Skip to main content

Visitphilly.com Official Visitor And Travel Site
MENU
Kennett Square Bristol Doylestown Jenkintown Manayunk Mt. Airy Chestnut Hill Ardmore Ambler Skippack Phoenixville Wayne Media West Chester New Hope

Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Chester County

CREDIT: Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

{caption}

The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia

A trip through the beautiful landscapes of the region and the artwork they inspired

The Philadelphia region is brimming with world-class art museums and galleries, but beautiful art is not confined to the walls. Ornate gardens and meticulous green spaces create gorgeous living canvases which have inspired artists for generations.

Discover America’s first formal garden at Bartram’s, wander among the imaginative landscapes at Chanticleer or discover more than 11,000 different types of plants at Longwood Gardens.

Historic galleries and museums throughout the region highlight artistic interpretations of the local landscape. Chester County is prominently featured in the famous works of the Wyeth family at the Brandywine River Museum of Art while the James A. Michener Museum in Bucks County houses the largest collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist Art in the world.

Take in the region’s natural and artistic beauty with our Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia.

EXPAND MAPCOLLAPSE MAP
View on Map

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Chadds Ford, Chester County
Brandywine River Museum of Art

Art and nature come together in a scenic riverside setting

It’s hard to imagine a more bucolic place in which to explore art than the Brandywine River Museum of Art run by the Brandywine Conservancy on a nature preserve. As you stroll its galleries, remember that the very settings which inspired much of the art on view — rolling hills, snowy drifts, and, always, the river — surround you. For many, this landscape, at once rough and gentle, has become synonymous with Andrew Wyeth, whose work is exhibited here in abundance.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Chanticleer

Wayne, Delaware County
Chanticleer

An exciting pleasure garden that combines art with nature

Be prepared for an adventure of the senses as you wander through this botanical wonderland, a 35-acre “pleasure garden” on the grounds of the old Rosengarten estate. The gardeners here are also artists and they design their installations, incorporating wood, stone and metal. You’ll want to explore every nook and cranny of the trails that lead through orchards, wildflower meadows and perennials nestled among stone ruins.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Bartram’s Garden

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Exploring Bartram

America’s birthplace of gardening

John Bartram purchased the 102-acre farm along the west bank of the lower Schuylkill River, three miles southwest of colonial Philadelphia, in 1728, and turned it into America’s first garden. Today, visitors can join a morning bird walk, catch a breeze along the River Trail, stroll through the upper kitchen garden and the fragrant flower gardens or visit the riverside meadow, brimming with grasses and wildflowers.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Garden at the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

Perfect complement to the new Barnes Foundation building

Designed as a “gallery within a garden and a garden within a gallery,” the four-and-a-half acre grounds the garden at the Barnes Foundation, inspired by the city parks of Paris, promote a highly personal and contemplative experience right in the heart of Philadelphia. Visitors are surrounded by more than 100 trees and plantings which serve as an extension of the gallery space. Wander along the gravel walkways, passing the elongated table fountain and let your mind wander as you relax on one of the wooden seats scattered throughout the grounds.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society headed up the renovation of the famous art museum's grounds starting in 1996. The site includes the courtyard space at the museum’s east entrance as well as richly landscaped ramparts on three sides where walkways are lined with evergreens and perennials. On the west side, the Sol LeWitt Flower Garden (through 2014) and a sculpture garden are also beautifully maintained.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Azalea Garden

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County
Azalea Garden

A scenic spot for beautiful blooms

One of Philadelphia’s most recognized gardens, the Azalea Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features just over four-acres of fantastic horticulture. More than 150 different species of azaleas and rhododendrons are intertwined with oaks, sycamores, colorful blooms and annuals. A favorite backdrop for picnickers and photographers, the Azalea Garden is steps away from famed Boathouse Row, the Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

The Barnes Arboretum

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

The other famous Barnes collection

The 12-acre Arboretum at the Barnes Foundation Merion contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees, including many rare specimens. Wander the grounds and discover the unusual monkey-puzzle tree, smell the delicate blooms of lilacs, peonies and Magnolias or explore the Herbarium featuring more than 10,000 preserved plant specimens. The Arboretum is the main teaching tool for the Barnes Foundation's horticulture program, founded in 1940.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Wyck

Mt. Airy, Philadelphia County
Wyck

The Quaker way of life preserved for 300 years

Duck into the partially hidden garden along busy Germantown Avenue for a 2.5-acre oasis of color and scent at the historic Wyck House and gardens. You’ll be whisked back to the Colonial and Victorian eras as you walk through the rose garden, vegetable garden, lawns and other plantings, many of which are direct descendents of the original 19th-century plantings.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Awbury Arboretum

Mt. Airy, Philadelphia County
Awbury Arboretum

A wee bit of England transplanted to Germantown

The entrance to Awbury transports visitors from city streets into a country retreat that’s the largest remaining oasis of open space in Germantown. Trails weave through 55 acres landscaped in the English romantic style, with open meadows, ponds, woods and rolling hills.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Curtis Hall Arboretum

Wyncote, Montgomery County

Quiet spot for remembrance and relaxation

The historic 45-acre Curtis Hall Arboretum, located just five minutes from Jenkintown, is a popular destination for special events and leisurely strolls with its rolling hills, small ponds and small Veterans' Memorial.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

James A. Michener Art Museum

Doylestown, Bucks County
The James A. Michener Art Museum

Showcase for Pennsylvania Impressionism and other notable arts of the region

In the heart of Bucks County, the Michener Art Museum houses the finest collection anywhere of Pennsylvania Impressionist painters. Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, Daniel Garber and other artists of the Bucks County school are well represented — including Garber’s magnificent mural, A Wooded Watershed, rescued and placed here.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

Doylestown, Bucks County
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

A “working history” museum that preserves fading methods of production

Handmade tiles are still produced at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery’s founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer, and reproductions are done using Mercer’s original molds and clay that’s obtained locally.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Hortulus Farm

Newtown, Bucks County

One of the region’s most significant private gardens

An 18th-century, 100-acre farm, complete with 30 acres of gardens, walks and a nursery, Hortulus Farm includes major perennial and summer borders, bircha and pine allees, important herb and vegetable gardens, and lovely meandering trails and walks.
View on Map Read More
 
View on Map

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

New Hope, Bucks County
 Bowman

A natural habitat for Pennsylvania’s native plants

Bring your binoculars with you to Bowman’s, a hilltop preserve where more than 1,000 species of native perennial woodland wildflowers, trees, shrubs and ferns draw an array of birds. Take the seasonal bloom guide as you follow the trails that link woodland, meadow and dry upland habitats — the grounds beautifully showcase the wondrous diversity of plants native to Pennsylvania in a 100-acre natural landscape.
View on Map Read More
 
Please select a county above
Advertisement:
Advertisement:
#visitphilly
Go To Top