The Manager/Trustee of Swiss Pines is Henriette Bumeder
Arnold and Meta Bartschi
Open: 2nd Wednesday in May until the end of November. Wednesday through Friday,10am - 4pm; Saturday 9am - 3pm; closed holidays and when ground is wet
$5/person; no children under 12 permitted; groups by appointment.
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NOTE: Due to the nature of the garden and for the safety of the public, the garden is closed when the ground is wet.
Swiss Pines is a Japanese garden occupying a 19 acre site near Malvern, PA. It includes a tea house, tea garden, stone garden, lake, streams, bridges, statuary, and stone lanterns. Specialty plant collections include: the Glendale Azalea Garden (150 varieties); the Herb Garden (100 species); the Ground Cover garden (28 species); and a Pinetum (over 200 species of conifers).
Born in Switzerland in 1903, Arnold Bartschi (1903-1996) came to the United States in the 1920's to work for the Bally Shoe Co., first in the west and then in Philadelphia. By the mid-'30s he was owner of the J. Edwards Shoe Co., manufacturer of children's orthopedic shoes. In 1957 he purchased the 200 acres of the former Llewellyn estate along Charlestown Road, beginning his career of conservation, historic preservation and community involvement. During the next 30 years he developed the 19-acre Swiss Pines site; set aside the remainder of the tract as a wildlife conservation area, established the 10-acre Nature Center of Charlestown, funding its first year of operation; purchased many of the properties in Charlestown Village including the General Store and the Baughman farm, site of Charlestown's original mill. With the help of the French & Pickering Trust, all of Charlestown Village was placed on the National Register. Arnold and Meta Bartschi, the founders of the garden, donated the site to a foundation in 1960.
When the floating bridge
Of the dream of a spring night
Was snapped, I awoke:
In the sky a bank of clouds
Was drawing away from the peak.
Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241) Shinkokin Wakashû trans. by Donald Keene