Welkinweir, the former estate of Everett and Grace Rodebaugh is a 197-acre garden and arboretum that serves as the headquarters and educational center of the Green Valleys Association. For over forty years, the Rodebaugh's worked to transform the former declining farm into formal gardens, arboretum and sanctuary for biodiversity provided by the ponds, wetlands, meadows, and woodlands in this secluded valley.
The elegant farmohouse was built in 1750, and expanded in 1830 and again in 1940. The 20th century expansion was designed by Philadelphia architect Fridtjof Tobiessen to blend the natural beauty of the surrounding land and provide a pleasant background for relaxed country living and entertaining. Set out on a stroll of the luxurious gardens surrounding the home with fine, mature specimens of rare and unusual trees and shrubs, flowering plants, and water gardens.
Placed into conservation easement in 1976 and onto the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, every season at Welkinweir offers it own special delights... spring blossoms of cherries, magnolias, dogwoods and daffodils in the arboretum collections, with May the highlight of the season with many unique, one-of-a-kind rhododendrons and azaleas reaching peak bloom along the Azalea Lane. Summer showcases perennials in the Barn Ruins and pristine white water lilies reflecting in the Great Pond. Autumn is ablaze with the foliage of native swamp and sugar maples, sweet and sour gums, and franklinias mixed with a variety of Japanese maples. Winter brings the quiet of resting plants, the interest of bark and structure and the texture and colors of the dwarf evergreens in the Pinetum.
Trails, of varying lengths, traverse a variety of diverse habitats, permitting visitors to observe a range of birds and wildlife in their natural environment, or to connect to the Horse-Shoe Trail for longer hikes to nearby parks, preserves, and historic sites.
Welkinweir is located along Rt. 100 south of Pottstown.