Bartram's Garden is just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. It is America's oldest living botanical garden, a glimpse into an 18th century homestead which is surrounded by the bustle of Philadelphia. You won't believe you are in the city when you see the wildflower meadow, majestic trees, river trail, wetland, stone house and farm buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River, and, of course, the historic botanical garden of American native plants.
Chanticleer A "pleasure garden" designed to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture. Thousands of bulbs cover the ground in spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods. A vegetable garden complements a cut-flower garden, both accompanied by espaliered fruit trees. Courtyards are a framework for unusual combinations of herbaceous perennials, punctuated by pots of tropical plants.
Haverford College Arboretum -
In 1831, a distinguished group of Philadelphia and New York Quakers purchased 198.5 acres which lay in the center of the Welsh Tract, a part of the 40,000 acres of land ceded to the Welsh Quakers by William Penn. Upon this land the group founded Haverford College two years later. William Carvill, an English gardener, was hired in 1834 to convert the farmland into a functioning campus. His design reflected the influence of Sir Humphry Repton, one of England's great landscape architects.
Jenkins Arboretum -
Located in a rare remnant of the once continuous southeastern Pennsylvania hardwood forest, Jenkins Arboretum, a 46-acre, thriving woodland ecosystem, possesses large natural stands of mountain laurel, pinxterbloom azalea, blueberry, deerberry, native wildflowers, ferns, and herbs.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary center that integrates art, science and the humanities. Thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including many of Philadelphia's oldest, rarest, and largest trees, are set in a romantic, 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College is a garden of ideas and suggestions. Encompassing more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus and exhibiting over 4,000 kinds of ornamental plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, vines and perennials for use in the region.
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso) is one of the most unusual garden attractions in the Philadelphia area. This shoin-zukuri (desk-centered) house, built in 16th century style, is located on the grounds of the Horticultural Center in the West Philadelphia section of Fairmount Park. The perfectly proportioned architecture of the main structure and adjoining tea house is enhanced by an ornamental garden and picturesque pond.
Tyler Arboretum is one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, with over 650 acres of naturalized plantings and 20 miles of hiking trails that will take you through serene native woodlands. Attractions at Tyler include spectacular plant collections including lilac, magnolia, cherry, and crabapple. The rhododendron collection is considered one of the finest in the country. Children and adults alike will delight in the butterfly-filled Meadow Maze that winds a labyrinth through native grasses. Tyler has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society and enjoys a diverse population of raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. On the National Historic Registry, Tyler's history dates back to a 1681 land grant from William Penn. Visitors will enjoy tours of the historic buildings, which are filled with antique furnishings and decorative arts. The Arboretum has classes, workshops, and events on-going throughout the year. Tyler is open seven days a week year-round.
Welkinweir, Pottstown, PA The Pinetum and Hillside Garden that greet visitors to Welkinweir preview the natural beauty of this richly diverse, secluded stream valley. Enjoy the majestic views of the Chester County countryside from the terrace of the former Rodenbaugh estate. Investigate the barn ruins on the way to the ponds, which are a focal point of this 162-acre refuge and environmental education center.