By Ginny Scott
The Swarthmore Horticultural Society invites everyone to welcome spring by experiencing the beauty of an internationally recognized private garden, located right here in Swarthmore.
On Sunday, April 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Charles Cresson, will open his garden, “Hedgleigh Spring,” to the public for self-guided tours.
The Cresson garden, which has been featured in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living is comprised of two acres divided into cleverly designed green “rooms” that showcase the many facets of gardening, including a fern dell, a sunken perennial garden, a stream-fed pond garden, a wildflower meadow, and a tranquil shade garden.
This garden is a true visual feast at any time of the year, but particularly in the spring when it is filled with thousands of spring bulbs, wildflowers, flowering annuals, and blossoming shrubs and trees. (The New York Times called the spectacular Cresson collection of camellias “eye candy!”)
Visitors are welcome to tour the garden at their own pace, and Charles Cresson will be available for questions. The Cresson garden is located at 32 Amherst Avenue in Swarthmore. Visitors should enter through the garden gate on the left side as you face the residence.
The event is free, but donations will be solicited on behalf of the Swarthmore Horticultural Society, a nonprofit, all volunteer organization that plants and maintains many of the public gardens in Swarthmore town center. For more information, visit the SHS website at www.swarthmorehorticulturalsociety.org.