By Melissa O’Brien
Spring is in full bloom, and it's time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of PHS Meadowbrook Farm! Located in Abington Township, just 13 miles from Philadelphia, this unique garden property connects visitors to horticulture and history, making it a must-visit destination for garden enthusiasts and history buffs alike. After updates to several areas of the garden since the end of 2021, Meadowbrook Farm re-opened for the 2023 season on April 15, welcoming visitors with re-imagined garden spaces.
Meadowbrook Farm is maintained by PHS's expert horticulturists and offers free admission for guests. The garden experience changes each year with a new variety of beautiful plants and displays. With numerous enhancements to the gardens and planting changeouts throughout the year, it’s worth visiting a few times throughout the season to see what’s new.
Matthew Dougherty, Associate Director at PHS Meadowbrook Farm, expressed his excitement about the garden's opening after ongoing renovations and design updates, saying, "There is something unique to experience each time you visit." See what’s blooming this season at Meadowbrook Farm and plan your visit today!
Come experience the entrance walkway to the newly replanted Display Garden. The Display Garden has been re-designed and will be blooming with pops of color and fragrance throughout the season. The Front Courtyard has also been updated this season, with an emphasis on the usage of stately concrete planters brimming with greenery. In the Back Courtyard, half-moon baskets drip with intriguing foliage plants along the stone walls. Within the property grounds layout, there are more than a dozen quaint “garden rooms,” which have been refreshed for guests. The beloved “Herb Garden” has been renovated with new stonework, and new garden beds and a miniature alpine display have been installed in the “Queens Garden,” bursting with color.
Visitors will also enjoy more seating areas strategically placed throughout the gardens to offer a bit of respite to enjoy these tranquil spaces.
As spring ushers in warmer days, it’s an excellent time to visit and observe the early stages of perennials, biennials, and woody plants as they begin their spring awakening. Currently, hellebores and bulbs are in bloom while cool season annuals mixed with emerging perennials and trees are beginning the process of leafing out. Shades of purple, apricot, peach, white, yellow, silver, blue, and orange abound throughout Meadowbrook Farm, ushering in the gardening season.
Meadowbrook Farm is open at 10 am Wednesday - Saturday. It is closed from Sunday through Tuesday. Admission is free to the public, and there is no need for advance registration. Be sure to check PHS's social media before heading out the door for more information regarding inclement weather. We hope to see you there!