Bucks Community College Gardens Self-Guided Tours

Looking for a great outdoor summer activity?  The Tyler Gardens at Bucks County Community College are currently open to the public. According to their website, the gardens will be open for self-guided tours from now through August.

Visitors are invited to stroll through the gardens, identifying plant materials, architectural features, and Stella Tyler’s sculptures. The college has made a map available to help visitors find their way around. Additionally, a copy of the children’s quiz is available (suitable for children, ages 5 to 12).  People interested in using the gardens on their wedding day are asked to register with the college and the Security Office (215-968-8394).

The Tyler Gardens can be found on the main campus of Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. From the Newtown exit on 1-95, travel west about five miles. Call 215.968.8286 for more information.

A Little History

Tyler Formal Gardens were built in the early 1930s on a hilltop overlooking Neshaminy Creek in Bucks County. They served as an “outdoor parlor” for George F. and Stella Tyler, original owners of the property. The gardens currently reflect early twentieth-century horticulture, and originally were greatly influenced by larger French and Italian gardens. Tyler Formal Gardens are divided into levels and compartments, separated by stone walls and shrubs, and feature an espalier, sodded lawns, water fountains, gravel pathways and bronze sculpture.