco Polo Stufano, for whom the conservatory is named. Before returning to our hotel, we have a short visit to The Cloisters, the medieval collection of the Met Museum of Art, with three fine examples of cloister gardens reminiscent of the middle ages.
Lodging: Hotel de Point, Flushing, NY (B)

Day Four
Saturday, September 16
Brooklyn is the fourth borough that we visit on our tour and it’s the home to what many garden writers put on their top ten list: Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There’s so much to see here and many different gardens to explore. After lunch we head to lower Manhattan to visit to the new 9/11 Memorial Museum. This grim reminder of the tragic events of 9/11 helps us understand New Yorkers’ mindset during one of the City’s darkest hours. Our next stop brings us to a new park--formerly an elevated train track--called the High Line. Formerly a railroad spur used to carry heavy loads in lower Manhattan, it is now a linear park designed and planted to appear as an abandoned rail line. It is now NYC’s newest and most creative parks.
Lodging: The Hotel at Times Square (B)

Day Five
Sunday, September 17
It’s a great day to be in New York City! We start with a walking tour of Central Park, exploring its history and seeing some of the highlights: the Promenade, the Bethesda Fountain, and the Belvedere. We end our tour at Tavern on the Green for a well-deserved brunch. Following bunch, we board ‘The Tour’ bus for a special 90-minute tour of Manhattan. To finish our Sunday in New York City experience, we board the yacht, ‘Kingston’ to cruise on the ‘AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Sunset Tour.’ A member of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects will be our guide and host for the cruise.
Lodging: The Hotel at Times Square (B)(L)

Day Six
Monday, September 18
This morning we head out of the City and up the Hudson River Valley to visit a couple of great estates with great gardens. At Untermeyer we have a personal tour of the gardens that are being restored to their former splendor. After lunch, we visit the Rockefeller Estate at Kykuit. The property is magnificently situated with sweeping views of the Hudson. It has been one of the Rockefeller family homes for four generations. The Georgian mansion has stone terraces and formal gardens containing Nelson Rockefeller’s superb collection of 20th century sculpture. The Beaux Arts landscape, designed by William Bosworth, is considered one of the finest examples of American landscape design.
Lodging: The Hotel at Times Square (B)

Day Seven
Tuesday, September 19
Today is your free day to explore New York on your own. We will have a list of great things to do, from a boat ride out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to a dozen great museums to visit. Because of the location of our hotel, many places are within walking distance from our hotel. This evening, we have a farewell Dinner together at Tony’s d’Napoli Restaurant. Lodging: The
Hotel at Times Square (B)(D)

Day Eight
Wednesday, September 20
Regretfully, it’s time to end our New York City experience. Since we will have lots of different airport departure times, we will organize various shuttles to the airport so that you can reach home safely. If, perchance, you would like to stay for a few more days in New York, we have reserved a limited number of rooms at our hotel that we would happily pass on to you at cost. These need to be arranged prior to the beginning of our tour and before you’ve made final airline reservations. (B)

Included meals B=Breakfast L= Lunch D=Dinner