Gardens in Delaware County Pennsylvania (Brandywine Valley)

Although most famous for Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pa. the Brandywine Valley is lucky to have so many beautiful gardens, all within a 30 minute drive of Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.  May and June are two of the most beautiful months to visit.

515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063
610-566-9134One of the oldest arboreta in the northeastern United States, Tyler Arboretum encompasses 650 acres of renowned plant collections, champion trees, historic buildings, and 20 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. The Arboretum offers workshops, classes, and tours for adults and children throughout the year.  Tyler Arboretum is a short 10 minute drive Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast, one of the premier lodging establishments in the Brandywine

The Scott Arboretum

500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 328-8025

On the campus of Swarthmore College is a lush oasis of lilacs, magnolias, and azaleas. The Scott Arboretum encompasses over 300 acres, each bursting with color from nearly 3,000 varieties of plants. For the aspiring gardener, there is a horticultural reference library with information about how the Arboretum’s plants are grown and nurtured. Visit their website for a complete listing of workshops, guided tours, lectures and more.  Scott Arboretum and Swarthmore College is only 15 minutes from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.


786 Church Road
Wayne, PA 19087

A 35-acre pleasure garden featuring courtyards of tropicals and perennials, vegetable garden, woodlands, water garden and ruin garden. Tens of thousands of bulbs clothe the ground in the spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods.

Chanticleer was the estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr. and opened as a public garden in 1993.  Only a short 20 minute drive from Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.

Longwood Gardens

In 1906, Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Peirce Arboretum to save its trees from being cut for lumber. Over the next nearly half century, Mr. du Pont developed Longwood Gardens into what it is today, a magnificent horticultural showplace.

We invite you to visit Longwood Gardens, which now encompasses 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. Enjoy over 11,000 types of plants, more fountains than any other garden in the US, educational and visitor programming, and over 400 performances a year.  15 minutes from Hamanassett.


May 21-31 – Lilytopia

May 30 – Fireworks & Fountains

For additional information on events, visit:

Nemours Mansion & Gardens

Rockland Rd.
(between Children’s Drive & Route 202)
Wilmington, DE

Set among spectacular French formal gardens, this is the 300-acre estate of Alfred I. duPont. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America exquisitely landscaped with fountains, pools, and statuary surrounded by natural woodlands. They cover 222 acres and closely follow the model of Petit Trianon at Versailles. Reservations are highly recommended.  25 minutes from Hamanassett.

Delaware Center for Horticulture

1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
Phone (302) 658-6262
Fax (302) 658-6267

The georgeous gardens at DCH are an oasis in the city. Free and open to the public, the grounds overlook Brandywine Park.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH) is a non-profit community resource organization dedicated to promoting knowledge and appreciation of gardening, horticulture, and conservation. DCH’s two community program areas–Educational Programs and Greening Initiatives– focus on the greening of our urban environment and include educational programs for children, teens, and adults. Our work includes community gardens, public landscaping, roadside beautification, tree programs, and community events.

Mt. Cuba Center

3120 Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-4244

Mt. Cuba Center is recognized as having the region’s finest woodland wildflower gardens. Guided garden tours provide an excellent overview of our naturalistic gardens. Learn about the history, design, and plant diversity that make Mt. Cuba Center a unique regional treasure. Each tour is conducted by a knowledgeable docent and includes a group of approximately 10-15 people.

Horticultural research at Mt. Cuba Center seeks to evaluate, introduce, distribute, and promote plants of the Appalachian Piedmont worthy of wider use in gardening. This is accomplished through plant exploration, propagation, evaluation, and collaborative research activities that benefit the gardening public, horticultural industry, landscape designers and architects, and conservation community.