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Mt. Cuba Center > MtCubaCenter.org
It will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Brandywine Valley that this beautiful estate and its gardens once belonged to a du Pont. What is surprising is that this breathtaking landscape consists solely of native plants — meaning (in theory) your backyard could be just as spectacular! To start your own garden oasis, check out the impressive virtual tour online to see what species you should plant.
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Taylor Arboretum at Widener University
> TaylorArboretum.org
We think this beautiful corner of Nether Providence Township should be known as “the little arboretum that could.” At only 30 acres (small for an arboretum), Taylor exceeds expecta- tions — providing visitors with a chance to wander through mature collections of dogwoods, magnolias and hollies while exploring the banks of Ridley Creek. The presence of champion trees, including a giant dogwood, a Korean juniper and a lacebark elm (the largest of their species in the state), prove that great things truly do come in small packages. Taylor (not to be confused with Tyler Arboretum in Media) is open daily with free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Chanticleer > ChanticleerGarden.org
Alittle more intimate and less formal than some other renowned gardens in our area, Chanticleer is “America’s most inspiring garden” according to Garden Design magazine. The London Financial Times described it as “planted to perfection.” So as not to distract from the visual effect, the 5,000+ plants throughout the gardens aren’t labeled, but guests are encouraged to talk with the gardeners to draw inspiration from the whimsical and imaginative displays. Whether it’s the tranquility of the Asian Woods, the imaginative beauty of the Ruin Garden or the lush fragrances of the Teacup Garden, it will quickly be evident why one reviewer called it “a pleasure garden that blows expectations away.”
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H BYOB PICNICKING ENCOURAGED UNTIL 8 P.M.
H GUIDED TOURS OF THE HOUSE AND GARDEN
PENNSYLVANIA ON SUMMER HORTICULTURAL FRIDAYS SOCIETY
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Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens at the
Brandywine River Museum of Art
> Brandywine.org/brandywine/campus/wildflower-native-plant-gardens
H A WALK ALONG THE RIVER TRAIL (ABOUT A MILE ROUND TRIP)
H ANNUAL WILDFLOWER NATIVE PLANT & SEED SALE (MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND)
H PHOTOS WITH HELEN (PIG STATUE) AND MISS GRATZ (COW STATUE)
Much of the art within
the Brandywine River Museum of Art — created by some of our nation’s most renowned artists — was inspired by the landscape that surrounds the building. The Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens extend the art outdoors, while also preserving the artists’ natural muse. Wildflowers, trees
and shrubs are carefully selected to provide a succession of
bloom from early spring to frost and are planted in a setting similar to their natural habitat. Conservancy volunteers collect seed from the gardens that guests can purchase in the museum shop, allowing them to bring a little inspiration home to their own backyard gardens.
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