Listen, Mr. Groundhog, we’re as confused as you are. But from the looks of the leafless trees, we’ve still got awhile to go. Resist hibernation with a visit to these off-season spots.
Grounds for Sculpture
Why now? All the better to see Steve Tobin’s earthy creations. And while sparrows and starlings flit around plenty of places, peacocks have free reign here.
Best Spot: Not a bad one in the bunch. Same thing can be said about the cafe’s cupcakes.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Why now? Melissa Maddonni Haims’s yarn-bombed trees installation (like crocheted sweaters for their trunks) adds color to the otherwise gray landscape.
Best Spot: Director of Environmental Art Jenny Laden can’t resist the Pine Plantation’s magical feel. (It reminds us of Hansel and Gretel.)
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Why Now? Gain appreciation for humble pods and plants that play second fiddle once showy azaleas and bluebells arrive. They’re way easier on the allergies, too.
Best Spot: Wander down to the pond and keep eyes peeled for foxes.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Why now? You’ll get a better look at the National Historic Landmark’s graves with far less foliage around. Sign up for a tour to gain insight on both mausoleums and humble plots.
Best Spot: Take in the unencumbered view of the Schuylkill River from a bench on K-Point.
Why now? You may have months before you bare more skin, but avoid a “whoa” moment when warm weather hits and take winter wellness walks every Saturday in March.
Best Spot: By the thicket of witch hazel that blooms for just a few weeks.
Now you see the light.
Photo: David Steele / Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation