During 2019 and 2020, revisions to the landscape and new sculptural and architectural features of the The Bower will be under development and construction. This formative phase provides an opportunity to view the development of a unique natural setting as it evolves. Check below and follow us on Instagram to learn about unique opportunities to visit.
To experience The Bower in development, please submit your request and some dates you would prefer. Include a phone number where you can be reached, and we will get back to you and make an arrangement that is mutually agreeable. Plan to take your time on your visit; relax and enjoy the natural world.
The natural setting is sloped, so expect to do some walking up and down the trails. If you are not able to walk on rough and sometimes steep terrain, please make sure to discuss with us before your visit. Every season – even every few weeks – will offer a different experience here as the development progresses and plants emerge, bloom, and go dormant according to their individual cycles.
The Bower welcomes visitors of all ages. Children (18 and under) are free. We encourage adults to contribute a modest donation. Support keeps The Bower growing…in every way!
We are an easy day trip in the region: Harrisburg 30 min; Camp Hill, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle 25 min; Lancaster, York, Lewisburg, and Gettysburg 1 hour; Baltimore, MD, Huntingdon or State College, PA 1 1/2 hours; Washington D.C., and Philadelphia 2 1/2 hours.
You will be outside, so dress appropriately. Layers are good in cooler weather. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are a must. A hat and perhaps some bug spray are recommended in summer months.
This is a very rural area so you may want to bring snacks and a picnic lunch. We have no permanent food or beverage facilities on site. Plan to pack your waste to take home with you. Bring a water bottle to quench your thirst. Birds and butterflies abound at The Bower; you may want to bring binoculars.
We want you to have the freedom to enjoy our art installations and the expansive property’s features. We do have a few simple guidelines that we ask you to follow to preserve the area and provide an enjoyable experience for all.
The entire property is a no smoking area
Well behaved leashed dogs are welcome, with permission
Wildlife is great for observing, but keep your distance please
Walk gently across moss and ferns, but only as necessary
If a sculpture is being installed, please stay back
Quiet voices in the woods will enhance your chances of seeing wildlife
Take care of the plants by looking and not picking/stepping into the garden beds
bower (noun) 1. a pleasant shady place; 2. a retreat or sanctuary