When asked to sponsor a national rosarium in Washington, D.C., chocolate magnate Milton Hershey instead decided to create “a nice garden of roses” for his local community.
Now Hershey Gardens comprises 23 acres, with themed gardens including Japanese Garden, Herb Garden, perennial garden, an Arboretum with horsechestnuts, Persian parrotia, bald cypress, beech, hemlocks and fragrant snowbell , an Oak Grove,
- Rose Garden. More than 5,600 roses representing 275 varieties, some originally hand-planted by Mr. Hershey’s gardeners — Hybrid Tea, floribunda, shrub, and miniature roses, and new AARS rose variety winners.
- Butterfly House Walk with 350 North American butterflies of nearly 25 varieties. Open from Friday, May 24 through Sunday, September 15, 2013. The entire lifecycle of the butterfly can be viewed, with nectar plants for food and host plants for egg-laying and caterpillar feeding. Note: Closed during inclement weather and during extreme heat. Due to space limitations, strollers not permitted.
- Children’s Garden. Of course there are Hershey’s kisses misters, along with 32 themed gardens
Over 5,600 roses, representing 275 varieties, Visiting:
Open daily for the 2013 season beginning on Thursday, March 28 and continuing through Sunday, November 3. The Gardens is open on select days in November and December. Wheelchair accessible.
170 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033, phone 717-534-3492