Twenty first century Philadelphia straddles its historical past and the future in a way that could only happen in America’s horticultural heart. William Penn originally envisioned the city as a utopian ‘Greene Country Towne’ and the legacy of that spirit exists today. For the casual garden traveler there is still much to be found, both old and new, in the city, as well as its outlying areas. The oldest parts of Philadelphia are architecturally interesting with glimpses of private gardens and its 18th century past.
Entry to the garden. Photo by David Kruse-Pickler
Hundreds of native wildflowers bloom with life as the meadows awaken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. A colorful show for any botanic enthusiast, we have 5 reasons to further persuade a trip this spring, just be careful not forget your heart in San Francisco when you leave.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’ is the largest magnolia at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, towering over 80 feet. Photo by Auweia
In February, the San Francisco Botanical Garden becomes the ideal setting for a romantic rendezvous. It’s the time of year when the velvety silver buds on the branches of the garden’s magnolia trees burst open into pink and white flowers that fill the garden with soft pastel colors and sweet, fragrant scents.
View from the kitchen garden out to the landscape designed by Arne Maynard at Allt-y-bela. Photo credit: William Collinson, Arne Maynard Garden Design
A look at Jason Gamrath’s work that will be on display at Art in Bloom. Photo Jason Gamrath
Whether you visit Lakewold Gardens in the dead of winter or the peak of summer, this Pacific Northwest horticultural haven offers beautiful blooms and hidden discoveries during every season.
Cypress shadow, Great Meadow, by Stephen Kane
“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” This exaltation, expressed in words by Joyce Kilmer, is conveyed visually in a new photography exhibit on display at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in San Francisco.
An overhead view of the floral clock. A brick walkway encircles the clock and continues to a restored marble fountain, where a low boxwood maze flanks the path. Photo credit: Bill Dewey
Telling time and taming wild animals takes on a whole new meaning in the whimsical Topiary Garden at Lotusland, located on a large estate in Santa Barbara, Calif.