The Arboretum at Penn State: Cultivation, Conservation, and Community

Overlook Pavilion at the Penn State Arboretum

Located roughly a mile from Beaver Stadium on the campus of Penn State University, the Penn State Arboretum lives at the crossroads of nature, education, and community engagement. Opened in 2009, this 350-acre living museum extends beyond a traditional botanical garden, offering a variety of experiences, serene landscapes, and hands-on educational programs for visitors of […]

Bike from Center City to Philadelphia’s Garden District of Chestnut Hill

A mere 12 miles from the bustling heart of Center City, is Philadelphia’s Urban Enclave of Chestnut Hill. For cyclists, this stunning garden neighborhood is easily within reach. This historic neighborhood with cobblestone streets offers fantastic dining, boutique shops, antique stores, the Woodmere Art Museum, and the Official Arboretum of the Commonwealth, Morris Arboretum. Getting […]

19 Outstanding Things to Do in Easton MD and Beyond

The “Capital of the Eastern Shore,” Easton, Maryland offers a charming blend of history, culture, and outdoor activities, making it a diverse travel destination. Its historic downtown, centered around North Washington Street and the Talbot County Courthouse, features beautifully preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture, art galleries, unique boutiques, and fine dining. Additionally, Easton enjoys a […]

Best Botanical Gardens and Arboretums near Philadelphia

gardens at Mt. Cuba

Philadelphia is home to the oldest and one of the largest urban park systems in the United States. But also, it is known as “America’s Garden Capital.” In addition to all that public space, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has designated 38 of the best botanical gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes near Philadelphia as must-see […]

19+ Outstanding Things to Do in Wilmington Delaware (2023)

Wilmington DE from the Riverfront

In 2020, the Presidential campaign of Joe Biden thrust Wilmington, Delaware into the spotlight, but this small city just 40 minutes from Philadelphia and 2 hours from New York City by train still may not be on your radar. However, this once-underrated city is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Conde Nast Travel has identified […]

Spring in Philadelphia’s Garden District: Visiting Morris Arboretum and Chestnut Hill

Colorful Tulips in Chestnut Hill PA

With spring officially sprung, now is the perfect time to begin planning a trip to Philadelphia’s Urban Enclave of Chestnut Hill. While part of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill sits just 12 miles from Center City Philadelphia on the border of Montgomery County. Along with Germantown and Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill is one of three Philadelphia Garden […]

Plan an Unforgettable 5-day Road Trip through Northern Virginia (w/ FREE PDF itinerary)

When talking about the Washington DC metro area the District of Columbia gets most of the attention. But don’t overlook Northern Virginia as an add-on to your DC trip. Or plan to visit Northern Virginia completely independent of the capital city. After all, many of the sites associated with DC aren’t even located there.  Furthermore, […]

Philadelphia Area Gardens and Estates to Visit on a Long Layover at PHL

Nemours estate and gardens near PHL

Philadelphia is considered America’s Garden Capital. With over 30 natural and Botanical Gardens within 30 miles of Center City or a quick drive away, you are sure to find one that is easily accessible during a long layover at Philadelphia International Airport.  The recommendations here are based on drive time to and from PHL and […]

Thoughtful Gifts for Gardeners

holiday gift box in craft paper

At the holidays gardening may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for gift ideas. But for the gardener in your life, planting is always top of the mind. And giving a garden-related gift shows you really understand the gift’s recipient. Here’s a list of thoughtful horticultural gifts that can be […]

Why New Jersey is Known as the Garden State

Jersey Fresh Produce

Most people have no idea why New Jersey is known as the “Garden State.” Typically, when people think of New Jersey they automatically think of it as an extension of New York City. For those of us of a certain age, the joke by Joe Piscopo and SNL comes to mind. “What exit”? Because New […]

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