Updates

UPDATES to the BOOK
One of the main purposes of this website is to provide updates to the information in the book, which we will post as we learn about them. This is a service to buyers of the book, so any contact information included in the book will not be repeated in these listings.

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If you visit a garden and see something different from (or not included in) the book please contact us. We are also interested in any other public gardens in the region, of any size, that may be newly opened since the book’s publication.
See below for several new gardens not in this edition.

Information Updates

May 2008: Nemours Mansion and Garden, in Wilmington, Delaware….
…has re-opened after an extensive $38 million renovation to the house and garden. For tour information, check their website, www.nemours.org. Tour slots are limited and already filling up.

2/6/08: Evening Summer Visiting Hours for 2008
When a garden is open on a summer evening, the softer light and cooler temperatures can make for a magical experience. Mt. Cuba Center is offering guided tours (by reservation only) on Wednesday annd Thursday evenings from May 28 to July 31; cost is $5. Chanticleer has summer evening hours from May through August on Friday nights. Morris Arboretum is open on some Thursday evenings, often with an associated musical event. Scott Arboretum has an evening summer concert series in its beautiful Ampitheater. The grounds of the Hagley Museum are open for $2, for walkers and bikers, on Wednesday evenings in the summertime. Longwood Gardens has many evening events throught the year, including summertime musical and theattrical productions, fountain shows and fireworks displays.  Many other gardens that are always open into the evening, including Awbury Arboretum, Jenkins Arboretum, and the Temple Ambler Landscape Arboretum, are also worth visiting on summer evenings.  Call the invididual gardens or check their websites for more details; some require advance reservations or charge extra fees for these special after-hours visits.

6/5/07: Food at Grounds For Sculpture
While Grounds for Sculpture has a fine cafe with an enchanting outdoor seating area, some visitors might choose to eat at Rat’s Restaurant, which adjoins the grounds. Please note that your meal at Rat’s includes free admission to the Grounds. Visitors eating at the restaurant should use its separate parking lot, and then enter the grounds through the restaurant after their meal.

4/23/07: Stained Glass at West Laurel Hill Cemetery
During an early spring visit to the cenetery, when the belated trees that are the main feature of this 186-arboretum had yet to leaf out, we still enjoyed tromping around the grounds admiring the countless monuments, and peering into the mausoleums to view the stained glass windows that provide light for these cottages of eternal rest.

Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park

While our guidebook includes many references to various features of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park (including the Azalea Garden, the Art Museum landscape, Rittenhouse, Logan and Washington Squares, the Horticulture Center, Bartram’s Garden and others), a broader mention of the importance of the Park has been suggested by some readers (including one friend who works for the Fairmount Park Commission). At 9,000 acres, Fairmount Park is the largest urban park system in the world, and helps make the city one of the greenest in the United States. The park was created beginning in the mid-19th century, to help protect the city’s water supply. For more information on the park, visit www.fairmountpark.org. The archives section of Adam’s other website, www.phillyh2o.org, also contains many historical documents relating to both the Fairmount Water Works and the park itself.

View from Belmont, watercolor by August Kollner, 1876.
Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia Print & Picture Collection
Although the buildings in the city are now far taller and more numerous, this view can still be had today from Fairmount Park’s Belmont Plateau–the greenery in the foreground making the city rising behind it seem like an enchanting Oz.

NEW GARDENS
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Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
at Christiana Hospital
4701 Ogletown Stanton Road
Newark, Delaware 19713
Contact for site visit:
Cecilia T. at  302-623-4555.
Size: 2 acres
Visit time: 30 minutes-1 hour

This hospital  garden was designed by Wilmington-based landscape architect Rodney Robinson and his associate Francesco Cerrai. We haven’t visited yet, but based on the photos above (not taken by Rob Cardillo) and on other work done by the firm, we feel confident recommending a visit during the growing season. We will provide a further update after a site visit. Click on the thumbnails above to view larger images.

Sayen Gardens
155 Hughes Drive
Hamilton, New Jersey  08690
609-587-7356
www.sayengardens.org
Size: 30 acres
Open every day from dawn to dusk.
Admission Free
Visit time: 1-2 hours

Spring bulbs and azaleas are the highlight in this garden, the former estate of Frederick Sayen and now administered by Hamilton Township. Rob and I haven’t visited here yet, but it came highly recommended by an attendee at one of our lectures. Located in the same township as Grounds For Sculpture, it would make a good side trip before or after visiting that garden.