A hardwood forest abloom with rhododendrons and azaleas
Planted with a rainbow of azaleas and rhododendrons, this natural retreat in Devon is a husband’s living memorial to his wife. As you walk along the wooded path toward the pond, sense what it must have been like when dense forest blanketed the eastern seaboard; in fact, the arboretum is located within a rare remnant of the once continuous southeastern Pennsylvania hardwood forest.
Listen to the sounds and watch for the wildlife that abounds in this complex ecosystem. For students of horticulture, the large stands of native wildflowers, mountain laurel and ferns provide enormous opportunities for learning.
In 1968, H. Lawrence Jenkins put his 20-acre property in trust in remembrance of his wife, Elisabeth, who had always loved gardening and wildlife. Developed as a public garden, the property doubled in size in 1971 when friend Louisa P. Browning donated her home and the adjoining 26 acres of untouched woodland. Jenkins Arboretum opened to the public in 1976.
Open daily year-round.
More than 150 different species of rhododendrons and azaleas from all over the world bloom from March until October, with May being the peak season.
Paved walkways, ideal for strollers, provide vistas of Valley Forge National Historical Park.