Treat Mom to Mother’s Day in the Brandywine Valley

Why not give Mom memories and the day off rather than stuff this Mother’s Day?  To help you out, we are offering a  Mother’s Day Special at Hamanassett.  Stay any two nights the weekend  of Mother’s Day from May 11, 2018 to May 13, 2018 and you will find a mixed bouquet of flowers in your room just for her.  To receive this special you need to call us directly at 610-459-3000 and mention the Mother’s Day special.  Online bookings will not receive the special.

By the middle of May all the gardens are bursting with color.  Did you know the Philadelphia area is considered the garden capital of the United States.  We have over 30 gardens all within 30 minutes of Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.  Listed below are just a few.

Everyone is familiar with Longwood Gardens which is only twenty minutes from us.  The Open Air Theater with summer fountains that run throughout the day begin on April 21.  The new fountains with 750 jets debuted in 1914 and were updated just a year ago.  Beginning May 7 and running through September 30 you’ll enjoy their waterlily display with over one hundred types of waterlilies.  All summer long they have special events and performances, some of which are free with your entrance ticket and some with additional fees.  In addition they have extended hours Thursday through Saturday with their Illuminated Fountain Performance at 9:15. To learn about these shows go to Longwood.

Also coming up at Longwood is the blooming of dogwood and wisteria trees, azaleas, and more than 240,000 tulips.  

Amazing patchwork of colorful spring flowers.

Tulips at Longwood Gardens

A smaller but no less impressive garden near Hamanassett is Chanticleer, a Main Line residence built in 1913 by Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Rosengarten, Sr.  The word means rooster so you will find a rooster motif running throughout the grounds.  The estate, located in Wayne, Pennsylvania opened for 2018 on March 20.

Chanticleer Gardens is an amazing garden just outside Philadelphia.

Chanticleer Gardens in bloom.

Another DuPont estate less than thirty minutes from Hamanassett is Winterthur.  Known for over a thousand acres of meadows, forests, and gardens, you will find flowers in bloom from March through November.  Winterthus is also famed for its  museum of American furniture.  On the second Saturday of each month you can join the Director of Winterthur’s gardens for a guided walkss where little known and rarely seen parts of the garden are highlighted.

Coming up April 14 10 until 3:30 is Daffodil Days and you can see the new exhibition of Garden Follies.   On Saturday, May 12 just in time for Mother’s Day, enjoy  azaleas, bluebells and follies.  They will also have a special azalea sale from plants propagated at Winterthur.

Winterthur A Country Estate boasts 1000 acres of woodlands and flowers

Spring at Winterthur

We aren’t short on DuPont estates in our area.  Located thirty minutes from Hamanassett is Nemours Mansion and Gardens.    Spectacular gardens are complimented by sculptures by Henri Crenier and Prosper Lecourtier.  The house and gardens are open from May 1, 2018 through January 3, 2019.

Looking for something more natural?  You’ll want to head down to Mount Cuba Center just outside Wilmington in Hockessin, Delaware just thirty minutes south of Hamanassett.  You will definitely want to call ahead to learn their schedule. Learn more.

Other gardens that offer more natural settings are Tyler Arboretum at Ridley State park and Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore University.  Both of these are within twenty minutes of Hamanassett.  Also in the area is Jenkins Arboretum with its 1.2 mile path of plantings to get your creative juices flowing with ideas for your own garden.  Jenkins is open every day of the year.

A little further is Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Also in Philadelphia is Bartram Gardens.

Now all you need to do is select your room at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and then call us at 610-459-3000.  Be sure to mention our Mother’s Day special.  It is not good with reservations made online or with gift certificates or any other special.