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Swiss Pines
URL:Goto this web site  http://www.charlestown.org/ct-org/ct-sp/swisspine01.asp 
Name:Swiss Pines 

Alternate Name: 
Address:Arnold Bartschi Foundation
Charleston Road 
Mailing Address:R.R.1 Box 127, Charlestown Road 
Postal Code:19355 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=40.092182; long=-75.552556
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Weather:current weather 
Phone:+1.610.933.6916 (messages only) 
Contact:The Manager/Trustee of Swiss Pines is Henriette Bumeder 
Designer(s):Arnold and Meta Bartschi 
Construction Period: -  
Hours: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 
Admission:$5/person; no children under 12 permitted; groups by appointment. 
Added to JGarden:2/1/1995 
Last Updated:6/18/2004 
JGarden Description: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.


Under the crescent moon
The earth looms hazily--
Buckwheat flowers.

  17th century

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