You may have heard that Philadelphia is America’s Garden Capital. However, it may come as a surprise to you the number of gardens and green spaces that PHS oversees in the Greater Philadelphia region. Here, we’ve put together a run-down of all the gorgeous PHS gardens and landscapes to explore with family and friends throughout the year!
PHS works on its own and in partnership with different organizations, community groups, and development agencies to manage its portfolio of gardens, green spaces, and other horticulture-focused spots. With PHS’s centuries of horticulture knowledge, you can be sure that all of these spaces are beautiful, support the goals of the space and its visitors, and are as eco-friendly as possible!
If you’re looking for gardens and landscapes where PHS provides the full artistic oversight of these green spaces, look no further than these beauties:
With seasonal interest provided by hundreds of azaleas in many shades, this garden is open to the public year-round, north of the Museum’s main building.
Located on this main thoroughfare between 20th and 30th Streets, this greenway features seasonal interest for those coming or going from Philadelphia’s iconic 30th Street train station. Large planters of seasonal interest will brighten up your commute!
As a registered national historic landmark, Logan Circle (or Logan Square) is a well-known Philadelphia plaza along the Ben Franklin Parkway that features the Swann Memorial Fountain, and PHS’s lush mixed annual, perennial, and shrub plantings encircling it. Look for the selection of vibrant tropicals taking advantage of the sun and summer heat.
This 25-acre public garden in Jenkintown, PA showcases a series of 19 'garden rooms’ for all to enjoy for free from April through October. Come immerse yourself in history, gardening, and changing art works on the grounds of this manor home.
Set on a once-vacant parking lot near a coal depot location, this garden oasis is on the east side of this bustling shopping/dining/entertainment area in Philadelphia. Perfect for family, friends, and furry pals, this location features woodland-inspired plantings, plus raised produce beds that help support a local food bank.
A long-standing ‘pop up’ garden in Center City Philadelphia, this urban garden delights neighbors and tourists alike with annuals and perennials, grasses, bulb flowers, and herbs. Ongoing plant swaps in the garden make this a true gardener’s destination!
The planters at this location greet all visitors to the PHS Headquarters office, and a quaint garden across the street from the office brings life to an abandoned gas station structure.
Along North Broad Street, PHS oversees the container plantings for car, bike, and other passers-by to enjoy throughout the growing season with a succession of perennial blooms.
Located in a busy multi-use neighborhood, this greenway features seasonal interest for neighbors and local businesses.
PHS also partners with various organizations to beautify public spaces, provide educational programming, and collaborate to advance the health and well-being of residents, employees, and other visitors of public spaces. Below is a wide variety of these joint public spaces, ranging in size, horticultural interest, and land use:
One of Philadelphia’s popular tourist destinations, this former prison site hosts year-round tours, with PHS’s horticultural displays lining several city blocks that surround the prison with a mixed border of perennials, ornamental grasses, and shrubs.
Partnering with Drexel University, this urban garden leading into Drexel’s campus features horticulture, educational programming, and a seasonal maker’s market for students, faculty and administrators, alumni, and the general public.
In tandem with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development, PHS provides plantings and maintenance across sections of the 1,200-acre site for businesses and hotel guests.
Working with Philadelphia’s local energy provider, PHS helps PECO provide a sustainable, water-conscious green roof garden covering more than 50,000 square feet.
Working with these world-renowned museums, PHS provides seasonal garden interest outdoors, including tulips, daffodils, and other seasonal interest plantings.
PHS provides gardening beauty throughout the neighborhoods that make up the area around Philadelphia’s sports/entertainment complex, hosting hundreds of thousands of local residents, sports fans, and other visitors.
Subaru America’s headquarters office in Camden, NJ features a sustainable naturalistic meadow garden for thousands of employees to relax outdoors.
Along the banks of the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PHS works with a development corporation to provide a scenic backdrop for visitors to this area of the city, including plantings at Race Street Pier, Cherry Street Pier, and in the Spruce Street Harbor Park.