A favorite tradition of Chestnut Hill's Chestnut Hill on Ice. renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin, participating in Ice Sculpture Philly, transforms a block of ice into a beautiful work of art before a live audience.
Laurel Hill Gardens has done more than merely make a name for itself, they have become one of the most renowned garden shops and landscaping services in Philadelphia, Pa., shining a unique green light in the community. Comfortably tucked away in Chestnut Hill, the quaint cobblestone former stable at 8125 Germantown Avenue has been like a haven for plant lovers in the city.
Laurel Hill Gardens offers everything from annuals and perennials, to shrubs and trees, to a variety of houseplants. Whatever it is your green thumbs are searching for, you can be almost certain they have it. It doesn’t end there though. While their plant and flower selection is superb, they also welcome people every year to celebrate all seasons with them. They may be cluttered with colorful flowers in the spring and summertime, but as fall rolls around, pumpkins are piled high ready to be picked, and when winter comes, the garden center is brimming with beautiful Christmas trees and other festive greens. Not only does Laurel Hill Garden provide any plant or flower you may be looking for, but they also do their part for the community in whatever way they can. They give one percent of all sales to cancer research as well as hold events for different charity organizations, like WAGS Rescue and Adoption.
Wintertime at Laurel Hill Gardens this year was nothing short of magical. The Christmas atmosphere was contagious. On November 27th they kicked off the season by bringing in over 350 trees and sold over 100 within the first weekend. It was the perfect place to pick out the perfect tree, and they even offered tree installation help after the trees were picked. They may not have had halls to deck, but that didn’t keep them from sprucing up the center with wreaths, greens, and garlands, accompanied by ornaments and other Christmas trinkets. Their decorations proved to be excellent holiday gifts for loved ones, or great for decorating your own home. You could even customize your own wreath, making it the perfect match for you. Visits from Santa and his elves happened every Sunday for the month of December, causing crowds of families and friends to come to see the spirit of Christmas time. The garden center truly lit up the community, not just from it’s Christmas lights, but from the holiday spirit they shared with anyone who walked in. Starting in January, the Garden Center was shut down and would remain closed until the end of February. However, that didn’t mean the fun had to stop. They offered holiday events for everyone. From glistening ice sculpture shows to Valentine’s on-ice events, there was something for everyone at Laurel Hill Gardens.
Laurel Hill Gardens may change with the seasons, but in the end it is still the quaint cobblestone haven for the community. It is a place that invites any passerby to come through their gates and have their day brightened by all the things they have to offer. No matter the season, Laurel Hill Gardens will no doubt have something for you.