With most of Pennsylvania in the green phase of reopening, visitors can safely explore these beautiful spots.
On June 26, southeastern Pennsylvania, with the exception of Philadelphia, moved into the green phase of reopening amidst the coronavirus pandemic. With these new changes, previously closed businesses have been allowed to reopen with capacity limits and safety guidelines in place, including public gardens. Replete with natural oases, the suburbs are home to a number of arboretums, gardens and parks perfect for exploring. Here’s a look at what’s reopened and the new safety protocols.
Take a stroll through Althouse Arboretum’s 17 acres, where visitors can meander trails and explore gardens. On weekdays from July 6 – Aug. 21, inner trails will be closed for summer camp, but outer trails will remain accessible.
1794 Gilbertsville Road, Pottstown, (267) 371-2288.
The former home of the Rosengartens, Chanticleer’s sprawling 40-plus acres are home to 15 distinct gardens and wooded areas. The grounds feature plants from around the world, including Asia. Currently open to the public, visitors must reserve a parking reservation and time prior to visiting and capacities will be enforced.
786 Church Road, Wayne, (610) 687-4163.
Recently renovated, Curtis Hall and Arboretum is often booked for weddings and events. It’s no wonder—the picturesque 47-acre landscape contains two ponds, over 50 tree varieties, and sloping hills. Walking, jogging and other recreational activities are allowed, when done in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
1250 Church Road, Wyncote, (215) 884-7675.
Ensconced on all sides by residences, Hatfield Township Arboretum offers a peaceful space for locals to enjoy nature. The five-acre park has over 200 plants, most of which are native to the area and can be seen from the arboretum’s walking trail. Visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines.
830 Princeton Place, Hatfield, (215) 855-0900.
Open daily, Jenkins Arboretum features 1.2 miles of trails across its 48 acres. Highlights include seasonal blooms and rare plants like Franklin and pawpaw trees, plus a white oak. Parking is limited, and visitors are encouraged to wear masks, walk only with members of their household, and follow directional signage in the gardens, among other new guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, (610) 647-8870.
The sprawling grounds of Longwood Gardens burst with horticultural and seasonal experiences year-round. Starting July 1, Longwood will be open to the public. Timed reservations are required, face coverings must be worn indoors and social distancing is encouraged, among other guidelines.
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000.
Explore 425 acres of trees, shrubs and flowers at Scott Arboretum. With 4,000 plant varieties—including expansive collections of hollies, magnolias and oaks, and others—the arboretum is a celebration of native Delaware Valley plants. During the pandemic, visitors must maintain social distancing and wear a mask.
500 College Ave., Swarthmore, (610) 328-8025.
Once home to the Haas family, Stoneleigh has reopened to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visitors can stroll the property’s native gardens, pathways and tranquil meadows free of charge. Tours of the main house are not currently taking place and visitors must social distance on property. Restrooms remain closed and picnicking is not currently allowed.
1829 E. County Line Road, Villanova, (610) 353-5587.
Tyler Arboretum’s 650 acres offer seasonal gardens, 17 miles of hiking trails, and cultivated and natural horticultural collections. Explore areas like Tyler’s Pond, the rare Pink Hill, and Lucille’s Edible Garden, which donates much of its produce to the Media Food Bank. During the pandemic, visitors must wear face coverings and distance themselves from others. Parking will also be limited.
515 Painter Road, Media, (610) 566-9134.
Discover perennial gardens, coniferous trees and two miles of wooded trails at Welkinweir’s 55-acre arboretum. Collections of unique plant species, reflective ponds, and vibrant azaleas complete the peaceful landscape. Facilities are currently closed and visitors must wear a face mask and social distance when visiting.
1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown, (610) 469-7543.