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.