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 or call 718.817.8703. When reserving a trip of program, you agree to our Member Trip Reservation Conditions and Cancellation Policy.

CANCELLED–The Culinary Institute of America and Vanderbilt Mansion
March 17; 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$140; includes transportation, admissions, guided tours, 3-course lunch, and gratuities

Join us at the world’s oldest culinary school nested on 150 scenic acres along the Hudson River and experience an era of wealth and privilege at Vanderbilt Mansion, a historic estate. Go behind the scenes at The Culinary Institute of America on a 45-minute guided tour along with a gourmet 3-course lunch at the Institute’s American Bounty. Then take a guided tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion; originally built for Fredrick Vanderbilt, this 54-room home dates back to the late 1890s and represents great Beaux-Arts architecture.

CANCELLED–Historic Stone Mill Luncheon
March 20; 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 were abandoned in 1870 when the Lorillard 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. At the conclusion of the lecture, enjoy a private buffet lunch in the Stone Mill.

CANCELLED–Arthur Avenue Food & History Tour
April 4; 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Meet at Arthur Avenue Retail Market
$70; includes 2-hour walking tour, tastings, and 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 established for generations. Visit six historic food shops, including Joe’s Deli, Terranova Bakery, and Madonia Bakery. Conclude the day with a slice of pizza, a sandwich, and a beverage inside the famous Arthur Avenue Retail Market. There are no gluten-free or vegan substitutions available for lunch.

CANCELLED–Spring Garden Afternoon Tea
April 17; 2–4 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$45; includes tour of the Perennial Garden, Seasonal Walk, and Afternoon Tea

Celebrate the beginning of spring with a curator-guided tour of our stunning Perennial Garden and Seasonal Walk. Our dedicated curators will provide tips for preparing and keeping your garden thriving during the spring and summer months. The Perennial Garden combines a vast palette of colors, textures, flowers, and foliage into a lush, living work of art. The Seasonal Walk features a wide array of perennials, grasses, and bulbs selected for their interesting shape, structure, and color in every stage of growth throughout the year. Conclude this afternoon with a cup of tea or lemonade, finger sandwiches, and savory sweets in the Garden Terrace Room.

CANCELLED–Azalea Garden Luncheon
May 14; 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 a delightful private buffet lunch in the Stone Mill.

CANCELLED–Planting Fields Arboretum & Falaise Mansion
May 19; 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$130; includes transportation, admission, guided tours, and lunch

Spend the day touring two landmark destinations in Long Island. First enjoy a garden tour at Planting Fields Arboretum. Stroll through their beautiful Italian Garden, Cloister Garden, Perennial Garden, and greenhouse. After lunch at the Magnolia Café and some time to explore the gardens on your own, enjoy a guided tour of the cliffside French Norman-style Falaise Mansion which was the residence of Captain Harry F. Guggenheim. Discover the exquisite artwork, antiques, and furnishings inside one of the most inviting mansions on the Gold Coast.