America’s Garden Capital

The Brandywine Valley has a rich tradition of horticulture, from the benevolence of the famed DuPont family to the arboretums that pay homage to Pennsylvania — Penn's Woods. This heritage resonates throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, which has earned the moniker, "America's Garden Capital."
Some highlights include:
Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s great garden treasures and the former estate of Pierre S. du Pont, invites guests to explore more than 1,077 acres of dazzling outdoor beauty and one of the largest conservatories in America.
Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center

The spotlight is on native plants at Mt. Cuba Center, where elegant formal gardens, woodland landscapes, and serene pastures encompass the former estate of Lammot du Pont Copeland.
Winterthur Museum & Library

Winterthur Museum & Library

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library features an outstanding American collection of antiques and a glorious garden. Winterthur was once the home of Henry Francis du Pont.
Nemours Mansion & Gardens

Nemours Mansion & Gardens

Nemours Mansion and Gardens, once the home of Alfred I. du Pont, is a French-style chateau furnished with antique furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art, all set among spectacular French formal gardens.
Chanticleer

Chanticleer

Known as a “pleasure garden,” Chanticleer is designed to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture. View vegetable gardens complemented by cut-flower gardens, or woodlands surrounded by grasses and sweet-smelling herbs.
Jenkins Arboretum & Garden

Jenkins Arboretum & Garden

Jenkins Arboretum and Garden, an outstanding natural retreat, is a husband’s living memorial to his wife. As you walk among the rainbow of azaleas and rhododendrons, you’ll experience life in a dense forest.
Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum

Tyler Arboretum encompasses 650 acres of rare plants, ancient trees and historic buildings and natural landscapes. The Butterfly House and Garden offer visitors a unique up-close look at native butterflies.
Brandywine RIver Museum

Brandywine RIver Museum

Discover an outstanding collection of American art housed in a 19th century mill with beautiful gardens surrounding the property along the Brandywine River.

Hagley Museum and Library

Hagley Museum and Library

Hagley is where the duPont story begins; Visit restored mills, a workers community and the ancestral estate of the duPont family.

Welkinweir

Welkinweir

At the heart of a 55 acre arboretum of mature specimens of rare and unusual trees and shrubs and formal gardens is an historic estate house that spans three centuries.

The Joy of Friends in a Garden

Two of life’s great joys converge as I spend a day at Chanticleer with friends. Well three joys if you count photography (they were reluctant models). We packed a basket of local cheeses and wine and set out to this extraordinary garden. Side Note: Chanticleer is centrally located within what is known as America’s Garden Capital, 30 miles throughout Greater Philadelphia which houses over 30 horticultural gems.

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