Northwest Philadelphia’s hidden gardens are on display

Philadelphians might be more accustomed to visiting public locations like Bartram’s Gardens to enjoy flowers, but botanical enthusiasts can see some elaborate private gardens at this Saturday’s Hidden Gardens Tour.

The annual event by the Mt. Airy Learning Tree is a self-guided tour in Northwest Philadelphia held Saturday June 4.

Eric Sternfels, the coordinator of the tour, says 13 private gardens will be on display. He also says these will be all new gardens this year. There will be seven gardens in West Mt. Airy, one in East Mt. Airy,  two in Chestnut Hill, & three in Germantown.

“I’m going to try to keep a five-year sort of moratorium on returns to gardens so people don’t feel like they’re paying to see the same thing,” he said.

He expects up to 100 attendees, if the weather cooperates.

The cost of the tour is $19.

Pregistration is required. Registrants pick up maps of the self-guided tour at the MALT office, featuring highlights of each garden and directions to these local treasures. You may pick up your map and start your tour between 10:00 AM and 11:30AM, and should finish by 3:00 PM.

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