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Hershey Gardens

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170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033
717-534-3492

March 2016

Opening Day at Hershey Gardens

March 24, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033
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Hershey Gardens opened in 1937 with Milton Hershey’s request to “create a nice garden of roses.” More than 75 years later, the 3 1/2 acre rose garden has blossomed into 23 acres of botanical beauty providing visitors with unique experiences and enriching opportunities. Overlooking the town of Hershey, Hershey Gardens features a breathtaking assortment of flowers and shrubs, a stately collection of rare, signature trees, and various programs designed to delight visitors of all ages. Indulge your senses in the…

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May 2016

Mother’s Day at Hershey Gardens

May 8, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033
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Moms admitted free on Mother's Day! Stop by the Education Center in The Children's Garden to vote for your favorite rhododendron and azalea. Displayed by the Suquehanna Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

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November 2016

Conservatory Notes: A Night of Wine, Cheese & Chocolate

November 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033
$100

Featuring internationally-renowned violinist Odin Rathnam, this evening event will include wine, cheese and chocolate! Guests can stroll the Conservatory and enjoy the indoor Butterfly Atrium before the musical presentation.

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February 2017

The Bug Expert Is In

February 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Associate Director (and resident bug geek) Dan Babbitt will be talking about amazing arthropods (insects and their many-legged relatives). Learn what makes a bug a bug, where insects go in the winter and how wings can be used for a lot more than just flying. Located in the Educational & Horticultural Wing. Included in admission.    

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The Bug Expert Is In

February 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Associate Director (and resident bug geek) Dan Babbitt will be talking about amazing arthropods (insects and their many-legged relatives). Learn what makes a bug a bug, where insects go in the winter and how wings can be used for a lot more than just flying. Located in the Educational & Horticultural Wing. Included in admission.

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The Bug Expert Is In

February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Associate Director (and resident bug geek) Dan Babbitt will be talking about amazing arthropods (insects and their many-legged relatives). Learn what makes a bug a bug, where insects go in the winter and how wings can be used for a lot more than just flying. Located in the Educational & Horticultural Wing. Included in admission.

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April 2017

April Sprouts at the Hershey Gardens

April 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - April 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Kids can welcome spring by planting their own seed in a paper "pot" to carry home. Included in admission; free for members.

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April Sprouts at the Hershey Gardens

April 14, 2017 @ 11:00 am - April 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Kids can welcome spring by planting their own seed in a paper "pot" to carry home. Included in admission; free for members.

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Easter Sunrise Service at the Hershey Gardens

April 16, 2017 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

A Hershey Gardens tradition, the community is invited to join the Hershey Ministerium for this non-denominational service, which will also include an American sign language interpreter. No admission fee prior to 8 a.m. Service will also be live streamed at fishburnumc.org.

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May 2017

National Public Gardens Day

May 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Half-price admission to Hershey Gardens with a voucher, available at HersheyGardens.org after May 1, 2017.

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Mothers Day at the Hershey Gardens- Free for Moms!

May 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Bring mom to enjoy spring! Be sure to stop by the Education Center in The Children’s Garden for the rhododendron and azalea display, provided by the Susquehanna Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

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June 2017

A Whimsical Day of Fairies & Flowers

June 17, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

A charming way to spend the day! Join our Garden fairies on a hunt for the Magic Tree and gather secrets about their favorite flowers along the way. Activities include jewelry making and creating magical fairy doors. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite fairy costume. $15 for juniors, $8 for HersheyGardens members and Discovery Pass holders. Accompanying adults pay Gardens admission only (members are free).Tickets are limited. Online registration required (by June 14). Click here to register.

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Father’s Day: Free for Dads!

June 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Free admission for dads! Bring dad to experience the splendor of thousands of roses in bloom, the Butterfly Atrium - and all the Gardens has to offer.

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July 2017

Marvelous Mondays at the Hershey Gardens

July 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Mondays are marvelous in The Children's Garden! Visit each week to enjoy special children’s activities and crafts! Included in admission; free for members.

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August 2017

Hershey Horticulture Society Flower Show

August 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Hershey Horticulture Society (HHS) will present a flower show called "All a 'Flutter" in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. HHS members will showcase their horticulture and design talents with classes named for various butterflies! Members from the HHS will display a large collection of their personal horticulture specimens from their own gardens. The show will be judged by accredited flower show judges from the National Garden Club. Admission to the show only is…

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September 2017

Adult Education: “Origins” Rose Arrangement

September 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Celebrate Mr. Hershey’s birthday by creating a beautiful rose arrangement in this new, hands-on class. Guests will be introduced to basic tips and tricks used in floral design, particularly when using an Oasis floral foam. The discussion will include container preparation, greening and design principles such as proportion, balance, texture, and color. Class held in Hershey Gardens Education Center (located in The Children’s Garden).  All supplies are provided. Class fee: $45 (Members), $50 (Non-Members) Online tickets available starting August 1.

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October 2017

Pumpkin Glow

October 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Hershey Gardens' most popular family event, Pumpkin Glow, returns! Join the glow and walk the Gardens pathway with more than 150 carved, illuminated pumpkins of various themes. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight and come in costume while trick or treating at eight candy stops throughout the Gardens. Discover a unique collection of live spiders and insects on display in the creepy crawly gallery, then make a stop at the pumpkin tent to watch live…

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Pumpkin Glow – Hershey Gardens

October 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - October 28, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Our most popular family event returns! Join the "glow" and walk the Gardens pathway with more than 150 carved, illuminated pumpkins. Kids ages 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight and come in costume while trick-or-treating at eight candy stops throughout the Gardens.

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November 2017

Conservatory Notes: A Night Of Music & Wine

November 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Featuring Broadway performer Craig Schulman, an evening of music, wine, and cheese! Guests can stroll the Conservatory and enjoy the indoor Butterfly Atrium before the musical presentation.

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January 2018

Hershey Area Art Association Presents “Nature’s Art at Hershey Gardens”

January 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

See fabulous works of art by members of the Hershey Area Art Association. Exhibit on display in the Educational & Horticultural Wing of the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. Included in admission; free for members.

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February 2018

Sweet Scavenger Hunt

February 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday kids, venture on a scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and inside the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. Your reward? A sweet treat, of course! Included in admission; free for members!

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Sweet Scavenger Hunt

February 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Daily in February, 9am - 5pm, included in admission Kids, venture on a scavenger hunt throughout the gardens and inside the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. Your reward? A sweet treat, of course!

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Orchid Show and Sale

February 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

The Susquehanna Orchid Society presents the 34th annual orchid show and sale in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. More than 1,000 orchids representing dozens of orchid varieties will be on display, including chocolate-scented orchids, rare species and unique hybrids. Orchid societies from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware participate in the annual exhibit. Vendors will have orchids for sale and showy displays that will be judged onsite and presented with awards. Included in admission.

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“Views of the Natural World” Photography Exhibit

February 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Join us for a stunning photography exhibit presented by the West Shore Photography Club explores the theme of nature through dozens of photographs. Exhibit will be on display in the Educational & Horticultural Wing. Included in admission; free for members!

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Cocoa Cart Conversations & Kids Craft

February 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

This fun educational “cart” provides guests of all ages the opportunity to learn more about the cacao tree, a tropical tree whose pods produce the beans used to make chocolate. Get a close-up look at actual pods and beans harvested from the Butterfly Atrium’s cacao tree. Children are also welcome to decorate their own cacao pod to take home. Located in the Conservatory on Saturdays & Sunday. Included in admission; members are free!

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Cocoa Cart Conversations & Kids Craft

February 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

February 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 11am-2pm - free with admission This fun, educational “cart” provides guests of all ages the opportunity to learn more about the cacao tree, a tropical tree whose pods produce the beans used to make chocolate. Get a close-up look at actual pods and beans harvested from the Butterfly Atrium’s cacao tree. Children are also welcome to decorate their own cacao pod to take home. Located in the Conservatory

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Winter Homeschool Day

February 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Students can explore the Eastern Woodland Native American Interactive Exhibit from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., as they discover the important role of nature in the everyday life of the Eastern Woodland Native American. Students will learn how Native Americans used natural resources to feed, clothe and shelter themselves, as they grind their own corn, use pump drills, and handle regional artifacts. Storytelling and a craft will also be incorporated for the younger crowd. ZooAmerica will feature native Pennsylvania species from 12:00 to 1:00…

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March 2018

Gardenfest: Free Community Day

March 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Hershey Gardens is proud to offer free admission on Sunday, March 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Guests are invited to enjoy the 23 acres, the MIlton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory and the indoor Butterfly Atrium.  Plus, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., enjoy presentations from local gardening and horticultural organizations.

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April 2018

Easter Sunrise Service

April 1, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

A Hershey Gardens tradition that began in 1947, the community is invited to join the Hershey Ministerium for this non-denominational service. No admission fee prior to 8 a.m.

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May 2018

National Public Gardens Day

May 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Hershey Gardens! Enjoy the 23 gorgeous acres, as well as the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory and indoor Butterfly Atrium - at half off!

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Mother’s Day Weekend

May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - May 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Free admission for moms on Saturday and Sunday! Celebrate Mom at Hershey Gardens! Be sure to stop by the Education Center in The Children’s Garden on Sunday for a rhododendron and azalea display provided by the Susquehanna Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

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Susquehanna Iris Society Display

May 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Enjoy the showy flowers of the Iris in this display provided by the Susquehanna Iris Society. Included in admission; free for members.

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June 2018

Big Band & Blooms

June 29, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Join us for this unique outdoor concert with Hershey Symphony's Big Band.Be sure to bring your favorite snacks and beverages, as well as a blanket or chairs. New this year: specialty food trucks! $18 per person | $15 for members | $20 at the door $500 sponsorship includes 20 tickets Tickets available here, beginning March 23. This is a rain or shine event. All proceeds benefit Hershey Symphony and Share the Gardens scholarship fund.

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September 2018

Bug-O-Rama

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Explore the world of bugs in this family-friendly interactive day! From bugs found under the ground to those flying in the sky, there is much to discover. Come for show, tell and touch displays of unique, live insects from around the world and participate in a variety of kid-friendly activities. Included in admission; free for members.

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November 2018

Garden Guided Tours

November 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Take a one-hour guided walking tour of the Gardens to experience the full beauty of the season! Led by Dr. Ray (Barbehenn), a biologist with an expertise in plant ecology.  Included in admission; free for members.

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April 2019

Easter Sunrise Service

April 21, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 7:00 am
Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road
Hershey, 17033

Welcome Easter by attending this free non-denominational service by the Hershey Ministerium. No admission fee prior to 8 a.m.

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