Governor's Residence


Penn's Woods
Part of the Richard C. von Hess Gardens, Penn’s Woods is an educational garden featuring native plants of Pennsylvania. This section of the gardens provides the opportunity to learn more about the trees, shrubs, wildflowers, perennials and ferns that comprise Pennsylvania’s landscape. Penn’s Woods also showcases the state tree (hemlock), the state flower (mountain laurel), and many historically significant plants that provide connections between people, communities and landscapes of Pennsylvania.

During the summer and into the fall, the people of Pennsylvania can learn more about the commonwealth by taking a stroll through this idyllic section of the gardens. Each second Sunday from June through September, visitors are invited to explore the Governor’s Residence gardens from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each event will highlight a specific theme and feature outdoor, family-friendly activities.