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.

Our First 3 Excursions

We’ve scheduled our first 3 trips! Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot. We hope you’re as excited as we are and look forward to enjoying these new experiences together. Details, meal options and individual pricing for each trip are listed below.

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 1

| April 20, 2024

Tulip Festival - Crystal Hermitage, Nevada City, CA

As a group we will travel to Crystal Hermitage in Nevada City to visit their annual Tulip Festival.  With over 20,000 bulbs to view at this annual event it is sure to be an enjoyable experience.
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Itinerary

8:30am Field Trip check in
8:45am Board Bus at Wilbur D. May Arboretum
9:00am Leave Wilbur D. May Arboretum
11:00-11:30am Lunch at Master’s Market Picnic Area
11:30-11:50am Board bus and drive to Garden Entrance
12:00 & 12:15pm These are our timed slots to enter the garden
12:15-2:15pm Free time to explore the garden and enjoy the tulips
2:15-2:30pm Board Bus to return to Reno
4:30-5:00pm Arrive back at Wilbur D. May Arboretum

 

$100.00

The cost of the trip includes transportation, entry to the festival and a box lunch.
 

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 April 5, and as of March 20 any and all registrations will be considered final, and will not be refunded.

Excursion 2

| April 23, 2024

Tulip Festival - Crystal Hermitage, Nevada City, CA

As a group we will travel to Crystal Hermitage in Nevada City to visit their annual Tulip Festival.  With over 20,000 bulbs to view at this annual event it is sure to be an enjoyable experience.
Visit Venue Website
 

Itinerary

8:30am Field Trip check in
8:45am Board Bus at Wilbur D. May Arboretum
9:00am Leave Wilbur D. May Arboretum
11:00-11:30am Lunch at Master’s Market Picnic Area
11:30-11:50am Board bus and drive to Garden Entrance
12:00 & 12:15pm These are our timed slots to enter the garden
12:15-2:15pm Free time to explore the garden and enjoy the tulips
2:15-2:30pm Board Bus to return to Reno
4:30-5:00pm Arrive back at Wilbur D. May Arboretum

 

$100.00

The cost of the trip includes transportation, entry to the festival and a box lunch.
 

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 April 8, and as of March 23 any and all registrations will be considered final, and will not be refunded.

Excursion 3

| May 23, 2024

Ruth Bancroft Garden - Walnut Creek, CA

As a group we will travel to the Ruth Bancroft Garden, a world-renowned 3.5 acre botanical garden and retail Nursery housing a collection of climate-resilient plants from around the world.
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Itinerary

6:00am  Board Bus at Wilbur D May Arboretum
7:30-8:00am Stop in Rocklin for break at Rocklin Commons (Starbucks, Panera Bread)
8:30am Leave Rocklin Commons and drive to Ruth Bancroft Garden
10:30-11:00am  Arrive Ruth Bancroft Garden
11:00am-12:00pm Private Lecture with Arboretum Curator
12:00-12:30pm Lunch (Box lunch will be provided from A Sweet Affair Bakery)
12:30-2:30pm free time to explore and visit the nursery 
2:30-3:00pm Board Bus Back to Reno
3:00pm Leave Arboretum
3:30-4:00pm Stop in Rocklin at  Rocklin Crossings (Starbucks, In-N-Out Burger, Panda Express)
4:00pm Leave to return to Reno
5:30-6:00pm Arrive back at Wilbur D May Arboretum
 

$125.00

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

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 May 8, and as of April 23 any and all registrations will be considered final, and will not be refunded.

Excursion 4

| September 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.
 
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Excursion 5

| October 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.