PHS Travels to Charleston with Visits to Savannah and Kiawah APRIL 14 – 19, 2009 TUESDAY, APRIL 14 Our non-stop flight from Philadelphia to Charleston will arrive in late morning. We’ll board our private bus to the Meeting Street Inn, conveniently located on one of the main streets in Charleston. After a box lunch at the Inn, we’ll relax before a mid-afternoon tour. Charleston guides, well-versed in the history and architecture of the city, will lead us on a walking tour, the best way to see the city. In late afternoon, we’ll have a reception in one of Charleston’s loveliest private gardens, where our hostess will serve wine and hors d’oeuvres while we stroll around the garden. We’ll return to the hotel, and the remainder of the evening is free. (L, R) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 This morning we’ll travel to Savannah, where garden designer John McEllen will lead us on a walking tour in the historic area surrounding the city squares to show us some of the gardens he has designed. Lattice brick walls are an interesting feature of Savannah gardens. The brick walls have spaces among the bricks to allow air to flow through but still provide privacy. Plants typical of these gardens are camellias, azaleas and Lady Banksia roses. We’ll see walks and walls made of “tabby”—a mixture including oyster shells and lime. After lunch, we’ll drive out of Savannah to visit an historic plantation, still owned by members of the original family. Returning to the city, we’ll stop in Ardsley Park, a district built in the 1920’s, to see private gardens at some of the Arts and Crafts style houses. We’ll return to Charleston for a free evening to choose among the many interesting restaurants in Charleston. (B, L) THURSDAY, APRIL 16 The Charleston Horticultural Society has selected several stellar private gardens for PHS members to visit. Guides Rosanne Wray and Jan MacDougal will divide us into two groups for a walking tour in the historic district. We’ll see small and large gardens, interesting water features and, above all, wonderful use of plants. Charlestonians appreciate their outdoor space for their own enjoyment and for entertaining. After a box lunch at the Meeting Street Inn, we’ll board a bus with Rosanne to visit the Charleston City greenhouses and two gardens outside the city—one belonging to our guide, Jan MacDougal. The evening is free to sample more wonderful restaurants. The front desk staff at our hotel can help you choose. (B, L) FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Today our destination is Kiawah Island, one of the barrier islands along the coast known for its wide beaches. Members of the Kiawah Garden Club will open their gardens for PHS members to see first hand how these gardeners cope with the problems of deer and salt air. We’ll also view the gardens at The Sanctuary, the five- star resort on Kiawah. After lunch at the home of one of the Kiawah Garden Club members, we’ll return to the Meeting Street Inn in mid-afternoon. (B, L) SATURDAY, APRIL 18 We’ll continue our exploration of private gardens in Charleston in a different part of the historic district with guides Rosanne and Jan. Both have written and lectured on gardens in Charleston and know the history of garden design here, including the work of Lutrell Briggs, who designed many gardens in the mid-twentieth century. After this morning’s visits, we’ll stop at the Nathaniel Russell House, a beautiful Federal townhouse completed in 1808. The house, now a museum, is furnished with period antiques, and the gardens feature boxwood parterres. This afternoon we have free time to shop or continue walking along the charming streets. This evening we’ll walk to the farewell dinner at Magnolia’s, a nearby restaurant that specializes in local “low-country” cuisine with a contemporary twist. (B, D) SUNDAY, APRIL 19 On our last day in Charleston we will visit two former plantations. The city of Charleston is on a peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Charlestonians are known to say that these two rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean. This morning we’ll travel along the Ashley River to visit Drayton Hall. An outstanding example of Georgian Palladian style, the empty house is in its original condition; it was never modernized with electricity, plumbing or heat. After a private tour we’ll continue along the Ashley River Road to Middleton Place, site of the oldest landscaped gardens in America, begun in 1741. Guides will lead us through the house and gardens after lunch. The main house was destroyed during the Civil War; the house we tour was a guest wing. As we leave Middleton, we’ll head for Charleston International Airport. With the present flight schedule, our arrival in Philadelphia will be about 8:00 p.m. (B, L) *** *** *** *** *** *** Private gardens are open by the kind permission of the owners. Although they make every effort to keep dates arranged for visits, particular visits may not always be possible due to personal commitments, changes of ownership or other reasons. Every effort will be made to substitute gardens of equal interest. TOUR CONDITIONS LAND ARRANGEMENTS: $1,915.00 per person, based on two people sharing a room with two beds and private bath at the Meeting Street Inn. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, or refreshments as noted (B, L, D or R); guide fees; entrance fees; transportation by private motor coach throughout the trip; hotel porterage and taxes; tips to coach drivers; services of Pennsylvania Horticultural society and JL Tours escorts. Because of the scarcity of airport porters, the price does not include airport porterage. The price is based on 25 paying participants. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $465.00 DONATION: A voluntary tax-deductible donation of $150.00 per person (payable to PHS) is requested. A reminder will be included with your final bill. We are grateful for your interest and support. This contribution will be used to help further the goals of Philadelphia Green programs–– public landscapes like the Azalea Garden, Logan Square, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Treevitalize, restoration of city parks and playgrounds, community gardens, youth educational programs, and many more. REGISTRATION: A $400.00 per person deposit check payable to JL Tours is required to hold a reservation. The balance and the $150 donation to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society are due on February 12, 2009. REFUNDS, CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations of confirmed reservations are subject to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee. After February 12, 2009 no refunds will be made unless a substitute participant is found. AIRFARE: In August, 2008, the round-trip airfare from Philadelphia/ Charleston is about $400.00. with an added charge for checked luggage. Airfares are not guaranteed until ticketed. Air fares, flight numbers and schedules change constantly. You can make your own flight arrangements or contact Cathy Reed at Travel Answers, 828 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; phone: 610-525-2801. Travel Answers charges a fee for processing a ticket. Do not purchase your air ticket until we know the trip registration is complete to avoid the problem of a non- refundable ticket. Parking information in Savannah and Charleston will be provided to anyone driving. INSURANCE: Travel insurance is available through JL tours and is highly recommended. Insurance applications will be mailed with acknowledgement of the registration deposit for this trip. Pre-existing medical conditions are covered if travel insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial registration deposit. 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