The first leg of my September trip to the Low Country was booked through Road Scholar (formerly Elder Hostel — I really love their new name). Road Scholar is a nonprofit tour company dedicated to “lifelong learning”. They have a mouthwatering array of trips in their catalog, many involving some type of volunteering. My Charleston leg was orchestrated by the College of Charleston, a very old (1770) and wonderful public liberal arts and sciences school. We stayed in a lovely hotel, the Francis Marion, and ate our meals in the student dining room. That was so much fun; carbo loading and enjoying the high energy of the students. In the morning we would hear talks given by experts on the history of the Civil War, Charleston, cooking, music and more; afternoons were devoted to sightseeing. Many of our group had enjoyed 6 or more trips with RS. I would have to give Road Scholar and College of Charleston an “A” for my experience!
On the web:
Australian Native Plant Nursery has a new shipment of books from…Australia! Click on their website to the right of this post.
Thursday, November 10: Huntington Gardens (huntington.org) Talk and sale on Native Trees for Native Gardens by Lili Singer
Saturday, November 12:
- Descanso Gardens (Descansogardens.org) La Canada: Flower Market Tour, Fruit tree pruning and Fall color walk
- San Diego Botanic Garden (sdbgarden.org) San Diego County: Bromeliad Bash
- Theodore Payne Native Plants and Flowers (theodorepayne.org) Sun valley: Irrigation 101 and Native Plant Horticulture