Tour Biltmore Estate with the Mclean County Master GardenersBLOOMINGTON, Ill. –
The University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners invite you to accompany them on a trip to the beautiful "Land of the Sky," Asheville, North Carolina, on a six day, five night tour August 21 to 26.We will spend a full day at the Biltmore Estate and Antler Village and Winery.
The Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned home in the United States and boasts gardens with vistas that will take your breath away. We will stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by famous landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted. Olmsted is considered the father of American landscape architecture and has contributed to well-known parks such as Central Park in New York City and the Niagara Reservation of Niagara Falls. During our visit to Biltmore Estate, we will see why Olmsted's influence is still very alive in modern landscapes. Other activities will include a visit to the Garfield Park and Conservatory in Indianapolis, a guided tour of Asheville, and a visit to the North Carolina Arboretum and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
If you have not experienced a McLean County Master Gardener field trip, you are missing out! The trips are impeccably planned, saving attendees from the hassles of navigating traffic or checking into hotel rooms. Instead, spend your time and energy enjoying the best garden attractions and mingling with others who enjoy discussing all things gardening.
"Thank you for letting me be part of your wonderfully planned trip," said a past tour participant. "The entire trip was excellent. A good variety of experiences: gardens, history, art, culture, culinary treats and meeting new people." "Not a master gardener? No problem! "I am not a Master Gardener, but have enjoyed this experience," stated another past participant.
This trip will spark novice and experienced gardeners alike to feel like kids in a candy store as we "ooh" and "ahh" over never before seen plants and lush landscapes of color.This one of a kind summer getaway is limited to 50 participants and it is anticipated to fill up quickly, so sign up today! The cost per person to attend is $599 (double occupancy) and includes five night's lodging, nine meals, and admission to all attractions. Single and triple occupancy rates are also available. To view the trip itinerary and register, visit go.illinois.edu/RegisterLMW. Registration closes July 1.