A Local Secret Brought Back to Life
One trip down Charlestown Township road and you’ll see it. A massive grove of bamboo looming nearing the highway with ancient looking Japanese structures tucked closely behind. It’s tempting to glance through the reeds but you’re forced to move along so as not to disrupt traffic.
This place, known as Swiss Pines, was once a jewel of Chester County. Shoe Magnate Arnold Bartschi brought it to life and delighted both local and international visitors.
A re-opening is not definitive yet. The grounds are still closed at this time but we are gathering the resources, tools, experts, and volunteers to plan a recovery effort.
Get Involved in This Historic Recovery
The success of this program is dependent on people like you. This is a grassroots effort, backed by the non-profit Bartschi Foundation. Find out where your donation money will be going and what perks we are providing to generous supporters.
Become a Member
While donations help us kickstart our efforts, on-going memberships will be the key to sustainable success. Find out what privileges and benefits come with your membership and how it helps us create a stable foundation for recovery.
There’s plenty of work to be done and we have opportunities for people of all ages and ability levels. Find out more about our volunteer programs and how you can make a real difference in the success of this project and be a part of the gardens.
Introducing the Sanrin Cultural Arts Center
As part of our efforts to create a sustainable business model in line with the original vision of the gardens, we plan to institute a number of cultural and education programs for members to enjoy. The Sanrin Cultural Arts Center will utilize on-site garden grounds and buildings as rehabilitation takes place. Program offerings will depend on locating qualified instructors and developing usable program space.
Potential Program Offerings
The Restoration Plan
There’s a lot to do. Our goal isn’t just to regain what was lost, but to build on the original vision of Arnold Bartschi to make this a vibrant and valued part of the community. If you’re considering getting involved you’ll want to know what the plan looks like for recovery.