Scott Arboretum on the Campus of Swarthmore College
Perambulating is a wonderful word for leisurely walking or traveling through or around a particular place, especially for pleasure...and pleasure is exactly what you'll find in our many public gardens! 

May 11th is National Public Gardens Day...and it also happens to be Mother's Day Weekend!  So instead of giving flowers, why not take her to the beautiful places where they grow?
The tenth annual National Public Gardens Day is the perfect time to explore the beauty of our local green spaces.  You may not be aware that Delaware County lies at the heart of what is called The Garden Capital of the Nation: 30 gardens within 30 miles.... 

Formerly the home of the Haas family, Stoneleigh Gardens opens May 13th
but...(drum roll please!) on May 13th Delco's Stoneleigh Gardens in Villanova officially opens to the public - making it 31 gardens within 30 miles! 

Admission is FREE and from 10am to 5pm you can explore this gorgeous place with deep roots: towering trees, lauded landscape architecture, and community connections.
Stoneleigh: A natural garden blends history, horticulture,
ecological and conservation values, and Natural Lands’
 emphasis on access to nature for all.

For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever.

Now you can stroll this beautiful place and be inspired to think in new ways about your own home landscaping.

1829 East County Line Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Stoneleigh Garden Website

Here are a few more garden suggestions:

On May 11th Scott Arboretum (pictured in the headline photo at the top of the story) is offering a National Public Gardens Day Tour from noon to 1pm
Located on the campus of Swarthmore College, the ever popular Scott Arboretum invites one and all to celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a special treat. On May 11th, at 12pm, their professional staff will offer a tour of their extensive collection of plants.  Geared for gardeners of all levels, from beginners to experts, it begins at the Arboretum offices, and lasts until 1pm.  It is FREE of charge. For more information, call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025. The tour could be cancelled if there is inclement weather.
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Scott Arboretum Website

Chanticleer Gardens, the estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten Sr., is the only Main Line Estate Still Open to the Public
Have a seat at the stone table in the Sun Porch and enjoy views of pink blossoms of Prunus Accolade
that fill the windows.  Photo by Lisa Roper

Chanticleer was the estate of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr. Their son Adolph, Jr., left the property to be enjoyed as a public garden, which opened to visitors in 1993.
Located less than 30 minutes from Philadelphia, Chanticleer is one of the great gardens of the region. Come discover why London's Financial Times called it "planted to perfection" and Garden Design magazine said it was"America's most inspiring garden." Enjoy more than 30 acres of sights, textures, flowers, and vegetables at Chanticleer Gardens. This "pleasure garden" was created to illustrate the beauty of the art of horticulture. Enjoy the surroundings at a leisurely pace or take a tour with a knowledgeable guide.

Chanticleer Gardens Website
786 Church Rd., Wayne, PA 19087-4713

Tyler Arboretum is one of the older arboreta in the northeastern United States and a place of natural beauty and history dating back to the time of William Penn.
Today, Tyler serves the Greater Philadelphia region through horticulture, education, and the preservation of natural lands.  It is a non-profit public garden with 650 acres of plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadow.  It is open to the public 362 days a year.

515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063
Tyler Arboretum Website