Edward Cooke created the first sumpery at Biddulph Grange in Staffordshire, England, sometime around 1856. Cooker created his stumpery after being inspired by the rooteries created in previous years. Rooteries were piles of roots and soil in which plants were grown. Cooke took the idea of rooteries to the next level when he created a ten-foot wall of stumps, roots, and stems on either side of a path within the garden.
For our stumpery in the new Hardy Fern Garden we took uprooted tree stumps and used them to form a seated arbor along with a few free standing sculptural pieces. These stumps provide the perfect woodsy setting for the main feature in the garden, which is the hardy fern planting. The garden, which was planted Spring 2006, features over 30 different kinds of ferns that are hardy in the Delaware Valley Region.
The lower portion of the Rose Garden will be closed this weekend 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. Enjoy Fall Festival activities at the top of the hill, and be sure to vote for your favorite scarecrow along Scarecrow Walk (the Oak Allée). Click here for hours.
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.