Garden Gnomads

Members, You’ve Been Heard!

We’ve received a tremendous member response to our survey regarding field trips to other arboretums, utilizing special admission privileges to over 300 gardens, arboretums and conservatories as part of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Access Program.  Just one of the benefits offered to members.

These Are Member Only Events

All participants must have a current membership with the May Arboretum Society and be 14 years of age or older. These will be on a first come first serve basis as we do have a cap on the number of attendees. 

Not a current May Arboretum Society Member?

Excursion 4 | Sept. 14, 2024

Turtle Bay Exploration Park - McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Redding, CA

The McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park campus feature over 200 acres of native and non-native trees and plants.
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McConnell listed among the 10 best botanical gardens in the United States for 2024 by USA Today.


6:00am  Depart Wilbur D May Arboretum – 1595 N Sierra St., Reno, NV
8:00am Arrive Koninkrijk Koffiehuis – 240 Main St., Chester, CA
8:45am Depart to McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Garden
10:00am  Arrive McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Garden – 1125 Arboretum Dr, Redding, CA
2:00pm Depart McConnell Arboretum back to Reno, NV
4:00pm Arrive at Sierra Center Shopping Center – 2900 Main St, Susanville, CA
4:30m Depart back to Reno, NV
6:00pm Arrive Wilbur D May Arboretum, Reno, NV – 1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV


The cost of the trip includes transportation, entry, lecture and lunch.

About Koninkrijk Koffiehuis

Located in the mountain community of Chester, CA on Highway 36, Koninkrijk Koffiehuis offers the finest coffee, pastries and signature dishes from around Europe.

You may pre-order your choice of a pastry and self-serve coffee for $10 when you reserve your spot. Because this is a one-person specialty operation we will not be able to be waited on individually. Orders must be placed ahead of time. We will pick up our pre-packaged orders and then serve our own coffee from the coffee bar.

How to Attend

To attend this excursion, please use the “Reserve Your Spot” button and fill out the required form complete with lunch selection. A separate reservation is required for each person desiring to attend and each reservation must be entered separately. One registration per person.

Cutoff Dates

In order to fulfill travel arrangements, meals, park entry and adventure specifics, the cutoff date to register is September 1, and as of July 25 any and all registrations will be considered final, and will not be refunded.

Excursion 5| Oct. 19, 2024

Filoli Historic House & Garden - Woodside, CA

 The Filoli bay area estate boasts 654 acres of beauty nestled along the slopes of California’s coastal range featuring a 54,000+ square-foot Georgian revival-style mansion, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8-acre Gentleman’s Orchard, and hundreds of acres of Natural Lands with 5 distinct ecosystems and a 1-mile Estate Trail.
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Reserve Your Spot

A separate reservation is required for each person desiring to attend and each reservation must be entered separately. One registration per person.