DAY TRIP TO PHS MEADOWBROOK GARDEN & BRYN ATHYN CATHEDRAL GARDEN

Tuesday July 24, 2018  $129pp ***sold out!

8:00am-5:00pm Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions

Departs from: Colonial Nursery, 1124 West Front St, Lincroft NJ 07738


Join me for a day visiting two gorgeous gardens in Pennsylvania. Your day starts with a pick up at Colonial Nursery & the Monmouth Rest Area (on the GSP) with morning coffee & pastries on the bus. Our first stop is at Meadowbrook Farm, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's (PHS) garden in Abington Township. Here we take a private guided tour through the garden followed by a picnic garden lunch. Next we head to the Bryn Athyn Historic District for a private Garden Cathedral Tour with the Chief Gardener.  These gardens are secret treasures and I'm thrilled to share these new finds with you! 

Designed and created by J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. (1913-2003), MEADOWBROOK FARM remains his garden legacy. Situated on 25 acres in East Montgomery County, north of Philadelphia. the property contain the private house, display gardens, and garden center. The original parcel of 150 acres, the house, and its furnishings were given to Liddon and his wife, Alice Herkness (1915-1996), as a wedding gift by her parents in 1936. The house was designed in the English Cotswolds style by architect Robert McGoodwin. From his early entry into the florist business to the decades spent perfecting the gardens that surrounded his home, Liddon was a constant figure in floral and horticultural design in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Owning Meadowbrook Farm enabled Liddon to hone his gift for design and the resulting series of gardens have been featured in many books and magazines. 

[Beautiful photos above provided by Meadowbrook Farm] 

Pennock created a series of lush “garden rooms” throughout the terraces using many varieties of holly, pieris, boxwood, southern magnolia, camellia, cherry laurel, and aucuba as evergreen backdrops for colorful, seasonal plantings.  Pennock said about his garden, “nothing can be seen except from where it is intended.” Discovery and surprises wait around every corner. Pennock is also quoted as saying, “We plant for every effect, for the seasons, for continuing flowering, for the evergreen quality.” Every garden is always evolving, but much of what Mr. Pennock planted remains today. The terraced garden was designed on a linear axis with intimate focal points directing your gaze down the vistas. Many of the focal points and accents in the garden are gazebos, structures, and statues repurposed from the years Pennock spent exhibiting at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Meadowbrook was bequeathed to the PHS on Mr Pennock's death in 2004. We spend the morning at Meadowbrook touring this beautiful garden legacy. Lunch is a fun picnic in the garden with sandwiches provided by local catered Curds N Whey. 

BRYN ATHYN, Pennsylvania, was founded as a religious community in the late 19th century by members of a Christian denomination known as the New Church. Just a mile from the Philadelphia border, this small borough is home to some of the area’s most remarkable architecture, buildings that reflect the religious faith and vision of the community’s earliest residents. The Bryn Athyn Historic District includes three family residences—the Beaux-Arts mansion, Cairnwood, Cairncrest and Glencairn—and the renowned Bryn Athyn Cathedral. All were constructed between 1892 and 1938. The Bryn Athyn Historic District was designated as a National Historic Landmark on October 6, 2008. Today we are meeting the Chief Gardener who is responsible for overseeing the gardens in all three historic properties. She will take us on a private tour through the Cathedral's beautiful gardens and show us inside the Cathedral, a Gothic and Romanesque-style church acclaimed for its outstanding architecture and stained glass windows. 

Photos from Glencairn Museum & The Bryn Athyn Historic District 

Please note there is quite a bit of walking on this trip - you can expect to be on your feet for a couple of hours at a time with limited seating. If you are concerned whether this trip is for you, please give me a call on 908.512.0600 to discuss.

Includes: Kirsty Dougherty as your host for the day; transportation on luxury Academy bus with restroom, wifi & power outlets; driver tip; private garden tour at Meadowbrook Farm; picnic lunch in the garden at Meadowbrook; private Cathedral Garden Tour at Bryn Cathedral with the Chief  Estate Gardener; destination talk on the ride there; morning coffee & pastries; bottled water.

LUNCH

Lunch is a simple, tasty picnic in the garden catered by Curds N Whey. Lunch includes a choice of salad/sandwich, bag of chips, bottle of water, a side, fresh baked cookie or brownie as well as napkin and flatware.  

Please choose one sandwich - CHICKEN SALAD or  ALBACORE TUNA SALAD or  EGG SALAD or  IMPORTED HAM WITH CHEESE or  ROASTED BEEF or  TURKEY BREAST (dairy free) or VEGETARIAN or BBQ MEATLOAF

Please choose one side - COLESLAW PASTA or SALAD or  MACARONI SALAD

Please choose your bread -  CHALLAH ROLL or  WRAP or  BAGUETTE or GLUTEN FREE BREAD

Served with mustard, mayo, russian & pickles

Please indicate your selection and any dietary restrictions on the booking form below. Thank you!


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