If you need an early taste of Springtime — and who doesn’t this year– join Radio Talk Show Host and Horticulturalist extraordinaire, Michael Warren Thomas, for his 17th Annual Tour from the Finger Lakes region to the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Imagination is the only limit at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Imagination is the only limit at the Philadelphia Flower Show

The theme for the 2009 Flower Show is “Bella Italia.” There you’ll have the opportunity to see acres of gardens, plants and floral designs, watch Italian Folk Dancing, take in Culinary Food demonstrations by celebrity chefs, savor free wine and food tastings, sit in on free workshops and seminars and take advantage of shopping opportunities among over 140 vendors.

In addition to the Philadelphia Flower Show, you’ll also enjoy beatiful Longwood Gardens and a stop at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, which has less formal gardens than Longwood’s, but the largest collection of American Antiques in the U.S.

The Conservatory at Longwood Gardens

The Conservatory at Longwood Gardens

Included as part of the tour is your bus transportation, overnight accommodations at the Hampton Inn in Wilmington, DE and an elegant closing dinner at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.

The price for this year’s trip is $390 (double; add $55 for a single) and is all-inclusive except for dinner at the Flower Show.

There are two trips available, and both currently have spaces available:

  • Wednesday – Thursday, March 4-5
  • Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8 

The tours will leave from Bristol’s Garden Center, located at  7454 Victor Pittsford Road  in Victor at 7:30 a.m. (after Bagels and Cream Cheese).  CLICK HERE for full schedule and details. 

To guarantee your place, send your check today to: Michael Warren Thomas 19 Trafalgar Street, Rochester, N.Y.

P.S.  If you are coming from further west, Michael will be adding a pickup in Buffalo for the March 4-5 trip.  Contact him at Michael@SavorLife.com for further details.