Gardens of America’s Pacific Northwest

11-day luxury escorted small group tour of spring blooms, gorgeous flowering trees, and so much more. Experience America’s horticultural paradise, the Pacific Northwest. This corner of the world has a very temperate climate – it rarely freezes or gets scorching hot - making it an ideal place for gardens and gardeners.

Grade

Easy Garden Tours

Accommodation

Good Quality 4* Hotels

Land Transportation

Minibus

Cost

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Flights

Excluded

Single Supplement

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Group

8-10

Tour Booklet

On Arrival

Dates

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Lunches

4

Breakfasts

2

Welcome Drinks

1

Dinners

3

Tour Summary – What’s Included

  • 11 day escorted small group tour featuring spring blooms, gorgeous flowering trees, and so much more. Experience America’s horticultural paradise, the Pacific Northwest.
  • Small Tour Group of between 8-10 people.
  • Itinerary designed and escorted throughout by Lois Moss
  • Accommodation in Silverton, Portland and Seattle
  • Transportation by luxury air conditioned hightop private van, accompanied by experienced local tour guide with botanical knowledge
  • Transfer from PDX airport to the hotel at the beginning of the tour, and transfer from the hotel to SEA airport at the end of the tour
  • 2 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Entrance fees for all gardens and venues visited
  • 24 hour Emergency Service

Luxury Accommodation:

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 – Sunday 31 May 2020 – ARRIVAL, PORTLAND, LAN SU CHINESE GARDEN – DINNER INCLUDED

  • Arrive at Portland, Oregon International Airport (PDX) where you will be picked by our luxury hightop van which will take you to our hotel.
  • At your leisure with the ticket in your welcome kit, visit for Lan Su Chinese Garden, a walled Chinese garden enclosing a full city block, built by artisans from Suzhou, China. The garden is home to numerous flowering plants, trees and shrubs. A restful teahouse is in the garden for relaxing refreshment.
  • At 18:00, we assemble in the lobby for dinner plus to meet our local guide who will tell us more about the surprises, private gardens and behind-the-scenes experiences we will be seeing during the tour.

Accommodation:Heathman Hotel, Portland

Day 2 – Monday 1 June 2020 – PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN, CRYSTAL SPRINGS RHODODENDRON GARDEN, FOOD CART POD, PRIVATE GARDENS

  • We start the day visiting The Portland Japanese Garden,considered one of the finest Japanese gardens in the world. he Portland Japanese Garden is a symphony of rock, water and plants and we’ll enjoy the peaceful garden in the morning, before it is open to the general public.
  • Next, we visit Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, a magnificent 10-acre garden featuring more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants in a setting of paths, fountains and small waterfalls.
  • We then visit one of Portland’s famous food cart podsfor an independent lunch
  • We will then go outside of the central city where we will visit two private gardens.

Accommodation: Heathman Hotel, Portland

Day 3 – Tuesday 2 June 2020 – COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, VISTA HOUSE, MULTNOMAH FALLS, STERNWHEELER CRUISE, BRIDGE OF THE GODS – LUNCH INCLUDED

  • Today we explore the protected Natural Scenic Area of the Columbia River Gorge.  Cut by the colossal power of glaciers at the end of the Ice Age, the region was home to indigenous tribes for millennia due to the vast supply of salmon, which could literally be scooped from the river.  The Lewis and Clark Expeditioncame through the canyon in 1805, opening the Pacific Northwest for America’s expansion.
  • We will stop at Vista Housewith sweeping views of the river and gorge, and then on to Multnomah Falls, an iconic, slender waterfall.  We will enjoy lunch in the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge. We will continue east to the charming small town of Cascade Locks where we will board the sternwheelerfor an afternoon river cruise where you will see The Gorge from a whole different perspective and hear fascinating stories about the area. We then cross the Bridge of the Gods and make our way back to Portland on the north side of the Gorge.

Accommodation: Heathman Hotel, Portland

Day 4 – Wednesday 3 June 2020 – PRIVATE GARDEN, ROGERSON CLEMETIS GARDEN, THE OREGON GARDEN RESORT AND SPA – LUNCH INCLUDED

  • We first visit a very special private gardenon the banks of the Willamette River
  • Our next stop will be the Rogerson Clematis Gardenwhich contains the most comprehensive collection of clematis in North America.  The property also includes a heritage garden featuring plants that were available before World War I.
  • We continue south through lovely farmland and the fertile Willamette Valley, home of numerous commercial nurseries, plant hybridizers, greenhouses, blueberry fields, hops, hazlenuts and growers.
  • After lunch at Filberts Farmhouse Kitchen, we arrive at The Oregon Garden Resort & Spaand you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore The Oregon Garden.  The narrated tram which will give you an overview of the 80-acre botanical plus you can explore on foot. You may also consider calling ahead to book an optional spa treatment, massage or facial.  Your room key allows you access to the gardens when it is closed to the public.

Accommodation: The Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton

Day 5 – Thursday 4 June 2020 – DEEPWOOD HOUSE & GARDENS, BUSH BARN ART CENTER, BUSH HOUSE GARDENS, GAIETY HOLLOW, SCHREINER’S IRIS GARDEN, SEBRIGHT GARDENS & NURSERY – BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED

  • Enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel.
  • We will first go to downtown Salem, Oregon’s low-key state capital.
  • We will visit Deepwood House & Gardens, a historic home surrounded by formal gardens.
  • Next, we go to nearby Bush Barn Art Centerand the surrounding Bush House Gardens.
  • We will then walk across the street to Gaiety Hollow,the former home of Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver, landscape architects in the 1920s which was unusual for women of that era.
  • We then visit one of the world’s premier iris growers, Schreiner’s Iris Garden, and their extraordinary display garden.
  • Our final stop today will be Sebright Gardens and Nurseryand their 4-acre display gardens, specializing in a vast variety of hosta, ferns and epimediums.

Accommodation:The Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton

Day 6 – Friday 5 June 2020 – PRIVATE GARDENS, PACIFIC BONSAI MUSEUM, RHODODENDRON SPECIES BOTANICAL GARDEN, POWELLSWOOD, DINNER IN A GARDEN – BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED

  • After a buffet breakfast, we head north to Seattle with a number of garden visits along the way.
  • Our first two stops will be private gardens.  We will enjoy lunch in the second garden, a 3-acre paradise that includes a formal English garden, mature fruit trees, a bamboo walk and much more.
  • We will next visit the Pacific Bonsai Museum, with bonsai trees from China, Japan, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and America.  It is the most diverse public collection of bonsai in North America and is located in a spectacular outdoor setting which was formerly the business campus of Weyerhaeuser timber and paper companies.
  • The adjacent Rhododendron Species Botanical Gardenis home to the largest collection of species rhododendrons in the world. This is also home of a Victorian-style stumpery created by The Hardy Fern Foundation. Other specialty plants, including some housed in a glass conservatory, abound.
  • We next visit PowellsWood, a three-acre pleasure garden designed to reflect Pacific Northwest and nestled against thirty-five acres of native forest.
  • We will have dinner in the garden at PowellsWood
  • We will arrive our hotel in downtown Seattle this evening

Accommodation: Hotel Andra, Seattle

Day 7 – Saturday 6 June 2020 – SOOS CREEK BOTANICAL GARDEN, PRIVATE GARDENS – LUNCH INCLUDED

  • Today, we first visit Soos Creek Botanical Garden, a mature garden inspired by tours to Italy and England. The property also includes a heritage center focusing on Norwegian immigration and homesteading.
  • We will visit a number of private gardens this afternoon and enjoy lunch in a garden.

Accommodation: Hotel Andra, Seattle

Day 8 – Sunday 7 June 2020 – CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS,INDEPENDENT TIME IN SEATTLE, BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN

  • This afternoon, we will cross Lake Washington to the Bellevue Botanical Garden, a 53-acre oasis with numerous themed gardens, all near an urban boomtown which is home to Microsoft and dozens of other tech companies.
  • We will have an independent dinner in downtown Bellevue, recently named one of the best suburbs for Foodies.

Accommodation: Hotel Andra, Seattle

Day 9 – Monday 8 June 2020 – FERRY TO VICTORIA, BUTCHART GARDENS, INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION – BREAKFAST INCLUDED

  • We have an early start this morning, taking the 7:30 ferry to Victoria, British Columbia
  • Once we arrive in Victoria, we board a motorcoach for a highlights tour of the charming city of Victoria
  • The coach then takes us to world-famous Butchart Gardens. The 55-acre garden will be bursting with colours in June.
  • With flexible return options, you can choose to spend all day at the gardens or you can return to Victoria and explore the city’s lovely waterfront downtown
  • The ferry back to Seattle departs at 19:00 and we will be at the Seattle hotel approximately 22:00

Accommodation: Hotel Andra, Seattle

Day 10 – Tuesday 9 June 2020

  • We cross Puget Sound via ferry again today, to nearby Bainbridge Island
  • Our first visit will be the magical Heronswoodwhich has a fascinating history and has been recently restored to its former glory. Originally the private garden of plantsman Dan Hinkley, who still lives nearby, the garden is now owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe which is diligently working to build community and connection to the land and nature.
  • We will next visit the quaint and quirky town of Poulsbo, which celebrates its Scandinavian heritage, for an independent lunch.
  • Our final public garden of the tour will be Bloedel Reserve, where we will have a docent-led tour of the spectacular property. The 150 acre forest garden was created by a lumber baron and includes many distinct areas, including a moss garden, Japanese garden, reflecting pool, views, vistas and natural areas
  • Our finale dinner tonight will be in a wonderful private garden
  • Afterward dinner, we will take the ferry back to Seattle

Accommodation: Hotel Andra, Seattle

Day 11 – Wednesday 10 June 2020

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from Oregon International Airport (PDX).

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  • Days
    11
  • Nights
    10
  • Accommodation
    Good Quality 4* Hotels
  • Land Transportation
    Minibus
  • Cost
    Register for Details
  • Flights
    Excluded
  • Single Supplement
    Register for Details
  • Group
    8-10
  • Tour Booklet
    On Arrival
  • Dates
    Register for Details
  • Lunches
    4
  • Breakfasts
    2
  • Welcome Drinks
    1
  • Dinners
    3

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1. Pay a Refundable 20% Deposit Now:

If you want to secure you place on this tour you can choose to pay a 20% refundable deposit now and the remaining balance later.
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We accept all major credit cards.  Before you go ahead and book your tour online, please carefully read our Booking Conditions.Once we have the required numbers to run your tour we will send you an invoice for the remaining balance.  We need to receive your final payment at least 6 weeks before the departure date.  In the unlikely event that your tour will not proceed, we will refund your deposit IN FULL. 

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If you want to secure you place on this tour you can choose to pay now in full.
  • Step 1: Please select the correct amount and departure date above. The higher of the two prices displayed includes the single supplement and should be chosen if you are travelling alone.  If you are a couple or group travelling together select the lower of the two amounts.  You can change the number of people travelling together on the next screen and the price will be recalculated automatically.
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