Ex­hibits in Bloom

Where Philadelphia - - Contents - BY JOANN GRECO

Gar­den-in­spired mu­seum ex­hibits in and around Philly.

This month, Philadel­phia is start­ing to show signs of spring, as well as the an­nual Philadel­phia Flower Show. Still not enough? Check out the be­low for some gar­den-in­spired at­trac­tions in and around the city.


De­tour to the lobby of the nearby of­fice build­ing to see a stun­ning mo­saic by artist Max­field Par­rish. Sit­ting on the stone bench be­fore Par­rish’s de­pic­tion of a lu­mi­nous Eden— crafted from 100,000 pieces of Tif­fany glass— and lis­ten­ing to the gur­gle of the ac­com­pa­ny­ing foun­tain of­fers as serene a respite from the rig­ors of sight­see­ing as any “real” gar­den. 699 Wal­nut St.


For a mo­saic ex­pe­ri­ence, con­sider a tour of Isa­iah Za­gar’s Magic Gar­dens. As you walk around town, you’re bound to en­counter the dis­tinc­tive work of this artis­tic ge­nius, but here at his South Street home and stu­dio, the artist reaches an apex in an out­door jumble of mir­rors and tiles and bot­tles and wheels and, well, we chal­lenge you to find your own fa­vorites. The fun con­tin­ues in­side. 1020 South St.


Just be­cause its mag­nif­i­cent art mu­seum has re­lo­cated to Cen­ter City, doesn’t mean there’s no rea­son to visit the orig­i­nal Barnes com­plex in Me­rion, PA, about eight miles away. Cul­ti­vated by Dr. Barnes’ wife, Laura, this 12-acre trea­sure acts both as a teach­ing tool and a plea­sure gar­den. High­lights in­clude a rare mon­key puz­zle tree, a honey lo­cust tree from the late 19th- cen­tury and an as­tound­ing red­wood. 300 N. Latches Lane, Me­rion Sta­tion, PA


The mag­nif­i­cent Brandy­wine Val­ley es­tate of Henry Fran­cis du Pont is trea­sured as a house mu­seum and dec­o­ra­tive arts gallery. But the 60-acre gar­den is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of an ex­otic, non-na­tive land­scape ex­pertly de­signed to look nat­u­ral. See rhodo­den­dron, dog­woods, lilies, pe­onies and irises. 5105 Ken­nett Pike, Winterthur, DE

Philadel­phia’s Magic Gar­dens

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