Delaware County Gardens and Greens Tour


Destination Delco is not only at the heart of the region’s most beautiful gardens – it’s home to some of the most famous and challenging golf courses in the country...so pack the car, buckle up and tee off on a 3Day/2Night Golf & Gardens Getaway!

·   Choose from 3 outstanding Private Golf Clubs that offer reciprocal playing privileges to members of other private clubs.

·    Play a relaxing round at 3 gorgeous and challenging public golf courses!

·    All while visiting famous Secret Gardens, Mansion Estate Gardens and of course, the nationally renowned Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens.


All golf and garden sites shown on the map are featured below, broken out into 2 tour ideas for 3Day/2Night getaways:

  1. Eastern Delco...Takes you from our Riverside through the Main Line 
  2. Western Delco...Starts on our Main Streets and ends in the Brandywine Valley
Choose to stay in one general area for all three days...or mix and match locations from both tours!

A SAMPLING OF THE HOTELS & INNS
 nearest the sites listed, is shown at the end of each tour. To view all hotels in Delaware County, simply click on the WHERE TO STAY logo on the right side of this tour copy for a complete list, with links to their web sites.



UP FIRST:  OUR EASTERN DELCO TOUR
Bartram's Garden
Scott Arboretum
Rolling Green Golf Club (Private)
Springfield Country Club (Public)
Chanticleer Gardens
Jenkins Arboretum
Morris Arboretum

For GPS Directions:  5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

It is a destination...an outdoor classroom, and a living laboratory welcoming nearly 40,000 visitors each year and growing!


The Garden is one of only a handful of identified prehistoric locations in Philadelphia. 
Archaeological evidence indicates that the Garden was occupied seasonally by Native Americans as early as 3,000 BCE. Objects found during digs include stone artifacts, flakes from tool production, and fire-cracked rock. These objects are available to view in the John Bartram Bowman Special Collections Library by appointment.
Click Here to Learn More

The grounds and parking are free and open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, except on City-observed holidays. Please call 215-729-5281 with questions.


Enjoy FREE kayak and rowboat rides every Saturday from
Bartram's Community Boathouse.

Forty-five minute guided tours of both the National Historic Landmark Bartram House are offered Thursday through Sunday, from April 1 to December 4. Tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center.










For GPS Directions: 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

Located on the grounds of Swarthmore College the Scott Arboretum meanders through the campus, lending both intellectual and youthful vigor to amazing collections of plants and flowers that thrive in this region.  

Arboretum staff and mission directives jointly encourage wise stewardship as well as the cultivation of plants to sustain the body, enchant the eye, and soothe the spirit.

You'll find students studying in quiet corners...reading on blankets under tall trees or gathered in the majestic Amphitheater sharing company with tourists, native birds, a few squirrels and each other.

PROGRESSIVE BEGINNINGS:
Swarthmore College was founded in 1864 by a committee of Quakers, including activist Lucretia Mott -- making it one of the first co-educational college in the United States. It remains one of the premier Liberal Arts colleges in the Country.

Featured Collections include:
Conifer --  Cryptomerias, dawn redwoods, bald cypresses, and pines.
Witchhazel -- Thirty different taxa located among the fraternity houses and Kitao Student Art Gallery.
Crabapple -- sixty distinct taxa, near the athletic fields along Chester Road (Route 320)

Cherry -- started in 1931, there are 34 varieties planted from the Meetinghouse to the President’s House and along Cedar Lane.

SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION: Holly -- The Frorer Holly Collection is one of the best collections in the country and has been designated as a National Holly Arboretum by the Holly Society of America

Hydrangea Collection -- More than 100 taxa, representing 15 species. July & August are peak blooming months.
Magnolia Collection -- 140 taxa along Route 320 next to the Benjamin West House.

DEB'S HOME GARDEN TIP:  Nothing is cheerier in late winter than 
seeing some early blooms!  Choose a favorite window or entrance door and
plant a variety of hellebores (like orientalis, foetidus, or the niger pictured
above)...it blooms early...lasts a long time...is disliked by deer!...
and is easy to maintain!
MASTER GARDENER DEB SOUTAR:
"Scott Arboretum makes self-touring a snap, with booklets describing each garden – great information boards, and an abundance of plant markers. Take your time and really study the plants you love and envision how to bring some of them into your own garden…it’s inspirational for both novice and expert gardeners!"



The grounds are open every day dawn to dusk; admission is free. The Arboretum Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to noon and 1:00 to 4:30 pm. 

Click Here for More About Scott Arboretum

Click Here for Tours, Maps, Special Events











For GPS directions: State Rd, Springfield, PA 19064 

Rolling Green Golf Club is ranked number 78 in Golfweek's top 100 Classic Courses in the US -- and ranked 10th in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest. 

NOTE:  This is a private club, with reciprocal playing arrangements with many others clubs. If you belong to a club, contact Rolling Green to confirm your eligibility to play.

Rolling Green was designed by renowned architect William Flynn and engineer Howard Toomey -- It opened for play in 1927. 

About the Designer
Flynn laid out his first course at Heartwellville, Vermont, in 1909 and was then hired to assist Hugh Wilson with completion of the East Course at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA.  

Flynn was particularly active around Philadelphia, producing numerous highly rated courses --  as well as noted courses outside the area, like Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, The Cascades in Virginia, The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Shinnecock Hills on Long Island. 

A FEW FLYNN FACTS:
(Try saying that 3 times...I did and it wasn't pretty ;)

1) Flynn’s second love was the art of green keeping. He lectured at Penn State and wrote many articles and pamphlets on the subject.

2) As a golf architect, Flynn was an innovator. He routinely installed three separate sets of tees as early as the 1920’s.

3) He insisted the shortest be called the “forward tees”, rather than “ladies tees” so men would not be discouraged from using them.

4) He also designed a nine hole reversible course for John D. Rockefeller, Jr. that could be played forward and backward.

Flynn's original sequence of holes at Rolling Green has never been changed, nor have there been any major revisions. He achieved the founders’ goal of building “a golf course for golfers”



Rolling Green Hosted the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship









For GPS Directions: 400 W Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA 19064

An outstanding public course offering 18 holes of magnificent golf with superior amenities.

Spend a relaxing day on the greens of Springfield Country Club’s 18-hole public golf course featuring challenging and beautifully landscaped fairways (6018 yard, par 70)! Guests can also enjoy overnight accommodations at our onsite Courtyard by Marriott hotel featuring new luxury guests suites, enjoy cocktails and a bite to eat at Tavola Restaurant + Bar, and get pampered at the new Joseph Anthony Retreat Spa and Dry Bar. Plus, we are just minutes from local shopping and Downtown Philadelphia.

Rates vary by day of the week, but average about $18 to 40 to walk or ride, including junior and senior high students as well as seniors.



Their friendly staff will help you book tee-times, and to fit in a little practice, check out their chipping and a putting area.

Springfield Country Club Web Site

Enjoy a great view from Tavola's Outdoor Patio...  
Tavola's is an outstanding restaurant with both indoor and patio dining.


From umbrella-shaded tables to this fun wrap-around fire-pit,
the view is almost as good as the food!




For GPS Directions: 786 Church Road, Wayne, Pennsylvania

The quote above is from an article published by National Geographic Traveler Magazine.  It was titled "The 22 Most Beautiful Secret Gardens in North America" -- and Chanticleer was one of those gardens!

But it is also considered by many to be the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. 


The garden has evolved greatly since the death of the owner in 1990. As the original Main Line estate home of the Rosengartens, Chanticleer was beautiful and green with impressive trees and lawns.

But most of the floral and garden development you see today has occurred since 1990, designed by Chanticleer staff and consultants.
It is the only remaining Main Line Estate
that is open to the public.

As you can see in the photo to the right, the gate is crested with carved stone roosters, or chanticleers in French. The house and grounds were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

The Teacup Garden and Chanticleer Terraces feature seasonal plants and bold-textured tropical and subtropical plants. These areas change greatly from year to year. Non-hardy plants overwinter in greenhouses and basements.

The Tennis Court, Ruin, Gravel Garden, and Pond Garden focus on hardy perennials, both woody and herbaceous.

Asian Woods and Bell's Woodland are shady areas. The former features natives of China, Korea, and Japan; the latter, plants of eastern North America. The Serpentine celebrates the beauty of agricultural crops.


Instead of labeling every plant, which can distract from the visual effect, they encourage guests to speak with the gardeners about the 5,000+ plants found here.


Chanticleer's Ruin Garden and Teacup Garden

  • Chanticleer reuses, recycles, and composts. 
  • Solar panels produce 20% of their electricity. 
  • Cisterns capture approximately 50,000 gallons of rain water for irrigation and recharge. 
  • Integrated pest management keeps pesticide usage low. 
  • Lawns have been fertilized organically for over a decade. 
  • Meadows and sedges replace some lawn areas and they are eliminating invasive exotics. 

Historic Beginnings
The Chanticleer estate dates from the early 20th-Century, when land along the Main Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad was developed for summer homes as an escape from the heat of Philadelphia. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr., and his wife Christine chose the Wayne-St. Davids area to build their country retreat. The family's pharmaceutical firm would become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s.

Chanticleer is open Wednesday through Sunday, April through October
There is an admission fee.

Click Here for the Chanticleer Web Site



Two more notable gardens...






For GPS Directions: 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA 19333

Jenkins Arboretum is one of eastern Pennsylvania’s great horticultural and environmental assets. 

As a botanical garden, the Arboretum maintains a collection of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns in a tranquil, naturalistic landscape.

It's home to a diverse collection of rhododendrons and azaleas from around the world - and the unique landscape and diverse plant collections provide sanctuary for a variety of birds, insects and other wildlife.

Every year visitors stroll the 1.2 miles of woodland paths in the Arboretum and leave with inspiration for their own gardens. 

Jenkins also includes a Bog Garden, Woodland Garden and many noteworthy specimens native to Pennsylvania.


Delaware County Master Gardener, Gail Barsky:

“This is a must-see stop on your garden tour! 
It has a fantastic display of native ephemerals, along with a diverse collection of azaleas and rhododendrons. Plus there's a huge variety of specimen trees, shrubs, and perennials - many of which are available on site for purchase. So save a little room in the car to stock up on some gorgeous greens to enhance your home garden while supporting this little piece of heaven."











For GPS Directions: 100 East Northwestern Avenue • Chestnut Hill, PA 

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden that promotes the relationship between plants, people and place through cutting edge research and cool programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.

The Arboretum is noted for its emphasis on education, research, outreach, and horticultural display. 

More than 12,000 labeled plants of approximately 2,500 types are grown here.  The collection traces its foundation to John Morris’s interest in plants from around the world, and includes many collected in China by E.H. Wilson at the turn of the century.

Many of the Delaware Valley’s "trees-of-record" (the largest of their kind) are found in the Arboretum...most notably, katsura, Engler beech, Bender oak, and trident maple. 


The Garden Railway opens Memorial Day Weekend... Saturday, May 28, 2016!

There's a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under!), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely garden of the Morris Arboretum. 

The display and buildings are all made of natural materials – bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones – to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with miniature rivers. Philadelphia-area landmarks such as a masterpiece replica of Independence Hall are made using pine cone seeds for shingles, acorns as finials and twigs as downspouts. 

Open Daily: 10:00am - 4:00pm
November - March: Weekends until 4:00pm
April - October: Weekends until 5:00pm

Extra Summer Hours
Late Night Wednesdays until 8:00pm (June, July, August)
Early Morning Saturdays; garden opens at 8:00am (May - September)

Open every day, except for the following holidays: 
 New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

PRICING:
Children under 3: Free
Youth (3-17 years): $9.00
Students, Active and Retired Military (must have ID): $9.00
Adult: $17.00
Seniors (65+ years): $15.00
Walk In or Bike In: $9.00 (Kids $5.00)


Main Lobby of the Wayne Hotel
Eastern Delco Hotels and Inns to consider when visiting the sites above:

The BRAND NEW Inn at Swarthmore - A 40 room boutique hotel located on the college campus and grounds of Scott Arboretum. OPENS MAY 4th. Web site TBA.

The Courtyard by Marriott Springfield - an outstanding property adjacent to the Springfield Country Club and Golf Course. Click Here for Springfield Courtyard by Marriott Web Site

The Wayne Hotel - an historic boutique hotel with upscale dining, service and a premier Main Line location. Click Here for Wayne Hotel Web Site

The Radnor Hotel - A beautiful property minutes from Chanticleer Gardens, just off Rt. 476 near the Villanova Campus.  Click Here for Radnor Hotel Web Site

Wayne B&B -- Intimate and charming this is a wonderful haven located on the Main Line near Chanticleer Gardens.  Click Here for Wayne B&B Web Site

For a full list of all hotels in Delaware County, click on the WHERE TO STAY logo on the right side of the tour copy. (Near the top of the page.)


WESTERN DELCO TOUR:
Paxon Hollow Country Club
Tyler Arboretum
Golf Course at Glen Mills
Concord Country Club
Penn Oaks Golf Course
Longwood Gardens
Nemours Mansion & Gardens
Mt. Cuba Center



For GPS Directions: 850 Paxon Hollow Rd, Media, PA 19063

If you like to play classic old style golf courses and enjoy being able to reach the green in regulation, this is your kind of place!

Paxon Hollow Country Club is an affordable public golf course owned and operated by Marple Township and conveniently located just west of Philadelphia and only minutes from the PHL Airport.


The facility includes a classically designed 18 hole golf course, clubhouse with banquet facility, and a practice range. The club was formed as a private country club over 80 years ago, and has now become one of the most popular public golf courses in the Philadelphia area.



This gem was built during golf's golden age of architecture and includes many of the design elements found at some of their exclusive private club neighbors, making the course play much harder than the overall yardage would suggest.

The Practice Range at Paxon Hollow is situated between the 1st and 3rd holes, and is about 200 yards deep. The tee area is all natural grass, and is limited to irons only.  They offer one size basket which includes about 35 balls.  Tokens are sold in the Golf Shop for $5 each or 5 tokens for $20.  When the Golf Shop is open enjoy complimentary cart transportation to and from the Range.




Lessons are available by appointment on the range at any time.
Daily rates range from about $31 (at twilight) to $62 (Carts included)

CLICK HERE to Take a Hole by Hole Tour

Anthony's is open daily for lunch and dinner, with a
wide selection of homemade pasta, freshly baked
brick oven Pizzas, fresh seafood dishes,
gourmet salads and exciting signature recipes.
Good to Know:
11 To 20 Tees 18 Holes
Type: Municipal
Par: 71        Yardage: 5641**
Course Rating: 68**
Slope Rating: 121**
Grass: Rye
Designed by: Francis Warner
Built in: 1924
** Based on back tees.
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Click Here for the Paxon Hollow Web Site

There's also an outstanding restaurant that never fails to please...

Anthony's of Drexel Hill offers a spacious wrap-around deck with spectacular views overlooking the greens, fairways and fountains on the 18th hole.



This family style restaurant offers indoor dining with a cozy fireplace and pub-styled bar.
The outdoor patio is lively atmosphere, especially at twilight.








For GPS Directions: 515 Painter Road, Media, Pa 19063

There's no place like Tyler.
Whether you're a grownup kid or have little kids...come and get lost for a day!

One of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, Tyler Arboretum’s heritage dates to 1681, when the land that makes up Tyler was acquired from William Penn by Thomas Minshall.  It is a non-profit public garden that encompasses 650 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows.

Open year round (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day ), there are 650 acres and 17 miles of hiking trails. It is a natural sanctuary for families, children, and adults interested in history, nature, and horticulture.


Horticultural 
highlights:

The Arboretum began as a private horticultural collection developed in the mid-19th century by Minshall and Jacob Painter, two Quaker brothers who owned the historic farmstead.  Today it features fabulous exhibits of heritage magnolias, cherries, crabapples, hollies and lilacs, as well as 11 acres of rhododendrons and azaleas.

Herbs are featured in the Fragrant Garden and the Vegetable Demonstration Garden promotes healthy and delicious eating. And an extensive collection of conifers is displayed in the Pinetum.

Tree House Exhibits...
Everybody climbs the tree houses at Tyler.  Little kids.  Big kids.  Brides.  Grooms. Grandmothers. Grandfathers...you get my point!  There are ten tree houses to explore, all easily accessed with stairs, not ladders!  Open every April through the end of November.


The Butterfly House includes extensive plantings that feed both
butterflies and caterpillars.
A Butterfly House!
Explore their 1,400 sq. ft facility brimming with native butterflies, caterpillars, chrysalis and the plants they depend upon for survival. Open in July and August, the Butterfly House offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about, photograph and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development. There are monarchs, sulphurs, hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, great spangled fritillaries, painted ladies and swallowtails.


Simply a-MAZE-ing!
The Stopford Family Meadow Maze is a grassy labyrinth that invites adventurers to travel its paths in search of the center. The meadow grasses are mown in the winter and in the spring the maze is filled with daffodils. By mid-summer the grasses and wildflowers have grown high enough, once again, to create the walls of the maze.

There is an admission fee.
For more information: 610-566-9134

Click here for the Tyler Web Site





For GPS Directions:  221 Glen Mills Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Welcome to the Award Winning Golf Course at Glen Mills, located in historic Thornbury Township. It is the only golf course in the Philadelphia area featuring 12-minute starting times.



Glen Mills is a full service, 18 Hole golf facility including multiple manicured practice areas. For over a decade this Bobby Weed design has been providing the daily fee golfer with superior golf and the natural beauty of Glen Mills.





Indulge your senses & play where the best play:
· US Amateur Qualifier 2009 
· US Open Qualifier 2006 
· PGA Tour Saturday Series 2002 
· US Amateur Public Links Qualifier 2001

Click Here to Take a Video Tour of the Glen Mills Golf Course

Take it from Jame's W. Finegan...
"Get inside the ropes. Take an exhilarating tour from a golfer’s perspective. "On a scale of 1-20 with 20 for Pine Valley and Merion and Ballybunion and the like, Glen Mills gets a 19. I give it the ultimate accolade for any course. If someone says, 'How would you feel about being confined to Glen Mills for every game?' I'd say 'delighted.' I could play there every day."

– James W. Finegan-Noted Golf author and 2007 USGA Herbert Warren Wind Book Award recipient



But as great as this golf course is....it's not the fairways and greens that make this course one of kind!

Anthony Anderson, star of ABC's hit sitcom "Blackish" explains why this club is unlike any other...



Click here for Video Hosted by Anthony Anderson

A shared history with the Glen Mills Schools
The Glen Mills Schools is the oldest existing school of its type in the United States, continuously providing services to troubled youth for the past one hundred and eighty-five years.

Their Golf Course Career & Technical Education Program

Since the year 2000, Glen Mills’ students have had an opportunity to gain hands-on training and develop golf industry specific skills in Turf Management, Turf Equipment Repair, Golf Course Management and Small Engine Repair. Upon completion of each given curriculum, these students are qualified to seek further employment within the golf industry.









For GPS Directions: 1601 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

Another William Flynn designed 18 hole Golf Course with a full service Practice Facility...

Concord Country Club is a private club that offers a wide range of golf activities for all ages and interests, from golf clinics and private instruction for all levels of players with PGA Professionals and apprentices, to monthly events for men, women (9 and 18 holes), seniors, and mixed groups, along with a very active junior golf program for children ages 7-18. The Practice Facility includes a grass tee driving range, short game facility as well as a putting green for you to hone your skills.

"We're the ultimate family club," explains PGA Head, Mike Moses.  "We not only have a great golf course that really challenges most golfer's driving and putting skills - we have a fitness center, an outstanding pool and top tennis facilities. Families love it here because we also have some of the best Junior Golf, Tennis and Swimming Programs in the area."

Concord offers reciprocal playing privileges to members of many other clubs - so don't hesitate to call to confirm your eligibility to play!

By the Numbers:
Yards: 6,761
Holes: 18
Course rating is 73.0
Slope rating is 138 on Bent grass
Fees: $97 weekdays/weekends
$61 twilight


Club History...
The Brinton Lake Club was the predecessor to Concord Country Club, which is located in Delaware County near the intersection of Routes 1 and 202.

The Club hired William Flynn, a prominent Philadelphia golf course architect to design a par 70, 6,375 yard 18-hole golf course, on 216 acres the Club purchased in Concord Township.

The first 9 holes opened in 1924 and the second nine, on Labor Day in 1925.



Click here for the Concord Country Club Web Site








For GPS Directions: 150 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester, PA 

Perfect scenery and breathtaking views hearken back to the pre-Colonial era when King Charles II first bestowed this parcel of land to William Penn!

From the moment you step out of your car, there's a feeling of 'stepping back in time'...maybe its the terrain, or the giant oak trees or the lush hills, or the way the lakes seem carved into the land...but you can almost feel the age and history of this place wash over you.

"This course has a true traditional appeal," notes Jesse Hallett.  " We have a tight layout where every hole is unique, and players will need to use every one of their shots, and most every club in the bag."


Grand pines line the rolling hillsides of the course’s narrow layout, making it challenging even for many pros. There's plenty of adventure (and potential disaster ;)  to be found on this 18-hole golf course, as well...including Bubba-long holes daring you to get your ball to the green!

Voted “Best Private Club” for seven consecutive years between 2003–2010, Penn Oaks has just the right blend of difficulty and length to give you a run for your golf game.

Stunning scenery, wildlife, accessibility and just the right amount of difficulty, will keep you coming back!

The driving range offers a bent-grass tee area as well as latest technology in artificial surfaces.

A chipping green, course condition putting green, and fairway for full wedge shots are all also available.

Plus there are 6 PGA pros on staff who are regional and national golf experts, led by Director, Harry Hammond.










For GPS Directions: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348  

Longwood Gardens consists of over 1,077 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, woodlands, and meadows. It is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States and is open to visitors year-round to enjoy exotic plants and horticulture, events and performances, seasonal and themed attractions, as well as educational lectures, courses, and workshops.


Turning a Brandywine country farm into one of the country’s leading horticultural display gardens...

Longwood Gardens has a long and varied history. For thousands of years, the native Lenni Lenape tribe fished its streams, hunted its forests, and planted its fields.

In 1700, a Quaker farmer named George Peirce purchased 402 acres of this English-claimed land from William Penn's commissioners. The family cleared and farmed the land and in 1730 he built the brick farmhouse that, enlarged, still stands today.

Descendants inheriting the farm in 1798 , actively pursued an interest in natural history and began planting an arboretum that eventually covered 15 acres. The collection included specimens that they collected from the wild as well as plants acquired from some of the region’s leading botanists.
Knock! Knock!  Who's there?  You & about 1.5 million other visitors each year!

By 1850, the arboretum boasted one of the finest collections of trees in the nation and had become a place for the locals to gather outdoors – a new concept that was sweeping America at the time. 




Disaster averted...

As the 19th century rolled into the 20th, the Peirce family’s heirs lost interest in the property and allowed the arboretum to deteriorate. The farm passed out of the family through several hands in quick succession, and a lumber mill operator was about to cut down the trees for timber in early 1906.


This threat moved Pierre S. du Pont, American entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist, and member of the prominent du Pont family to take action. On July 20, 1906, 36-year-old Pierre purchased the farm primarily to preserve the trees. He wasn’t planning to create Longwood Gardens, but within a few years, his desire to make it a place where he could entertain his friends transformed this simple country farm into one of the world’s most famous gardens.

Click Here to See Longwood's Calendar of Events

The Bell Tower at Longwood Gardens

Tickets are available online --  in person in the Visitor Center, or by calling 610.388.1000 (additional fees apply for phone orders).  Click Here for Ticket Pricing

We strongly suggest you buy before you arrive! 

Military discount of 25% off general admission for active and retired military and their immediate family with Department of Defense ID (discount available onsite only).





For GPS Directions: Route 141 (Powder Mill Drive) And Alapocas Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a 300-acre country estate with jardin à la française formal gardens and a classical French mansion in Wilmington, Delaware.

Built to resemble a château, it has 105 rooms on five floors, occupying nearly 47,000 sq ft. It shares the grounds with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, and is part of the huge DuPont legacy.


Fabulous Furnishings!
The mansion contains rare French 18th-century furniture and an eclectic collection of notable antiques, works of art, and tapestries. Artworks range from 16th-century religious works to paintings by European masters to early works by Americans Frederic Remington and Sidney Lawrence. A rare Louis XVI musical clock, circa 1785, by David Roentgen and Peter Kinzing, plays four tunes on a dulcimer and pipe organ.

But the Gardens are the jewels...a crowning glory in many shapes, sizes and styles!


The Boxwood Garden is a French parterre garden with boxwood edging and a central faun fountain.

The Colonnade (1926) is a memorial to Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, designed by Thomas Hastings.

The Maze Garden features hedges of Western Arborvitae 'Spring Grove', inner hedges of Japanese Barberry 'Crimson Pygmy', and central statue of Achievement, by Henri Crenier, atop a base with images of Triton and Neptune's face.

The Reflecting Pool (1 full acre) is 40 feet in diameter, with 157 jets, backed by Japanese cryptomeria, pink flowering horse chestnut, and pin oaks.

The Sunken Gardens were designed by Alfred Victor du Pont  and Gabriel Masséna. They feature large lake, grottoes, and a 1930 statue by Charles-Marie Sarrabezolles (1888–1971).

The Temple of Love boasts a classical style, with a life-sized statue of Diana (1780) by Jean-Antoine Houdon.

The Nemours mansion and gardens closed for 3 years (2005-2008) for a  $39 million renovation that was performed by world-class conservators, artisans and craftspeople who refurbished furniture, fabrics, tapestries, interior finishes, paintings, and sculptures. 

The comprehensive reconstruction included replacing the entire electrical system, draining and repairing the 800,000-gallon reflecting pool, and landscape restoration of the extensive formal gardens plantings, constructed design elements, and statuary.

Reservations are advised; guests must be at least 12 years old.

Click here for the Nemours Web Site



For GPS Directions:  3120 Barley Mill Road • Hockessin, DE 19707

Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden with a huge focus on native plants and ecosystems - with 50 acres of display gardens and 500+ acres of natural lands. 

Through horticulture, education, research, and visitation, Mt. Cuba Center strives to inspire an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them.

Another Garden Footprint of the du Pont Family...

The Center is the former home and family estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland. In 1935, the Copelands built a stately Colonial Revival manor house near the village of Mt. Cuba, outside of Wilmington, Delaware.

The Copelands were prominent members of the community. Mr. Copeland served as President and Chairman of the DuPont Company, while Mrs. Copeland was a leader in many community and cultural organizations. In the 1980s, The Copelands expanded their horticultural endeavors to the study of native plants.

Following the death of Mrs. Copeland in 2001, the estate became a public garden, and in 2013, Mt. Cuba Center launched general admission for spring, summer and fall sessions.




Admission
Season Passholders: Free
Adults: $10 • Children ages 6 – 17: $5 • Children 5 and under: Free
Gardens re-open for season on Friday, April 1, 2016
Hours --  Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm



Feel free to bring a picnic basket as food and beverages are not sold onsite.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to help minimize waste and support Mt. Cuba Center’s commitment to conservation.

Mt. Cuba Center's Natural Lands consist of nearly 550 acres located in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont. The natural areas are comprised of steeply rolling hills, stream valleys, rock outcrops, and deciduous forests.


Mt. Cuba Center’s Trial Garden is a research area where specific plant groups are evaluated for their ornamental values as well as disease and pest resistance. Some plant groups under formal and informal study include: purple coneflower, wild indigo, tickseed, blazing-star, narrowleaf ironweed, Canada lily, and long-sepal beardtongue.

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A Sampling of Hotels and Inns located near the gardens and golf courses in the Western Delco Tour:

Wyndham Garden Hotel, Glen Mills -- a beautiful hotel in the heart of Brandywine Country.  Wyndham Garden Hotel, Glen Mills

Staybridge Suites, Glen Mills -- Outstanding hotel for one night or a month!  Great service and easy access to I-95, US Rt. 1 and US Rt. 202.  Staybridge Suites, Glen Mills

Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast 

Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast -- An Award-winning B&B with character, awesome food and truly beautiful accommodations.  Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast

Inn at Grace Winery -- The Inn is a rustic gem located on the grounds of Grace Winery.  The setting is serene, and the food and service are first rate. Inn at Grace Winery

Best Western PLUS Cooncordville Hotel -- charming 3-diamond hotel just minutes from Longwood Gardens and QVC Studios.  Best Western Glen Mills

Brandywine River Hotel -- Scenic boutique hotel with classic interiors and European charm. Brandywine River Hotel