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Spring brings beautiful blooms to Hershey Gardens - Opening April 2, 2015

The 23-acre botanical garden which opened to the public in 1937 will begin its 78th season on April 2 and the wildly popular Butterfly House returns along with a new Summer Art Exhibit on May 22, 2015.

Gardens - Opening Day: Thursday, April 2, 2015 Butterfly House, Summer Art Exhibit – Opening: Friday, May 22, 2015

MEDIA:Contact Anthony Haubert at The M.S. Hershey Foundation directly at 717-298-2214 or athaubert@mshersheyfoundation.org for more information on this announcement or to request images or logos. Also please bookmark HE&R’s Web site www.HersheyPA.com.  

HERSHEY, Pa. – Feb. 23, 2015 – Visitors to Hershey Gardens can enjoy seasonal displays of gorgeous blooming flowers, more than 400 North American butterflies and a unique art sculpture exhibit. The 23-acre botanical garden, which first opened to the public in 1937, will open for its 78th season on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Listed below are April and May events at Hershey Gardens.  


Hershey Gardens Opens for the 2015 Season!
Thursday, April 2, 2015
9 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Service at Hershey Gardens 
Sunday, April 5, 2015 
6:30 a.m. 
A Hershey Gardens tradition, the community is invited to join the Hershey Ministerium for this non-denominational service. No admission fee prior to 8 a.m. The service will include a sign language interpreter and be live streamed at www.Fishburnumc.org.

Gardenfest at Hershey Gardens  
Sunday, April 26, 2015 
Free admission from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Gardenfest is the annual free community day at Hershey Gardens. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local organizations will offer information on various community and garden programs.


National Public Gardens Day at Hershey Gardens 
Friday, May 8, 2015  
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  
Half-price admission to Hershey Gardens with voucher, downloadable at HersheyGardens.org after April 30, 2015.  
Mother’s Day at Hershey Gardens 

Sunday, May 10, 2015 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Moms admitted to Hershey Gardens for free.

Opening Day of the Butterfly House at Hershey Gardens 
Friday, May 22, 2015 
9 a.m. 
The Butterfly House at Hershey Gardens opens for the 2015 season.  Enjoy 400 butterflies representing 25 North American varieties. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sunday, September 13, 2015, weather permitting. Included in general admission.
New! ArtCycle: A Sculpture Exhibit at Hershey Gardens 

Friday, May 22 through Sunday, September 20, 2015 
Open daily during Gardens hours 
The summer art exhibit will feature ordinary materials transformed into extraordinary art by local artists. ArtCycle is a celebration of the transformation from old to new. Using a variety of discarded items, four local artists have created sculptures ranging in size and style. The sculptures are unique interpretations of things seen in nature.


Plein Air Painting Workshop at Hershey Gardens 
Saturday, May 2, 2015 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Hershey Gardens has partnered with the Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) to offer this art class for adults.  Participants use a series of small 9” x 12” loose, fast, black and white studies with large brushes to determine the layout of their composition. Using these studies, students will move into larger 22” x 30” work.  Watercolor, acrylic or oil paints can be used. $65 per participant. Registration is required; forms can be found at Hersheyartassociation.org.

Learn to Build with Natural Materials at Hershey Gardens 
Sunday, May 31, 2015 
11 a.m.  – 5 p.m. 
Natural willow furniture builder and book author Bim Willow will teach the basics of building with natural material. No experience is necessary. Completed projects will be ready to take home. Registration required by May 15. Visit HersheyGardens.org for details.

General admission to Hershey Gardens is $10.50 for visitors ages 13-61, $9.50 for seniors (ages 62 and up), and $7.50 for juniors (ages 3-12); members and children under age 3 are free. For more information and a complete listing of activities slated for the 2015, visit HersheyGardens.org or call 717-534-3492.  

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110