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Local Gardens and Arboretums

Public Gardens of Interest in the Philadelphia Region
GCA’s Zone V is in the Philadelphia region, which is an area rich in public gardens, arboreta and historic houses with gardens. This is not an exhaustive list, but a few of our favorites.

When visiting our region you can use these links as a resource for learning about some of these horticultural gems and you’ll gain an understanding of why this area is called the nation’s ‘cradle of horticulture’.

Most of these locations offer events all year, but be sure to call ahead for days, hours and fees.


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A Guide to Greater Philadelphia Gardens

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  • Link to almost 30 gardens in the Philadelphia area
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    Philadelphia: America's Garden Capital

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The Main Line
Former estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., the 35-acre pleasure garden displays the beauty of the art of horticulture.

Highlights include water and ruin gardens. Noted as "the greatest of the great gardens of the Philadelphia Region".

A must see. Admission.

Haverford College Arboretum

Majestic trees, nature trail, duck pond, pinetum, and Asian garden on a 216-acre campus. Self-guided and guided tours, seasonal lectures.


Jenkins Arboretum

46-acres in Chester County with paved walkways through gardens provide vistas of woodland gardens with azaleas, rhododendrons, native wildflowers, ferns, stream and pond. This woodland ecosystem provides a habitat for many varieties of wildlife, such as green herons, foxes, king fishers, red-tail hawks, owls, flying squirrels, turtles, and 108 identified bird species.


The Scott Arboretum

Of Swarthmore College

110 acres on a college campus featuring 4,000 kinds of plants, including seasonal crocus, roses, and hollies. The plantings represent the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley region (Zone 6-7) and serve as a living museum for homeowners seeking ideas for their gardens. Conifers, witch-hazels, crabapples, flowering

cherries, hollies, hydrangeas, magnolias, roses, and tree peonies are well represented in the collection. The Arboretum’s collections of hollies and magnolias have gained recognition as one of the registered collections in the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC).


The Tyler Arboretum

Tranquil 650-acre historic arboretum with unique plant collections, state champion trees, meadow maze, adult and children's education programs, historic buildings, and 20+ miles of hiking trails.


The American College Arboretum
The campus is composed of 35 beautifully landscaped acres. A collection of over 700 specimen trees forms the backdrop for a wooded stream valley, a pond, and developing gardens.  Interspersed among the expansive lawns are the younger trees and recent plantings that have added to the diversity of species.  Paved paths wind through the landscape and past the award-winning architecture.

Awbury Arboretum

A 19th-century Quaker Estate with 55-acre, English-style landscape, gardens, ponds and woodland trails.


Bartram’s Garden

America’s oldest living botanic garden (1728) and National Historic Landmark Bartram House on 45 acres fronting the Schuylkill River.


Jenkins Arboretum
This is a carefully planned botanical garden committed to conserving 46 acres of the once bountiful Pennsylvania woodland. 

Landscape Arboretum

of Temple University Ambler

187-acres with a unique mix of natural and designed landscapes. The diverse gardens include a formal perennial garden, an herb garden, a groundcover garden, a native plant garden, a rock wall, a woodland garden, a sustainable wetland garden, an annual trial garden, and a green roof garden.


Morris Arboretum

of the University of Pennsylvania

92-acre horticulture display garden featuring a spectacular collection of mature trees in a Victorian landscape. There are numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, Japanese gardens, a swan pond, English gardens, and an elegant Fernery. The Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.



Japanese House and Garden

The Japanese House and Garden is an example of 16-17th century Japanese residential architecture containing all the elements of a traditional house: tatami mat, shoji screens and hibachi heaters. The garden is an integral part of the house. It is an example of a pond and hill style with koi fish. It is ranked third in the nation

by the Journal of Japanese Gardens.


Bucks County

Bowman’s Hill

Wildflower Preserve

A 134-acre site featuring plants native to Pennsylvania in a naturalistic setting.  Woods, meadows, pond, creek with self-guided walks all year. Guided wildflower walks are available April through October. Admission

Hortulus Farm

Nursery and Gardens

A 100-acre 18th Century farmstead and nursery operation with 30 acres of formal gardens including lavish perennial and summer borders, pool and lake gardens, woodland walks, and pine & birch allees.


Longwood Gardends

1,050-acres of gardens, fountains, meadows and woodlands with a premier horticultural display garden that includes 11,000 varieties of plants. It is the former estate of Pierre du Pont, one of the finest du Pont gardeners in a family of gardeners.


Mt. Cuba Center

A 650-acre non-profit horticultural institution in northern Delaware. It is the former estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland and is dedicated to the study, conservation, and appreciation of plants native to the Appalachian Piedmont Region. The woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the region’s finest.


Nemours Mansion and Gardens

The 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. DuPont. The grounds surrounding the mansion extend for one third of a mile along the main vista from the house, and are among the finest examples of French-style gardens in the United States reminiscent of Versailles in its fountains and sculptures.



The former estate of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh, who transformed a declining farm into formal gardens, arboretum and a sanctuary for biodiversity. On the National Register of Historic Places, the 197-acre site serves as the headquarters and educational center of the Green Valleys Association.


Winterthur Garden and Estate

The former estate of Henry Francis du Pont with a garden inspired by the Brandywine Valley landscape. The 1,000-acre estate encompasses rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. The choicest plants were selected from around the world to enhance the natural setting, and there is a carefully orchestrated succession

of bloom from late January to November.