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The UT Gardens, Knoxville Garden Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio

Sunday - Tuesday, July 15-17, 2018


UPDATE: Due to the demand for this trip we have added a second bus, and extended the registration

deadline until Wednesday, April 25th (or until trip has filled).

There are only a few spots remaining, so don't delay!

Call Faye at 865-789-7817 to secure your registration and arrange payment.



Don’t miss this opportunity to join UT Gardens’ director, Dr. Sue Hamilton, and fellow gardeners as we visit the Cincinnati, Ohio area for 3 days/2 nights to see a wonderful selection of private and public gardens and unique Cincinnati icons to remember.
We’ll travel to Cincinnati on a deluxe motor coach departing Knoxville on Sunday, July 15th at 7:00 a.m. and return early in the evening on Tuesday, July 17th.
We’ll have three fabulous, non-stop days visiting choice private gardens, the famed Findlay Market, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the historic and horticulturally noted Spring Grove Cemetery, the famous Jungle Jim’s International Market, and shopping at a few, choice specialty nurseries and garden centers.
We’ve arranged to stay in Newport, Kentucky in the new Hampton Inn which is located on the Ohio River and features beautiful views of the Cincinnati skyline. Just steps away from the hotel’s front door you’ll find Newport on the Levee with shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, the Newport Aquarium, and outdoor events. Within walking distance is the pedestrian friendly “Purple People Bridge” which allows you to walk over the Ohio River to riverfront attractions on the Cincinnati side of the river.   


Registration deadline is April 25th, 2018
Trip fee is $400 per person. Trip fee includes transportation, bus driver tip, 2-night stay, double hotel room occupancy with free Wi-Fi, all admission fees, 2-hot breakfasts, and 2-lunches. A deposit of $200 per person is required at the time of registration with a registration deadline of April 16th (update - registration deadline extended until April 25th).For those wanting the hotel single occupancy supplement, $330 will be required at the time of registration. The final payment of $200 per person will be due no later than May 14, 2018. To minimize trip expenses, we will be accepting payment in the form of cash or check only which eliminates credit card processing fees (5% at UT).
Boarding the bus:  We will board the bus starting at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 15th, at the UT Welcome Center located at 2712 Neyland Dr. You can leave your car in the parking lot if desired. Bus will depart at 7:00 a.m. sharp.


A little about the places we’ll visit:
On the way to our destination we’ll stop at the Berea, Kentucky Artisans Center. It features the work of Kentucky artisans creating every category of modern and traditional crafts, two-dimensional art, and other visual arts; music; books; film; and specialty foods. Many of the featured artisans have been juried into such prestigious programs as the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and/or the Southern Highland Craft Guild. The center also features a café and wonderful rest rooms!
Our next stop is Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market, and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions. Findlay Market remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods. It’s home to more than 40 indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheeses, and much more. On weekends the market hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, and street performers. We will visit here on Sunday for lunch and shopping.

If we have enough people register for this trip, we will have a guided tour of the famed Cincinnati Music Hall. Built in 1878, it’s an architectural icon for the city and a National Historic Landmark. It’s home for the Cincinnati Ballet, Opera, and Symphony Orchestra. The Music Hall was built over a pauper’s cemetery and is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in America. It underwent an extensive $143 million renovation in 2017.
Krohn Conservatory built in 1933, is in historic Eden Park. The architect firm Rapp & Meacham designed the conservatory in the Art Deco style, in the form of a gothic archThe conservatory contains more than 3,500 plant species from all over the world. Featured collections and displays include bonsai, a desert garden, orchids, a palm house, and tropical house. Throughout the conservatory are seasonal displays and a gift shop.
zoo_logo.jpgThe famous Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the second oldest zoo in the US and opened in 1875.  The zoo is renowned for its colorful plant displays and has a plant trial program much like the UT Gardens. We will be welcomed by zoo horticulturist, Scott Beuerlein, who will explain how they put together their dramatic and colorful plant displays and trials. Hippo baby ‘Fiona’ was born in 2017 and is among the many animals you can enjoy seeing during our visit. We will spend 3-hours at the zoo which includes your lunch. 

On the final day of our trip we’ll stop at Jungle Jim’s International Market.  It is referred to as a shopping adventure and a cultural experience all in one!  It’s a grocery store and a destination supermarket not to be missed!
Travel through over 70 countries and satisfy just about any craving as you shop from over 50,000 international products! And if all that’s not enough, it’s packed into 6 acres of shopping! 
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is horticulturally renowned and covers 733 acres making it the 4th largest cemetery in the U.S.  It’s a National Historic Landmark and is famous for gothic revival architecture and its many champion trees.  It has twelve ponds, numerous springs and groves and dates to 1844.  We will enjoy a guided bus tour around the cemetery with a stop or two for closer looks!

We’ll visit the private garden of a sculptor at his residence and sculpture studio on the border of Over-the-Rhine and the Prospect Hill historic district. His museum-like home, luxuriant gardens, Empire-style collection of statuary, secret courtyards and working sculpture studio are a few exemplary features of this urban oasis. Upon entering the central courtyard through the substantial wrought iron gates, one is transported to a veritable Xanadu of tropical flora and architectural flourishes. The views from the third-story patio and catwalk remind one of an Italian villa nestled in a German village except this German village is within eyesight of American skyscrapers.
Over the three days in the Queen City area, we’ll visit seven more private gardens with an eclectic mix of plants, garden accent pieces and sculptures. We even get to see the home garden of the horticulturist at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Before leaving Cincinnati, we’ll visit a garden center which specializes in conifers and hard-to-find plants.

On the road back to Knoxville, we’ll visit yet another top-notch nursery in Kentucky and have lunch in their garden café, located at the nursery.
Register Now! Don’t Miss This Carefully Planned, Exciting Trip Focused on Plants and Gardens with Other Plant Passionate People!
Deadline to register is April 25th.