National Public Gardens Day Blooms In Gardens Around the City

Waterfall at Longwood Garden, photo by Jim Capaldi, via FlickrPhiladelphia is America’s Garden Capital, which means May 10 is going to be a big day. Philadelphia has 30 public gardens within a 30-mile radius – the largest concentration of gardens in the US. To celebrate National Public Gardens Day, supported by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), will be chock full of events celebrating the joy of public green space.

Join in the fun by visiting a public garden this Friday. Visitors will be encouraged to explore and discover their local public gardens and learn more about horticulture and their community. All participating gardens will be offering free seed packets to guests.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on the West bank of the Schuylkill will be leading special tours all day long. Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philly, Tyler Arboretum in Media and the Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin Delaware will be open free of charge for the day.

For a full listing of participating gardens click here. To get a coupon to visit participating gardens for free on May 10, go here! For more information on gardens around the city visit the website for Greater Philadelphia Gardens here


SARAH E. ADAMS enjoys old trees, spring vegetables, and pollen season.