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.

Orchid Afternoon Tea February 21; 2–4 p.m. Meet at NYBG $40; includes private orchid demonstration and Afternoon Tea

Join us for a discussion of some of the easiest orchids to have in your home. Discover the best varieties to grow and learn easy maintenance routines so that your orchids thrive and flower for years. Director of Glasshouse Horticulture & Senior Curator of Orchids and author of Orchid Modern, Marc Hachadourian will lead the demonstration and also share personal trail and triumphs about growing orchids. Conclude the afternoon with a cup of tea or lemonade, finger sandwiches, and savory and sweets treats in the Garden Terrace Room.

Philadelphia Flower Show: Riviera Holiday March 5, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Meet at NYBG $120; includes transportation, continental breakfast, and admission

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Located in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the show stretches across 10 acres of beautiful displays of unique and creative garden designs and flower crafts. Inspired by the world’s exotic Mediterranean gardens, the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show showcases citrus trees, scented geraniums, roses, terraced gardens, ornamental fountains, and herb parterres.

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.

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.