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Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

Home of the Centennial Arboretum — 27 acres of majestic Asian, European and North American trees

The reflecting pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center

The reflecting pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center Credit: airmount Park Conservancy


The Experience

With a small pond, a creek, a wetland and a network of paths, picnics are a favorite family activity at this historic arboretum in Fairmount Park. The Display Gardens contain perennials, herbs, an accessible garden, everlastings, a demonstration garden and a vegetable garden.

Perennial Gardens, a butterfly garden and the Puryear Pavilion in the trees are other sites to explore. Take a stroll by the tranquil reflecting pool. Gaze upon Gambol I and II, two silver horses prancing in place along Belmont Avenue.


The Horticulture Center, including a greenhouse and exhibition hall, were built in 1976 atop the site of Horticultural Hall. The famous Japanese House and Garden (are known as Shofuso) is located inside this center, which was originally the site of Lansdowne, the country seat of Governor John Penn. Later, it was the site of Horticultural Hall, a botanical display house and garden built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Unfortunately, the Hall burned down in 1955.

Come Prepared

Picnic permits are required for groups larger than five.

Don’t Miss

The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, April.

Outsider’s Tip

The Philadelphia Cacti and Succulent Society meet here regularly, as does the Mid-Atlantic Orchid Soceity and Hobby Greenhouse, which includes greenhouse hobbyists throughout the Delaware Valley.

Support the Fairmount Park System

It’s easy to support Philadelphia’s park system. You can learn more about donations and volunteering at and excellent park advocacy at the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.


100 N. Horticultural Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 685-0096

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