Greater Philadelphia gardens celebrate National Go Public Gardens Days, May 7-16

-Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The collaborative known as Greater Philadelphia Gardens (GPG) – a group of 37 public garden spaces within 30 miles of Philadelphia – will celebrate Go Public Gardens Days, a national initiative of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), highlighting the beauty, plant variety, and joy that can be found in public gardens across the U.S. Go Public Gardens Days will promote public gardens’ important role in providing beauty and respite to more than 120 million people across North America.

APGA created the initiative to drive the public to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel. Many of the 37 gardens in and around Philadelphia – known as America’s Garden Capital – will have their own unique opportunity to celebrate the initiative through garden promotions, onsite celebrations, onsite tours, family-friendly activities, and other special events.

Many of the region’s public gardens are also hosting tours and activities in celebration of Go Public Gardens Days, and this information can be found at and the individual garden websites. To see the complete list of gardens here in America’s Garden Capital and to access each garden’s website visit:

In combination with Go Public Gardens Days, each garden offers a Passport to “America’s Garden Capital” – a compact booklet highlighting this region with so many gardens to offer! Passports are available at each garden, free of charge, while supplies last. Organized by geographic region, the Passport provides need-to-know information, must-visit experiences at each garden, and also provides a link to access online garden itineraries. Visit all 37 gardens to get your Passport stamped (or download the stamp images online) and win a prize! Learn more about the Passport and plan your future garden visits here:

  1. Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
  2. Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum
  3. Appleford Estate
  4. The Arboretum of West Laurel Hill & Laurel Hill Cemeteries
  5. Awbury Arboretum
  6. Barnes Arboretum at St. Joseph’s University
  7. The Barton Arboretum & Nature Preserve of Medford Leas
  8. Bartram’s Garden
  9. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
  10. Brandywine River Museum of Art
  11. Camden Children’s Garden
  12. Chanticleer
  13. The Gardens at Mill Fleurs
  14. Grounds for Sculpture
  15. Hagley Museum & Library
  16. Haverford College Arboretum
  17. Henry Botanic Garden
  18. Henry Schmieder Arboretum
  19. The Highlands Mansion & Garden
  20. Hortulus Farm Garden
  21. James G. Kaskey Memorial Park
  22. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
  23. Longwood Gardens
  24. Morris Arboretum of the University Of Pennsylvania
  25. Mt. Cuba Center
  26. Nemours Estate
  27. PHS Meadowbrook Farm
  28. The Philadelphia Zoo
  29. Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
  30. Shofuso
  31. Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden
  32. Tyler Arboretum
  33. Tyler Formal Gardens at Bucks County
  34. Welkinweir
  35. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  36. The Woodlands
  37. Wyck Historic House, Garden, Farm

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