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Public Gardens
including Flower Shows

Pittsburgh Region



  • Bartram's Garden
    America's oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia.
  • Greater Philadelphia Gardens
    This is a group of almost 30 public gardens, arboreta and historic houses with gardens in the Philadelphia area.
  • Hershey Gardens
    A 23 acre botanical garden in the heart of Hershey, Pennsylvania. They offer educational programs for school groups, service organizations and clubs, day camps, and day-care centers.
  • Longwood Gardens
    Kennett Square PA (near Philadelphia). Longwood offers 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year.
  • Philadelphia Flower Show
    Each year the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (the nation's first in 1827) puts on the Philadelphia Flower Show (also the nation's first in 1829) in early spring (March). It is currently the largest indoor flower show in the world.
  • Tyler Arboretum
    Tyler encompasses 650 acres of horticultural collections, rare plant specimens, ancient trees, historic buildings, and extensive hiking trails. Located west of Philadelphia.

Nearby States


United States: Directories

  • American Public Gardens Association (APGA)
    Formerly the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, the American Public Gardens Association is the association for North American public gardens and their professional staff. You can search their member gardens by country, state or city.

Selected Gardens



  • Australian National Botanic Garden
    Their website includes lots of information about native Australian plants, like acacias and eucalyptus, Kangaroo Paws and Bottlebrushes.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
    National Botanic Gardens of Scotland
    Founded in the 17th century as a ‘Physic Garden’, growing medicinal plants, the Garden is first and foremost a scientific institution, dedicated to discovering and describing plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. The four Gardens are also major tourist attractions within Scotland.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
    On 3 July 2003 the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was officially inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens of Canada
    Located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Selected Books

Druse, Kenneth
The Collector's Garden: Designing with Extraordinary Plants
q SB454.D78 2004
Ken Druse visits spectacular gardens that express a passion for a single variety of flower, an array of exotic species, and even a color scheme.
Harrison, Marina and Lucy D. Rosenfeld
Gardenwalks: 101 of the Best Gardens from Maine to Virginia and Recommended Gardens Throughout the Country
SB466.U65 N755 1997
Includes specialty gardens, private landscapes, famous estates, and must-see botanic gardens along the East Coast, including Washington, DC.
Hope, John G.
Gardens of Philadelphia
PENNA rq SB466.U65 P483 2004x
Gardens and arboretums of the Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley
Loewer, Peter
Jefferson's Garden
SB451.34.V8 L64 2004
Noted plantsman Peter Loewer profiles Thomas Jefferson as gardener and landscape architect, focusing on the gardens at Monticello, with descriptions of the annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that Jefferson grew.
Rutenberg, Linda
The Garden at Night: Private Views of Public Edens
q TR724.R88 2007
By photographing public and botanical gardens at night, Rutenberg reveals a luminous landscape of plants, colors, shadows, and light. Twenty-one gardens throughout North America are included, each with intimate portraits of their regional flowers and plants glowing in the blackness.
Spencer, Thomas S.
Gardens Across America: The American Horticultural Society's Guide to American Public Gardens and Arboreta
r SB466.U6 S64 2005
This portable guide supplies recent information and maps for visiting some 1,000 gardens in 26 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. It also lists commercial nurseries with display gardens.
Zatz, Arline and Joel L. Zatz
New Jersey's Great Gardens: A Four-Season Guide to 125 Public Gardens, Parks, and Arboretums
r SB466.U65 N549 1999
In this practical, informative, illustrated guide, Arline Zatz describes dozens of inviting places to spend an hour, an afternoon, or an entire day. There are butterfly gardens, colonial herb gardens at historic sites, memorial gardens, pocket-sized romantic gardens, and gardens for meditation -- plus places to picnic, listen to the birds, and awaken the senses.

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PCN Tours. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
(DVD) SB466.U7 L666 2009x
The Pennsylvania Cable Network tours the 1,050 acres of Longwood Gardens in eastern Pennsylvania, featuring gardens, trees, exotic plants, and fountains.
Gardens of the World. Hawai‘i Tropical Botanical Garden
(DVD) SB466.U65 H39 2007x
Presents video footage of Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden at Onomea Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Gardens of the World. Jardin Exotique de Monaco
(DVD) QK73.M662 J37 2009x
Presents video footage of Jardin Exotique de Monaco, a botanical garden located on a cliffside in Monte Carlo and featuring over one thousand succulent plants.

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