Thursday, May 7, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Gardens Day

National Public Gardens Day is Friday May 8 Spoil Yourself Alert

Participating Public Gardens locally

1. Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA. This property features a Paul Philippe Cret designed home and gallery surrounded by a 12-acre Arboretum. I would also check out the artwork on the inside too. This is on my list of places to see.

2. Awbury Arboretum One Awbury Road Philadelphia, PA 19138. Tucked away in the historic Germantown neighborhood. Awbury Arboretum and many of the houses and outbuildings associated with the extended Cope family and their estate was recognized as a National Historic District in 2001 and an Historic District by the Philadelphia Historical Commission in 2011. I recently had my first visit to the Germantown area for Mt. Airy Day check out Clivedon sometime too.

On another note: The Philadelphia Folksong Society and Awbury Arboretum are proud to present the first-ever: Heartwood Music Festival! Join this brand-new, one-day Festival that will feature the very best in local music, food, crafts, and more. Tickets are ONLY $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!

3. Morris Arboretum Of The University Of Pennsylvania 100 E. Northwestern Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19118. See the latest creation from artist, Patrick Dougherty. Seven 30 foot towers, made entirely of sticks, reach toward the sky with interconnecting doors you can walk through. This location is also on my visit list at Christmas time for their train display.

4. Mt. Cuba Center 3120 Barley Mill Rd Hockessin, DE 19707. Enjoy free admission and each household takes home a native plant. Click on the Get This Offer link for details about this offer.

5. Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College 500 College Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081. Bring a friend and celebrate spring at the Scott Arboretum with a complimentary garden reception on Friday, May 8 from 4 to 6 pm. Enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine and light fare in a lovely outdoor setting. a relaxing evening in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden. In the event of rain, our reception will be moved inside our Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, the Wister Center. I have walked the campus of this historic college. It is beautiful in all seasons. Look for programs that are offered, they always have something going on.

6. Shofuso Japanese House and Garden Lansdowne and Horticultural Drives West Fairmount Park Philadelphia, PA 19131. Love, love, love this place, if you have never been treat yourself, if you have been there, you know why. Visit on May 8 and receive one free admission and a special garden tour. Check the japanesehouse.org website for tour schedule.

7. Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Road Media, PA 19063. Free admission with coupon on May 8. This is a great place for big and little kids with activities all year long.

 

8. Welkinweir Green Valleys Association 1368 Prizer Road Pottstown, PA 19465. Admission to Welkinweir is always free! On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, honor the mothers in your life with an elegant Mother's Day Tea and Azalea Bloom Walk!



9, Also listed on the National Gardens Day website locally some of my favorites Winterthur, May 9 is Azalea and Bluebells day at Winterthur and I bet it will be just beautiful. I would say Versailles in France is the most breathtaking garden I have ever seen, the Nemours Mansion and Garden is next.

Winterthur  

Versailles 

Nemours


10. Heading south Magnolia Plantation in South Carolina is beautiful and I saw it in winter! I also photographed my first alligator unwittingly in close proximity of my camera lens and never knew, he blended right in. On the west coast you should visit Hearst Castle and the Getty Museum Garden both are just beautiful!

Magnolia Plantation

Hearst Castle
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We have plenty more public gardens in our area and around the country that are magnificent, most of the above list is the suggestion from the American Public Gardens Association. Just get out and enjoy!





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