Fairmount Park’s Horticulture Center was built for the Bicentennial celebration in 1976. Its predecessor was the Horticultural Hall, which was built for the 1876 Centennial Exposition building.
Interesting aside: The Centennial Exposition was America’s first world fair, and Fairmount Park was chosen as its location. Learn more about its fascinating history, including a rather bizarre fund raising campaign involving a piece of the Statue of Liberty!
Some of the sites you will see at the Horticulture Center, in addition to many types of flowers and trees:
- Centennial Arboretum
- Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
- picnic groves
- visitor center
- display gardens
- perennial gardens
- butterfly garden
- Puryear Pavilion
- collection of statues and sculptures
- small pond