One of Troy’s greatest passions is traveling and seeing the world. Beginning in spring of 2013, Troy will be offering others the opportunity to join in him in some of his favorite gardens across the U.S., in Europe and beyond.


Brandywine Valley Gardens

with Volunteer Gardener and Troy Marden

October 11-16, 2015



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For more information email troy@troybmarden.com.

Sun. Oct. 11 Fly into Philadelphia. Your flight will be up to you, so if you choose to arrive early, you will have plenty of free time to visit some of Philadelphia’s wonderful historical sites. This evening, after everyone arrives, we will have a group “Welcome” dinner at our hotel.
Monday Oct. 12 This morning, we will depart the city on our way to the Brandywine Valley with our first stop being the Brandywine River Museum to get a sense of the rich history of the area we’ll be visiting this week. We will then continue on to Longwood Gardens where you will have lunch on your own. We will spend the remainder of the day at Longwood, so you will have plenty of time to visit this astounding garden at your leisure without the pressure of having to be back on the bus too soon.
Tuesday Oct. 13 We continue visiting the duPont estates today as we travel to Nemours, the 300 acre estate of the late Alfred I. DuPont. We will visit both the house and the astonishing formal garden. If you have never visited, I can’t think of another formerly private estate in the country that tops this one. It is a garden the likes of which you normally see only in Europe. Our other stop will be Winterthur, the former home of Henry Francis du Pont. The home and museum are truly exceptional (especially for those of you who are into interiors and furniture) and there is a beautiful and very natural 60 acre botanical garden.
Wednesday Oct. 14 Wednesday will be spent visiting private gardens and estates in and around the Philadelphia area. While we are still working on the final details, you will not be disappointed in the spectacular gardens we will see this day!
Thursday Oct. 15 Today we visit Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden. This is one of the most innovative public gardens in the country, with showstopping garden displays and a phenomenal collection of rare and unusual plants. Later, we will continue on to Andalusia house and garden. Andalusia is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country, with spectacular gardens and a magnificent pastoral landscape to match!
Friday Oct. 16 Our first stop on our final day day will be Bartram’s Garden. John Bartram is considered the father of American horticulture and this 45 acre garden, on the National Register of Historic Places, takes you as far back in horticultural history as we can go in the U.S. Truly the “roots” of American horticulture. The final stop of our trip will be Highlands Mansion and Gardens. Highlands is a 44-acre property that is home to a late 18th-century Georgian mansion, a 2-acre formal garden surrounded by massive stone walls and a number of outbuildings, including a greenhouse and a gardener’s cottage. Our trip will end with drop off at the Philadelphia Airport and the Philadelphia train Station, if needed.
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