History of the Gardens | Penn's Woods | Rose Garden | Susquehanna Garden | Sculptures
Thanks to the support of the Richard C. von Hess Foundation and interested Pennsylvania Citizens, the gardens surrounding the Governor's Residence were renovated during the fall of 2000. The design of the gardens accommodates the governor's official life, welcomes over 15,000 visitors annually and provides privacy for the First Family. Return to Initiatives main page
The Richard C. von Hess Gardens include three of the Residence's landscaped areas: the Susquehanna Gardens, Penn's Woods and the West Lawn. One of these landscaped spaces, Penn's Woods, is an educational showpiece featuring the finest and most historically significant plants, shrubs and flowers native to Pennsylvania, where visitors are invited to walk through a living museum of oaks, maples and flowering dogwoods, as well as our state tree, the hemlock, and our state flower, the mountain laurel.
The Jane Shafer Rose Garden also has seen many improvements including the installation of two brick pavilions and connecting arbor, which compliment the architectural style of the Governor's Residence.