Montco's Most Beautiful Gardens
Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA
Valley Forge & Montgomery County is home to breathtaking gardens and arboretums. In fact, the greater Philadelphia region is referred to as “American’s Garden Capitol,” and for good reason – there are more than 30 public gardens within a 30-mile radius of the city, offering plenty of picturesque places to pay a visit.
Surrounded by 24 picturesque acres, the sprawling fieldstone home is a handsome example of early Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture dating back more than 300 years. The property, originally part of a land grant from William Penn, is carefully maintained as an arboretum and bird sanctuary. With its blossoming trees and boxwood gardens, stone walls, and clear streams, Appleford provides a serene sense of beauty in every season.
The Barnes Collection may have moved to the Parkway, but the original grounds of the Barnes Foundation estate in Merion, Montgomery County, are still open to visitors. See where it all began and experience art in its “natural” habitat Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
BRYN ATHYN HISTORIC DISTRICT
The majestic buildings that make up the Bryn Athyn Historic District - Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Cairnwood Estate, and the Glencairn Museum - are awe-inspiring on their own. The rolling landscape and carefully cultivated gardens around the property only add to the beauty.
HIGHLANDS MANSION & GARDENS
The Highlands Mansion & Gardens is a 44-acre historic site with a late 18th century Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden. Surrounded by massive stone walls, the gardens offer a beautiful example of early 20th century estate gardening.
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON CENTER AT MILL GROVE
The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove was the first American home of naturalist and painter John James Audubon. The three-story home now serves as a museum that includes original artwork by Audubon. Mill Grove also offers nine miles of hiking trails that are great for bird watching.
Visitors can enjoy 42 acres of garden beds, towering trees, and peaceful pathways at Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden in Villanova.
MORRIS ARBORETUM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Just across the city line, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The 92-acre garden offers an ever-changing landscape complete with winding paths, colorful gardens, champion trees, and beautiful fountains.