Today is Friday, so your mind is likely focused on the weekend ahead. If you are desperately seeking horticultural inspiration, plan to visit one of the many public gardens, arboreta, and historic houses in the greater Philadelphia area—many of which reopen this month.
Known as the “cradle of horticulture,” Philadelphia has more of these open spaces than anywhere else in North America, and you wouldn’t want the excitement of spring to pass by without a visit to some of these special places.
A good resource for planning a day trip or weekend getaway is the Greater Philadelphia Gardens website. According to the site, every spring the 28 participating gardens join forces to present the “World’s Largest Garden Party,” a full calendar of gardening happenings throughout the region that includes wildflower walks and garden tours.
Consider a guided green roof tour at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, a day-long exploration of scenic Chester County, or the Festival de Aibonito-Puerto Rico Family Festival at the Camden Children’s Garden.
Each garden celebrates spring in its own way, like the cherry tree displays at the Morris Arboretum, the fields of daffodils at Chanticleer, or the carpet of Virginia bluebells at the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope. So put on your walking shoes, grab the camera, and shake off the winter blues before the awakening of spring turns into the dog days of summer!