20 Years as Philadelphia's Garden District


Chestnut Hill’s green landscapes, lush gardens, public parks and renowned architecture earned the neighborhood the distinct designation of “Philadelphia’s Garden District” by Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell in 1997. To celebrate 20 years in bloom, the urban enclave invites locals and visitors alike to experience six months of special events, public programs and tours that feature some of the city’s most dynamic attractions found only in Chestnut Hill. Brimming with culture, recreation, world-class dining, diverse shopping and entertainment, every nook and cranny of Philadelphia’s Garden District begs to be explored.

Participant Activity Date
Chestnut Hill Shops and Restaurants Flower Power Happy Hours-April 20th and April 27th, Toast to the 20th Anniversary of Philadelphia’s Garden District during flower-themed happy hour events including floral cocktails and dishes, along with extended store hours along Germantown Avenue. More Info Visit Website April 20th and April 27th
Morris Arboretum Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Visit Website April 8th and 15th, 2017
Morris Arboretum Arboretum in Motion - 30 kinetic wind sculptures Visit Website Opens April 1, 2017
Morris Arboretum Garden Railway Grand Opening Visit Website Saturday, May 27, 2017
Woodmere Art Museum Garden/Landscape focused exhibits in gallery & sculpture garden --Phila. Artist John Laub Visit Website April 8, 2017
Woodmere Art Museum Lecture: Through a Mother's Eyes: The Art of John Laub Visit Website Sunday, May 14, 2017
Woodmere Art Museum Inside/Outside: Nature in Art Tour Visit Website Saturday, June 10, 2017 2:00 pm
C.H. Conservancy & Historical Society Cultural Landscape Tour Series Visit Website Spring and Summer 2017
Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. Chestnut Hill Pop-Up Beer Garden Visit Website Opening in May
Plein Air Outdoor Painting Competition Visit Website June 10, 2017 (rain date June 11)
CHBA Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival Visit Website Sunday, May 7, 2017
Northwestern Stables Fairmount Park Horse Show Visit Website Sunday, May 21, 2017
Friends of the Wissahickon Valley Talks: Celebrating Trees in America's Garden Capital with Paul Meyer, Edward S. Barnard & Catriona Bull Briger Visit Website Thursday, April 13 - Valley Green Inn
Friends of the Wissahickon Valley Talk: Old & New Along the Wissahickon 1776-1876 by Elizabeth Milroy Visit Website Tuesday, May 16 - Valley Green Inn
Fairmount Park Conservancy Love Your Park Week Visit Website May 13 to 21, 2017
PHS PHS Garden Visits: Chestnut Hill (self-guided tour) Visit Website May 21, 2017 noon to 5
Participant Activity Date
Friends of the Wissahickon and United by Blue Wissahickon Creek Clean Up Visit Website June 3, 2017
Morris Arboretum Annual Plant Sale Visit Website May 11 - 13, 2017
Woodmere Art Museum Pet Walks with Art Visit Website Sunday, July 9th
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant Garden-themed beer & "Flower Power Happy Hour" series Visit Website April 20 and 27, 2017
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Festival of Trees Tour highlighting over 25 varieties of trees. Guidebooks with maps and narratives will be distributed. Visit Website May 21, 2017(Rogation Day); 3 to 5 pm
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill Garden,Music,Art Camp - community gardens with other religious organizations such as Jewish & Muslim leaders (still tentative) Visit Website August 21-25
Our Mother of Consolation Church tentative: open area churches for tours around Easter time Visit Website April
Christ Ascension Lutheran Church Cherry Blossom Festival on church lawn; Noon: Mary Lynn Howard of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Philadelphia Association will be demonstrating a traditional tea ceremony at noon in Christ Ascension Lutheran Church. Visit Website Saturday, April 22, 2017
Christ Ascension Lutheran Church Movie: Chasing Ice at Chestnut Hill Library Visit Website April 8th, 2017 12 to 2 pm
Jenks Academy of Arts & Sciences Funfest Visit Website Saturday, May 20, 2017
Norwood Fontbonne Academy Campus & Children's Garden Beautification Project Visit Website May 2017 (exact date TBD)
Weavers Way Mediterranean Garden Party Visit Website Friday, May 19, 2017 6 to 8 pm
Friends of the Wissahickon Annual Ice Cream Social Visit Website Wednesday, August 16, 3-5 pm at Cedars House
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Community House Tour Cocktail Reception Visit Website April 20, 2017 Phila. Cricket Club
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Community House Tour to benefit the Designated Fund for the creation of an outdoor ampitheater at SCH which will be built overlooking the Wissahickon & open to the public Visit Website April 21, 2017
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Community House Tour Boutique at Phila. Cricket Club Visit Website April 21, 2017
Stagecrafters Shakespeare in Hollywood by Ken Ludwig Visit Website June 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2017