Our Newest Public Garden...Stoneleigh

Stroll About: A Public Opening - Sunday May 18
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever. After much preparation, planning, and planting, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden will open to the public in May of 2018.

Stoneleigh’s history dates back to 1877 when Edmund Smith, a rising executive with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, purchased 65 acres of land in Villanova and constructed a residence there. To shape the grounds, Smith hired landscape gardener Charles H. Miller, who trained at Kew Gardens in England and later served as chief gardener for Fairmount Park

Today, Stoneleigh is a stunning reflection of more than a century of loving care by three different families. Extraordinary trees, sweeping vistas, and intimate garden spaces offer a variety of opportunities to explore, learn, relax, and be inspired.

Stoneleigh is also a showcase for blending the aesthetic beauty of designed gardens with the natural richness of native habitats that are essential to the health of our planet. In his popular book Bringing Nature Home, noted entomologist Doug Tallamy (and member of Natural Lands’ Board of Trustees) wrote of the vital role that native gardens can play in enhancing biodiversity. “It is now within the power of individual gardeners to do something that we all dream of doing: to ‘make a difference.”

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden
1829 East County Line Road
Villanova , PA 19085

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Congratulations, Scott Arboretum!

USA Today recently listed Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as one of the top ten destination gardens in the country!

Here’s what they had to say:

“There are nearly 600 public and botanical gardens nationwide, according to the American Public Gardens Association, and many are big, well-known attractions. However, others – like these 10 gardens – are smaller and lesser-known, yet equally travel-worthy.

Free to the public, the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College focuses on the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley. Collections of cherry, crabapple, holly, hydrangea, magnolia and peony create a colorful show throughout the year. There are more than 4,000 varieties of flora on display, most labeled with their scientific and common names.”

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.

For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025

500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Tyler Arboretum

One of the many tree houses at Tyler
Fairy House 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 (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.Thomas Minshall. Today, Tyler is a valued community resource and cultural destination. Open year round

515 Painter Road
Media, Pa 19063

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

Chanticleer - A Pleasure Garden

Photo courtesy of Amy Sanderson
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.

Photo courtesy of Amy Sanderson
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 20th • 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.

Celebrating Spring!

This spring, we invite you to join us in the garden for select special garden days to celebrate some of our most eye-catching blooms, while also enjoying our first-ever outdoor exhibition—Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. Take a stroll through the vibrant colors of the garden, marvel at the architectural wonders of garden follies, or join us for special garden events. There is so much to see and do in the garden this spring. We hope you'll join us!

Bank to Bend
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Celebrate the early bulb display of the March Bank with a lecture, garden tour, and special sale of rare and unusual plants. This year's featured speaker is Peter Zale, curator and plant breeder at Longwood Gardens. Dr. Zale will share his personal and professional interest in snowdrops and other choice early bulbs, while highlighting Longwood's expanding use of these exotic plants. Lecture is at 11:00 am and is $10 per Member; $20 per nonmember; and free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members. Registration required. Garden tour and sale are free to Members and included with general admission.

    Lecture: 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
    Garden Tour: 1:00 pm, Begins at Visitor Center Patio
    Plant Sale: 10:00 am–3:00 pm, Visitor Center
    Self-Guided Tour: All day, begins at the Visitor Center Patio

Lecture: “Intrinsic Beauty: Snowdrops, Choice Bulbs, and How They Enrich Gardens”
Saturday, 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall

Snowdrops and other choice, early bulbs bring much more to the garden than beauty. They are the objects of passion and desire that have led plant explorers to remote regions of the world. They are controversial as their provocative taxonomy and obsessive horticultural interest sometimes bring out the best or worst of the people intimately associated with them. Many are rare in the wild and serve as flagship species for conservation efforts. Lastly, they are exotic, providing a sense of place in the garden at a time of the year that few other plants can rival. In this presentation, Dr. Peter Zale, curator and plant breeder, Longwood Gardens, will touch on these topics while highlighting some of the more interesting stories related to these plants. In closing, he will discuss their role in garden amplification efforts at Longwood Gardens and the development of his personal garden. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free to Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate members.

Daffodil Day & Follies
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Celebrate the beauty of the daffodil, enjoy Winterthur's amazing daffodil display, and see the new Follies garden exhibition! Henry Francis du Pont used his collector's eye in assembling his collection of hundreds of heiloom daffodil bulbs arranged in cloud-like drifts on Sycamore Hill. The day's events will include tours, kids' crafts, tea, and a daffodil show. Members free. Included with admission.
    Children’s Daffodil Show: 10:00 am, Visitor Center (entries accepted through 11:00 am)
    Daffodil Day Craft: 10:00 am–2:00 pm, Visitor Center
    Guided Walking Tours: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, Begins at Visitor Center Patio
    Self-Guided Tours: All day, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio
    Daffodil Tea: 2:00 pm, Visitor Center Restaurant

Follies Lecture
Saturday, April 21
2:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall

Join us for a lecture by John Dixon Hunt, emeritus professor of The History and Theory of Landscape at the University of Pennsylvania, then enjoy a walk or tram ride through the Winterthur Garden and experience Winterthur’s first landscape exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members.

Azaleas, Bluebells & Follies

Saturday, May 12, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of spring wildflowers! The day's events will include tours of the azaleas and Follies garden exhibition as well as a specialty sale of azalea plants propagated from specimens at Winterthur. Members free. Included with admission.

    Azalea Sale: 10:30 am until sold out, Museum Store
    Guided Walking Tours of Azaleas and Follies: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Begins at the
    Visitor Center Patio
    Self-Guided Tours of Azaleas and Follies: All day, Begins at the Visitor Center Patio

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

Longwood Gardens

Photo courtesy of George Rothacker
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.

Winter Blues Festival
Pride-of-Madeira (Echium candicans)

The blues take center stage in our Orangery and Exhibition Hall during our debut Winter Blues Festival.
March 3–25, 2018
9:00 am–6:00 pm

One of the rarest colors in the plant world, our horticulturists have researched, acquired, and grown hundreds of blue-hued blossoms and foliage to adorn our Orangery and Exhibition Hall. Every Saturday, hear the sounds of the blues as we welcome blues artists performing live in our Conservatory. Chase your Winter Blues away with a visit to ours.

Photo courtesy of George Rothacker
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 visit longwoodgardens.org

The Fountains Return
April 21, 2018

Open Air Theatre Fountain Shows
Featuring 750 jets in changing patterns, this showpiece comes alive with five-minute shows set to music.

Since its 1914 Garden Party debut, this Italian-style outdoor theatre has expanded from its simple original fountains to the 750 jets that create the rainbowed curtain of water you see today, while playing host to more than 1,500 performances throughout the years.

Click here to find out more about the Open Air Theatre.

Please note: Shows do not run on days when there are rehearsals, stage setups, or performances.
All fountain shows are weather dependent and will not run in below freezing temperatures.Starting April 21, 2018, 5-minute shows will run at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 4:15 pm, and 5:55 pm daily.

Free with Gardens Admission

Click here for more about the New Heights Fountain Revitalization Project and all Fountain Performances

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

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming classes.

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 1, 2018 through January 3, 2019
Last admission one hour prior to closing.
The Estate and Gardens will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

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.

The grounds at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens are open to the public 365 days a year from 8:00 am to sunset.

The John J. Willaman Education Center is open every day from 9:00am to 4:00pm. 

Admission is free.

Click here to see what's in bloom now!

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.

Special Events for Spring 2018

Wellness Walks

Saturdays & Sundays, November through March
Saturdays: 10:30am - 11:30am
Sundays: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Widener Visitor Center
Included with garden admission.

Led by an experienced Volunteer Guide, these brisk walks will stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up.

Welcome Spring Walk

Included with garden admission.

Spring officially arrives at 12:15pm today. Celebrate by taking a guided lunchtime walk through the garden to spot the signs of spring. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.

Collections Breed Success at the National Arboretum
Dr. Richard Olsen, Director, U.S. National Arboretum

Members: $15; Non-Members: $20

From your old favorite azalea, to your new favorite hydrangea, the National Arboretum’s plant breeding and exploration programs have contributed to diverse and sustainable American landscapes.

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