Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve at Washington Crossing Historic Park

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As gardeners and travelers – as if to ward off winter’s chill – turn their thoughts to spring, they need look no further than Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County. Although most know the saga of the general’s courageous crossing of the icy Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776, few realize that the park also encompasses Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Developed in 1934, the one hundred-acre preserve – the first of its kind in the nation – features one thousand species of native plants, roughly one-half of the plant species native to Pennsylvania! Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy picturesque woodlands, meadows, meandering trails, a pond, and Pidcock Creek, set amidst a changing collection of wildflowers, birds, and wildlife.