The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. takes several tours each year focused on places and events of interest to gardeners and floral designers. Members are encouraged to join us. They may be accompanied by non-member guests. If the tour is not sold out by a specific date, tours are then open to the general public to join the group. Contact Tours@ctgardenclubs.org for all tour information.
Holiday Tour to Boston:
Dec 5-6, 2017
SOLD OUT – Waiting List Only
Enjoy a wonderland of lights, decorations, museums and a Boston Pops holiday concert for fun and inspiration. See the amazing collection of glass flowers at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History!
Join our 2 day tour to experience Christmas in Boston, when the city turns into a festive wonderland of lights, spectacular decorations, holiday magic and plenty of good cheer.
Holland and Belgium Tulip Cruise:
April 30 – May 8, 2018
SOLD OUT – Waiting List Only
On this garden-and nature-themed Tulip Time cruise, visit spectacular Keukenhof near Lisse, Antwerp’s Botanical Gardens, and small, hidden-away private gardens in Amsterdam.
See the details and application
at the bottom of this page.
Our private coach picks up members at Westport, New Haven and Cromwell. Relax with a box lunch on board as we drive directly to Boston. We begin the tour at historic Beacon Hill members of the Beacon Hill Circle for Charity will welcome you into three of their own homes, showing how the homes, mostly built in the early 1800s, had been restored, decorated and now lived in. We check into our hotel, Doubletree Hotel Boston Bayside, near Boston’s picturesque Harbor Walk. Tonight after dinner we have tickets for the Boston Pops Christmas Concert at Symphony Hall, which has become a much-loved Boston holiday tradition. Historic Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland as conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra perform classically loved holiday music.
After breakfast we tour the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and get a closer look at the Museum’s unusual and exquisite plants, and chat with a member of the Gardner’s horticulture staff. The festive Courtyard has masses of flowering jade trees over 3 feet tall and the dark red winter blooms of amaryllis. You have free time to see the renowned art collection. Following lunch, tour the collection of glass models of plants at Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History, the only collection of its kind in the world and considered one of the University’s greatest treasures. There are 847 life-size models as well as over 3,000 models of enlarged parts. The collection comprises approximately 4,300 individual glass models. You return to CT pickup locations in the evening.
Experience the garden treasures and scenic delights of Holland and Belgium. Spend 2 days in Amsterdam with FGCCT members and friends before boarding your Avalon Waterways cruise ship, Avalon Vista. Then enjoy a week traveling the waterways of Holland and Belgium, exploring picturesque towns and the countryside along the way.
Registration is limited to FGCCT members and their traveling companions.
This scenic river cruise gets underway from Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. Explore this 700-year old city before you set sail on your river cruise through Holland and Belgium. Sail through Rotterdam’s harbor, said to be the world’s busiest port, and from here garden enthusiasts will delight in a visit to see the breathtaking colors of Keukenhof, also known as the “Garden of Europe.” Every year 7 million flower bulbs are planted!
Next sail to Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest city, combining ancient buildings and monuments with modern architecture. The Grote Markt is located in the heart of the old city quarter and includes the splendid City Hall and beautiful homes from the 16th century. Visit the Botanical Gardens in the heart of the city, an oasis of tranquility with many hidden treasures.
In Ghent, Belgium, join a Local Expert for a guided tour of the city, including a visit to St. Baaf’s Cathedral, housing important works of Flemish art. Back in Holland, Middelburg was formerly an important trading city and you still get a sense of its wealth today with its impressive structures like the gothic Town Hall, Abbey Tower, and bustling Market Square. No trip to Holland is complete without a visit to the technical miracle that is the Delta Works, a storm flood barrier almost six miles long.
This beautiful and historic springtime river cruise vacation concludes with a canal cruise along Amsterdam’s elegant grachten, and a visit to some of the city’s best-kept secrets: private gardens and courtyards.
For a detailed itinerary of the trip, click here.