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Best Gardens to Visit in Pennsylvania
by Ali Lawrence - posted 07/07/17

Hershey Garden Roses

Summer is the perfect chance to get outside and enjoy going to places you may never have visited. Local gardens offer a great way to spend a spell out in the sun while seeing beautiful places. They often provide many different kinds of plants to make the area gorgeous, and they bloom at different seasons, so you won’t be limited to going to the garden for only a specific time frame.

Pennsylvania has a plethora of beautiful gardens known for the quality of their scenery and enjoyable visits. Before you get into the car and head out on the road, make sure you have researched when your favorite garden will be open and how much it will cost you to get in. Here are six places worthy of your attention.

1. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (Southeast Pennsylvania): New Hope, PA Cost: $6

The Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a non-profit that contains just over two miles of trails to immerse visitors in the surrounding nature. Facilities are also available for rent and are frequently reserved for weddings. In case you want to see anything in particular, look in advance to find out what’s blooming and when.

2. Morris Arboretum (Southeast Pennsylvania):Philadelphia, PA Cost: $17

This arboretum is part of the University of Pennsylvania, so it focuses on education and research. While the admission cost is more expensive than most state gardens, the arboretum provides a special variety of activities. Tours, summer camps and family activities will keep everyone entertained for hours among the blooming plants and trees.

3. Hershey Gardens (Central Region): Hershey, PA Cost: $12.50

Hershey park gets many visitors each year, and some choose to journey to the Hershey Gardens. There’s a special emphasis on being family-oriented in this garden, since it’s next to the theme park, so there’s plenty to do. Grab a map and visit the themed gardens or the butterfly atrium. There are signs to help you learn about what you’re viewing and, of course, chocolate available in the gift shop. Be sure to check out some of these other cheap things to do in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Trees at Hershey Garden

4. Huntington Rose Garden (Central Region): Huntington, PA Cost: $23

The Huntington Rose Garden is the ultimate spot for a romantic date. Originally built by Henry Huntington for his wife Arabella, it’s now home to more than 1,200 varieties of roses that span three acres. Winding paths and statues are sure to spark romance for any couple or at least make for some great pictures.

5. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden (Southwest Region): Oakdale, PA Cost: $9

If you want to walk through a garden that’ll delight you for longer than a short walk, try visiting the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. In addition to having classic lotus ponds and gazebos, it also has three miles of trails to explore. And if you want to learn something while you’re at it, there are yoga sessions and gardening classes to try.


6. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Southwest Region): Pittsburgh, PA Cost: $17.95

People looking for a place where they can enjoy the scenery while being educated are in the right place when they arrive at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The gardens offer monthly rotating exhibits along with certification courses on all things plants. Ever wanted to learn how to landscape? Be a better gardener? Now you can.

Pennsylvania gardens are spread all over the state and consistently provide entertainment and education for all ages. If you’re just looking for something to do over the weekend or want to get serious about learning how to tend to plants, there will be a garden out there for you. All it takes is a little research and some driving.



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