Hershey Gardens open for 2016

HERSHEY, Pa. – Winter has begun to melt into spring, which means another colorful season at Hershey Gardens is just around the corner. The 23-acre botanical garden will open for its 79th season at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016, and offer discounted admission through Thursday, April 7, 2016.

First opened in 1937 as a three-and-a-half acre garden of roses, today Hershey Gardens features 11 themed gardens, a children’s garden and a butterfly house, which will open on Friday, May 27.


Hershey Gardens Opens for the 2016 Season!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy 11 beautiful themed gardens, The Children’s Garden, Swan Lake and much more! Early spring bulbs and perennials typically bloom late March/early April; exact time of blooming flowers is dependent upon weather conditions. Discounted admission offered through Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Easter Sunrise Service at Hershey Gardens
Sunday, March 27, 2016
6:30 a.m.
A Hershey Gardens tradition, Easter Sunrise Service is open to the community. Join the Hershey Ministerium for this non-denominational service; no admission fee prior to 8 a.m. The service will include a sign language interpreter and be live streamed at http://www.Fishburnumc.org.

Gardenfest at Hershey Gardens
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Free admission from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gardenfest is the annual free community day at Hershey Gardens. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local organizations will offer information on various community and garden programs.

Late Spring
20,000 colorful tulips will be in bloom
Hershey Gardens’ first show of the 2016 season promises to be a colorful array of blooming tulips. New tulip varieties for 2016 include Casablanca, Cheers, Christmas Orange, Christmas Yellow, Fire Wings, Green Wave, Jochem, Lighting Sun, Pittsburgh and Strong Gold.

National Public Gardens Day at Hershey Gardens
Friday, May 6, 2016
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Half-price admission to Hershey Gardens with voucher, available at HersheyGardens.org after April 30, 2016.

Mother’s Day at Hershey Gardens
Sunday, May 8, 2016
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Moms receive free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day.

Opening Day of the Butterfly House at Hershey Gardens
Friday, May 27, 2016
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Butterfly House at Hershey Gardens opens for the 2016 season. Enjoy 400 butterflies representing 25 North American varieties. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Included in general admission.

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