Hershey, PA: The Children’s Garden, and More, at Hershey Gardens

 

Hershey, PA really is a town for all ages; and Hershey Gardens is definitely a place for the whole family to enjoy. The gardens include tree specimens, grasses, other perennials, herbs, seasonal display gardens, a children’s garden, and butterfly house.  There are picnic facilities, too, west of the rose garden.

It was fun seeing how excited kids got when the chocolate kiss fountain starting spewing steam.

Chocolate kiss steam fountains

Chocolate kiss steam fountains

 

The children’s garden also includes plantings for each letter of the alphabet.

Quaking grass

“Q” is for Quaking grass

 

ornamental peppers

“P” is for peppers. Ornamental peppers

 

Verbena Obsession cotton candy

Who could resist a plant called “Cotton Candy?”

 

There is a peaceful spot with a bridge, toadstools, and willows, dedicated to Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows.

toad stools

A verdant resting spot among the willows

 

The hoop house includes a pond with goldfish, and displays about growing veggies.

The hoop house is bright with primary colors.

The hoop house is bright with primary colors.

 

Goldfish in the pond

Goldfish in the pond

 

growing veggies in the children's garden

Bright trellises for veggies

 

Once you’ve finished touring the rose garden and children’s garden, there is still a lot to see.

Longview

A seasonal garden display

 

Another seasonal display

Another seasonal display

 

Dwarf morning glory "Blue My Mind"

Dwarf morning glory “Blue My Mind”

 

Salvia "Black and Bloom"

Salvia “Black and Bloom”

 

Fall blooming anemone

Fall blooming anemone

The paved pathway through Hershey Gardens is about a mile long; but, no doubt, you’ll be taking detours here and there, adding to your daily steps! Can you think of a better way to exercise your mind and body?!

Elephant ear plant, Colocasia gigantea

Elephant ear plant, Colocasia gigantea

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