Inn at Whitewing Farm is adjacent toin Kennett Square, PA.
For reservations, call 610-388-2013

   View of the Brandywine River from the Hagley Museum grounds.

Enjoying the Gardens of the Brandywine

Literally adjacent to Whitewing Farm, in Kennett Square, is the world famous Longwood Gardens a "must see" destination for any serious garden or flower enthusiast. Longwood has horticultural events all year round starting with orchids in the winter through early spring. Check their website for what's in bloom information and for special events that may coincide with your visit to the area.

Three of the du Pont mansions have gardens and associated with them. They are Winterthur Museum & Garden, just 10 minutes from the Inn; Nemours Mansion and Gardens, 22 minutes away; and Hagley Museum 20 minutes away, where the first du Pont home in America, Eleutherian Mills, was built. You can visit all of these Brandywine valley garden destinations, but to do it a single day would be foolish. Slow down, enjoy each and be sure to make reservations for the Nemours Mansion tour well in advance of your arrival. Space is limited and the tour is very popular.

Winterthur's country estate is comprised of nearly 1000 acres that include not only the garden designed by Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), but rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests that were kept in a more natural state. Plants from around the world were added to enhance the natural setting, and they were installed in color combinations which bloom from late January to November.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens was recently renovated at a cost of $30 million, bringing the formal gardens and the mansion back to its glory. The 300-acre country estate of the late industrialist and philanthropist Alfred I. duPont is beautifully furnished with fine antiques, famous works of art, rare tapestries, and unique treasures. The grounds surrounding the mansion are among the finest examples of French-style gardens in the United States.

Hagley Museum is located on the banks of the Brandywine River and is one of the most beautiful spots in the valley. You can still see the original millrace and the structures facing the river where the gunpowder was ground. The first du Eleutherian Mills, the home of E. I. du Pont sits above on the crest of a hill and is a charming Georgian-style home furnished with antiques and memorabilia from five generations of du Ponts. The French-style garden created by E. I. du Pont, an avid botanist, has been restored.

The Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens maintained by The Brandywine Conservancy feature indigenous plants displayed in natural settings. Their demonstration gardens use wildflowers, trees and shrubs in landscaped areas. Plants are selected to provide a succession of bloom from early spring through the first killing frost. Each is located in an appropriate natural setting, either woodland, wetland, flood plain or meadow.

Rockwood Mansion & Park in Wilmington, DE includes 72 acres of quiet and serene parkland with 6 acres of formal gardens. Rockwood also has 2 1/2 miles of lighted trails you can walk and enjoy which is part of the Northern Delaware Greenway. Take the time to tour the historic Rockwood Mansion.

Mt. Cuba Center located on the gently rolling hills of the Delaware Piedmont was established by the late Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland and is dedicated to the study of the Piedmont flora. You can tour their 630-acre estate which has preserved the historic rural pastures and fields, protected the native forests and developed a series of naturalistic woodland wildflower gardens and formal landscapes.


Bartram's Garden is just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. It is America's oldest living botanical garden, a glimpse into an 18th century homestead which is surrounded by the bustle of Philadelphia. You won't believe you are in the city when you see the wildflower meadow, majestic trees, river trail, wetland, stone house and farm buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River, and, of course, the historic botanical garden of American native plants.

Chanticleer A "pleasure garden" designed to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture. Thousands of bulbs cover the ground in spring, followed by orchards of flowering trees with native wildflowers blooming in the woods. A vegetable garden complements a cut-flower garden, both accompanied by espaliered fruit trees. Courtyards are a framework for unusual combinations of herbaceous perennials, punctuated by pots of tropical plants.

Haverford College Arboretum - In 1831, a distinguished group of Philadelphia and New York Quakers purchased 198.5 acres which lay in the center of the Welsh Tract, a part of the 40,000 acres of land ceded to the Welsh Quakers by William Penn. Upon this land the group founded Haverford College two years later. William Carvill, an English gardener, was hired in 1834 to convert the farmland into a functioning campus. His design reflected the influence of Sir Humphry Repton, one of England's great landscape architects.

Jenkins Arboretum - Located in a rare remnant of the once continuous southeastern Pennsylvania hardwood forest, Jenkins Arboretum, a 46-acre, thriving woodland ecosystem, possesses large natural stands of mountain laurel, pinxterbloom azalea, blueberry, deerberry, native wildflowers, ferns, and herbs.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary center that integrates art, science and the humanities. Thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including many of Philadelphia's oldest, rarest, and largest trees, are set in a romantic, 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College is a garden of ideas and suggestions. Encompassing more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus and exhibiting over 4,000 kinds of ornamental plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, vines and perennials for use in the region.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso) is one of the most unusual garden attractions in the Philadelphia area. This shoin-zukuri (desk-centered) house, built in 16th century style, is located on the grounds of the Horticultural Center in the West Philadelphia section of Fairmount Park. The perfectly proportioned architecture of the main structure and adjoining tea house is enhanced by an ornamental garden and picturesque pond.

Tyler Arboretum is one of the oldest and largest arboreta in the northeastern United States, with over 650 acres of naturalized plantings and 20 miles of hiking trails that will take you through serene native woodlands. Attractions at Tyler include spectacular plant collections including lilac, magnolia, cherry, and crabapple. The rhododendron collection is considered one of the finest in the country. Children and adults alike will delight in the butterfly-filled Meadow Maze that winds a labyrinth through native grasses. Tyler has been designated an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society and enjoys a diverse population of raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. On the National Historic Registry, Tyler's history dates back to a 1681 land grant from William Penn. Visitors will enjoy tours of the historic buildings, which are filled with antique furnishings and decorative arts. The Arboretum has classes, workshops, and events on-going throughout the year. Tyler is open seven days a week year-round.

Welkinweir, Pottstown, PA The Pinetum and Hillside Garden that greet visitors to Welkinweir preview the natural beauty of this richly diverse, secluded stream valley. Enjoy the majestic views of the Chester County countryside from the terrace of the former Rodenbaugh estate. Investigate the barn ruins on the way to the ponds, which are a focal point of this 162-acre refuge and environmental education center.

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