Spring is in the air here in Philadelphia and with that comes colorful blooms only seen this time of year. If you’re looking to see some beautiful spring flowers or are in need of ideas for your own garden, head to one of the places listed below.
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark located on the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia at the homestead of John Bartram, a historic botanist known for saving the Franklinia Alatamaha tree from extinction, whose descendants are still grown on site. Bartram’s Garden features many family-friendly activities, educational opportunities, and garden tours throughout the year. Connect with nature as you explore the site and spring flowers, including its daffodil collection. Many events are coming up this spring like the spring flower sale, painting courses, bird walks, and boating on the Schuylkill River.
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Founded near Kennett Square by Pierre S. DuPont in the early part of the 20th century, Longwood Gardens is a remarkable 1,077 acres holding many educational opportunities, concerts and gorgeous displays throughout the year. During the spring, from April through June, visit to enjoy colorful displays of flowers both inside and out. The gardens will be planted with spring blooms including more than 240,000 tulips, azaleas, dogwood, wisteria, native trees and wildflowers. Buy tickets in advance, especially if you’re planning a day out with your mom for Mother’s Day (extended hours)
The Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is 92-acre’s of colorful and fragrant gardens in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. The Arboretum fosters a community of education, discovery, and horticulture and features more than 12,000 trees, plants and flowers. During the spring, enjoy collections of cherry blossoms, roses, dogwoods, azaleas and hydrangeas, just to name a few. The Arboretum is also known for its stately trees and forest that can be explored on land or on its canopy walk 50-feet above ground level.
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The Scott Arboretum Of Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
The Scott Arboretum is located on Swarthmore College’s campus in Swarthmore, Pa. Formed in 1929, the arboretum is full of regional plants and flowers perfectly suited for home gardens in the area. Throughout the year, the arboretum features educational experiences and celebrations, especially during the spring. Tour its beautiful tree peony collection at its peak of bloom and explore its spring ephemerals before it’s too late. Late May, head to the Scott Arboretum’s annual spring sale to pick up some plants for your own garden.
Winterthur Museum, Garden And Library
105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19735
Winterthur is located in the Brandywine Valley and is less than an hour drive from Philadelphia. Another DuPont estate, it features colorful plants, daffodils on Sycamore Hill, eight acres of azaleas, rare peonies in the Quarry Garden and a children’s garden. During the spring, the estate has special garden experience days featuring different flowers and areas of the garden. The spring tour also fills the Winterthur house with spring floral arrangements including a dining room arrangement of pink roses accompanying Henry Francis du Pont’s favorite famille rose porcelains.
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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.