School will soon be out and summer time weather is officially here. That must mean it’s time to plan the family vacation. If your family is full of garden and flower lovers like you, why not take a road trip to a near by garden? There are many within driving distance of the Wyoming Valley and you are sure to come home with some inspired ideas for your own garden.
Chanticleer – Wayne
This amazing garden is just a short drive from Philadelphia. It’s rich beauty and history are a draw for gardeners and history buffs alike. It was built in the early 20th century by the Rosengartens and has been in the family ever since. Adolph, Jr., left the entire property for the enjoyment and education of the public following his death in 1990. A nine member Board of Directors, six of whom are Rosengarten relatives, oversees The Chanticleer Foundation.
With ten diversely themed gardens, Chanticleer is home to thousands of trees, plants and flowers. Many of the groundskeepers have their own unique sections of the garden to show off their artistry.
Hours for the grounds are: Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. Guided tours of the house are offered Wednesday through Friday by reservation only. Admission to the grounds is $10. Children 12 and under are free. For more information visit: www.chanticleergarden.org/index.html.
Longwood Gardens – Kennett Square
A massive 1,077 acres, this garden offers everything you could imagine. It is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture (both indoor and outdoor), events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as take part in educational lectures, courses, and workshops.
Dating back to the time of William Penn, the land became a park/garden after a fellow Quaker family began planting exotic trees on the land. It has been open to the public almost consistently since that time. By 1850, the park had amassed one of the finest collections of trees in the nation.
Hours for the grounds are 9 am to 6 pm daily. For admission prices, visit their website: www.longwoodgardens.org/visit/hours
New York Gardens
New York Botanical Garden – Bronx
Spanning 25o acres in the Bronx Park, the New York Botanical Garden is a national landmark. The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections. Sightseers can easily spend a day admiring the serene cascade waterfall, wetlands, trees, flowers and greenhouses. The Gardens are a place for the whole family to enjoy, with a special children’s adventure garden available.
The Gardens are also home to the Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory. The laboratory’s research emphasis is on plant genomics, the study of how genes function in plant development.
Garden hours are: 10 am to 6 pm and admission to the grounds is free. Guided tours of the buildings are available for a fee. For more information visit their website: www.nybg.org.
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville
Monticello was the main home of Thomas Jefferson, who began the plantation with roughly 5,000 acres. Though Monticello is known for being rich in American history, not many people know about it gorgeous grounds that Jefferson himself had a hand in designing.
The winding flower border is one of the more beautiful gardens when it is in season. It has many varieties of flowers and bushes. The oval flower beds that Jefferson sketched as early as 1807 are also known for their beauty.
Besides flowers, Monticello has acres of tree gardens, vegetable gardens and picturesque grounds. Hours for the grounds are: 8:30 am to 6 pm. For ticket prices, visit their website: www.monticello.org/site/visit/tickets-tours