Couple walking in Home Gardening Center with small purple flowers

Member Trips, Luncheons, and Walking Tours

Space is limited and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please review the description for specific inclusions. To reserve, please email membership@nybg.org or call 718.817.8703. When reserving a trip of program, you agree to our Member Trip Reservation Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

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Lilac Brunch
May 3; 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Meet at the Lilac Collection
$55, includes guided walking tour and private brunch

Join us for an intimate tour of the Burn Family Lilac Collection led by NYBG Curators. Restored in 2016, the historic garden has expanded to more than 200 lilacs; highlighting antique specimens, new disease-resistant lilacs, and flowers that smell sweet and spicy. The tour concludes with a private brunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

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Azalea Garden Luncheon
May 9; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at the Azalea Garden
$55, includes guided walking tour and private lunch

NYBG Curators will guide Members through the Azalea Garden, providing extensive details on the landscape design and planting of this 11-acre spectacle. Alongside the azaleas and rhododendron, you will find a diverse assortment of flowering trees and shrubs, woodland perennials, bulbs, ferns and grasses. This tour will take place during the spring azaleas’ bloom, so be sure to bring your cameras! After your guided tour, enjoy delightful private buffet lunch.

Native Plant Garden Luncheon
May 17; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$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 and teach you 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 private buffet lunch in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

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Manhattan Art Deco Tour
May 19; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at East 42nd Street
$50; includes two-hour walking tour in Manhattan

The Art Deco movement in the decorative arts and architecture originated in the 1920s. Its name was derived from the exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. The fine examples of New York City’s Deco buildings still define the city’s visual identity. This mid-town tour focuses on the Daily News Building (1929), the Chanin Building (1927), and the Chrysler Building (1930) and includes a look at nearby Tudor City.

Historic Stone Mill Luncheon
May 24; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes lecture and private lunch

Enjoy a rare look at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill with Wayne Cahilly, NYBG’s site history expert. Originally built in 1840, the mill used the Bronx River to power the waterwheels that produced tobacco and snuff. The building and land was abandoned in 1870 when the Lorillards family moved to New Jersey. It was not until 1937 that the Stone Mill was officially transferred to NYBG and then declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The lecture concludes with a private buffet lunch.

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden and White Flower Farm
May 31; 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$125; includes continental breakfast, transportation, two guided tours, and boxed lunch

Tour Bellamy-Ferriday House, the historic house and formal garden of the 18th-century farmstead of Reverend Joseph Bellamy—Bethlehem, Connecticut’s first Congregational minister. After the tour, take a short ride to White Flower Farm. Since 1950 this nursery in Litchfield, CT has enticed, taught, and inspired gardeners of all abilities. Enjoy a guided a tour of their display gardens and stock up on plants and supplies at their famous retail store. A delicious boxed lunch is provided at White Flower Farm.

Untermyer Gardens Conservancy
June 13; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY
$55; includes guided walking tour and boxed lunch

Established in 1915 and designed by Beaux Arts architect William Welles Bosworth, Untermyer Gardens originally sprawled over 150 acres and publicly displayed prominent millionaire Samuel Untermyer’s famous chrysanthemum and tulip collections. Join us on a guided tour and learn about the garden’s restoration to its current 43 acres, and explore the Indo-Persian Walled Garden, Greek-inspired Temple of Love, and the Sundial Garden. Bring a blanket or a chair to take in the breathtaking views of the Hudson River in this hidden Yonkers gem and end the afternoon with a picnic lunch.

Rose Garden Brunch
June 14; 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and private 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.

Culinary Institute of America & Walkway Over the Hudson
June 21; 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$140; includes continental breakfast, transportation, two guided tours, and three-course lunch

Nestled on 150 scenic acres along the Hudson River, the Culinary Institute of America is the world’s oldest culinary school. Go behind-the-scenes on a 45-minute tour guided by a CIA student and enjoy a gourmet three-course lunch at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. After lunch, take a guided tour of the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, Walkway Over the Hudson. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, this linear walkway offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the surrounding scenic valley.

Grand Central Terminal Tour
June 23; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Grand Central Terminal
$50; includes two-hour guided 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.

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Three-Day Trip to Brandywine Valley, PA
Friday, June 28–Sunday, June 30

Join us for an extraordinary summer weekend exploring Brandywine Valley, home to world-class museums, lavish estates, and renowned gardens. Highlights include tours of Nemours Mansion & Gardens; Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library; Brandywine River Museum of Art; and Longwood Gardens. Your trip includes:

  • Charter Bus Transportation
  • Admission and guided tours of Nemours Mansion & Gardens; Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library; Brandywine River Museum of Art; and Longwood Gardens
  • Two nights at Hilton Hotel
  • Three breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner
  • All taxes and service gratuities

Double Occupancy: $1,035 per person
Single Occupancy: $1,170 per person

A deposit is due immediately at booking; payment plans are available. Call the Membership Office M-F; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at 718.817.8703 to reserve and for more details. When reserving for this trip, you agree to our Overnight Tours Member Trip Reservation Conditions and Cancellation Policy.