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Members-Only First Look

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden | Sat, May 12, 2018, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

After two years of planning, planting, and preparation, Natural Lands’ Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden—the Philadelphia region’s newest garden—opens its gates! Natural Lands members are invited to an exclusive “first look” before the property opens to the public.

You won’t want to miss this extra-special opportunity to pick your own spot on the Great Lawn for your BYO picnic (we’ll have boxed picnics for pre-sale if you’d rather not assemble your own), stroll the gardens with your preferred beverage, and tour the Main House—a Tudor Revival mansion that was the Haas family home for generations—at your leisure.

Pre-registration is required. Plan to arrive any time between 4:00 – 7:00 pm. You can pack your own picnic, or reserve one in advance (limited quantities available; instructions will be sent at a later date).  Please review parking information, under “Before You Go” below.

Can’t attend Saturday? Join our Stroll About: A Public Opening on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13.



Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden
1829 East County Line Road
Villanova , PA 19085


May 12, 2018
4:00pm - 8:00pm

For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, which donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever.

The property includes stately trees, winding pathways, and lush gardens that were designed by a number of notable landscape architects over the past century—including the Olmsted Brothers, sons of the famed Frederick Law Olmsted.

Parking for the First Look event is available only at a nearby Villanova University parking garage. Park and walk one block east on Spring Mill Road, to the intersection with County Line Road. Cross as directed, and enter through the corner gate. The SEPTA Villanova Train Station is a short walk to/from Stoneleigh.

The Stoneleigh parking lot, located at 1829 County Line Road, will be open for handicapped parking only during this special event.

  • Dress comfortably for casual strolling on paved, graded paths.
  • Cameras and binoculars welcome!
  • Professional photographers: click here for more information about our photography program.


This First Look event (including access to the Main House) is free and exclusive to Natural Lands members. Pre-registration is required. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below to let us know you are coming, or call 610-353-5587 ext. 243.

We’ll verify membership status, and contact you if we have any questions.

If you’ve not yet joined as a member, or would like to renew, you may do so below, while registering for this exclusive event. You’ll receive a year’s worth of member benefits – plus your support will help to further Natural Lands’ mission to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

Photography policy:
Attendance at Natural Lands programs and events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and electronic media. Images will not be identified using full names without written approval from the individual. Please notify Natural Lands staff if you would prefer that your photo not be used.