Garden Bus Tours
by Mary Jasch
Is your garden club or organization looking for a fundraising opportunity that is lucrative, very enjoyable and little effort?
Why not raise good money and have fun doing it on a Garden Bus Tour?
Sit back. relax. Leave the driving to us as you whisk away to the world of gardens, gardens, gardens. Take a day trip or an overnight for two or, even better, three days of gardens with guided tours everywhere.
Enjoy a unique opportunity to visit stellar private gardens for an up close tour without the crowds. Be guided by the garden owner, head gardener or designer for an exceptional, personal experience.
See the best of public gardens at their finest and be guided by knowledgeable horticulturalists. We may even take a workshop or lecture. Anyway you do it, we can help you find the most outstanding garden, dining and garden-related shopping experiences.
Mary Jasch consults with public gardens and arboreta, garden clubs and other organizations to offer fundraising opportunities through visiting beautiful gardens.
Take Your Choice
We help tailor your tour to suit your desires. You will enjoy the expertise of knowledgeable guides while experiencing the pleasures of each garden. Trips include bus transportation, all garden admissions and guided tours plus:
* private gardens from celebrated estates to artful and eccentric gardens to exquisitely appointed and detailed gems. These gardens are open just for you, providing a very up-close and personalized visit.
* public gardens & arboreta with distinctive themes, missions and gardens
* eco-garden tours guided by scientists in their research habitats in nature, followed by private gardens that put these principles into action
* lunch on us or on your own in an interesting town
* passion-quenching plant and garden boutique shopping
* overnights include breakfast, lunches and hotel
* possible workshops and lectures
* prices vary
Dear Ms. Jasch:
On behalf of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen, I want to thank you for the wonderful work you have done in putting together the past yearís garden tours. Each tour has been filled with fabulous, private gardens that would never have been available to us without you. We donít know how you manage to get all these homeowners to agree, but we certainly are glad for your consummate communication skills.
You are also an excellent writer. Your garden descriptions have been used in press releases and program listings and this saves us a lot of time and effort. We enjoy working with you so much Ė your cooperative spirit soothes many a deadline and difficulty.
Our partnership has not only been mutually profitable - it has provided unique programming. That is something that in these increasingly competitive times is very valuable. Of course, advertising the tours on the DIG IT! website has many advantages as well.
Once again, thank you very much for being our partner in bringing more people to more gardens!
Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education and Natural Resources
Morris County Park Commission, Morristown, NJ 07962-1295
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published January 29, 2014