Mid-Atlantic USA: The Art of Gardens

20 June - 5 July 2025
FROM (AUD) $16,750
16 DAY
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Tour Overview

If you’ve ever thought about visiting some of America’s best gardens this bespoke tour is sure to fulfill your dreams! Over 16 days we discover several of the country’s most awe-inspiring historical, contemporary, public and private gardens. Summer will reveal the countryside and gardens in full, luscious bloom.

We’ll explore designed gardens adorning public spaces, and exquisite private sanctuaries.  We’re very privileged to be mingling with talented owners or gardeners; dining, picnicking, and enjoying refreshments in gardens.

A few gardens had their genesis during America’s frontier era when wealthy philanthropists, and leading public figures developed beautiful properties featuring arboretums, ornamental and productive gardens. The contribution of slaves is today acknowledged and honoured.

American gardeners have applied universal design principles as well as inspiring with their own designs, often now focusing on sustainability. Using exotic and native plants to perfection, what all have in common is horticultural artistry.

In addition, visits to stunning galleries and museums will help us appreciate metaphorical and tangible landscapes of America and elsewhere.

We travel comfortably by coach from Washington to Wilmington, Philadelphia, Tarrytown, Connecticut, to Southampton on Long Island, and Brooklyn. Accommodation is in excellent hotels.

Our American guide, Karl Gercens, is a horticulturist who, when not visiting gardens around the world, oversees Longwood’s Conservatory. We are so lucky to have his extraordinary knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm to make our trip extra special!

Dates & Prices

20 June to 5 July, 2025

Tour Prices*
Per person, twin share $16,750
Single room supplement $4,250
Tour deposit $1,000

*Tour price is Land Only, starts in Washington D.C. and finishes in New York.

About your tour leader - Kim Woods Rabbidge

Kim Woods Rabbidge behind the popular ‘Our Australian Gardens’ Instagram, is an award winning garden writer, photographer, and design consultant. Her articles and photographs have appeared in several Australian and International publications. She spent several years as Queensland’s Coordinator for Open Gardens Australia, is a member (past executive member) of the Horticultural Media Association Australia and Australian Garden History Association. Kim leads bespoke garden tours in Australia and overseas, and presents on various subjects including garden edits and design elements. Kim and her husband are currently developing a garden on an old dairy farm at Eltham, in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

What's Included

Tour Inclusions: 

  • 15 nights accommodation in well-appointed hotels in twin share with breakfast daily
  • Lunch and/or dinner on specified days as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coach transportation throughout the tour (except Day 9)
  • Accompanied by a renown American garden expert
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Taxes and gratuities

Not Included: 

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, room service, mini-bar, taxis etc.)
  • Any visa fees or other travel documents required for entry into the destination country
  • Travel insurance
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The tour requires moderate fitness, with daily walks to explore gardens, museums, and historical sites. Terrain varies, including stairs and uneven surfaces. Comfortable shoes are recommended. While there are rest opportunities, active exploration is emphasized. Participants should be comfortable with walking and climbing stairs and prepared for varied weather.


For tour itinerary and booking form, please contact Opulent Journeys