Brandywine Valley blooms each April with millions of bursting blooms, including an imaginative world of garden follies, horticultural courses and more to explore. Take a day trip to this beautiful country escape, and soak in the beautiful displays.
Brandywine Valley Blooms In April
I live a short drive from Brandywine Valley and each year we try to make a visit to this beautiful area of Pennsylvania. You will find it tucked just outside of the hustle and bustle of Philly. This beautiful area is also two hours from both New York City and Washington, DC offering a perfect escape from city life. Offering quaint bed and breakfasts, wineries, farm to table dining and more it’s a great weekend away.
This gorgeous garden in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, showcases horticultural masterpieces year-round, but spring is arguably the most spectacular season to visit. To kick off Spring Blooms, which started on March 31 and extends to May 6, guests of the 1,077-acre garden can see an early display of blossoms, including millions of crocus, winter-aconite, glory-of-the-snow and daffodils blanketing the grounds. This season also showcases more than 240,000 tulips in bloom, flowering trees and other botanical treasures.
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Now on display is the garden’s first-ever outdoor exhibition “Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden.” Thirteen whimsical and imaginative garden follies include such structures as a Gothic-inspired tower, American summer houses and a faerie cottage. Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, the 60-acre Winterthur Garden is surrounded by nearly 1,000 acres of meadows, farmland and waterways.
Mt Cuba Center
Visitors can “become fluent in wildflowers” this season at the Mt Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware. A botanical garden unlike any others, the premier native plant garden is dedicated to supporting the environment through the promotion of ecological horticulture. Here, guests can find and learn about plants that will work best in their own gardens using the center’s native plant finder.
Considered the largest example of a formal French Garden in North America, Nemours Estate opens for the season on May 1. Though it’s located in Wilmington, visitors may mistakenly think they’ve been transported to Europe, as the 300-acre estate is modeled after the French palace Versailles. Along with the French Garden, visitors can also explore the 77-room mansion, along with fountains, artwork and gilded sculptures on the grounds.
Spring is the perfect season to visit Brandywine Valley, as the air is warm and the flowers are in bloom. Book your botanical getaway today.