Trips and Tours


Trips and Tours

161  Cornell Botanic Garden Tour     Coordinator:  Lori Wallace

 Cornell Botanic Gardens is an area of great natural beauty and serenity and part of one of America’s most renowned university campuses located adjacent to the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, NY.

The guided tour will include the Pounder Vegetable Garden featuring earth-friendly and home-friendly ways to garden; part of this garden is dedicated to the Climate Change Garden which demonstrates how a changing climate affects the plants we grow.  The Robison York State Herb Garden features over 500 plant varieties of herbs or plants that have human use or significance.  The Young Flower Garden celebrates human responses to significant plants by demonstrating how they are reflected in art, literature, ceremony as well as the symbolic meanings they communicate and the emotions they evoke.

The Ground Cover Collection includes a wide range of plants that make ideal groundcovers for either shady, sunny or sloped areas and can provide an attractive and more sustainable alternative to a high-maintenance lawn.  After the tour, we break for lunch and then there is time to wander and see other gardens that may interest you.

One Saturday, July 8.  Bus departs from the Montrose Price Chopper parking lot at 8:00 a.m.  Please arrive for boarding by 7:45.  Bring your own packed lunch and drinks; lite refreshments available at welcome center.   We will depart promptly at 3:00 p.m. for arrival in Montrose at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Location:   Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Fee:  $50.00  includes guided tours and bus transportation


149 Hershey Gardens Tour & Hershey Horticulture Society Flower Show   Coordinator: Lori Wallace

Join us for an all-day trip to Hershey Gardens.  Hershey Gardens opened in 1937 with Milton Hershey’s request to create “a nice garden of roses”.  More than 75 years later, the small rose garden has blossomed into 23 acres of botanical beauty.  Visit the Butterfly Atrium.  Walk among 500-600 butterflies from around the world in a tropical setting that features colorful plants and a soothing water feature.  Only one of 25 indoor tropical butterfly atriums in the country, it is home to dozens of rare butterflies from South and Central America, Africa and Asia. Enjoy 11 themed gardens, the Conservatory, the Children’s Garden and so much more.  Take self-guided tours of the various gardens at your leisure during the morning and then at 1:00 pm the Hershey Horticultural society (HHS) will present a flower show called “All a ‘Flutter” in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory.  Limited to 30.

Pack a lunch, there are picnic tables just outside the entrance to the gardens.  Beverage vending machines, water and of course candy is available. We will leave at 3:30pm. We should arrive back in Montrose around 6:00 pm.

One Saturday, August 26

Where: Meet at the  Montrose Price Chopper parking lot at 7:45 am to leave at 8:00 am.

Fee: $72.50   Includes bus and admission



150 Ithaca Farmers Market and Hosmer Winery   Coordinator: Ann Vitale  This Trip is full and closed to registrations

Established in 1973, the Ithaca Farmers Market is an owner-operated co-operative of 160 members dedicated to “Joyful Commerce.” If you’ve ever experienced this country-wide highly regarded market you know what that means. Situated on Cayuga Lake at Steamboat Landing, under cover, you could motor your boat right up to the market.

Fruits, vegetables, pastured meats, bakery products and finely crafted gift items are produced within a 30-mile radius of Ithaca. Hot foods, some with an international flavor, are one of the staples that draws people to the market. (Last time I went I had freshly made mini-egg rolls and cherry cider for breakfast in a truly fun, festive atmosphere.)

The bus leaves the Market for a short trip to Hosmer Winery in its picturesque setting on the west side of the lake. Winning national and international medals for their wines is just part of the story. The Patrician Verona vineyard established in 1972 is ideally suited for wine grapes. Hosmer preserves and builds the soil, exploring the latest ways to reduce environmental impacts with sustainable methods less reliant on modern agricultural methods. Hosmer has a Lake Friendly award. The crew loves to chat and educate visitors between wine making duties. Wine tasting is optional for a $5 fee. Reservations by September 15th please.

One Saturday, September 30

Meet the bus at Price Chopper parking lot at 8:45 am.  Bus departs the Montrose Price Chopper lot at 9:00 a.m. You can pack a lunch, but the Farmers Market can satisfy most tastes for brunch and lunch. An ATM is on the premises. If you purchase something at the Market, the bus has room for some small coolers. No open wine bottles permitted on the bus. Return by approximately 5 p.m.

Fee: $52.00


151 Rodale Institute Tour     Coordinator: Ann Vitale   This trip is full and closed to registrations

J.I. Rodale pioneered organic gardening in 1947. His mantra was: healthy soil, healthy food, healthy people. This principle guides the Rodale Institute today. The farm, moved to near Kutztown in 1974, spans 333 acres and is a production and research institute with educational outreach courses for everyone from the public to college professors and industry professionals, including online courses on many aspects of gardening and farming. They cooperate with universities and other interested entities. The Institute has: a certified organic farm, composting, livestock, vegetable production, (they have a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture, with weekly pick-ups of produce and meat), greenhouses, small          grains, medicinal gardens, 1100 certified organic apple trees, and a water purification eco-system utilizing rain water and the natural cleansing of wetlands for recycling of “household” water to the growing fields. They are active in honeybee genetic research including new research using Russian bees resistant to current diseases. The Homestead Garden demonstrates use of cover crops, flowers, vegetables, and herbs in a small space. The one hour guided tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. after which we are free to stay and wander the grounds, self-guiding the many fields and garden plots. There is a small store with some of the Rodale cookbooks, and other books on gardening and health as well as honey and other Institute products as available. There will be handouts on the bus to orient you to the many aspects of the Rodale Institute’s work.    Reservations by September 6th please.

One Thursday, September 21.

Meet at the Montrose Price Chopper parking lot at 7:45 am.  The bus departs from the Montrose Price Chopper PROMPTLY at 8 a.m. to meet the guide for the tour at 10:30. Bring your own packed lunch. There are cold drinks available in the store, but no nearby eating facilities. We will return to Montrose by 5:00 pm

Fee: $65.00


152 Victorian Tea and Tour of the Bundy Museum of History and Art     Coordinator: Janna Rudler

Enjoy afternoon tea and a guided tour of the Bundy Museum. Learn about the history of I.B.M. and the family that started the company, explore the museum art gallery, and soak in the ambiance of the beautiful Bundy house!  Limit 19.

One Saturday, October 14 beginning at 2:00 pm

Location:   We will meet at The Bundy Museum of History and Art, 129 Main St. Binghamton, NY 13905

Fee: $28.00 per person.