Gardens of Amsterdam and the Netherlands
April 20 – 26, 2017
Join us for an insider’s trip to the Netherland, with exclusive spring garden visits. We’ll explore Amsterdam at what should be prime spring bulb time, during the two-month window when you can see Keukenhof gardens (with seven million bulbs), and during the much-anticipated 80th annual Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek.
Here are just a few of the highlights on the six-day trip, led by Andrew Bunting, the Garden’s assistant director and director of plant collections:
- At Keukenhof gardens and castle, we’ll meet bulb expert Jack de Vroomen, a member of the Keukenhof Castle Foundation Board of Directors, whose company supplies bulbs to the Chicago Botanic Garden.
- In Weesp, we’ll have lunch at the home of Dutch garden designer Jacqueline van der Kloet— who collaborated with Piet Oudolf on Lurie Garden in Millennium Park—and visit her garden.
- Speaking of Piet Oudolf…we’ll get a tour of his private garden, led by either Oudolf or his wife, depending on their availability. Oudolf, whose projects include the High Line in New York City, is one of the most influential garden designers in the world.
- We’ll tour the Rijksmuseum, which reopened in April 2013 after a ten-year restoration project; the restored gardens of Paleis Het Loo, which completed its renovation in May 2015; and the Mauritshuis museum, which also underwent a complete renovation and reopened in June 2014.
We’ll stay at the top-rated boutique hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht. And of course we’ll take in fields of bright tulips and fragrant hyacinths, a sweet respite after the long Chicago winter. Space is limited to 30 people; take advantage of the strong dollar and sign up early for this exclusive trip to the Netherlands before it sells out.
The trip includes deluxe accommodations at the Andaz Hotel in Amsterdam, daily breakfast, two lunches, and three dinners. With a private guide, participants will travel by private coach to must-see destinations.
The cost is $3,850 per person (based on double occupancy), with land transportation only (air transportation can be made through Frosch Travel or on your own). Included is a $250 tax-deductible gift to the Chicago Botanic Garden. A $1,925 per person deposit is required by September 15, 2016, to reserve your spot.
For more information, contact Rita Velten at Frosch Travel, (847) 835-5440.