Our Newest Public Garden...Stoneleigh

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 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.

One of the many tree houses at Tyler

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.

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!

Ceramics Up Close: Hands-On Study Days
Saturday, March 10, 10:00 am–3:30 pm

Join Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, and fellow collectors for this intimate and limited-registration opportunity to get an up-close look at ceramics. Registration opens January 22. For more information, call 800.448.3883.

Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden
Tuesday, March 12, 2019,
10am – 5pm

A needle's eye in a pond, a Greek temple in the garden, an Ottoman tent sitting on a hill-these are just a few of the inspirations for our upcoming, first-ever outdoor exhibition Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden! The exhibition showcases whimsical and classic garden structures located throughout the Winterthur estate. Members free. Included with admission.

A Winterthur Conference
April  25–26, 2019

Join Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, and fellow collectors for this intimate and limited-registration opportunity to get an up-close look at 17th- and 18th-century American furniture, materials, tools, and techniques. Registration will open in January. Registration opens January 29. For more information, call 800.448.3883.

41st Annual Point-to-Point
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Enjoy a day of elite horse racing and celebrate the 41st Annual Point-to-Point. Join us for kids' activities, festive tailgating, and beautiful hospitality tents with elegant luncheons. Tailgate spots and wristband sales start March 1, 2019.

2019 Antiques Roadshow
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PBS series Antiques Roadshow will visit Delaware for the first time as part of an upcoming five-city production tour this summer.
Antiques Roadshow will set up show at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Winterthur, Delaware on June 18, 2019 for a day's worth of appraisals, PBS announced via a release. As with other stops on the production tour, three episodes of Antiques Roadshow will be produced from the Delaware event.
"Filming at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library will allow our cameras to blanket the property, capturing appraisals with the action of the event as a backdrop, and, when possible, taking our audience 'backstage' to places the public isn't allowed or may miss seeing," Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko said of the stop.
Attendance is free, but organizers require that tickets be obtained for the event in advance. Fans may apply for one pair of free tickets per household via the official PBS website. More information is available at 888-762-3749. Applications close Feb. 11.

Longwood Gardens

Our Landscapes Come to Life in a Symphony of Color
On View March 30–May 5, 2019

There isn't a more beautiful season to explore every inch of our 1,077 acres. The season is heralded by an early display of millions of crocus, winter-aconite, glory-of-the-snow, and daffodils blanketing the grounds.
Stroll through more than 245,000 spring bulbs in bloom in our Idea Garden and Flower Garden Walk, wander through Peirce's Woods where native azaleas and foam-flowers abound, and experience the Meadow Garden in spring, resplendent with flowering trees and delicate herbaceous plants coloring the landscape.

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
May 9–September 29, 2019

Visit our Gardens to experience all the elements that make summer so incredible. Make a splash with our fanciful fountain shows in the Main Fountain Garden, explore three miles of walking trails winding through our ever-changing Meadow Garden, and engage in fresh-air family time from atop our treehouses. When it’s time to relax, unwind in our starlit Beer Garden or share a spectacular sunset during our extended evening hours Thursday through Saturday. Do all this—and much more—and complete your summer checklist in the beauty of our Gardens.

Open Air Theatre

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 20, 2019, 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

Mt. Cuba Center

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 Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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.

John J. Willaman Education Center: Daily, from 9 am – 4 pm, except on major holidays.

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 2019

Winter Wellness Walks
January to March

SATURDAYS 10:30am - 11:30am
SUNDAYS 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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.

Storytime at the Arboretum

10:30am - 11:00am
Included with garden admission.
Join us for fun and engaging reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the Arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather, at the Outdoor Children's Classroom, next to the Widener Visitor Center. In the case of inclement weather, Storytime is held in the side tent or classroom at the Visitor Center.

Cherry Blossom Days

SATURDAYS, APRIL 13 & 20, 2019  | 10:00am - 3:00pm
Included with garden admission.
In the early 20th century, John and Lydia Morris (founders of the Morris Arboretum) established one of the finest collections of Japanese plants and gardens in the region at their home, Compton, which would later become the Morris Arboretum. Commemorate this heritage and experience the beauty of Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom during Cherry Blossom Days. Both Saturdays will feature traditional Japanese cultural activities.

Early Bird Weekends

Open at 8:00am
Included with garden admission.
If you’re up with the sun, start your day with an early morning visit to Morris Arboretum. The garden opens at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays in May through September. Members, non-members, walkers, amateur photographers and everyone in between are invited to find the shining dew on more than 12,000 labeled plants in the Arboretum’s living collection.

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