Name of Garden:
Brandywine River Museum Wildflower Gardens
Designed by horticulturist F.M. Mooberry and begun in 1974, the gardens feature indigenous and some naturalized plants of the greater Brandywine region displayed in natural settings. In 1979, Lady Bird Johnson dedicated the gardens to Ford B. Draper and Henry A. Thouron, two individuals who played important roles in the establishment of the Brandywine Conservancy. Today, the gardens are maintained in memory of Mary Sharp.
these 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 a setting akin to its natural habitat: woodland, wetland, flood plain or meadow. A unique feature of the gardens is the rainwater detention basin located between the two paved parking areas. It provides a wetland habitat for several species of wildflower and serves as a model for controlling river pollution from parking lot runoff.
Brandywine River Museum,
U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141,
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Telephone: (610) 388-2700
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day
Adults, $8.00; seniors, students with ID and children ages 6-12, $5. Free for children under 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members.