Santa Fe: Gardens, Culture, and Cuisine

September 17 – 22, 2021

In support of the UC Botanical Garden Escorted by Katherine Greenberg

 

Experience the unique culture and rich botanical heritage of Santa Fe, with visits to gardens, galleries, museums, and historical sites. Enjoy a guided excursion to Taos Pueblo and learn Southwestern cuisine’s secrets at the Santa Fe School of cooking. We will be based at the atmospheric Hacienda Hotel and Spa at Hotel Santa Fe.

Friday, September 17: Independent arrivals at Santa Fe or Albuquerque International Airports. Check into the Hacienda Hotel. Meet your traveling companions for a welcome reception in the Hacienda lounge. Later we will enjoy dinner in the hotel dining room. The 4-star property is centrally located near shops and restaurants. Rooms are air-conditioned with designer toiletries. The hotel has a restaurant, pool, spa, and butler! Reception, Dinner

 

Saturday, September 18: Today, we will meet Peter Weiss, our guide, for a private walking tour of the highlights of Santa Fe. Peter is a well-known photographer and lecturer specializing in fine art, anthropology, and geography. We will learn about Santa Fe’s unique culture, a blend of Spanish, Native American, and Old West. Our tour will include the historic plaza at the heart of the city, America’s oldest building, the Palace of the Governors and Loretto Chapel. We will have lunch at Museum Hill Cafe followed by a visit to the Folk Art Museum. The museum’s collection represents diverse cultures and is the largest collection of international folk art in the world.

 

Just below the museum is the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, where we will enjoy a docent-led tour. The small Garden celebrates, cultivates, and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of the region. The Garden began as a vision of a small group of local gardeners, botanists, and environmentally oriented citizens. Landscape architect W. Gary Smith was hired to create a master plan. The Garden is small, but the plants have grown into a colorful, mature garden. Breakfast, Lunch

 

Sunday, September 19: This morning, as guests of the Santa Fe Garden Club, we will visit three or four private gardens. We’ll walk down meandering paths, discover secret garden rooms, and enjoy views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Late this afternoon, we will enjoy a cooking class and dinner at the Santa Fe School of Cooking recommended by Martha Stewart. Breakfast, Dinner[/column]

Monday, September 20: Today, we join Peter for a full-day tour to Taos. Our first stop is Chimayo with its legendary Santuario de Chimayo, local crafts, and chiles. If opening hours permit, we’ll continue with a guided excursion to Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, revealing a way of life unchanged for ten centuries. While in Taos, we’ll visit the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, long the center of Taos arts and education, considered the artistic salon of the Southwest. We will lunch at one of Taos’s best-loved restaurants. Later we’ll have free time to check out the galleries, boutiques or a museum. Taos is famous for traditional Native American crafts, silver, tin, leather goods, and ceramics. Breakfast, Lunch

Tuesday, September 21: After breakfast, we will tour the small Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The Museum offers insight into the artist’s paintings, her creative process, and the light and landscape that inspired her. One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986), was devoted to creating imagery that expressed what she called “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” O’Keeffe’s images—instantly recognizable as her own —include abstractions, large-scale depictions of flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, bones, and other natural forms.

This afternoon will explore some of the art galleries on Canyon Road. Later we have been invited to Jill Wilson’s home for a cocktail party. Jill is an artist and Advisory Board member of UC Botanic Garden. Tonight we gather for a festive farewell dinner with new friends in one of Santa Fe’s top restaurants, SantaCafé. Breakfast, Dinner

Wednesday, September 22: Following breakfast at the hotel, time to say goodbye to Santa Fe. Independent returns. Breakfast

 

 

TOUR LAND COST PER GUEST BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY:

Based on a minimum of 16 guests:

$2698.00 per person for members of UCBG, $2798.00 for non-members*
Single Supplement is $798.

*Membership starts at just $60, so if you are not a member, we strongly encourage you to join before you register for the tour as you can then receive the member price. You can join online here botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/join

COST INCLUDES:

  • 5 night’s accommodation at the Hacienda Hotel & Spa
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, nightly wine & hor d’oeuvre reception
  • Motorcoach transportation as specified in the itinerary
  • Top local guide were mentioned in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
  • Escorted by Katherine Greenberg, Advisory Board member
  • Donation of $300 to UCBG
  • Gratuity for our driver

COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips to your local guide

HOTELS — Our hotel is the Hacienda Hotel & Spa. The property is located in a prime location, near the vibrant Railyard District with museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants outside our door. Amenities include a bar, restaurant, fitness center, pool, and spa. We’ll have a special lounge offering wine, cheese, and snacks nightly. There is a complimentary shuttle service to downtown Santa Fe and our own butler! We suggest adding a day before or after the tour to visit local museums and sample the shopping.

FLIGHTS — Albuquerque is served by United, American, Southwest, Alaska, and Delta Airlines. We suggest booking flights to arrive in Albuquerque by 3:00 PM on day 1 of the tour, so you will have sufficient time to reach the hotel before the welcome reception and dinner. (There are also a limited number of flights into Santa Fe’s airport.) If meeting this schedule is a problem, please consider coming a day early. There is an airport shuttle, and taxis are readily available at the airport. Extra nights at the hotel can be arranged upon request.

We suggest contacting Leslie Garber of Cadence Travel for assistance booking flights and/or travel insurance. Leslie charges a fee for her service, but our guests find her service to be of value.

Leslie’s contact information: Tel: 619-756-7388 leslie.garber@cadencetravel.com

PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES —- The tour includes a significant amount of walking, frequent use of stairs, and sloped pathways on uneven or unpaved surfaces. Some of the places we will be visiting can only be seen on foot with no other access possible. Guests with limited mobility must consult with Sterling prior to tour registration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For reservations and information, please contact:

Sterling Garden Tours
2907 Shelter Island Drive Ste #105-262 San Diego, CA 92106
Tel: 619-299-3010 x 10
Tel: 800-976-9497
sterlinggardentours.com
cheryl@sterlingtoursltd.com

   

Past Tours

Portugal and Galicia: Gardens and Art on the Pilgrim’s Way | June 1 – 10, 2019

Come discover with us beautiful gardens and outstanding art collections along the Portuguese route known as the Camino de Santiago. Our journey begins in Porto on the Douro River and continues through Galicia to Santiago de Compostela, a centuries-old destination for pilgrims in northwestern Spain, a region characterized by green hills and valleys, terraced vineyards, and charming villages.

We have invitations to visit historic and contemporary private homes and gardens as well as some of Galicia’s distinctive manor houses called pazos. We will enjoy the best of regional cuisine and wines in restaurants and exclusive residences. Our three hotels have been selected for historic interest and premier location.

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Marrakech: Gardens, Art & Cuisine | April 5 – 14, 2018

Join the UC Botanical Garden in the exotic city of Marrakech and visit its fascinating medina, La Palmeraie, and Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains.

Marrakech was conceived as a garden city with orchards, market gardens, and pleasure gardens. Our home for the week will be Gary Martin’s private estate located in the palm grove of Marrakech. Gary, an ethno-botanist and director of the Global Diversity Foundation, will be our host and guide for the tour.

We have invitations to visit private homes and gardens as well as some of Gary’s projects in the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, we will experience the best of Moroccan hospitality and cuisine. Tour escort Katherine Greenberg, garden designer and author, has made many trips to Marrakech, and her father worked in Morocco for a number of years. This will be the Garden’s third tour to Marrakech and Katharine’s sixth tour to Morocco.

In response to rave reviews from participants, this is the second year the UC Botanical Garden will be offering a tour to Marrakech.

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Menorca & Mallorca: Art and Gardens | May 22 – June 1, 2017

Camp Sarch

Camp Sarch, a private agricultural estate

View over Valldemossa

View over Valldemossa

Join us for this special tour of Spain’s Balearic Islands and enjoy the unique opportunity to visit spectacular private gardens and art collections.

Our tour begins in Menorca, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with fascinating pre-historic stone monuments and unique gardens, and continues to the nearby island of Mallorca. From the medieval quarter of Palma to charming villages and country estates around the island, we will see historical and contemporary gardens as well as art museums and artists’ studios. We will also visit a botanic garden devoted to plants of the Balearic Islands. Along the way, we will experience gracious hospitality and enduring culture of these enchanting Mediterranean islands.

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Cuba: A People-to-People Tour | January 20 – 29, 2017

Street in Old Havana

Street in Old Havana (Photo derived from CC La Havane / La Habana, by Guillaume Baviere)

View of the Escambray Mountains from the town of La Boca.

View of the Escambray Mountains from the town of La Boca

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On this unique and inspiring program, we will travel on a General License from the U.S. Treasury Department to take friends and members of the UC Botanical Garden on a People-to-People Exploration of Cuba.

Our tour of Cuba begins in Old Havana and continues to the Escambray Mountains, the colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and Zapata National Park. We will explore the island’s diverse landscapes and habitats, from the plains or llanos to mountain forests and coastal wetlands.

The Cuban natural world is reflected in its national symbols: Roystonea regia, the royal palm; the white mariposa, Cuba’s national flower; and the colorful national bird, the tocororo. More than 8,000 species of plants are native to Cuba, including many orchids, palms, and ferns. Cuba is also home to the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird.

As we travel around this amazing island, the largest in the Caribbean, we will meet with Cuban naturalists, botanists, horticulturalists, and local experts. Throughout our journey, we will engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture, and traditions.

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana and Trinidad.
  • Visit several botanic gardens and see their amazing plant collections.
  • Discover the mountain station at Topes de Collantes.
  • See the extraordinary plant life in the Sierra de Escambray.
  • Learn about Las Terrazas reforestation project.
  • See the orchid collections at Orquideario Soroa.
  • Visit Vivero Alamar, a project for sustainable agriculture.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating tour of Cuba.

Marrakech: Gardens, Art & Cuisine | May 12 – 21, 2016

Join the UC Botanical Garden in the exotic city of Marrakech and visit its fascinating medina, La Palmeraie, and Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains.

Cacti in the famous 12-acre Majorelle Garden - Marrakech, Morocco.

Cacti in the famous 12-acre Majorelle Garden – Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech was conceived as a garden city with orchards, market gardens, and pleasure gardens. Our home for the week will be Gary Martin’s private estate located in the palm grove of Marrakech. Gary, an ethno-botanist and director of the Global Diversity Foundation, will be our host and guide for the tour.

We have invitations to visit private homes and gardens as well as some of Gary’s projects in the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, we will experience the best of Moroccan hospitality and cuisine. Tour escort Katherine Greenberg, garden designer and author, has made many trips to Marrakech, and her father worked in Morocco for a number of years. This will be her fifth tour to Morocco.

In response to rave reviews from participants, this is the second year the UC Botanical Garden will be offering a tour to Marrakech.

Mint salesman in a Marrakech market.

Mint salesman in a Marrakech market.

Natural Pigments on display.

Natural Pigments on display.

Waterscapes in Spain: Art, Gardens and Landscapes of Castile | May 23 – June 1, 2016

Come with us to visit beautiful gardens and diverse landscapes in the regions of Old and New Castile.

Fountain at the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso

From Madrid and La Granja, we will explore the historic cities of Aranjuez, Segovia, Pedraza de la Sierra, and Toledo. We have invitations to visit private homes and gardens as well as several outstanding private art collections and a rare collection of botanical illustrations at the Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid.

Several of Spain’s leading garden designers and artists will talk to us about their work and the importance of water in contemporary and historical Spanish gardens. Along the way we will enjoy Spanish regional cuisine in private homes and acclaimed restaurants.

Mervyn Samuel, our guide and lecturer, is a scholar of Spanish culture, art history, and natural history. Our tour escort, Katherine Greenberg, is a garden designer and author with a special interest in Spain and Morocco. She is a member of the UC Botanical Garden Advisory Board and a past president of Pacific Horticulture Society and the Mediterranean Garden Society. Katherine studied at the University of Madrid and has given talks in Madrid and Marrakech. She has led many tours to Spain and Morocco. Her father worked in Morocco for a number of years.

Palacio de Galiano from the Sky – Toledo, Spain

Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Spain

Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Spain

Cuba: A People-to-People Tour | January 8 – 18, 2016

Dear Friends of UCBG: We invite you to come with us to Cuba in 2016. On this unique and inspiring program, we will travel on a General License from the U.S. Treasury Department to take friends and members of the UC Botanical Garden on a People-to-People Exploration of Cuba.

Street in Old Havana

Street in Old Havana (Photo derived from CC La Havane / La Habana, by Guillaume Baviere)

Our tour of Cuba begins in Old Havana and continues to the Escambray Mountains, the colonial cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and Zapata National Park. We will explore the island’s diverse landscapes and habitats, from the plains or llanos to mountain forests and coastal wetlands.

The Cuban natural world is reflected in its national symbols: Roystonea regia, the royal palm; the white mariposa, Cuba’s national flower; and the colorful national bird, the tocororo. More than 8,000 species of plants are native to Cuba, including many orchids, palms, and ferns. Cuba is also home to the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird.

As we travel around this amazing island, the largest in the Caribbean, we will meet with Cuban naturalists, botanists, horticulturalists, and local experts. Throughout our journey, we will engage Cubans directly in discussions about their lives and work, culture, and traditions.

Tour Highlights:

— Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana and Trinidad.
— Visit several botanic gardens and see their amazing plant collections.
— Discover the mountain station at Topes de Collantes.
— See the extraordinary plant life in the Sierra de Escambray.
— Learn about Las Terrazas reforestation project.
— See the orchid collections at Orquideario Soroa.
— Visit Vivero Alamar, a project for sustainable agriculture.
— Observe the plants and wildlife of Zapata National Park, Cuba’s largest wetland.

We hope you will join us for this fascinating tour of Cuba.

View of the Escambray Mountains from the town of La Boca.

View of the Escambray Mountains from the town of La Boca.

Marrakech: Gardens, Culture & Cuisine | March 11 – 20, 2015

The Garden’s inaugural Marrakech: Gardens, Culture & Cuisine was comprised of 14 individuals traveling under the capable guidance of tour escort Katherine Greenberg, garden designer and UCBG Advisory Board member.

Majorelle Garden Marrakech Morocco

Majorelle Garden – Marrakech, Morocco

The group traveled to the exotic city of Marrakech to explore its fascinating medina, the Palmeraie, and Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains. Once the capital of southern Morocco, the Imperial City of Marrakech is an alluring oasis with a temperate climate and fascinating sights. The group had an opportunity to experience several private homes and gardens by special invitation, as well as historical palaces and monuments dating from the 12th century. A special treat was hearing our tour escort speak at an international seminar sponsored by the Majorelle Garden.

Gary, Martin, an ethno-botanist and director of the Global Diversity Foundation, was our host. The tour participants’ base for the week was Jnane Tamsna, the private estate created by Gary and Meryanne Martin in the Palmeraie. This property features elegant architecture, ‘ryads’ or interior patio gardens, and gracious hospitality in a tranquil setting. The cuisine is a fusion of Moroccan and modern European, using organic fruits and vegetables sourced from the estate’s orchard gardens. Jnane Tamsna is featured in Gardens of Marrakech, by Angelica Gray.

“Would go again in a minute!”

“One of my favorite trips ever!”

“The entire trip was amazing. One of the nicest things about this trip was the multifaceted scope of the entire experience.”

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