About Destination Delco's Community Partner – Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County

Media Food Garden supervised by
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County promote research-based best gardening practices and environmental stewardship to educate the community.  They develop their horticultural
Master Gardener Kathy Pelczarski provides seeds and
information on the Poppy Program to businesses, organizations
and individuals participating in the project.

expertise through participation in educational training classes conducted by Penn State University faculty and Extension staff.  Master Gardeners have served the home-gardening public for over 35 years in Pennsylvania by answering gardening questions, speaking to groups, writing gardening articles, working with youth, gardening in demonstration gardens, participating in the Penn State pollinator research program, and in many other ways.

As a community partner in Delaware County’s World War One Remembrance, the Master Gardeners provide their garden expertise by researching and developing a detailed reference guide on Flanders Poppies (Papaver rhoeas); coordinating and consulting with historic sites and community gardens to plant and care for Flanders poppies; distributing promotional posters, brochures, and seed packets throughout the community; and hosting a Hortline to answer gardening questions specific to growing Flanders poppies.

The HortLine number is 610-690-2671.

Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College

The mission of the Scott Arboretum is to delight and educate all visitors and inspire them to enjoy the  many benefits of horticulture. Our “gardens of ideas” features varieties that perform well in this region, encouraging wise stewardship as well as the cultivation of plants to sustain the body, enchant the eye, and soothe the spirit.

The Arboretum’s collections and gardens demonstrate how botanical, horticultural, and landscape
aspects can be combined successfully. Plants are labeled with their scientific and common names and often grouped in collections to make easy comparisons. They represent the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley region (Zone 6-7), serve as a living museum for homeowners seeking ideas for their gardens, and provide an attractive landscape for the college community. Our mature trees and shrubs can help homeowners determine the right plants for their landscaping needs.

The Arboretum grounds are open every day dawn to dusk; admission is free. The Arboretum Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm.

500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025 during business hours.


Tyler Arboretum

One of the many tree houses at Tyler
One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, Tyler Arboretum’s heritage dates to 1681, when the land that makes up Tyler was acquired from William Penn by Thomas Minshall. Today, Tyler is a valued community resource and cultural destination. Open year round (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day ), with 650 acres and 17 miles of hiking trails, Tyler provides a natural sanctuary for families, children, and adults interested in history, nature, and horticulture. Tyler Arboretum invites you to connect, explore, and grow with nature today.

515 Painter Road
Media, Pa 19063

For more information:
610-566-9134 • tylerarboretum.org

Chanticleer - A Pleasure Garden

The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th-century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes to escape the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat. The family's pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s.

The Rosengartens hired architect and former classmate Charles L. Borie to design the house, which was completed in 1913. Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed the terraces as extensions of the house. A 1924 addition converted the summer home into a year-round residence and the family moved here permanently.

Mr. Rosengarten's humor is evident in naming his home after the estate "Chanticlere" in Thackeray's 1855 novel The Newcomes. The fictional Chanticlere was "mortgaged up to the very castle windows" but "still the show of the county." Playing on the word, which is synonymous with "rooster," the Rosengartens used rooster motifs throughout the estate.

The garden opened to the public in 1993. There are 20 full-time staff, of whom two manage facilities and 14 are gardeners and groundskeepers.

Opens to the public March 31st. • Hours: 10-5 • Admission: $10 adults, under 13, free.

786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087

For more information, call 610.687.4163, or visit chanticleergarden.org

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Photo by Jeannette Lindvig
Just over Pennsylvania's border sits Winterthur and its 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature's beauty.

Director’s Garden Walks

Azalea Gardens in May

Formerly known as second Saturday Garden Walks, Winterthur’s Director’s Garden Walks are on the second Saturday of each month, year-round at 1:00 pm (unless otherwise noted). All walks begin and end at the Visitor Center and are free for Members and included with admission.

Join Winterthur’s Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape! Walks last about 90 minutes. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately 3 hours before the walk.

March 11, 2017
Snowdrops and Other Minor Bulbs

April 8, 2017
Winterhazels and Early Rhododendrons

May 13, 2017

Azaleas and Spring Wildflowers

June 10, 2017
Meadows, Streams, and Ponds
8:00 pm – bring your flashlight!

July 8, 2017
Chimney Swifts on Farm Hill
8:00 pm – bring your flashlight!

August 12, 2017
Sunset from the Train Station
7:00 pm – bring your flashlight and prepare for a long walk!

September 9, 2017

Garden Architecture and Water Features 

October 14, 2017
Autumn Color, Flowers, and Fruits

November 11, 2017
Late Fall Color in the Garden

December 9, 2017
Conifers and the Winter Garden

For more information
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19735

Longwood Gardens

Breathe in the fresh spring air and relish the beauty of our Gardens!

Watch as spring color emerges to paint our landscape in vibrant hues. Dogwood, wisteria, azaleas, foam-flowers, and more than 240,000 tulips herald spring’s arrival indoors and out. Walk along the woodland edges of our Meadow Garden and marvel at the flowering native trees and spring ephemeral wildflowers.

Discover what’s in bloom.

Encourage your guests to buy timed admission tickets early as tickets are limited, and be sure to take
advantage of our Member Appreciation Days during Spring Blooms.

Longwood offers free parking for our guests.

During peak visitation times, free off-site parking may be used if our on-site lot is full. Transportation is provided between the off-site parking and the Visitor Center entrance. Please follow the signs and note the Longwood staff members directing traffic on peak visitation days.

April 2–June 3, 2016 • Free with Gardens admission

Longwood Gardens • 1001 Longwood Road • Kennett Square, PA 19348

For more information, call 610.388.1000 or visitlongwoodgardens.org

Mt. Cuba Center

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Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden with a focus on native plants and ecosystems.  We have over 50 acres of display gardens and over 500 acres of natural lands. Through horticulture, education, research, and visitation, Mt. Cuba Center strives to fulfill its mission to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.

The Center is the former home and family estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. In 1935, the Copelands built a stately Colonial Revival manor house near the village of Mt. Cuba, outside of Wilmington, Delaware. The Copelands were prominent members of the community. Mr. Copeland served as President and Chairman of the DuPont Company, while Mrs. Copeland was a leader in many community and cultural organizations.
In the 1980s, The Copelands expanded their horticultural endeavors to the study of native plants.

Following the death of Mrs. Copeland in 2001, the estate became a public garden, and in 2013. Mt. Cuba Center launched general admission for spring, summer and fall sessions.

Mt. Cuba Center • 3120 Barley Mill Road • Hockessin, DE 19707

Gardens reopen on Friday, April 1, 2016 • Hours • Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

Season Passholders: Free
Adults: $10 • Children ages 6 – 17: $5 • Children 5 and under: Free

For more information, call 302.239.4244, or visit mtcubacenter.org

Nemours Mansion & Gardens

Long Walk

The two elk at the top of the Vista are the work of French sculptor Prosper Lecourtier (1855–1924), a specialist in animal figures. Lined with Japanese cryptomeria, pink flowering horse chestnuts and pin oaks, the Long Walk extends from the Mansion to the Reflecting Pool.

The 157 jets at the center of the one-acre pool shoot water 12 feet into the air; when they are turned off, the entire "Long Walk" is reflected in the pool. The pool, five and a half feet deep in its deepest section, holds 800,000 gallons of water and takes three days to fill. The Art Nouveau-style, classical mythology-based “Four Seasons” around the pool are by French-born American sculptor Henri Crenier (1873–1948).

Mansion and Gardens Tours are open May 1st through January 3rd
Nemours Mansion and Gardens • 1600 Rockland Road • Wilmington, Delaware 19803
For additional information, call 1-800-651-6912, or visit nemoursmansion.org

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens serves as a public open-air recreational, educational, and environmental model for the appreciation and stewardship of nature.

Every year visitors stroll the 1.2 miles of woodland paths in the Arboretum and leave with inspiration for their own gardens. People often feel humbled by the strength and beauty of nature here. Spirits are renewed and sustained by the tranquility offered in this botanical sanctuary.

Spring is the peak season at Jenkins due in large part to an impressive collection of rhododendrons
and azaleas. The Arboretum maintains a collection of over 5000 accessioned rhododendrons, azaleas and hybrids from around the world. There are also several natives including the rosebay rhododendron and pinxter bloom, flame, and sweet azaleas. The blooming season is long starting in late March with purple Rhododendron dauricum and pink Korean azalea.
Jenkins also includes a Bog Garden, Woodland Garden and many noteworthy specimens native to Pennsylvania.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
631 Berwyn Baptist Road
Devon, PA 19333
For more information, call: (610) 647-8870, or visit jenkinsarboretum.org

The Morris Arboretum

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.

The Arboretum conducts four major activities: education, research, outreach, and horticultural display. As the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania provides research and outreach services to state agencies, community

More than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types are growing in the Arboretum’s living collection. These include representatives of the temperate floras of North America, Asia, and Europe. This historic collection traces its foundation to John Morris’s interest in plants from around the world, and includes plants collected in China by E.H. Wilson at the turn of the century. Many of the Delaware Valley’s "trees-of-record" (the largest of their kind) are found in the Arboretum. Most notable are the katsura, Engler beech, Bender oak, and trident maple.

Vision for the Future

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is an important resource for extending an appreciation of the world's ecology, and an understanding of the importance of plants to people, in a biological, cultural, historical and aesthetic context.

Morris Arboretum • 100 East Northwestern Avenue • Chestnut Hill, PA

For more information, call: 215.247.5777, or visit .business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum

Bartram's Garden

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. It is a destination and an outdoor classroom, living laboratory, and membership organization for ever-expanding audiences―nearly 40,000 each year and counting.

We invite you to come here to learn, connect, celebrate, and discover a shared, greener future!

The John Bartram Association’s mission is to protect and enhance the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House; advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening, and art; and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world.

Bartram’s Garden welcomes everyone to explore, connect to nature, participate in programs, celebrate personal journeys, relax, reflect, and experience something new.

Our grounds are free and open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, except on City-observed holidays. Please call 215-729-5281 with questions.

Tuesday         10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday    10:00am - 4:00pm,
Thursday       10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday            10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday        10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday          10:00am - 6:00pm

Please call 215-729-5281 with questions. bartramsgarden.org

Bartram’s Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281