Do you have a passion for gardens? I love them. My best friend bought me a membership to the exquisite Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida two years ago when I was in the area on a sit. Being able to visit her was an added perk. The plan was to use this membership and its reciprocal privileges to visit gardens in all the locales of my future sits. Then Covid brought things to a halt. I never got to go anywhere and my membership lapsed. But traveling is gearing back up, albeit in fits and starts, so I would like some recommendations.
Homeowners, are there any not-to-be missed gardens in your area? Sitters, have you visited a garden or two or three in your travels that took your breath away? I am interested in the lesser known, best-kept-secret kinds of recommendations, as well as those that are more famous.
A few that I recommend in Pennsylvania are
the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, America’s version of the Chelsea Flower Show. It has traditionally been held in March in the Philadelphia Convention Center but because of Covid, it moved outdoors to South Philadelphia last year and will be in the same space this year. Besides the extraordinary plantings and fabulous displays, there is a free alcoholic tasting station that puts you in a lovely mood to enjoy the blooms.
The Scott Arboretum on the campus of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA has an enormous display of tree peonies in late April to early June.
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA (the mushroom capital) is vast. I love the Orchid House. It’s not a garden, but nearby is the Brandywine River Museum with the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son, Jamie and father, N. C. Wyeth, also not to be missed.
Any other recommendations?