Medowbrook Farm Opens Doors for the Season with Social Distancing Guidelines in Place

Meadowbrook Farm, a free public garden in Jenkintown that offers a variety of unique plants and flowers, opens its doors to visitors with social distancing. Image via Facebook.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown opened to the public Aug. 5, taking precautions in alignment with state and federal regulations amid the global pandemic.

Also open is the Meadowbrook Farm Plant shop, which offers a diverse selection of plants that can be found in the gardens and unusual versions of old favorites.

Meadowbrook Farm is the former home of philanthropist J. Liddon Pennock Jr, which he bequeathed to PHS after his passing in 2003, and is now a free public garden that welcomes gardening enthusiasts.

Each of the 19 gardens that spans the 25-acre property is redesigned by PHS horticulture professionals every year, offering visitors an array of fresh flowers with sweeping colors for free.

Throughout the property and among the pink and purple striated foliage, petunias, blue salvia, and begonias, the gardens also serve as a habitat for bees, humming birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.

This year, Alice’s Garden, a garden named after Pennock’s late wife, is serving as a vegetable garden in support of PHS Harvest 2020, an initiative addressing food insecurity in the Philadelphia region.

“PHS Meadowbrook Farm is a unique horticulture experience for enthusiasts of all ages,” said Andrew Bunting, Vice President of Public Horticulture. “The diverse plant palette is a blend of horticulture and landscaping that serves as a welcoming space for visitors to enjoy during the summer and fall.”

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