Hor­ti­cul­tural Sites

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BAR­TRAM’S GAR­DEN— Visit the oldest sur­viv­ing botan­i­cal gar­den in the United States and the for­mer home­stead of famed botanist John Bar­tram, now serv­ing as an out­door class­room and liv­ing lab­o­ra­tory. Take a walk through the Com­mon Flower for an un­for­get­table view of the city skyline. Free. Open daily, dawn to dusk. www.bar­trams­gar­den. org. 54th St. and Lind­bergh Blvd., 215.729.5281.

THE FAIRMOUNT PARK HOR­TI­CUL­TURE CEN­TER & CENTENNIAL AR­BORE­TUM— The Fairmount Park Hor­ti­cul­ture Cen­ter has in­door and out­door splen­dors for hor­ti­cul­tural en­thu­si­asts. The Hor­ti­cul­ture Cen­ter fea­tures a vis­i­tor cen­ter and green­house, while the ar­bore­tum hosts ponds, a Ja­panese maple col­lec­tion, an ev­er­green col­lec­tion, sculp­tures of po­ets and mu­si­cians and plants of all types. Free ad­mis­sion; do­na­tions ac­cepted. Open to the pub­lic seven days a week. Green­houses: Daily 9 am-3 pm. Ar­bore­tum: Daily 9 am-5 pm. www.fair­mount­park­con­ser­vancy.org. 100 N. Hor­ti­cul­tural Dr., 215.685.0096.

LINVILLA OR­CHARDS— It’s worth a trip to Me­dia, PA. to visit this beau­ti­ful 300-acre farm where vis­i­tors are in­vited to pick their own fruits and veg­eta­bles straight from the vine or pur­chase a del­i­cacy from Linvilla’s bak­ery. This month: “Hayrides to Bun­ny­land,” April 1-15. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. www.linvilla.com. 137 W. Knowl­ton Rd., Me­dia, Pa., 610.876.7116.

LONGWOOD GAR­DENS— A hor­ti­cul­tural par­adise with 1,050 acres of gar­dens, wood­lands, mead­ows and 20 in­door gar­dens, plus an ex­tra­or­di­nary “Na­ture’s Cas­tles” tree house ex­hibit. Fre­quent live mu­si­cal per­for­mances through­out the month. This month: “Spring Blooms,” April 1-May 19. Tick­ets: $12-23. Open daily 9 am- 6 pm. www.long­woodgar­dens.org. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, Pa., 610.388.1000.

PENN­SYL­VA­NIA HOR­TI­CUL­TURAL SO­CI­ETY— The or­ga­niz­ers of the an­nual Philadel­phia In­ter­na­tional Flower Show host ed­u­ca­tional ex­hi­bi­tions and lec­tures in their Cen­ter City head­quar­ters. Visit web­site or call week­days from 9 am-5 pm to find out about ex­clu­sive events like tree and gar­den care classes, green roof tours and gar­den fes­ti­vals. www.ph­son­line.org/events. 100 N. 20th St., 215.988.8800. Map G4

SHOFUSO JA­PANESE HOUSE & GAR­DEN— This picturesque des­ti­na­tion is lo­cated in Fairmount Park, two blocks from the Please Touch Mu­seum. Es­cape to Ja­pan by tour­ing the house and gar­den, feed­ing the koi fish in the pond and view­ing ikebana flower ar­range­ments. Look for the “Shofuso Waterfall” fusuma mu­rals by famed con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese artist Hiroshi Senju. Tick­ets: $5- 8. April-Novem­ber, open W-F 10 am- 4 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. www. shofuso.com. 100 N. Hor­ti­cul­tural Dr., 215.878.5097.

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