Philadelphia Area Cut Flower and Garden Tour, March 9 & 10, 2018
This tour offers a behind the scenes look at a number of facilities of interest to the cut flower grower and the garden enthusiast alike.
Stops of interest include Gro ‘n Sell, Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist, The Philadelphia Flower Show, Terrain, Longwood Gardens and more!
Tentative Schedule (SUBJECT TO MINOR CHANGES)
SINGLE OCCUPANCY covers the complete tour and your own hotel room (not shared) thus it costs more.
DOUBLE/SHARED OCCUPANCY covers the tour and 1/2 of a room, so you either need to have a roommate lined up, or be willing to share with another person who you may or may not know. Feel free to look for a roommate in the Facebook group. The cost is $500 per person based on double occupancy.
Friday March 9
Arrive at Gro ‘n Sell, Chalfont, PA for coffee and pastries provided Philadelphia's award-winning CakeLife Bakeshop, followed by a top to bottom tour of this state of the art plug growing facility. We will leave our cars at Gro ‘n Sell, where the tour will conclude on Saturday March 10. If you have plug orders for week 10, they can be picked up on Saturday, upon return to Gro ‘n Sell.
Depart Gro ‘n Sell on a tour coach for Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist in Sewell NJ. DV is one of the largest wholesale flower operations in the US.
Tour Delaware Valley Wholesale Florist, followed by a box lunch, and 2 presentations. A representative from DV will discus growing for and selling to a large wholesale florist, and Bailey will lead a discussion on international floral quality, standards and pricing. This will be a hands on talk with a wide array of imported goods on hand to compare and contrast with what you are growing at home.
Depart for downtown Philadelphia
Arrive at the Loews Hotel, 4-star accommodation in the heart of Philadelphia. This architecturally significant art deco building happens to be just 1 block from the Philadelphia Convention center, where you will find the Philadelphia Flower Show, the oldest and largest flower show in the US, and the largest indoor flower show in the world. The evening is the best time to see the show, to avoid the oppressive crowds that are found in the morning hours. The show is open until 9:00pm. Dinner is on your own so you can see as much or as little of the show as you prefer. There are hundreds of dining options in the immediate area, all within walking distance in this very safe part of the city. We will provide a list of restaurant recommendations in advance of the tour.
Saturday March 10
Board bus for a breakfast and design demonstration by Armas Koehler. Armas is an award winning floral designer based in Philadelphia. His event and design company MODA botanica is a two-time best in show winner of the Philadelphia flower show. Armas has also been published in a range of regional, national and international wedding and floral design magazines and books. His structured modern design style is rooted in Ikebana, and is influenced by current European and International design trends. Bailey was a founding partner in MODA botanica, and is excited to introduce you to Armas and for you to see new design techniques and methods not often seen in used in typical “farmer florist” or “loose organic” flower arranging. Location TBD.
Depart Philadelphia for Terrain, a garden and lifestyle brand by the folks who brought you Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People. This is a shopping stop, but there is much inspiration to be had just walking through their store and greenhouses.
Depart for Longwood Gardens. Longwood is the premier display garden in the US with extensive indoor and outdoor display gardens. We will receive a behind the scenes tour of their production facility, enjoy a catered lunch, and then have time to leisurely stroll the conservatories, which will be bursting with spring blooms and dripping with orchids for their annual orchid festival.
Depart for a return to Gro ‘n Sell to retrieve your vehicles and pick up any plugs you may have ordered.
For participants choosing to forgo staying in the hotel, there will not be transportation back to your vehicle in Chalfont. You will arrive at the hotel with the rest of the group on Friday and will be picked up with the rest of the group on Saturday morning. Meals and coach travel will still be included, just not a hotel room.
If you would like to sleep 3 or 4 in a room, purchase 2 spots at the "double occupancy" rate, and then additional spaces from the "no hotel needed" category. There is a small surcharge for the 3rd and 4th person (approximately $25 per person) that will be invoiced separately.
Upon Placing your order, you will receive an automated confirmation email. We will reach out to you again in early 2018 with a finalized itinerary, our restaurant recommendations, and more. In the meantime, feel free to discuss the tour in the Farmer Bailey Facebook group.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made before February 8 will be issued a full refund. After February 8, refunds will only be issued if we are able to fill your vacant spot with someone from the waiting list.