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Summer Splendor

Summer Splendor

June 16

The Philadelphia area has many notable titles, but none more near and dear to our hearts than the title of America’s Garden Capital: 30+ gardens within a 30-mile radius. One such garden began with a love story and has been inviting guests into its gates since the 1970s. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is the dream of H. Lawrence Jenkins, in loving memory of his wife, Elisabeth. His wishes were for the property to be “…a public park, arboretum, and wildlife sanctuary for use by the public and responsible organizations engaged in the study of arboriculture, horticulture, and wildlife for the educational and scientific purposes.”


Photograph courtesy of Jenkins Arboretum

Today, their mission is still much of the same, which is why Stoney Bank Nurseries is a proud supporter of Jenkins. Open every day of the week, admission is free just as it was on the day it opened.


Photograph courtesy of Jenkins Arboretum

Their commitment to preservation is commendable. Wildlife abounds in the 48 acres of gardens and woodlands. Specializing in rhododendrons and azaleas, they boast an abundance of native plants, some of which can be found nowhere else in North America.


Photograph courtesy of Jenkins Arboretum

In continuation of the educational part of their mission, Jenkins offers reoccurring programs, such as the Third Thursday Lecture series (held virtually) and Second Saturday Workshop, and a new adult program each month.

Gemstone Workshop
Photograph courtesy of Jenkins Arboretum

On September 18th, the Director of Horticulture will give a presentation on how to reduce soil erosion with native plants. There are wellness classes, photography exhibitions, and youth programs – something for everyone! You can view the upcoming events here. Of course, there’s always the option to stroll the gardens and take in the splendor. This month you’ll catch butterflies feeding on Milkweed, the light scent of the Virginia Sweetspire, and of course varieties of rhododendron, azalea, and mountain laurel in bloom.

Yoga Class
Photograph courtesy of Jenkins Arboretum

With so much to offer, you can understand why Jenkins is a must-see destination on your next tour of America’s Gardens.


Photograph courtesy of Jenkins Arboretum