Society of Fellows Tours 2020

Garden-Study Tours

Members of the Society of Fellows are eligible to travel with us to explore extraordinary gardens and historic landscapes. In recognition of their annual support, we invite Fellows to several customized garden-study tours each year. The tours showcase remarkable gardens characteristic of the region. Along the way, Fellows meet renowned horticulturists, designers, and historians. They explore local architecture, private art collections, and other cultural highlights; enjoy first-class hotels and gracious hosting in private homes; and experience behind-the-scenes tours of public museums, arboretums, and botanical gardens. Since our first tour to Portland, OR, in 1992, we have crisscrossed the nation and traveled abroad, designing over seventy tours taking us thirty-one states and twelve international destinations.

For 2020, our domestic tours begin with the new destination of Savannah and Beaufort, where we will explore gardens in the historic districts of these gracious coastal cities and travel through the Lowcountry to view estates that produced rice, Sea Island cotton, and vegetables in antebellum times. In Greenwich and Bedford, we will revisit favorite gardens from several past tours and be introduced to magnificent backcountry properties. Our love affair with seaside gardens continues in Maine in August, where we will see a brand-new rock garden on Great Cranberry Island. In the hills of Montecito and Santa Barbara, we will enjoy dramatic terraced gardens, bountiful roses, a fascinating selection of xeric plants, and ocean views. 

Our first international tour of 2020 takes us to England, where we will be piloting a new international tour format, the garden history master class, which will offer in-depth study at some of the world’s great gardens in London and Kent with experts who are intimately connected to these properties. The garden history master class tour is intended to introduce Fellows to the English gardens that have influenced so much of America’s garden design and to allow time to develop a deep understanding of the design principles at play.

In November, we will enjoy summer in the southern hemisphere when we visit Argentina, where we will be invited into private gardens in the cities and at countryside villas. In Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, we will be greeted by charming hosts and have the chance to meet prominent landscape architects.

Savannah, GA, and Beaufort, SC
Postponed until April 2021

Greenwich, CT, and Bedford, NY
June 8 - 10, 2020

England Master Class (London and Kent)
June 18 - 24, 2020 and June 28 - July 4, 2020

Mt. Desert Island and Great Cranberry Island, ME
August 5 - 6, 2020

Santa Barbara and Montecito, CA
September 14 - 17, 2020

Argentina (Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata)
November 14 - 21, 2020

If you would like more information on these programs or the registration process, please contact Lorraine Mahon at or call 845.424.6500 (NY).

Garden-study tours are available to members of the Garden Conservancy Society of Fellows. For information about joining the Society of Fellows, contact Bridget Connors at or call 845.424.6500 (NY).

UPDATED January 16, 2020.