The Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory
To Open Soon
Stay tuned for the grand opening announcement!
For more than 75 years, Hershey Gardens has deepened its roots in the community while looking to the future to preserve Milton and Catherine Hershey’s vision of horticulture and education.
Help us create a new legacy by pledging your support today.
A Proud History
In the early 1900s, Milton and Catherine Hershey built glass conservatories as a way to display plants in the winter. The conservatories soon became a popular destination for visitors to enjoy the beauty and variety of springtime and tropical plants during the during the cold, winter months. Featuring plants such as palms, ferns, bay trees, azaleas and boxwood, the displays reached their colorful peak at Easter when the foliage exploded with colorful primroses, flowering annuals and spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths.
Preserving Their Legacy
Hershey Gardens is proud to be continuing the Hershey tradition of conservatories by embarking on a new project - the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens. Groundbreaking for the new facility was held in spring 2015, with a planned completion date of summer 2016.
The design for the new 16,000 square-foot conservatory was inspired by the elegant structure built for Milton and Catherine Hershey in 1909. The new conservatory will include an indoor Butterfly Atrium, Welcome Pavilion and a Horticultural & Educational Wing, as well as an overlook and a terrace.
Located just south of “Swan Lake,” the conservatory will also serve as the new visitor entrance for Hershey Gardens. Before entering, guests can enjoy impressive views of the town of Hershey from the overlook area. Once inside the Welcome Pavilion, visitors can also enjoy sweeping views of the Gardens. During warmer weather, the garden side terrace will offer guests the opportunity to sit and enjoy Swan Lake and the historic rose garden.
The conservatory will be used to present horticultural exhibits which will change with the seasons. This space will also serve as a year-round classroom for students and other groups.
Butterflies From Around the World and Throughout the Year
Perhaps the most unique part of the new conservatory will be the atrium devoted to presenting spectacular tropical butterflies that can be seen throughout the year. Unlike the current outdoor Butterfly House, which features North American butterflies only in the summer months, the new Butterfly Atrium will showcase hundreds of rare, tropical butterflies from South and Central America, Africa and Asia.
Be a Part of Their Vision
Since 1936 when Milton Hershey requested “a nice garden of roses,” Hershey Gardens has flourished. It started as a spectacular rose garden, and grew over the years to include distinctive themed gardens, seasonal displays, unique specimen trees, a Butterfly House and a Children’s Garden, each one featuring its own treasures.
As part of that legacy, we invite you to join us in creating this lasting tribute to Milton and Catherine Hershey.
For more information, please call 717.298.2203.