The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society announced this week that it will open Meadowbrook Farm beginning April 14th and will close for the winter year on October 30th.
The 25-acre garden property was entrusted to the society by the late J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. in 2004. Maintained by the society’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.
In 2021, the gardens will highlight a bold and vibrant plant palette with contemporary plantings influenced by the history of Meadowbrook and inspired by modern plants and designs. New additions to the gardens will include a focus on vertical design elements such as columns, vines and hanging baskets. The gardens will continue to emphasis plants that attract pollinators such as hummingbirds and bees.
“Meadowbrook Farm offers an experience that appeals to gardeners of any age and highlights the benefits of horticulture in a safe and beautiful environment,” says Andrew Bunting, Vice President of Public Horticulture at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.
In response to the pandemic, Meadowbrook Farm’s health and safety plan includes social distancing, frequent cleaning of spaces, and usage of masks. Sanitizer and masks are available in the onsite Meadowbrook Plant Shop as needed. Along with these measures, timed reservations will be required to enter the gardens to ensure safe capacity levels.
The Plant Shop at Meadowbrook Farm will offer shopping for all levels of gardeners including a variety of succulents, perennials, pots, and specialty plants.
Society members receive a discount at the Meadowbrook Plant Shop as well as early access to register for Meadowbrook Farm tickets from March 24-31. Membership also comes with additional perks such as discounts on the society’s programs, complimentary or discounted Philadelphia Flower Show tickets, and more.
Tickets for the general public will be offered beginning on April 1st. Tickets are free, but advance reservation is required.
The venue is open Wednesday through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The morning session begins at 10:00 a.m. and the afternoon session starts at 1:00 p.m.
Photo: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society