Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit in Philadelphia

When considering a vacation, or even just a day out with the family, why not consider visiting a local arboretum or botanical garden?  You can enjoy a delightful getaway with a visit to one of these beautiful gateways to all that nature has to offer.

Arboretums and botanical gardens work to promote common respect and educate with a drive towards an appreciation of the world of gardening and the insects that work to pollinate our plants and flowers. 

These nature monuments are just waiting to be discovered and welcome all visitors for a day of tranquility, enjoying their peaceful beauty.  Make sure to check out one of the arboretums or botanical gardens listed below.

Morris Arboretum

100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

More than 13,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,600 types are growing in the Arboretum’s living collection. These include representatives of the temperate floras of North America, Asia, and Europe. This historic collection traces its foundation to John Morris’s interest in plants from around the world and includes plants collected in China by E.H. Wilson at the turn of the century. Many of the Delaware Valley’s “trees-of-record” (the largest of their kind) are found in the Arboretum. Most notable are the katsura, Engler beech, and trident maple.

Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Horticultural Dr. And Lansdowne Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

In Japan, cherry blossoms are the ephemeral marker of spring’s arrival, appreciated and admired by picnicking under the cherry trees and walking through groves and alleles of the pink blossoms. JASGP planted 1000 cherry trees from 1994 to 2004 to augment the 1600 cherry trees gifted by the Japanese government to Philadelphia in 1926.  As in Japan, Philadelphians are invited to picnic among the sakura in bloom around Shofuso at the Horticulture Center and under many other cherry trees throughout the city.

18th Century Garden

325 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The 18th Century Garden showcases plants that were frequently grown in Philadelphia during the 1700s. Defined by its lovely gazebo and geometric patterns, the 18th Century Garden recalls the formal landscape designs that were en vogue during colonial times.

The Horticultural Center

100 N Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

The Horticulture Center, a modern exhibition hall and greenhouse, is located in beautiful West Fairmount Park. The Center was built in 1979 and sat on the site of the former Horticultural Hall and the 1876 Centennial Exposition building. The grounds and greenhouses are open daily, and the venue can host private parties from 100 to 1,200 guests.

Magnolia Garden

Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Magnolia Tribute Garden, on the south side of Locust between 4th and 5th Streets, was donated by the Garden Club of America in honor of the founders of our nation and dedicated in May 1959. George Washington’s expressed interest in magnolia trees inspired this garden. Around its walled perimeter are 13 early spring blooming hybrid magnolias suitable for northern climates. They represent the 13 original colonies. Enclosed by wrought iron fences and gates, the plantings include Saucer Magnolias, Narcissus Snow Azaleas, English Oak, Honey Locusts, Cotoneasters, and a ground cover of English Ivy.

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