-Courtesy of The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Did you know that more public gardens are located in your backyard than anywhere else on the continent? With almost 40 public garden spaces located within 30 miles of Philadelphia, our region has been designated America’s Garden Capital, and our Greater Philadelphia Gardens have officially opened their gates, paths, and trails for the 2023 spring season.
The early blooms of the cherry blossoms, daffodils, and magnolias are not the only things blossoming in the Gardens this spring. With fresh programs engaging children and adults, wildlife enthusiasts and casual day trippers alike, we welcome all Philadelphians to explore our gardens.
May 12 – 21, 2023, join garden guests across the country in celebration of our annual Go Public Garden Days. An initiative of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), Go Public Garden Days invites everyone to visit, value, and volunteer at public gardens in their area and when they travel.
This year’s celebration includes a twist! We are honoring the decades-long tradition of artworks inspired by our national gardens with the new #ArtForPublicGardens initiative. Visitors are invited to create a work of art inspired by the public garden of their choice, post it on their personal social media channel, and tag the garden’s social media handle, @AmericanPublicGardens and #ArtForPublicGardens for the chance to be featured on the @AmericanPublicGardens Instagram Stories. Several area gardens will be offering horticultural art classes to kick-start the creative spark!
Spring also brings us Passport season! Guests are encouraged to dust off their America’s Garden Capital Passport, a compact booklet highlighting the diverse gardens this region has to offer, and continue collecting stamps! 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 38 gardens to get your Passport stamped (or download the stamp images online) and win a prize! For those new to the program, Passports will be available at each garden, free of charge, while supplies last, and an online version is available as well for those who prefer a virtual visit. Learn more about the Passport and plan your future garden visits here: americasgardencapital.org/passport.
To see the complete list of gardens and to access their websites, visit: americasgardencapital.org.