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September 2019

Bus Trip: Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden and Wave Hill

Sit back. Relax. Leave the driving to us as DIG IT! and the Rollin’ Garden Party Bus are off on an Autumn Spectacular! on Wednesday, October 16.

Join us where Art & Landscape set the stage for an unforgettable autumn excursion.

Stop One: The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo World Headquarters in Purchase, New York. Enjoy a self-guided tour as you romp among a collection of 45 large-scale sculptures from major 20th-century artists including Auguste Rodin and George Segal. Russell Page, internationally renowned landscape designer, created the arboretum, further enhanced by another world-wide designer, François Goffinet. All this on PepsiCo’s corporate grounds. The American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have awarded PepsiCo the Landmark Award for its symphonic melding of gardens, sculpture and fountains. Learn more here.


Stop Two: Wave Hill, Public Garden and Cultural Center, Bronx. Four hours will just be enough to have a catered box lunch in the pergola that oversees the Hudson River and New Jersey Palisades, a guided walk of the gardens, and two hours left to explore more of its 14 gardens and woodland, an art exhibit and, of course, the gift shop ~ with a 10% discount for us! Director of Horticulture, Louis Bauer, will join us for a bit. The exhibit, Figuring the Floral, compares a flower's life cycle to the human condition. Check out Wave Hill here.

DATE: Wednesday, October 16, 2019; 8:30 am SHARP to 7:00-ish pm
BUS: leaves Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Mount Hope Rd. Rockaway NJ
COST: $83 per person. Payment must accompany registration by October 5.
No refunds after October 5.
REGISTER here
Please make check or money order payable to DIG IT!
PEPSICO WAIVER: must be filled out, signed and returned with registration. Print it from here or contact Mary to email it. PRINT IT here.
MAIL TO: DIG IT! Magazine, PO Box 397, Augusta, NJ 07822
Bus seats are limited! First come; first served
Not handi-capped accessible. Prepare to do a lot of walking!


Testimonials!

“I really enjoyed our trip over Tuesday and Wednesday! My head is spinning, and my mind is full of all the beautiful things that I saw and experienced during our tour. It was relaxing at the same time. You planned everything so well. It was lovely. Thank you for all that you do!” – Rosina VS

“The garden was amazing; I did not want to leave. Actually, the whole trip was great which made me very happy because I had talked Noreen, Marge, Elenore and Alice C into going.... and they all enjoyed it.” - A. Ciccarelli

“The planning of the trip was excellent: each selected destination topped the previous stop. The pacing was perfect: there was exactly enough time to take in the beauty each location had to offer and they were different enough from each other to keep it interesting. The enthusiastic docents, the humorous bus driver, the planned meals all made this trip even more enjoyable. Not only would I recommend this trip to my friends, I plan to both come on another one you’ll offer soon and I also plan to return to the places to which you introduced me. Thank you for a lovely time, we all had a blast!” – Inge P

“Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday. When I get home from your trips I always feel that I was on a mini vacation. Thanks again,” Alice Corcoran


“Mary, Enjoy every trip you give because you take me to places I've never been. I appreciate the love and work that goes into each garden I see. Their diversity and their choices of plantings are always unique. I thought it was so nice that the homeowners greeted you and gave you some history of their property. The nursery was a special treat because it was filled with hidden surprises. I like that we could roam freely and take in its ambience. What really makes the trip is people like "you" that run it. Your pleasantness and Ursula's energy always make for a happy heart.” - Cheryl Uhlig
PS: Your cookies are the best!!!!

“This particular trip was unique, I felt, because you got to see 3 individual gardens in homes very near to one another and the way each person or persons made use of the space they had. Another enjoyable day!” Wayne Lambert

“We had a fantastic time on the last trip. Thank you for all your time & effort to make these trips special. Best regards,” Dawn Strubeck

“Just wanted to let you know again how much Bob and I enjoyed our first trip with the group. We find it challenging to tell others how awesome and different each venue was, but they certainly sense our excitement. Thank you again for a terrific day and looking forward to September's outing.” - Evelyn & Bob Plumb

“Just wanted to thank you again for organizing the great day today. We both enjoyed it very much. Ursula and Elijah were a lot of fun. The blueberry buckle was delicious! Thank you to the baker. Looking forward to the trip in the fall. Please keep us on your mailing list. Thanks again.” Ron and Carol Stickney

“Thanks so much for the great garden trip. It was fun to talk to fellow gardeners, see beautiful gardens and be immersed in revolutionary history. You did a great job making the trip educational and a lot of fun!” - Karen Trawin

“Mary’s well-planned trips have provided many wonderful memories for our garden-visiting members and are great fund-raisers as well.” - Lesley Parness, retired Superintendent of Horticultural Education, Morris County Park Commission

“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed today's trip. I would never have gone to Chanticleer had you not planned it. The gardens are spectacular, and lunch was delicious. It was a memorable day.” - Alice Moskowitz, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum


“I had a stupendous day on your DIG IT! bus trip to Stonecrop Gardens and the private house tour gardens in Courtland Manor, New York. The flowers were exquisite, the tour guides were knowledgeable, the participants were fun to be with, the extra surprise snacks were appreciated and I thank you so much for arranging this memory of a lifetime trip!! Please let me know when the next trip is planned.” – Judy Bjorklund

“Thanks for all your good work!” – Janet Allocca

“The Virginia Voyage was a great weekend getaway! Any avid gardener, ‘a.k.a. Plant Geek’ would have had a fantastic time. Thank you again for another wonderful trip. We are looking forward to the next DIG IT! Rolling Garden Party!” – Dawn & David

“Loved the trip to Ladew, Monticello and Mt Vernon. The conversations were fun and the subject matter very interesting and informative. Will certainly consider future trips with DIG IT!” – Cindy

“Mary, I loved this trip. Stonecrop had such a large variety of plants and in beautiful settings. I bought 5 plants and will be able to remember these two gardens when I look at them. The snacks were over the top. Thanks again.” – Barb Pecca, NJ

“Just a word of thanks for again putting together a wonderful trip. The tour at Stonecrop was informative and the grounds were inspiring but you saved the best for last. The private garden was the best one I have ever visited! Such artistry in the layering of plant material, not to mention the specimen plants too numerous to count. I was in gardener's Eden! Many thanks for a fantastic day (and your brownies and date bars too.)” - April Fisher


“Just a quick note to thank you for a very enjoyable day. Please keep me on your list for future trips. Again, thanks for everything.” - Joanne Matejov, NY

“One of the great things about the Monticello trip -- beside I had never been there and wanted to go -- was that I took a substantial interest in Jefferson's descendants -- who were and are mostly Black people. My friend's pastor right here in Mtn turned out to be one of them and is featured on an ancestory.com advert. It's the same face. I would never have known or cared without the trip! So thanks.” Adrienne

“Thanks very much for organizing and leading Tuesday's tour. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more.” - Suzanne Blecker

“Thank you so much for putting together that great garden tour day.” - Alana Steib

“Thank you again for yesterday. The gardens were amazing and lunch was really nice. That was certainly a nice addition and saved the worry of running around trying to decide where to eat on our part. You always find the best gardens to visit. You and Ursula are delightful. Thanks again.” - Barbara Kolb




















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