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March 4th, 1999
Springtime In The Park Showcases the "Town and Country" Pleasures of Fairmount Park and Philadelphia

Those who enjoy grand architecture and antiques, breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous flowers and fine dining will be treated to "Town & Country" delights when the Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art present Springtime in the Park. From Wednesday, April 28, through Friday, April 30, beautiful flower arrangements by area florists will complement the elegant, 18th-century interiors of Fairmount Park's historic mansions. After a guided tour of three mansions, an authentic colonial luncheon may be enjoyed at the famous City Tavern-which John Adams declared "the most genteel tavern in America"--in Historic Philadelphia. For more information about Springtime in the Park, call (215) 235-SHOW.

A Bus Group Tour and Lunch, featuring a guided tour of three mansions and an all-inclusive lunch at the City Tavern, is available for $45 per person (bus transportation is not included). Individual Tours of all seven Fairmount Park Houses are $15 per person (lunch and transportation are not included; free parking is available at all Park Houses). Tickets may be purchased at the Ticket and Reservation Center in the West Lobby of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or at Strawberry Mansion, Mount Pleasant, Lemon Hill and Cedar Grove, or by calling (215) 235-SHOW. The Park Houses--Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Laurel Hill, Woodford, Strawberry Mansion, Sweetbriar and Cedar Grove--will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. throughout Springtime in the Park.

Florists participating in Springtime in the Park are:

  • All Occasions, Philadelphia
  • Always in Bloom, Southampton
  • Beautiful Moments, Philadelphia
  • Joe Blatt, Elkins Park
  • Blossoms of Cherry Hill
  • Bonnie's Wondergardens, Lansdowne
  • Michael Bruce Florist, Westmont
  • Elverston-Jordon, Haddonfield
  • Everlasting of Haddonfield
  • Fine Art Flower, Moorestown
  • Floribunda, Doylestown
  • Flowers And..., Haverford
  • William J. Franklin Florist, Philadelphia
  • Ganley's Flowers, Abington
  • Goldthorpe & Edwards, Haddonfield
  • Kenny's Flower Shoppe, Media
  • Klinghoffer's Flowers & Favors, Ardmore
  • Kremp Florists, Philadelphia
  • Lamont's Flowers, Philadelphia
  • Leroy's Flowers and Gifts, Hatboro
  • Nature's Gift Flower Shop, Voorhees
  • Party Creations, Philadelphia
  • Perkins Flowers, Jenkintown
  • Petal Pushers, Wyncote
  • Petals Plus, Huntingdon Valley
  • Robertson's of Chestnut Hill
  • Rothe Florists, North Wales
  • Sally's Flowers and Fruit Baskets, Philadelphia
  • Sweetbrier, Haddonfield
  • Ten Pennies, Philadelphia
  • Tinari Greenhouses, Huntingdon Valley
  • Wirth Florists, Merchantville
Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in the United States, and the Fairmount Park Houses are considered to be the most significant group of 18th and early 19th-century examples of domestic architecture in this country. Illustrating over a century and a half of style, fashion and domestic life, the historic houses of Fairmount Park are preserved and maintained by a number of private and civic organizations (including the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and provide the visitor with a unique glimpse into Philadelphia's rich cultural history.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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