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Bucks County Gardens and Arboretums: Immerse Yourself in Nature’s Beauty

No matter the season, our area boasts some of the best arboretums, public gardens and historic landscapes in the state (and dare we say it, the country!).

Did you know that so much of the nation’s horticultural history is rooted in the the Greater Philadelphia region it’s been dubbed America’s Garden Capital? And here in Bucks County, we take that title seriously! We’ve got a surplus of arboretums, public gardens and historic landscapes offering a wide variety of horticultural display, and events. So no matter the season, our area boasts some of the best outdoor activities in the state (and, dare we say it, the country). Grab your free America’s Garden Capital Passport, pack a picnic, and go immerse yourself in the beauty that is nature! Be sure to check each location’s stance on pets before bringing your furry friend along.

And, as always- if you do visit any of these locations, share your pics with us on Instagram with #buckcountyparent!

Photo Courtesy of Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum

Andalusia Historic House and Gardens

1237 State Rd, Andalusia

Tour the centuries-old residence or stroll the Walled Garden and Greek Walk, all while taking in the picturesque views of the Delaware River. The 65-acre picturesque estate contains the Biddle family’s early 19th century Greek Revival home, surrounded by stunning, native woodlands and spectacular formal gardens. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn or under the shade of a tree! Garden hours are Mondays, Tuesday and Fridays 10 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Photo Courtesy of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

1635 River Road, New Hope

No matter the time of year, it doesn’t take long for visitors to appreciate what a special place Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is. Located in Bucks County’s historic Pidcock Creek Valley, the Preserve is recognized for its ecologically diverse landscapes and features more than 700 native plant species. Come explore more than four miles of trails that wind through forests and meadows, and along streams and ponds. Repeated visits to different portions of the Preserve will be rewarded with new discoveries of different plants in bloom and new encounters with the multitude of birds, insects, mammals and aquatic life that depend upon these plants.

Photo Courtesy of Churchville Nature Center

Churchville Nature Center

501 Churchville Lane, Churchville

Take a hike along two miles of nature trails or simply stop by to picnic at this 65-acre nature preserve. Their visitor center houses interpretive exhibits, live animal displays, a gift shop and wildlife viewing areas. Experience butterflies in the seasonal Butterfly House (open seasonally, July through September, Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm) or participate in a Native American program in our Lenape Village. The trails are available daily from dusk until dawn.

Photo Courtesy of The Gardens at Mill Fleurs

The Gardens at Mill Fleurs

27 Cafferty Road, Point Pleasant

Five acres of plantings on steep wooded slopes embrace diversity and experimentation. The garden collections are located around two 18th century mills and are organized by plant families of color. Guided tours encourage experimentation and sharing the joy of gardening. Be sure to sit under the weeping Katsura by the fountain. Check the garden’s website for current daily hours and admission fees prior to visiting. 

Photo Courtesy of Delaware Valley University

Henry Schmieder Arboretum

700 East Butler Avenue, Doylestown

Welcome to the Henry Schmieder Arboretum of Delaware Valley University, a horticultural jewel in the heart of Bucks County, and member of the American Public Gardens Association and Greater Philadelphia Gardens. Just west of Doylestown, the Arboretum encompasses 40 acres of Delaware Valley’s main campus. The Arboretum provides a living collection of plants and serves as a “green resource” for the surrounding community.

Photo Courtesy of Hortulus Farm Foundation

Hortulus Farm

60 Thompson Mill Road, Wrightstown

Hortulus, a destination farm, garden and nursery, is known throughout Bucks County and Eastern Pennsylvania as a picturesque public garden and purveyor of unique plant specimens. The nursery has recently been acquired by local landscape designer, Jon Kontz and his family, who are ensuring that the Hortulus mission thrives and grows for future generations. Visitors can expect the same unique plant assortment with many wonderful additions, an updated garden shop and retail greenhouses, gourmet cafe cuisine, children’s activities, and seasonal community events. The public gardens will reopen in May of 2024 after much-needed renovations, but there are plenty of outdoor areas to roam, explore, and enjoy until then.

 

Pennsbury Manor’s Garden

400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd, Morrisville

For the adventurous visitor who loves to poke around and explore, there are some wonderfully unusual plants you can find tucked away in corners and along the side paths of the Pennsbury Kitchen Garden.  If you can spot their gardener during your tour of the estate, he can point out all sorts of curiosities and the creative ways they discovered for using them in the 17th Century!

Photo By Christine Wolkin

Tyler Gardens

275 Swamp Road, Newtown

Visiting this historic site is a step back in time to an era of elegance that included the Golden Age of American Gardens. The four-tier gardens, positioned on an acre of land, were greatly influenced by French and Italian gardens and demonstrated characteristics that were common in formal gardens in the Philadelphia area at that time. Architectural plans and photos from the 1930s show four terraces that included gravel walks, fountains, sculptures, staircases, parterres, planting spaces, swimming pool, and tennis courts. Take a self-guided tour or contact the campus for a guided tour. Wedding parties are asked to register with the Foundation Office and the Security Office.

Feature Photo Courtesy of Andalusia Historic House, Gardens and Arboretum

Editor for Bucks County Parent. Email tips to christine@familyfocus.org.

1 COMMENT
  • Scott M June 20, 2024

    I enjoy visiting visiting Bowman’s Hill – beautiful property. Going to have to take my kids to Hortulus Farm public gardens, haven’t ever been.

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