Please Note: The Japanese Overlook Garden will be closed for renovations starting April 10, 2014.
Built in 1912, this area is a fine example of an English rock garden and a Japanese garden. John Morris, Frank Gould (who trained at Kew Gardens in England), and the Morris’ Japanese gardener, Mr. Muto, designed this garden. The mountain-like trail with zigzag paths, metal railing and numerous flowering plants are Victorian elements in the garden, The rock work is Japanese along with the Fudo stones, pine trees, moon lanterns and other symbols in stones, tree and water. Fudo means “immovable” in Japanese and is the name of a Buddhist deity. Today mature Japanese maples, conifers, and ericaceous (acid-loving plants) create a beautiful garden experience.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed due to renovations to the turf after a long, hot, dry summer with record attendance. The top gate will be open to allow for visual access, just not foot traffic. While we will hope to reopen quickly, some variables are unpredictable. We look forward to welcoming visitors back on our newly restored Rose Garden turf soon.
Please note that weather conditions can change quickly, check back or call (215) 247-5777 before heading out for a visit.
Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.