Spring has sprung, it is time to smell the roses. Or perhaps the tulips, the daffodils, the begonia or gardenia. The sweet smells of springtime as well as Mother Nature’s glorious spring bouquet of color is as close as your neighborhood park or arboretum. Whether you are just looking to explore the landscape or get some ideas for your own outdoor garden, now is the time to soak in the sunshine and enjoy the sights and smells of springtime.

Morris Arboretum 

100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-5777
www.business-services.upenn.edu

Whether it is the Azalea Meadow, cherry blossoms or heirloom roses, people from the city, suburbs and across the region flock to the Morris Arboretum to witness spring in all her glory.  More than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types can be found here delighting the senses. Plants and flowers from 27 countries have taken root in this quiet park of Chestnut Hill.Named Most Stunning University Garden and Arboretum, Morris is on The National Historic Register of Historic Places and is recognized as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road
New Hope, PA 18938
(215) 862-2924
www.bhwp.org

Take a stroll on the wild flower side at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in New Hope, Bucks County. Learn about their unique plant collection and its important role in providing habitat for wildlife. While you cannot pick flowers from their vast collection, you can photograph as many of the flowers as you want and take them home as a reminder of their natural beauty.The Native Plant Nursery at Bowman’s offers over 200 species of high-quality native wildflowers, vines, ferns, shrubs and trees that are for sale.Most perennial species offered for sale are propagated in their nursery and none are wild collected.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Of Greater Philadelphia
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
200 S. Broad St., Suite 910
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(267) 348-0250
subarucherryblossom.org

A sure sign that winter is in our rear-view mirror is the traditional Japanese celebration of Spring. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia will once again stage its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. With events scheduled from downtown Philly to the Main Line, the festival will feature fun, family friendly events and of course Cherry Blossoms. The premiere event will be staged at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. The central inspiration for the Cherry Blossom Festival is the fragile beauty of the sakura, the Japanese name for the ornamental cherry blossoms which inspire cultural activities. Fairmount Park’s Cherry Blossom trees were first planted in 1926 as a gift to the City of Philadelphia by the people of Japan.

Bartram’s Garden
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-5281
www.bartramsgarden.org

George Washington did not sleep there, but he was known for visiting the oasis in what was then a remote part of Philadelphia. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Free and open to the public year-round, visitors are welcomed to explore and connect to nature as well as participate in a host of programs. You can walk in the footsteps of General George and other Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin who were known to visit the gardens. The site includes a wildflower meadow, river trail, wetland and farm buildings. Bartram’s Garden is the oldest living botanic garden in the United States.

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Chanticleer
786 Church Road
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 687-4163
www.chanticleergarden.org/

Called one of the most romantic, imaginative and exciting public gardens in America, Chanticleer has been called by London’s “Financial Times” as planned to perfection. Muscan and Tulipa praestans add color to the Gravel Garden while Narcissus “Golden Echo” is the first to bloom in the flowery lawn. Get up close and personal with Hyacinthoides hispanica, or Spanish bluebells in the Bulb Meadow.

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