Litchfield Lark: Overnight Bus Trip

June 18 –19, 2013

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and DIG IT! bring you a very special garden experience this June on a Litchfield Lark! Leave the driving to us on an overnight garden-intensive adventure to Litchfield County, Connecticut. Hotel accommodations (single rooms only) and all but one meal are included. Register On-Line by Clicking Here.

Enjoy guided tours at four celebrated private estates with stellar gardens; stay at a fun, historic hotel; have a guided tour at an iconic flower farm and do some passion quenching shopping! Bus seats are limited!

First stop is Maywood Garden, a hilltop estate with 40 acres of eco-sensitive formal and naturalized gardens including a loggia and sunken terraced garden with stone pergola, parterre, mixed borders, herb, vegetable and cutting gardens, French-style rose garden, vineyard, greenhouse and conservatory. Ride a hay wagon (with seats!) uphill to tour the gardens, then walk back down to the conservatory gardens to savor a catered lunch. More details here:

Next, the iconic Hollister House Garden – a classic garden in the English manner. Within its formal structure, exuberant plantings create surprise, drama and all that satisfies a garden lover’s soul. Our tour guide is waiting! and article.

Finally - Highmeadows is the hilltop home of Linda Allard, retired fashion designer/director for Ellen Tracy. The formal Italianate gardens, including an impressive potager, and villa frame nature’s grand views of the Litchfield Hills and orchard beyond the Ha-ha. (See article).

We rest for the evening at the homey and historic Yankee Pedlar Inn in Torrington CT. You can enjoy Main Street with its artsy stores and myriad of reasonably priced restaurants for dinner on your own. In the morning, have a full breakfast at the Inn before we head out for a second day of larking in the Litchfield area. (Details:

It’s early morning in the garden of Bunny Williams, interior designer and garden book author. The 15-acre estate has a plenitude of gardens including a sunken garden with fish pond and perennial borders, parterre, potager, conservatory with tropicals, woodland garden, waterfall, orchard and aviary with unusual chickens and fantail doves.

Then, White Flower Farm. If you have been enjoying their catalog for years, you will really like visiting and learning more about them. Plus, shopping in person is much nicer than online, especially since they have added many new garden “rooms” to their store. Visit their website to pre-plan your shopping strategy:

Finally a late lunch at John’s Café in Woodbury, CT puts a bow on a busy, two days of garden visits and gives you a chance to chat with friends, old and new.

This entire trip, including all gardens, is in the Litchfield Hills. All properties have rolling terrain with varying paths to walk on such as stone steps bordered by plants, loose gravel, mulch, soil, bark ships and lawn. Please wear sturdy, secure shoes. NO SANDALS OR HEELS. Nothing is handicapped accessible. Prepare to do some walking.

Register On-Line by Clicking Here.