Since 2016, the Center City District has installed its popular Wintergarden—a green sanctuary during the cold winter months—in Dilworth Park. Open and free to the public from November to February each year, the Wintergarden features more than 60 varieties of plants, trees, and grasses, four playful topiary, a willow branch pergola, and plenty of opportunities for families and friends to take selfies.

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Wintergarden celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with twinkling lights and a festive atmosphere, welcoming visitors of all ages. Residents, shoppers and tourists all enjoy the garden—a quieter moment within bustling Dilworth Park—filled with ice skating, shopping, a light show and plenty to eat and drink in the Rothman Cabin.

This unique natural setting also creates a mini ecosystem that attracts birds who perch within the plants and trees, creating a small wilderness within Center City.

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Wintergarden is sustainable too, as most of the plant material is repurposed after the garden is disassembled in late February, further beautifying Center City District parks and planters throughout the downtown, helping to maintain Center City District’s existing green spaces and add new ones.

Help the Center City District Foundation continue this popular wintertime amenity for years to come. Support in any amount is appreciated. See below for specific opportunities.


Grasses and perennials: $50
(e.g. Little Bluestem, Winter Jasmine, Autumn Fern)

Shrubs: $100
(e.g. Winterberry, Honeysuckle, Boxwood)

Trees and evergreens: $250
(e.g. Japanese Maple, Colorado Spruce, Moonglow Juniper)

Topiary: $5,000

Wooden pergola: $10,000

Please contact Katie Andrews at with questions or for more information.

To learn more about how you can support this CCDF project, please contact:
Katie Andrews
Director of Development


Click below to view the 2019 - 2020 Wintergarden Plant List.