Visit Hershey Gardens
Take the Time to Visit Hershey Gardens
I just returned home from a vacation that included a three-day visit to Hershey, PA. I didn't choose the location of this trip because it was for a family reunion, however I would have chosen it if I had known what I know now.
Hershey, Pennsylvania is a great place to vacation for both children and adults. There are numerous activities to do in town including visiting Hershey Park, the Hershey Story Museum, Chocolate World, and Hershey Gardens. My family managed to get to almost everything in and around Hershey. We were very impressed by the cleanliness of each of the attractions, and the variety of hotels in and nearby Hershey.
While I personally love chocolate and had a great time eating it in Hershey, my favorite part of the visit was to Hershey Gardens. Hershey Gardens was started as a place for Hershey employees and residents to spend some pleasant recreation time, and it has turned into a lovely attraction for visitors as well.
All pictures on this page were taken by the author.
The Most Impressive Thing About Hershey, PA is Milton Hershey himself and what he did to build the town.
Hershey Rose Gardens
The Hershey Gardens started as rose gardens. When we visited there, many of the roses were not flowering, but even in the pictures I have here, you can see the lovely roses that were blooming.
This garden started in 1937 and has 275 varieties of roses.
My Visit to Hershey Gardens. These are in the order we walked through. . .Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Children's Garden is Beautiful and Very Interactive
Even though we had no young children with us, I enjoyed the Children's Gardens. There were several interactive features in the gardens including misters, musical blocks, and the Butterfly House.
I took a lot of photos in the Butterfly House because it was so fascinating. Butterflies were so close to us and the setting was beautiful, too. Although one woman was scared of the butterflies and almost jumped on top of my mother when one of the butterflies landed on her shoulder.
The Children's Garden and Butterfly HouseClick thumbnail to view full-size
Inside the Butterfly House. I loved seeing all the butterflies close up.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Other Parts of the Gardens
There is an ampitheater in the Children's Gardens for presentations as well as surprise hideaways, creatures and whimsical characters. The rest of the gardens are divided into the Japanese Garden, Arboretum, Rock Garden, and then several smaller gardens.
The Japanese Garden has a stream running through it and features rare sequoias and dawn redwood trees. The Arboretum features Four Seasons statues surrounded by horsechestnuts, willow oaks, bald cypress, beech, hemlocks and snowbells. The Rock Garden contains dwarf evergreens, dogwoods, Japanese maples and English and American holly.
There is also a magnolia garden, herb garden, nut grove, and perennial garden.
In recognition of the Hershey Gardens' 75th anniversary in 2012, there is a M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden in honor of Milton Hershey's love of horticulture and beauty.
The Japanese Garden and Walking OutClick thumbnail to view full-size
Milton Hershey and Hershey PA
I think the thing that I found most fascinating about Hershey, PA, was the origination of the town. I learned a lot about Milton Hershey's plan of a town for the people who worked in his plant creating candy, and was amazed by how much he cared for his workers.
- Milton Hershey School
Milton Hershey School is a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. The School is funded by a trust established by Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine. Milton
Milton Hershey is responsible for sponsoring and supporting the Milton Hershey School, a cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for children from families of low income, limited resources, and social need. This school is still in operation from the trust that Hershey bequeathed to it upon his death.
Living the Legacy: The Untold Story of Milton Hershey School
View of the Gardens from Satellite
Have you ever visited Hershey?
Hershey Park was originally developed to entertain Hershey factory workers after a hard day at work. It was part of Milton Hershey's plan for a healthy town for his employees.
Documentary of Milton S. Hershey
© 2014 Paula Atwell