May Day Raleigh/Durham Garden Trip

Raleigh/Durham North Carolina

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Patty
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May 1 - 1, 2018
Group size: 30 - 45
May Day Raleigh/Durham Garden Trip
Raleigh/Durham North Carolina

Patty
  • Facebook verified
92 reviews

$89
May 1 - 1, 2018
Group size: 30 - 45

About this trip

This Day Trip is perfect for Garden Gurus, Nature Lovers and even Photographers.  It features a morning visit to Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham and an afternoon visit to Plant Delights in Raleigh.   “Duke” Gardens as it is more commonly known is a world class botanic garden on the campus of Duke University that has been enchanting visitors for over 75 years.  Each trip participant receives a “What’s In Bloom” self-guided map designed to customize your time and experience in the gardens.  Visitor favorites include the famous Historic Terrace Gardens, the Asiatic Arboretum and the Page-Rollins White Garden.   During the afternoon we are treated to a private, educational, guided tour at Plant Delights, considered one of the Top 7 online Nurseries in the Country of rare, and unusual perennials, exotic plants, cold hardy tropical plants and native plants, The Nursery was founded by Tony Avent, renowned plantsman, author and speaker.  Perhaps you have seen or read about him in Southern Living, Martha Stewart or Almanac Gardener?  Trip participants will receive nursery catalogs or can even place orders in advance and pick-up their beauties during our visit.  

What’s included

  • Bus transportation
  • Garden admissions
  • Driver Gratuity
  • Water & snacks on bus
  • Lunch
    Lunch on own in Durham's Historic Brightleaf District

Itinerary

Garden Day Trip
May Day Garden Trip to Raleigh/Durham

7:30am - Rise & Shine and board the bus for the Duke Gardens in Durham

Approx. 10:30am - Experience the Duke Gardens with a self-guided "What's in Bloom" map.   Participate in the "As You Walk: Colors" program designed to engage visitors in seeing the Gardens in even more detail.    

  • Pick a colored paint chip. 
  • Count how many times you see it as you walk. When you see your color on a plant, record the name of the plant or make up your own name for it (or both!). Also look for any animals or structures that have your color in them.

Approx. 12noon - Lunch on own in Durhams' Brightleaf District.  There are several restaurants to choose from.  My favorite is Parker & Otis which is a huge warehouse that offers a delicious, quick lunch as well as a very eclectic gift shop filled with books, cards, candy, toys and  gourmet food items.  It's just a fun place!  


2:30pm - Guided tour of Plant Delights - This is an educational tour that can be tailored to your interests.  This is one of the top online nurseries in the country so we're in for a real treat!  


Approx. 4:00pm - Travel east back to St. James Plantation with an approximate arrival time of 6:30pm


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Patty
92 reviews
I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

Reviews

Really enjoyed visiting New Bern and watching the musical. The city is beautiful and we will definitely return to do more exploring. Many thanks to Patty for arranging this trip.
By Regina Ross for Honour, The Musical on Feb 05, 2020
We had a relaxing trip. Had time for a very good lunch and some fun shops. The play was interesting. I enjoyed learning about that time in history.
By Verona Whipple for Honour, The Musical on Jan 28, 2020
For me, there was not enough information given about the house and the man that built it. We spent the better part of two days in the bus traveling and only spent about two hours touring the house. And for me, but not my wife, there was way too much time allotted for shopping. I can appreciate those who enjoyed the Downton Abbey display, but I had not watched the tv show and would much rather spent time in the Biltmore house or on the grounds. I did get some information from photographs and writings on the wall of the hotel and from the lecture in the church in the village. But, with so much to learn, I did not think we allocated our time efficiently. Jim Gunther
By Jim Gunther for Christmas at Biltmore on Jan 13, 2020
We had a great time. Very organized and the lights were terrific.
This trip was alot of fun. Patty did a great job organizing this event. Looking forward to another trip in 2020.
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