Brandywine Valley Gardens
The many gardens in the area can be enjoyed year-round, indoors and out. Click on their name for a link to their website.
Near the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House is America’s oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia.Brandywine River Museum
Wildflower and Native Plant display by the Brandywine Conservancy feature indigenous and some naturalized plants of the greater Brandywine region displayed in natural settings.Chanticleer
Located in Wayne, Pa. just a short 25 minutes from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast. This is a well-kept secret and for garden lovers should not be missed. Recently voted as one of the top 10 gardens in the world.
First American home of the du Ponts, it is a Georgian-style residence furnished with antiques and memorabilia of the five generations of du Ponts. Adjoining it is the restored French-style garden created by E. I. du Pont, an avid botanist.
Located on a 46-acre, thriving woodland ecosystem, it possesses large natural stands of mountain laurel, pinxter bloom azalea, blueberry, deerberry, native wildflowers, ferns, and herbs.
Longwood Gardens The estate of Pierre S. DuPont is today one of the premier botanical gardens in the world. It consists of over 1000 acres of gardens, meadowlands, woods and a 4 acre conservatory. It is open year round. Special rates and timed tickets apply for the Christmas Season. Purchase your tickets through Hamanassett for a small savings and tickets that are not timed. To see what is going on right now check out Longwood’s calendar here.
University of Pennsylvania set in a romantic, 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.
Mount Cuba Center
630-acre estate preserves the historic rural pastures and fields, protects the native forests and has a series of naturalistic woodland wildflower and formal landscapes.
Nemours Mansion and Gardens
300-acre country estate of Alfred I. du Pont. The house has over 47,000 sq. ft. and is furnished with fine antiques, famous works of art, beautiful tapestries, and other treasures.
Rockwood Mansion & Park
72 acres of parkland with 6 acres of formal gardens, 2 1/2 miles of lighted trails. Rockwood is part of the Northern Delaware Greenway.
Scott Arboretum at Swathmore College
More than 300 acres with over 4,000 kinds of ornamental plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, vines and perennials for use in the region.
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
One of the most notable and unusual attractions in Philadelphia. This shoin-zukuri (desk-centered) house, built in 16th century style, is located on the grounds of the Horticultural Center of Fairmount Park.
Over 650 acres of plantings with 20 miles of hiking trails through serene native woodlands. Tyler has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society and enjoys a diverse population of raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. On the National Historic Registry, Tyler’s history dates back to a 1681 land grant from William Penn. Visitors will enjoy tours of the historic buildings, which are filled with antique furnishings and decorative arts. The Arboretum has classes, workshops, and events on-going throughout the year. Tyler is open seven days a week year-round.
Welkinweir, Pottstown, PA
162 acres, The Pinetum and Hillside Garden that greet visitors to Welkinweir preview the natural beauty of this richly diverse, secluded stream valley.
Winterthur Museum & Garden
Henry Francis du Pont’s home with almost 1000 acres of forests and meadows. Winterthur’s 982-acre country estate encompasses rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests.
A group of public, arboreta and historic houses within the Philadelphia region. Ask your innkeeper for a brochure.