Monday, January 16, 2012

Philadelphia Flower Show

Dear North Carolina Garden Club Members,

You are invited to take part in a trip to see the Philadelphia Flower Show.  See attachment for details about the trip.  Cost is very reasonable.  The Fred Heutte Center is in Norfolk, VA. is where the trip originates and returns.  The dates are Sunday, March 4 & Monday, March 5. North Carolina residents would probably need to plan to spend the night in a Norfolk hotel on Saturday, March 3, and Monday, March 5, because of the times the bus leaves and returns.  My understanding is that there will only be one bus taken this year so make your reservations early!

Bill Smoot is the President of Landscape Design Consultants in VA and organizes the LDC schools there.  He has organized this trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show for years.  He is a great guy!

The only conflict for GCNC members is the Davidson Horticultural Symposium is on Tuesday, March 6.  It is always an educational and enjoyable day!

I hope you will consider attending one or the other of these events!

Lynne Mabry
Website Chairman, GCNC

The 2012
                     Flower Show!

Join Us on An Overnight Bus Tour visiting Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, and
The Philadelphia Flower Show!

4 –5 March, 2012
     The Fred Heutte Center is sponsoring a bus tour to The Philadelphia Flower Show. This is the largest flower show in the USA!  We have a great tour package that can’t be beat!  In addition to the Philadelphia Flower Show, we will also be visiting Longwood Gardens and shopping in historic Kennett Square, PA.

Join other gardeners at the The Philadelphia Flower Show! This year’s theme is “Hawaii:  Islands of Aloha!”.  The 2012 Flower Show pays tribute to the talents of the Hawaiian people in the Hawaiian Village, which will offer demonstrations, crafts and merchandise in the Grand Hall. You will be completely immersed in this authentically Hawaiian, once-in-a-lifetime presentation. And feel like you are walking across the beaches, jungles and mountains of the Hawaiian Islands.”  Enter beneath dynamic projections of crashing waves and one of the largest and most exciting displays of white orchids ever assembled. Towering palms, bamboo, green walls, and a tropical plant canopy will immerse visitors in the Hawaiian rainforest. A 25-foot-high waterfall will splash down into Pele’s Garden, an island of exotic flowers and plants where performers will conjure volcanic flames and the Fire Goddess. The islands will be celebrated in showcase gardens that highlight their culture through flowers and landscapes, performances and art. Other major exhibits will include floral volcanoes, cut-bamboo designs, surf shacks, Hawaiian vistas, and a tribute to the memorial garden at Pearl Harbor. Shop in the over 300 vendor market for any and everything pertaining to gardening – plants, books, tools, decorative items, etc.  Attend lectures and demonstrations from internationally known horticulture experts.

Tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, Continental Breakfast on trip up, overnight lodging with luggage handling at the Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square, PA, Welcome Reception, and full hot breakfast: Dinner at Brandywine Prime; tickets to Longwood Gardens, and The Philadelphia Flower Show!

Cost is $325.00 per person- based on double room occupancy!  Single room supplement is $55.00 extra!  Mail reservations to Fred Heutte Center, 1000 Botetourt Gardens, Norfolk, VA  Include Full payment along with your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address! Call 441-2513 for additional info.  Only one bus will be going – when it’s filled that’s it!  Send in your reservation/payment promptly so you won’t miss out on this fantastic tour!

ITENIARY: All times approximate! Updated and further information posted at

Sunday- 4 March, 2012

 6:00am             Bus leaves Fred Heutte Center –
Brief driver rest stop enroute.  Continental Breakfast (included)
11:30am            Arrive Longwood Gardens  –  lunch on your own.
3:00pm                        Optional shopping at Kennett Square, PA
5:30pm                        Arrive  at the Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square, PA – Welcome Reception & Check-In                          
7:00 pm             Bus leaves for Dinner at Brandywine Prime

Monday- 5 March, 2012

7:30 – 8:30am            Full Hot Breakfast Buffet (included) at hotel
9:00am                        Bus leaves for Philadelphia Flower Show
10:00am            Arrive Opening time of The Philadelphia Flower Show – Shop Till You Drop!
                        Lunch on your own. 
5:00pm                        Depart Philadelphia Flower Show for Home
                        Brief Bus Driver rest stop    Dinner/snack  (on your own)
11:30pm            Arrive at The Fred Heutte Center

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