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The Flower Show

PHS Opens PHS Meadowbrook Farm on April 15

April 12, 2023

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Meadowbrook Farm

Renowned Free Public Garden Welcomes Visitors Back 

With Re-Imagined Garden Spaces

April 12, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA - The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will welcome guests back to PHS Meadowbrook Farm beginning April 15. Admission is FREE to the public and does not require advance registration. Registration will be done onsite upon arrival. Meadowbrook Farm will be open through October 14.

After a major renovation to several areas of this renowned public garden since the end of 2021, Meadowbrook Farm is ready to re-open to the public in time for spring’s blooms. The entrance walkway has been re-constructed with a new path and design vision for its plantings. The main garden has been completely re-designed with emphasis on the usage of stately concrete planters brimming with pops of color and fragrance. Meanwhile, elegant wall and hanging baskets drip with intriguing foliage plants and bring one’s eyes skyward to appreciate these hanging works of art. Within the farm 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 have been installed in the “Queens Garden” bursting with color.

As spring ushers in warmer days, it is an excellent time to visit and observe the early stages of perennials, biennials, and woody plants as they begin their spring awakening. Currently, hellebores, daffodils, 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 are abound throughout Meadowbrook Farm, ushering in the gardening season.

Visitors will also enjoy more seating areas strategically placed throughout the gardens to offer a bit of respite to enjoy these tranquil spaces.

Meadowbrook Farm is a 25-acre garden property that was entrusted to PHS by the late J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. in 2004, and has educated and entertained visitors with its unique gardens since that date. Located in Abington Township (just 13 miles from Philadelphia), discovery is around every corner at Meadowbrook Farm, connecting all visitors to horticulture and history. Maintained by PHS’s expert horticulturists, Meadowbrook Farm offers free admission for guests and the garden experience changes each year with a new variety of beautiful plants and displays.

“After considerable renovations and design updates, we are thrilled to open the doors at Meadowbrook Farm this spring. With numerous enhancements to the gardens and planting changeouts throughout the year, there is something unique to experience each time you visit,” said Matthew Dougherty, Associate Director of Facilities, Administration, and Safety at PHS.

Phone: 215.887.5900
Price: FREE, no advance reservation required
Note: Meadowbrook Farm is open rain or shine. Always check PHS social media BEFORE you head out the door for more information.

Accessibility Note: PHS Meadowbrook Farm has limited accessibility for individuals with disabilities due to the structure of the historic estate. Please call with any questions for specific needs when planning your trip.

Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday:  10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday - Tuesday: CLOSED

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, plays an essential role in the vitality of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, growing economic opportunity, and building deeper social connections between people. PHS delivers this impact through comprehensive greening and engagement initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; year-round learning experiences; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS provides everyone with opportunities to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer. For information and to support this work, please visit PHSonline.org.