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.

11:00 – 2:30  Design Your Own Jewelry (fee) braceletY’vonne Page-Magnus offers an extensive ensemble of services such as a hands-on way to design a special piece of jewelry and have it made on-site. As well as a popular repair and restringing service, people can have pearls restrung and vintage jewelry repaired (pricing starts at $10).

11:15am-noon:  English Concertina music & musical games especially for children.  Provided by Lynn Mather.

12 noon @ Ed Shed – What’s in a Name? Roses Named MarthaAfter 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!  This program is part of the Longwood Gardens #CommunityRead series 2018.Community Read logo

1:oopm-1:45pm:  English Concertina music & musical games especially for children.  Provided by Lynn Mather.

Assorted rose cuttings from Wyck’s heritage rose garden will be on sale.  Additional items for sale include:

Wyck Herb Divisions
1QT Pots: $4 each or 3 for $10
Lemon Balm
Rhubarb ‘Victoria’ and Veggie Starts
2” Pots: $3
Wyck Heritage Concord Grape
1QT Pots: $10
Assorted Wyck Roses
1GAL Pots: Priced as marked


For more information, please contact us at or call 215.848.1690.  #americasgardencapital

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.”