New Exhibit, Themed Garden and Special Events Celebrate 75 Years of Horticulture at Hershey Gardens

This June, visitors to Hershey Gardens will see a colorful display of more than 5,000 rose bushes in the original rose garden that Milton S. Hershey opened in 1937. Representing 275 rose varieties, the Historic Hershey Rose Garden showcases a selection of colors and flowers including hybrid tea, floribunda, shrub and miniature roses.

In recognition of the Gardens’ 75th anniversary, “Watering Can Wonders: An Art Exhibit by Milton Hershey School Students” debuts on June 9. This exhibit features 500 hand-painted watering cans on display along “Watering Can Way,” located next to The Children’s Garden. Keeping with the theme “anything that can be found in nature” students at Milton Hershey School in grades four through 12 hand-painted the watering cans for this exhibit.

Hershey Gardens’ 11th themed garden – the M.S. Hershey Tribute Garden – will be completed this month. As a tribute to 75 years of horticultural legacy, this new garden features colorful plants and a unique seating area with a personal quote by Mr. Hershey: “The more beautiful you can make the place look, the better life the people will have.” Donor contributions have enabled the Gardens to preserve the M.S. Hershey Rose, which was named after Mr. Hershey in 1940. In 2013, 75 of these historic rose bushes will be featured in this garden.

Set among the blooming roses and seasonal displays, the Gardens hosts a variety of events that guests can enjoy this June:

“A Day of Wines & Roses” (Saturday, June 9)
Guests can take a stroll among more than 5,000 rose bushes and a variety of seasonal blooms while enjoying an assortment of Pennsylvania wines during Hershey Gardens’ ninth annual “A Day of Wines & Roses” event on Saturday, June 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition to sampling wine, the event features a cooking-with-wine demonstration, musical entertainment by “Vinyl Groov” and free food samples from area eateries. Tickets cost $40 per person up to June 3 or $45 from June 4 to the event day. Each ticket-holder receives a complimentary tasting glass. Attendees must be age 21 or older and the event will be held rain-or-shine. The Gardens will close to the public at 3 p.m. on June 9. Tickets are available at http://www.hersheygardens.org/ or by calling 717-508-5970.

“A Whimsical Day of Fairies & Flowers” (Saturday, June 16)
Children can enjoy an afternoon that inspires imagination and enjoyment of nature during “A Whimsical Day of Fairies & Flowers” on Saturday, June 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants receive a booklet of hints to discover eight “fairy doors” hidden throughout the Gardens. Each door awaits guests with information about the fairy that lives within that section of the Gardens. Children will have the opportunity to meet Hershey Gardens’ own Rose Fairy and make a craft to take home.  

Additional activities include storybook readings; an animal encounter with a small owl from ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park; a wand-making station; and a “Create Your Own Fairy Garden” station. The event is held rain-or-shine, and children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite fairy costume. Tickets cost $8 per child, in addition to regular admission. Registration is required. Tickets are available at www.HersheyGardens.org or by calling 717-508-5970.

Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17)
Hershey Gardens offers free general admission to dads on Sunday, June 17. Guests will see a rainbow of colorful annuals in the Seasonal Display Gardens. The Butterfly House is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features more than 300 North American butterflies.

“75th Anniversary Day of Celebration” (Saturday, June 23)

Visitors can enjoy the summer blooms and learn about the Gardens’ through a 75th anniversary historical highlights guide. Kids will have an opportunity to explore the Gardens’ 23 acres using a special “find-and-seek” handout. A day-long discounted admission price is in effect ($7.50 for adults and seniors, 75 cents for juniors). While supplies last, visitors will receive a complimentary Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar as they exit the Gardens.