Press release

Dilworth Park Prepares for New Wintergarden


PHILADELPHIA (October 19, 2016) — This week Dilworth Park begins its transformation into the Dilworth Park Wintergarden, featuring an entirely new large-scale winter attraction, America’s Garden Capital Maze, on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn, as the Center City District (CCD) partners with Greater Philadelphia Gardens to celebrate the region’s horticultural heritage, made possible by a generous $300,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to the CENTER CITY DISTRICT FOUNDATION (CCDF).

America’s Garden Capital Maze, designed by Groundswell Design Group, for both children and adults, opens on Friday, November 11, the same day that the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Rothman Institute Cabin open. It will feature willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs, and topiary sculptures from 32 area gardens as part of a Maze with colorful winter plantings adorned with twinkling mini-lights. Anchoring the center of the Maze will be a welcoming gazebo. The Wintergarden and Maze is a way to celebrate in William Penn’s original Center Square the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make this region America’s Garden Capital.

Wintergarden at Dilworth Park is presented by Rothman Institute, William Penn Foundation and through generous support from Subaru, Capital One, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Temple University and 6abc. 

The CCDF would like to thank the following from Greater Philadelphia Gardens for participating in the Dilworth Park Wintergarden: Ambler Arboretum, Arboretum at the Barnes Foundation, Awbury Arboretum, Bartram's Garden, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Brandywine River Museum of Art, Camden Children's Garden, Chanticleer, Hagley Museum and Library, Haverford College Arboretum, Henry Botanic Garden, Henry Schmieder Arboretum, Hortulus Farm Garden & Nursery, Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, Longwood Gardens, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Estate, PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden, The Barton Arboretum & Nature Preserve of Medford Leas, The Gardens at Mill Fleurs, The Highlands Mansion & Garden, The Philadelphia Zoo, The Woodlands, Tyler Arboretum, Tyler Formal Gardens at Bucks County Community College, Welkinweir, Winterthur, and Wyck. To learn more about America’s Garden Capital, please go to AMERICASGARDENCAPITAL.ORG/.


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