Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art

If you are looking for garden inspiration, some public gardens in the region are open.

With counties in different phases, it can be tough to keep track of what’s open.

If you are looking for garden inspiration, we’ll keep tabs on gardens in the region.

These gardens are within a one-hour drive of Lancaster County. This list will be updated as new information becomes available. If you have updates, please add the details in the comments or contact Erin Negley at

The list was last updated July 27.

Conestoga House and Gardens

The Conestoga House and Gardens 

Conestoga House and Gardens

This home dates back to the 1800s, when it served as a tavern. The property has nearly eight acres of gardens filled with tropical plants, annuals plus roses and topiaries. The site reopened in June after it was sold to a company affiliated to Ecklin Development Group from the James Hale Steinman Conestoga House Foundation.

Status: Open to the public, Wednesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for visitors ages 10 and older.

Address: 1608 Marietta Ave., Lancaster

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Tanger Arboretum

Tanger Arboretum, next to LancasterHistory and Wheatland, has more than 100 different varieties of mature trees, plus dozens of tiny dwarf conifers. There’s also a native plant garden.

Status: LancasterHistory’s buildings are closed the public but the outdoor arboretum is open from dawn to dusk. Admission is free. Leashed dogs are welcome. There's also a free audio tour

Address: 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster

COVID-19 changes: Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing.

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Roses in Bloom-Hershey Gardens

Hershey Gardens

This 23-acre botanical garden has 3,500 roses plus a conservatory with a butterfly atrium.

Status: The gardens opened June 20. Summer hours are daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Address: 170 Hotel Road, Hershey

COVID-19 changes: Visitors are encouraged to buy timed tickets online ($13.50 for regular admission) at Tickets will be scanned at the gardens, minimizing contact. Online tickets will have arrival times to manage capacity. Guests are required to wear a mask indoors, encouraged to wear a mask outdoors and asked practice physical distancing. The butterfly atrium is open for guided tours at timed intervals. The last tour starts at 5:30 p.m. 

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And here's a look at the roses in bloom.



Welkinweir is a 197-acre property with a 55-acre arboretum and historic estate house, as well as wetland, meadow and woodland habitats.

Status: Open weekdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Address: 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown

COVID-19 changes: You must wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times during your visit. Visit only with members of your household and do not gather with others. All buildings, structures, rest rooms and benches are closed.

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Longwood Gardens

Created by Pierre du Pont, Longwood has 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows and fountains.

Status: The gardens are open to the public, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Timed admission tickets are required.

Address: 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square

COVID-19 changes: Wear a mask. Make room for others. Practice good hygiene. Mind the green dots. Follow one-way paths.

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Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute

Rodale Institute has a working farm on 333 acres for research on organic and now regenerative agriculture.

Status: Open for self-guided walking tours of the outdoor farm, 24-7. The visitor center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Address: 611 Siegfriedale Road, Kutztown

COVID-19 changes: Visitors are asked to wear a mask and stay six feet from others.

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Brandywine River Trail

Brandywine River Conservancy

The museum, which focuses on the art of Andrew Wyeth, is on a campus that has five miles of trails along the banks of the Brandywine River.

Status: The Brandywine River Museum of Art opened July 1. The conservancy’s campus trails are open.

Address: 1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford

COVID-19 changes: Visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing.

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