CHESTER COUNTY, PA—State Rep. Christina Sappey, a Chester County Democrat, thanked lawmakers for visiting Longwood Gardens, the most visited garden in Pennsylvania and one of the most prominent in the country.
In 2021, Chester County welcomed over 4.57 million visitors, supplying over 7,000 tourism jobs, and generating an economic impact of over $930 million. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, brought in $360 million and 3,057 jobs to Chester County.
Sappey, who represents 158th legislative district which includes Longwood, recently hosted a public hearing for the state House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee at Longwood Gardens.
Sappey requested the hearing to highlight the far-reaching economic, educational, environmental and physical benefits provided by Pennsylvania’s many public gardens, and to encourage promotion of public gardens throughout the commonwealth as a top priority for the committee.
“Our state public gardens are an integral part of the Pennsylvania tourism industry and generate significant revenue,” said Sappey.
“This hearing was an excellent opportunity for policy makers to learn about how public gardens provide educational opportunities, create jobs and support local businesses.”
Tourism: By the numbers
Tourism creates over half a million jobs and generates $43.3 billion annually in state and local tax revenue.
Chester County commissioners recently approved a contact of $156,000 for Heritage Strategies LLC to strengthen tourist in preparation for nation’s 250th anniversary im 2026.
Policy makers learned through testimony from industry leaders the significant part public gardens and horticulture organizations play in the tourism economy.
Testimony was provided by members of the PA Public Horticulture Coalition, a newly formed organization of industry leaders who work to showcase the rich benefits public gardens and horticulture organizations bring to the public.
Also providing testimony to the House committee were representatives of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, Longwood Gardens, Laurel Hill and the Arboretum at Penn State.
Legislators also heard from the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, VisitPittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
The park’s garden fountains are open daily with displays beginning at 11:15 amFrom Oct. 1 to Nov. 13, the park features a Chrysanthemum Festival and view of fall foliage from three award-winning treehouses. More information is available here.