HPS at Bodysgallen Hall, Wales, 2014 Regional and topical Special Interest Groups Treborth Botanic Garden, Wales, 2014 Seed Exchange Seed Exchange Volunteers at the Henry Foundation Redbud courtesy of Carol Verhake Shoppers at the 2014 Fall Gardeners' Market Rose by Sue Silverstein Visit exceptional gardens in the Mid-Atlantic Region Learn to grow and propagate new plants

March Into Spring XXII

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:00am to 3:30pm, doors open at 8:15am for coffee, book and vendor sales
Academic Building, Large Auditorium

Delaware County Community College
901 South Media Line Rd, Media, PA

Our 22nd annual March Into Spring offers a full day of great horticulture information for both novice and seasoned gardeners.

This year we are featuring a half-dozen nationally known speakers based in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to a day of great presentations and workshops, there will be shopping opportunities with local growers and other specialty vendors, plus an extensive silent auction with lots of unique garden books, plants, and tools.

The Delaware County Community College, site of the Symposium, is a state-of-the-art facility, set in a beautiful landscape, just north of Media, PA.

So come join a bunch of like-minded plant enthusiasts to celebrate the end of winter and the arrival of spring.

Registration is closed.  Any questions, email:  programschair@hardyplant.org.

Saturday, March 17

8:15am  Check-In and Coffee Service. Silent Auction, Vendor & Book Sales* open and continue throughout the day
9:00am Welcome: Carol Verhake, HPS President

Perennials that Are New and Some that Have Gotten No Respect
Stephanie Cohen

 10:00am  Break

Crafting a Garden on a Challenging Site
Jerry Fritz

So Many Plants, So Little Time"
A plant-lover's approach to building diversity in the garden.
Barbara Ellis

Noon-1:30pm  Lunch, Silent Auction, Vendor and Book Sales continue

Optional breakout sessions:

PHS Gold Medal Plants
Chuck Hinkle

Seed Starting Workshop
Barbara Ellis


Silent Auction ends
Vendor & Book Sales continue


Gardening on the Verge
Kirk Brown 


Staircase to Paradise
Inspired pathway designs
Sharee Solow

 3:15pm  Wrap-up and Upcoming HPS Events




Kirk Brown, president of the Garden Communicators Foundation and well known for his renditions of John Bartram and Frederick Law Olmstead, will come as himself and explain the importance of planting on the verge of your landscape, in that often-neglected transition space between your garden and the woodland.



Stephanie Cohen, author of three best-selling books, hundreds of articles on horticulture, and currently contributing editor for Fine Gardening magazine, will share her extensive knowledge and opinions about the best new perennials for your garden.




Barbara Ellis, author of several popular gardening books, will explain how plant diversity in undefined your garden – with a focus on native plants - can make your efforts more rewarding both for you and the flora and fauna in your landscape.  Barbara will also host a lunchtime demonstration workshop on simple seed starting techniques for annuals, perennials, and woodies.


Jerry Fritz, author, frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Show, and owner of Linden Hill Gardens, will show us a recent local landscape design and installation that deals with both shade and lots of deer. Fifteen hundred hellebores are just part of his solution!



Chuck Hinkle, horticulturist at the Scott arboretum at Swarthmore College, will host a lunchtime session on PHS Gold Medal plants.  All these plants have been extensively tested by local growers and arboreta and Chuck is on the committee that decides which select plants merit recognition.




Sharee Solow, well known PA horticulturist and designer, will reveal wonderful pathways and plantings she has uncovered in her travels share ideas from 
around the world that can work in your own garden




Shop 'til you drop with our wonderful PLANT AND GARDEN VENDORS, Gettysburg Gardens, Cairnsgrove Gardens & Apiary, Linden Hill Gardens,  and Cymron Cottage Nursery. Also, back again will be our AWESOME SILENT AUCTION, our carefully curated selection of THE BEST NEW GARDEN BOOKS AT DISCOUNT PRICES (including those by our speakers), Atlas Gloves and eco-friendly HPS water bottles. NOTE: HPS will accept cash, checks and credit cards for the Silent Auction and book sales. Some vendors accept cash/checks only.

The Hardy Plant Society Board, is busy assembling an Awesome Silent Auction.  
Auction items that have come in already are:

Cymron Cottage Nursery- variety of plants
Gettysburg Gardens- variety of plants
Linden Hill Gardens- $50 gift certificate
Mary Lou Doyle-Artist- original landscape-themed watercolor
Beth Creveling- Joanne Walkovic daylily
Clearview Nursery- variety of plants
Sam Brown's Nursery- variety of plants
Mostardi's- garden tools
Cairsgrove Gardens & Apiary- basket of honey & soaps
Garden Accents- Crafted Metal Duck Swimming & $75 gift certificate
Martin's Greenhouse- variety of plants
Putman Hill Nursery- $25 gift certificate
Colibraro Nursery-plant 
Pleasant Run Nursery-plants
Longwood Gardens-admission tickets to the gardens
Rarefind Nursery-plant
Meadowbrook Farms-TBD
Brent & Becky Bulbs-$25.00 Gift Certificate
                                    -$25.00 Gift Certificate
Garden Vision Epimedium-$25.00 Gift Certificate
Wolf Run Nursery-$30.00 Gift Certificate
Pennsbury Gardens-Native Azalea
Kristoph Nursery-various plant material
Rick Ray-TBD
Susan's Artisan Gardens-Dutch perennial spade(made in England) value $45
                                          -Garden Girl Capri Pants Size 10 value $89
Cushing & Henderson Landscape - Landscape Architecture Consultation
Point Philip Perennials-Large Hypertufa Bowl-Planted
                                    -Hypertufa Bacchus Pothead
                                    -Hypertufa Mask       
Nantucket Inn and Conference Center-one night stay   


Delaware County Community College, Academic Building, Large Auditorium, 901 S Media Line Rd, Media, PA 19063. 
From Rte 476: Exit 9 (Newtown Sq/Upper Darby) Rte 3 West (West Chester Pk) towards Newtown Sq, pass Rte 320, turn left at 3rd light (Media Line Rd), 2 miles to college entrance on left.
From I-95 North or South: Exit marked 476 (Chester/Plymouth Meeting). Follow 476 to Exit 5 (Rte 1, Lima/Springfield). Turn left on Rte 1 South (Lima). Follow Rte 1 to Media/Rte 252 Exit. Make right onto Rte 252, cross Springton Reservoir, and make a right at the next light at sign for college. 
From West Chester: Take Rte 3 East to Rte 252 South. Turn right on Rte 252 South and go to 3rd light (Media Line Rd). Turn left. The college entrance is on the right.
Parking: Once on campus, follow the access road and HPS signs to Staff Parking Lot #2.



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We are a not-for-profit volunteer organization for gardeners in the Mid-Atlantic region. We encourage gardeners - from beginners to professionals - to learn more about horticulture and to share their skills, knowledge, and plants with each other.  Members gather throughout the year to visit gardens and nurseries in the Delaware Valley. We sponsor plant sales, trips, seminars, and lectures about plants, ecology, design, propagation, and conservation.