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.

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.

Valentine’s Day Tea Talk

February 14; 2–4 p.m.
Meet at Garden Terrace Room
$40; includes afternoon tea reception, one complimentary glass of champagne and talk

Enjoy this Valentine’s Day with a hot cup of tea, finger sandwiches, savory sweets, and a delightful talk about the cultural history of this internationally celebrated holiday of love. The tea reception will be proceeded by a 45-minutue talk entitled, “Cupid’s Journey: A Historical Look at Valentine’s Day” presented by Wayne Cahilly. Wayne will discuss the holiday from its origins in ancient Rome through its long and entertaining modern day evolution.

Philadelphia Flower Show: Flower Power
March 7; 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$115; includes continental breakfast, snacks, transportation, and admission

The Philadelphia International Flower Show is the most popular flower show in the US. This annual indoor flower show is the largest in the world, stretching across 10-acres of beautiful displays of creative garden designs and flower crafts. The 2019 show will pay tribute to the enormous impact of flowers on our lives. Exhibits will take a holistic approach to the theme with sweeping landscapes and artful interpretations that inspire, convey emotions, examine fragrance and color and convey a universal language.

Historic Stone Mill Luncheon
March 29, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$55; includes lecture and lunch

Enjoy a rare look at the Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill with Wayne Cahilly, the Botanical Garden’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. Prior to lunch in the Stone Mill, Wayne will share all sorts of fascinating Garden lore and conduct tour of the surrounding historic precinct.

Arthur Avenue Food & History Tour
April 11; 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$85, 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 butcher shops, bakeries, and authentic salumerias for a true taste of Italy. We will complete the experience with an abundant 4-course private lunch at a local restaurant. 

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
April 12; 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$140; includes transportation, continental breakfast, two tours, and lunch

Join us for a day trip to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to visit Fonthill Castle—a landmark in the American Arts & Crafts Movement—and the James A. Michener Art Museum. Enjoy a private tour of the magnificent home of American archeologist and ceramicist Henry Champman Mercer and explore the Mercer Museum and its extensive collection of American folk artifacts. We will conclude our day with a private tour of the Michener Art Museum’s extraordinary collection of American historic and contemporary works that pay tribute to the region’s heritage. A private luncheon will be provided by Michener Art Museum.

Spring Garden Afternoon Tea
April 18; 2–4 p.m.
Meet at NYBG
$40; 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.