Rooted in History
When approached to sponsor a national rosarium in Washington, D.C., Milton S. Hershey instead decided to create a garden in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he and the community could enjoy it. Hershey Gardens began with Mr. Hershey's request to "create a nice garden of roses."
The original 3 1/2 acre rose garden opened to the public in 1937. By 1942, Hershey Gardens expanded to a dazzling 23 acre botanical garden.
Now filled with beautiful themed gardens, colorful seasonal displays, unique trees, an indoor, tropical Butterfly Atrium and thousands of breathtaking rose bushes, Hershey Gardens simply must be experienced.