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.

Rose Garden Brunch
September 14; 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided 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, showcases more than 650 varieties of roses. Your guide, Rose Garden Curator Stephen Scanniello, will reveal insights on caring for the garden and its long history. The tour concludes with a private brunch buffet in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill.

Roosevelt National Historic Site & The Culinary Institute of America
September 21; 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$140; includes transportation, continental breakfast, two guided tours, and lunch

Tour Val-Kill Cottage, the personal retreat of Eleanor Roosevelt and the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. Originally built as a factory that housed Val-Kill Industries, Eleanor made it her permanent home after the passing of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Conclude the day at “Springwood,” the historic estate and lifelong home of FDR. Enjoy a guided walking tour of his home and a self-guided experience of the Museum. In between tours, we will visit The Culinary Institute of America, for a gourmet lunch at American Bounty restaurant.

Historic Central Park Tour
October 19, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Meet at Central Park
$50; includes two-hour guided tour

For over a century, Central Park has offered refuge and recreation to New Yorkers seeking a haven from a city of brick, steel and, concrete. Today, the 873-acre park welcomes over 40 million visitors each year and is one of the most filmed locations in the world. Your tour will cover highlights of this National Historic Landmark, its extensive history, and foliage in popular areas including the Pond, Mall, Sheep’s Meadow, Bethesda Terrace, Lake, and Ramble.

Olana & Thomas Cole House
October 30; 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$135; includes transportation, continental breakfast, admissions, and lunch

Spend the day admiring Olana’s breathtaking 250-acre landscape and enjoy a guided tour of the 19th century Persian style home of one of the most premier landscape painters, Frederick Church. The main house offers magnificent sweeping vistas of the Catskill Mountains, the Hudson River, and the Taconic Hills. Enjoy a delicious box lunch at Olana before we explore the 17th century federal-style Cedar Grove home of Thomas Cole, American painter and founder of the Hudson River School.

Thain Family Forest Luncheon
November 8, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes guided walking tour and private lunch

Tour through Thain Family Forest during fall foliage season with the forest staff that maintains the beautiful 50-acres. Learn about the Thain Family Forest restoration, research, and education programs. Highlights will include exploring the Forest and the Bronx River, and greeting any wildlife we discover along our way. After the tour, talk a short walk to the historic Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill for a private lunch. During lunch, your forest tour guides will be on hand to answer your questions regarding the forest and its history.

Old-Growth Network Dedication
After Members tour this magnificent wooded landscape, they can witness the official dedication of the Thain Family Forest into the Old-Growth Network. The Old-Growth Network is a nationwide alliance to preserve, protect, and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forest. Managing Director of the Network, Dr. Melissa E. Abdo, will officiate the brief ceremony and give special recognition to the Thain Family Forest. The dedication will take place at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill prior to a private lunch.

Longwood Gardens: Holiday Tradition
December 7; 9 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$150; includes transportation, morning refreshments, guided tour, and yuletide luncheon

Poinsettias, magnificent trees, and fragrant flowers transform a heated glass conservatory into a holiday wonderland. In the gardens, colorful fountains dance to festive music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, and a half-million twinkling lights are available will delight the senses. Enjoy this annual holiday event, a day and night of beauty and leisure that includes a delicious gourmet Yuletide luncheon and guided tour.