Hershey Gardens

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United States of America - Pennsylvania - Hershey

Institution Code: HERSG

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Hershey Gardens

When approached to sponsor a national rosarium in Washington , D.C. , Milton S. Hershey instead decided to create a garden in Hershey, where he and the community could enjoy it. Hershey Gardens began with Mr. Hershey's request to "create a nice garden of roses."

The 23 acre Gardens are now much more than just roses; visit breathtaking theme gardens, brilliant seasonal displays, unique trees, a mesh enclosed Butterfly House and a wondrous Children's Garden.

Main Address:
Hershey Gardens
170 Hotel Road
Pennsylvania 17033 United States of America

Telephone: (717) 508-5975
Fax: (717) 533-8287
URL: www.hersheygardens.com
Primary Email: info@hersheygardens.org

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Don Papson, Executive Director, The M.S. Hershey Foundation
    Curator's Name: Jamie Shiffer, Grounds Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 3

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
  • Date founded: 1937
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 4 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 9 Hectares
  • Total Area: 9 Hectares
    Latitude: 40.2952930
    Longitude: -76.6646370
    Annual Rainfall: 1023 mm
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Hershey Gardens
  • Local Address: 170 Hotel Road
  • Locality: City: Hershey
  • Locality: State: PA

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 3
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 96000
    Number of Volunteers: 357

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Roses, dwarf conifers, beech, herbaceous perennials, grasses, weeping conifers.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: No
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Education: No
    Horticulture: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes