Come in, free of charge, for a special “Celebration of the Roses”

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Free

Wyck’s circa-1820 Rose Garden is a living treasure featuring 50+ heritage roses.  Call them heritage, heirloom, antique or old, these types of roses have stronger fragrances and often brighter colors than modern roses, and they bloom only a short while.  If you’ve never been to Wyck before, this is the time to come!  Enjoy a lush, glorious sensory experience!  Light refreshments will be offered.

The May 26 open house celebration will feature free tours of Wyck Historic House, children’s activities, and light refreshments, such as rose tea will also be offered throughout the day. Guests are encouraged to bring art supplies or a camera to capture the beauty of the garden.


celebration of the roses open houseAdditional,  free programming:

11:00 am – 3:00pm:  Learn about Bees!  presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild.

11:30am @ Hives near Greenhouse Open Hive Talk, Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

12 noon @ Ed Shed – What’s in a Name? Roses Named After Gardeners, by Martha Keen, Wyck Horticulturist:  Among the thousands of species, varieties, and cultivars of roses, each has its own particular name. Some epithets designate the origin of the plant, denoting its breeding or geographical home; others describe the rose’s specific characteristics, such as fragrance, color, or morphology; still others are named to honor individuals, whether celebrities and entertainers, fictional personas, kings and queens, or brilliant minds, bestowing on each honoree the charm of being memorialized in flower form.

As part of our annual Celebrate the Roses open house, Wyck’s Horticulturist and Landscape Manger, Martha Keen, will deliver a presentation highlighting roses that have been named after gardeners. Expect to hear about their paths and contributions to horticulture, and the roses that now bear their names. We’ll then segue into a bit of history of Wyck’s historic rose garden and the people who have championed it through the centuries. Are there any roses named after the gardeners who created Wyck? Not yet—but we think there ought to be!


2pm (Ed Shed) Honey Extraction Demonstration, with Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild

Rose cuttings from Wyck’s heritage rose garden will be on sale.


Programs may be added.  For more information, please contact us at or call 215.848.1690.

Press/ Media about the Rose Garden:

CBS3 Meisha Johnson visited Wyck’s rose garden last year:

Terrain wrote a beautiful piece about our garden:

Grid Magazine included Wyck in “Four Secret Garden with Open Gates.”