Among its many offerings you'll find outstanding one-of-a-kind specimen plants. Meadowbrook is open April through September with free parking and an experienced staff to help you with all of your gardening questions. Tours of the estate house and gardens are offered from spring through fall.
PHS Meadowbrook Farm is among Eastern Montgomery County's Secret Places for visiting.
Designed and created by J. Liddon Pennock, Jr. (1913-2003), Meadowbrook Farm remains his garden legacy. Situated on 25 acres in Abington Township to the north of Philadelphia, 18 of those acres are lightly-managed, second-growth woods and the remaining seven acres contain the private house, display gardens, and garden center. The original parcel of 150 acres, the house, and its furnishings were given to Liddon and his wife, Alice Herkness (1915-1996), as a wedding gift by her parents in 1936. The house was designed in the English Cotswolds style by architect Robert McGoodwin.
From his early entry into the florist business to the decades spent perfecting the gardens that surrounded his home, Liddon was a constant figure in floral and horticultural design in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Owning Meadowbrook Farm enabled Liddon to hone his gift for design and the resulting series of gardens have been featured in many books and magazines.
After retiring from the florist business in the early 1970s, he turned his talents to creating a retail greenhouse at Meadowbrook Farm to share his love of horticulture and horticultural design with a new audience. On July 24, 2003, Liddon passed away peacefully at his home. At his bequest, Meadowbrook Farm became a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in April 2004.
Meadowbrook Farm has published a 64-page, full-color book that details the history of the Pennock family and the gardens at Meadowbrook Farm. Written by noted garden writer Charles O. Cresson.