2024 Large Group Scheduling Available Now!

If you have a large group (> 15 people) for which you would like to pre-arrange a visit for an event (eg retreat, school group, art group, garden group, agency event, celebration, reunion, etc) please contact us.

Provide a brief description (including numbers, desired date, type event) and we will get back to you to discuss the opportunity.



Plan your 2024 visit(s).

Go Public Garden Day Saturday May 11, 2024

The Bower will be opening May 11, 2024 for Go Public Garden Day. For this Saturday event we will host four visit times (9am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm) throughout the day. Each 1.5 hour time slot will include 20 tickets, good for one car each (1-4 people approximately). Schedule a visit via the link below:

Go Public Garden Day Tickets


Our ticketing calendar for the remainder of May can be accessed via the link below. These time slots are similar to past years and include a single group ticket for up to 18 cars, our parking limit. These tickets can be used for groups from 1 to as many as you can fit in those cars.

When you select your date and time, your free “ticket” includes everyone in your group, whether it be one person or more.  Our only restriction is no more than 18 cars in your group, the fewer the better.

The Bower May 2024 Tickets

A schedule of appointments for each successive month will be posted 1 month in advance (eg June appointment calendar is available May 1). See General Information below to plan your visit.


About The Bower

The Bower is a 36 acre meadow and woodland site on a north slope of the northern Appalachian Mountains. Located in Perry County Pennsylvania (30 minutes from Harrisburg, PA), The “Bower” is a sanctuary where art and the natural world co-exist harmoniously. The Bower landscape features wild and introduced native plants in abundance throughout an enhanced open landscape and woodlands complimented with large-scale sculpture and land art.

The Bower is open by appointment between May and October. An appointment must be made via our website for attendance. The calendar listing the appointments for ticketing will be posted to this website starting April 1, 2024. Each appointment allows the ticket holder’s group to visit The Bower exclusively during the scheduled period. No other visitors will be present providing a unique experience on the landscape.

There is no fee to visit. However, if you care to support our endeavor, please visit our Donate and Volunteer pages via the links below.



The Bower Development

The Bower is a unique rural public garden. 2024 represent our fourth season in operation.

The Bower was designed and constructed over the three-year period between 2018 and 2021. During that period, we collaborated with landscape architects and artists to design and construct landscape, gardens, sculptures, and facilities, which are placed sensitively within the extensive woodland and acres of meadows.



The Bower

bower (noun) 1. a pleasant shady place; 2. a retreat or sanctuary