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Is Chelsea Flower Show on your bucket list?

August 29, 2013  By Dave Harrison/Greenhouse Canada

Aug. 29, 2013, Long Island, NY — Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Centre has organized a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show and gardens of London next year.

The trip, which will run May 17 to 24, 2014, is a fundraiser for the Student Internship Fund at the Centre. It has been organized with Collette Vacations, the only travel agency that is approved by the Royal Horticulture Society. Dr. Mark Bridgen, professor of horticulture, and his wife Margot will be the guides during this trip.

Highlights of the trip will include:

  • A "members only" tour of the Chelsea Flower Show
  • A day at the majestic Hampton Court Palace, where visitors can explore one of Britain's most important historic buildings
  • A trip to the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, a 300-acre site housing one of the world's greatest plant collections and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • A morning at Windsor Castle, which William the Conqueror build back in the 1070s, followed by an afternoon at Wisley Gardens, a stunning 60-acre estate that is the flagship of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
  • An exclusive RHS gala dinner at Wisley Gardens

Additional stops on the tour will include Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey.

Those booking before Nov. 17 will save $200 per person. The cost of the trip includes round trip airfare from JFK, air taxes, fees, surcharges, hotel transfers from the airport, first-class hotel accommodations, admission to the events listed, bus transportation, and nine meals.

For additional information about the trip, click here or go to

For more information, contact Bridgen at 631-765-9650 or

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