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Old 02-11-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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I am planning a vacation and my girl really likes botanical gardens and she has high standards about botanical gardens - so I was wondering if Hershey Gardens was any good or is it more of a joke.

I want to rent a little mountain cabin somewhere and wouldn't mind driving a couple hours to see one from the cabin.

If Hershey Gardens isn't worth my time, is there a botanical gardens elsewhere in PA or Maryland that would be worth it?
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Old 02-11-2008, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Selinsgrove, PA
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Longwood Gardens (near Valley Forge and the Brandywine Battlefield) are gorgeous! I would highly recommend them.

I've never been to Hershey so I can't comment personally, but family members and friends have been there and say it's very nice. I suppose it depends on the time of year.
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:39 PM
 
Location: South Central PA
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I am planning a vacation and my girl really likes botanical gardens and she has high standards about botanical gardens - so I was wondering if Hershey Gardens was any good or is it more of a joke.

I want to rent a little mountain cabin somewhere and wouldn't mind driving a couple hours to see one from the cabin.

If Hershey Gardens isn't worth my time, is there a botanical gardens elsewhere in PA or Maryland that would be worth it?
Honestly, I didn't know one existed.

The one in pittsburgh is pretty nice, and I'm sure there's one if not multiple in DC.
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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Longwood Gardens are open year round and are wonderful. They do the outside gardens as well as the inside arboreteums (sp?). There are also wonderful programs. You could probably find a bed/breakfast in or around the Chadds Ford area that would have a cabin atmosphere. Hershey Gardens are also beautiful, but I'm not sure if they are open at this time of year, or that if they even have an inside area. You could probably google each one and check their respective websites. Good Luck!
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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Default Longwood and Hershey

Longwood Gardens is 3 thumbs up beautiful. Hershey gardens has its charm, it doesn't have much flowers and plants as Longwood but it has a Children's Garden which your child might enjoy. Children has simple joys, she might like it. There's a man who goes around riding a century old unicycle, a fountain that sprouts a floating ball, butterfly garden, a musical garden. Grown ups have a different perspective on what's beautiful and what's not. Longwood has also a children's garden but I'm not sure it is already finished. It might be better actually.
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Selinsgrove, PA
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There was just an article in our paper that Hershey Gardens are open through March 31 at half price admission. That's $5 per adult. The sense I got from the article is that the gardens aren't usually open this time of year. They mentioned that the walkways would be cleared following a snow storm.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:27 PM
 
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I really appreciate everything - thanks for the responses everyone.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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I have been at weddings in Hershey gardens. lovely. Theres a lot to do on vaca in central PA, too. check out museums in Hburg and gettysburg too.
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