gardens not candy bar. 🙂
Although, Milton Hershey did create the 5¢ Hershey candy bar in 1900 with the almond variety being added in 1908. According to Candy Central this year, the simple Hershey Bar still ranks #4 in the world as most popular.
In 1937, he wanted to build a nice 3.5 acre rose garden for his community with a special area devoted to his wife, Catherine. Today it covers 23 acres of botanical delight and includes around 7,000 rose bushes.
So, last Friday, my sister-in-law and I headed west from Reading to check out the gardens.
Situated below the 5-star Hotel Hershey and above the Hershey Amusement Park and Hershey Park Stadium, the gardens include an amazing variety of rare trees, shrubs, and roses. There is also a very nice hands-on children’s garden.
It has nice wide walking paths through the gardens, but it is situated on a hill so it is not like walking on a flat surface. It might provide a slight challenge for some.
Next to the beauty of the vast rose garden is the unbelievable wonder of the Butterfly Atrium. I’ve been to butterfly exhibits before, but never have I seen 25 varieties with about 300 flying around.
It is a very inviting garden, and a wonderful place to spend a few hours enjoying the interesting selection of trees, shrubs, and flowers. We even saw a wedding that was taking place under an archway in the rose garden.
Milton Hershey summed up the garden best when he said:
The more beautiful you can make the place look, the better life the people will have.