Demonstration Gardens in Fairmount Park

The Penn State Extension Demonstration Gardens of Philadelphia are located at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.

Welcome to the gardens

Welcome to the gardens

The Penn State Philadelphia Master Gardeners sponsor and maintain two demonstration gardens in Fairmount Park to teach children and adults about plants that impact our everyday lives. The Edible Landscape Garden was designed and built in 2004 to show various cultivation practices such as succession planting, integrated pest management and water conservation. The Pollinator or Butterfly Garden has been around just as long and is a spectacular example of native plantings to attract and support a wide variety of fauna.  The PHS Blue Ribbon Award Winning Garden is also a Certified Pollinator Habitat    Our third demonstration garden - a Food Forest Orchard - is a partnership with the Philadelphia Orchard Project and the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation.  This orchard demonstrates a sustainable ecosystem mimicing natural systems while  providing nutritious healthful food.


Trained by Penn State University Cooperative Extension, and Outreach, the Master Gardener volunteers share their love and knowledge of gardening with the community through a variety of projects.

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This demonstration garden, managed by the Penn State Extension Philadelphia Master Gardeners, is a living classroom for community groups and visitors in the practices of intensive gardening.

This stunning example of native plantings to support a variety of pollinating insects was designed to educate the visitor about the life cycle of butterflies, bees, wasps and provide food, shelter and water so these important species can floursh.