Member Trips

Garden Membership gives you access to a world of natural beauty and fascinating history far beyond the Garden grounds. Join us for one (or all!) of our Member-Only Trips. To reserve, please email membership@nybg.org or call 718.817.8703, M-F 9 a.m.–5 p.m. When reserving a trip or program, you agree to our Member Trips Reservation Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

Two Dates! Grand Central Terminal Tour

March 23 (SOLD OUT) & June 2; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Grand Central Terminal
$50; includes two-hour walking tour of Grand Central

To most New Yorkers, Grand Central Terminal is simply a midpoint stop before getting to work or home, but this historic national landmark has great architectural and cultural significance. Join us on this two-hour walking tour to learn about Grand Central’s remarkable history, stunning Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design architecture, and its central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

Arthur Avenue Walking Food Tour

April 13 and June 8; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$85, includes 2-hour tour, tastings, and 4-course private lunch

Bring your appetite as we explore New York’s second “Little Italy”! Join us on a two-hour walking tour through iconic Arthur Avenue, a neighborhood filled with family-owned businesses that have been established for generations. Visit butcher shops, bakeries, and authentic salumerias for a true taste of Italy. We will complete the experience with a delicious private lunch at an Arthur Avenue restaurant.

Azalea Garden Luncheon

May 11 or May 12 (SOLD OUT); 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at the Azalea Garden
$55, includes gourmet private lunch and behind-the-scenes guided tour

Garden curators will guide Members through the newly opened Azalea Garden, providing extensive details on the landscape design and planting of this 11-acre spectacle. This tour will take place during the spring azaleas' bloom, so be sure to bring your cameras! After your guided tour, we will take a short walk to the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill where we will end the afternoon with a delightful private buffet lunch at the Stone Mill. Curators will be available to answer your Garden questions during lunch.

Historic Central Park Tour with Garden Botanist, Daniel Atha

May 4; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Central Park
$50; includes two-hour walking tour

Follow Daniel Atha on a walking tour of Central Park as he reveals the pre-historic botanical legacy of the world's most famous Park. From the Ice Age to the present, the territory of Central Park continues to be home to a wealth of biological diversity, including remnant oak savannah on Summit Rock, the persistent Tulip tree, Sassafras and Red Maple forest of the Ramble, and the wetland flora around the Lake. Participants will experience the genius of Olmstead and Vaux's Greensward Plan revealed by the plants that were there before humans settled the island and that have persisted to this day. Daniel Atha, Director of Conservation Outreach in the Center for Conservation Strategy, has conducted fieldwork in all 50 states of the US as well as Vietnam, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize, and has collected over 15,000 plants, including two species new to science.

Florence Griswold Museum

May 19; 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$135, includes breakfast, lunch, transportation, and guided tours

Located in Old Lyme, Connecticut, The Florence Griswold Museum, was a former boarding house and art colony run by Florence Griswold. Over 200 artists such as Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and Matilda Browne found the lush countryside of Connecticut the perfect location for an American art colony. Tour the Georgian mansion, that holds am impressive collection of American Impressionist paintings and is situated near the 13 acres historic garden. The day will be complimented with lunch at Café Flo on the mansion’s veranda overlooking the Lieutenant river.

Rose Garden Brunch

June 9; 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and brunch

Join us for early morning access before the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is open to the public. The garden, designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in 1916, was renovated to showcase more than 4,000 rose plants and over 680 varieties. Your guide, Rose Garden Curator Stephen Scanniello will reveal insights on caring for the garden and the long history that lead to its current glory. The tour concludes with a private brunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Native Plant Garden Luncheon

June 13; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at Native Plant Garden
$55, includes guided walking tour and private lunch

This 3.5-acre garden celebrates the beauty of plants to northeastern North America. Nearly 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses planted in a carefully planned contemporary design that harmonizes with the natural landscape. Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden will give you a guided tour through the lush meadows to learn more about the plant life, garden design, and stunning water features. After the tour, Members will travel to the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill to enjoy a tasty private buffet lunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

CHIHULY Brunch

June 20; 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and private brunch

Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY will showcase approximately 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Take an exclusive tour led by Todd Forrest, Vice President of Horticulture and Living Collections, and Karen Daubmann, Associate Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Engagement as they discuss the planning and installation of this landmark event. The walking tour concludes with a private brunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Three Day Trip: Brandywine Valley

June 23-25
Meet at NYBG

Brandywine Valley is home to world-class museums, lavish estates, and renowned gardens that date back to the early 19th century. Join us as we explore these celebrated sites in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Your trip includes a charter bus transportation, admission and guided tours of Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, and Longwood Gardens, three breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner. And also, two nights stay at a 4-star Hilton hotel with all taxes, gratuities, porter, and service fees.

Double $840 per person; Single $1,055 per person. Please review the Overnight Cancellation Policy.

Storm King Art Center & Brotherhood Winery

June 30; 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$135, includes transportation, continental breakfast, 2 guided tours, 3-course lunch, and all gratuities

Explore the relationship between sculpture and nature throughout 500 acres of landscaped lawns, fields, and postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists at Storm King Art Center. Then travel to America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery, for a guided tour of their underground wine cellar, a delicious lunch in their Vinum Café, and tastings of decadent wines.