2016 Gardens of Newport Bus Tour

Gardens of Newport Bus Tour

Friday-Sunday June 24-26, 2016

with Leonard Perry and Charlie Nardozzi

newport flowershow-rosecliff-3The Newport, Rhode Island Flower Show, some of the most impressive mansions in the country and their landscapes, the Green Animals topiary garden, and a large perennial nursery are some of the reasons this tour is not to be missed.  Sponsored by the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga, as in previous years this tour includes two of the region’s best known names in gardening as co-hosts.

bus tourCharlie Nardozzi, a nationally known horticulturist, author, gardening consultant, and garden coach (CharlieNardozzi.com) is known to many locally from his weekly radio program and appearances on WCAX.

Dr. Leonard Perry, Horticulture Professor at the University of Vermont, is familiar to many through his writings and appearances on Across the Fence, as well as Perry’s Perennials website (perrysperennials.info).

Day one

We will begin at the Horticulture Research Center in So. Burlington, with pickup points in Montpelier and Sharon, and will include:

Volante Farms in Needham, where we’ll have a boxed lunch from their deli, and a chance to shop. The extensive farm shop is supplied by their many fields of vegetables, while greenhouses supply seasonal flowers.  Begun in 1890, it is still run by Volante family members.

Rough_Point,_Newport_RIAfter lunch we’ll visit our first mansion on Newport’s exclusive Bellevue Avenue—Rough Point, the magnificent oceanfront estate of Doris Duke
(www.newportrestoration.org).  There we’ll have a guided tour, seeing the  mansion of this heiress,
philantropist, and art collector still decorated as she left it.

We’ll see French furniture, European art, Chinese porcelains, and Turkish carpets collected from exotic locations around the world. A descriptive brochure will guide you around the landscape of the renowned Frederick Law Olmsted (best known for New York’s Central Park), including vegetable and flower gardens and rose arbor.

After a group deluxe buffet dinner (included, with seafood to prime rib to pasta) at LePage’s Seafood and Grille in Fall River, we’ll finish the day at our Clarion hotel in Seekonk, MA. You can unwind in their Irish-themed pub, heated newportindoor pool, on their patio with fire pit and waterfall, or just in your recently renovated guest room with contemporary styling and amenities.

Day two

begins after a full hot breakfast at the hotel, with a visit to nearby…


Tranquil Lake Nursery (www.tranquil-lake.com), in Rehoboth MA. There you’ll see two acres of display
gardens, a diverse selection of perennials and woody plants, and 8 acres of daylilies and iris in the field—the largest such producer of these in the Northeast.

Next we’ll have a guided tour of Blithewold Mansion and Grounds (www.blithewold.org) in Bristol, RI, and have a bagged lunch on their porches overlooking Narragansett Bay. This 33-acre summer estate has the most extensive and significant landscape, gardens, and plantings of the area mansions

Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, RI is one of the properties of the Preservation Society of Newport County (www.newportmansions.org). There we’ll see more than 80 pieces of topiary throughout these well-known gardens, created from 1905 to 1985. Topiaries include animals and birds, geometric figures greenaniamlsand ornamental designs, all sculpted from California privet, yew, and boxwood.

Our last stop will be in Newport at the very impressive Elms Mansion (www.newportmansions.org). You’ll tour the mansion on your own with digital audio guides providing descriptive and entertaining commentary. The landscape at the Elms is very formal European in style.

The evening will be on your own in historic Newport, with the chance to see more sights, the beautiful harbor, shop, and choose from many dining options.

Day three

begins after our hotel breakfast and check out with…

rosecliff1a 90-minute guided tour of historic Newport, its mansions, and the scenic ocean-loop road. Our tour will culminate with a visit to the Newport Flower Show, held at the Rosecliff Mansion (www.newportmansions.org). This opulent mansion dates to 1902, home of Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs. Architect Stanford White modeled Rosecliff after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles. Fabulous dinners and parties were hosted here, and several films shot here including The Great Gatsby. Roses are on display in the side garden, including the American Beauty rose which originated here from original property owner George Bancroft. This rose has been featured as the official flower of the District of Columbia, symbol for Lord and Taylor stores, the flower of several fraternities and sororities, and in song and film.

In addition to the mansion, you’ll have time for seeing the flower show. Hignewport Flower-Show-aerialhlights of the show include colorful floral designs, horticulture exhibits, spectacular garden displays, unique shopping opportunities (particularly for jewelry and women’s fashion floral hats) at the Oceanside Boutiques and Gardener’s Marketplace, lectures and demonstrations. You can purchase lunch in their food tent. From fashion to flowers, you will experience their theme of “Artful Living in the Gilded Age”.

We’ll stop at one of the new NH rest areas on the way home, where you can stretch and get some snacks or food if desired. This should put us back in So. Burlington in early evening.

Gardens of Newport Tour–Registration Form

Included in the price are all admissions and guided tours, snacks and refreshments throughout the tour, lodging, most meals (2 breakfasts at the hotel, 2 lunches, dinner day one), and driver gratuity. We’ll travel in a Premier luxury coach, with videos periodically on various gardens locally and abroad, lesser known and more famous. Of course you’ll have the chance to network with and get to know other gardeners, and to learn much and have
your questions answered by your expert tour hosts. Vermont Extension Master Gardeners can get continuing education credits.

Sign up soon to make sure you get one of the limited spaces. Register for two or more garden tours this summer hosted by Dr. Perry (pss.uvm.edu/ppp/forpecon.htm#tours), and you’ll get a $10 discount coupon good for tours in 2017. Questions or special needs? 802-318-8453 or leonard.perry@uvm.edu

newport flower show garden-6Due by May 16, 2016– Register sooner and save $$! See below; space is limited.

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Room Bed Preference (if available): King 2 Queens

(This is a non-smoking hotel. Also there is no smoking on the motor coach.)

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Departing From (circle) UVM Hort Farm I-89 Park and ride: Montpelier Sharon



(Please make checks payable to “Fort Ticonderoga”)

Think Spring Special, prior to March 17 $589 __________ (double occupancy)

Early Registration, March 17- April 18 $599 __________ (double occupancy)

Registration April 19-May 16 $619 __________ (double occupancy)

Single room supplement $160 __________ (Covers additional hotel costs)

Total $ __________

Refund Policy: Cancellation before May 16, 2016– complete refund less a $30 processing fee Cancellation after May 16, but before June 10– 50% refund Cancellation on or after June 10– no refund. Requests for cancellation must be received in writing.