Upcoming Events Outside HPS/MAG....

Below is just a sampling of the many programs planned by other non-profit, horticulture-related organizations in our area. Please note that the items listed here may not be updated following posting. If you are interested in a particular event, please check the organization's website for the most current information. 

Click below to see events listed by month.  


January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

 


January
Beginning January 17, Plants Under Glass, Evolution, and Trees of Philadelphia
The Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia
1700 West Montgomery Ave. 
Philadelphia, PA 
wagnerfreeinstitute.org
Plants Under Glass: The History, Management, and Practical Applications of Greenhouses, Professor Karen Snetselaar. Six Tuesdays, January 17– February 21, 6:30-7:30pm at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Learn all about the history, types, and uses of greenhouses, along with practical solutions for home gardeners. 
Evolution: Process and Pattern, Professor Jason Downs. Eight Saturdays, January 28 – March 18, 10:30am-noon at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Gain a deeper understanding of evolution and how it has shaped the history of life. 
Trees of Philadelphia, Professor David Hewitt. Six Tuesdays, March 28 to May 2, 6:30-7:30pm at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Learn about the city's trees, including identification, physiology, growth and ecology. Register online or call 215-763-6529, ext. 23.

January 19, 1:00-2:00pm
Wanderings at One
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema

Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
Join Claire Sawyers on a virtual journey as she speaks about the recent Scott Associates trip to Italy. Traveling in Tuscany for 12 days, they stayed in Florence, Greve in Chianti, and Lucca to visit gardens in the surrounding areas, and sampled wines and cuisine of the region during grape harvest time. Free and open to the public, Wanderings at One is an informal way to share what has been seen and discovered in various gardens and natural spaces both in the United States and abroad. Held from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Thursdays January 19 through March 2 in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College. Visit the Scott Arboretum calendar for additional topics and the campus map.

January 21-March 31
Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza 
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA

January 26, 1:00-2:30pm
Vegetable Gardening: What to Plant and When?
Meadowbrook Farm
1633 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA
meadowbrookfarm.org
Join Meadowbrook's expert staff for this informative talk and seed sowing workshop. Head Gardener Glenn Ashton will discuss his favorite veggies and herbs, and advise on the best planting time. Then Greenhouse Manager Nate Roehrich will lead the seed sowing workshop. Each participant will take home their own newly sown seeds, plus veggie seed packets for the upcoming growing season. Fee: $25 PHS Members; $30 Non-Members. Please register here or call 215.988.1698.

January 28, 11:00am-noon (Snow Date: Saturday, February 4)
Mt. Cuba's Winter Lecture Series: Joel Dunn, Conserving Rare Plants in the Internet Age
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd.
Hockessin, DE 
mtcubacenter.org
Discover how new technologies are revolutionizing large landscape conservation in the first installment of Mt. Cuba Center's Winter Lecture Series. Increased land development, forest fragmentation, and climate change threaten rare plants with extinction. Scientists have determined that many species need large and contiguous protected areas to sustain their populations and adapt to changing conditions. Recognizing this urgent need, conservationists have built partnerships that leverage technology, funding, and land conservation to save rare plants on a landscape scale. Using case studies, Joel Dunn, President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, will discuss “internet age” technology and partnerships that have revolutionized the conservation movement. Other courses in this series: February 11, Wildflower Ecology: A Naturalist's Perspective; March 18, Liberate Your Home Landscape Plants. Courses priced individually: $20. Series cost: $55.

 


February

Now through March 31
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, PA
longwood.org
Be wowed this winter by our largest and most show-stopping display of orchids ever, featuring more than 4,500 vibrant orchids, all on view inside our warm Conservatory, Peirce-du Pont House, and Visitor Center. Before you go, navigate the display online using the Interactive Map. Visit again in March and also see our rare sky-blue poppies in bloom in the Conservatory (check the website for the exact dates). Members free; admission fee for non-members.

February 1, 9, 6, 23
Winter Lecture Series
Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH)
1810 N Dupont St 
Wilmington, DE
thedch.org
The Winter Lecture Series is designed to inspire the gardener in us of all and deepen our appreciation of the environment through horticulture, education, and conservation. Members $15; Non-members $20. Visit thedch.org to register.
Wednesday, February 1, 7:00-8:30pm. Kelly Norris, Plants With StyleIn this lively, opinionated, and informative lecture, you'll encounter a dazzling array of A-list beauties that will take your garden from boring to brilliant. Don't settle for second rate, let Kelly serve as your guide to a soul satisfying garden.
Thursday, February 9, 7:00-8:30pmRobert Lyons, Ph.D., When Gardens Don't HealAlthough widely believed to be true in an anecdotal sense, there is also an abundance of research espousing the curative value of gardens and other green spaces. Robert Lyons will take you on his journey following personal loss and the serendipitous role of gardens in the recovery process. This visual presentation will show how profoundly influential gardens can be following reconciliation with one's new reality.
Thursday, February 16, 7:00-8:30pm. Jim MacKenzie, Working With Our Native Partners, Having grown quality native trees and shrubs for over 25 years, Jim MacKenzie, co-owner of Octoraro Nursery, explains the benefits of using native plants in a landscape. Guests will find inspiration for their own gardens through projects of varying scales and TheDCH's public landscapes.
Thursday, February 23, 7-8:30pm. Valerie McLaughlin, Bring the Outside.... In. This interactive 'live' workshop will delve into the mechanics of flower arranging to express the colors, textures, lines, and emotional energy in a floral display.

February, 2, 1:00-2:00pm
Wanderings at One: Italy: The Rest of the Story
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
After the Scott Associates Tuscany Garden Tour, Charles Cresson and Sharee Solow extended their trip by another 14 days, absorbing Italian culture and several gardens along the way. Come hear about their adventures in Venice, Sorrento, Amalfi and all around Rome. Free and open to the public, Wanderings at One is an informal way to share what has been seen and discovered in various gardens and natural spaces both in the United States and abroad. Held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College. See the Scott Arboretum for more topics.

February 9, 6:00pm
Montgomery County Beginners Beekeeping Course
Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 
montcopabees.org
Are you interested in beekeeping, but have never done it before? Have you started raising honey bees and want to learn more? Perhaps you have been raising honey bees for a few years and just want some refresher techniques. The Montgomery County Beginners Beekeeping Course offers classes that are timely to your seasonal beekeeping needs with a hands-on session in the apiary followed by lessons full of beekeeping insight and information in a classroom. The first class begins on February 9 at 6:00 PM. Classes are usually held on the second Thursday of each month from February to September. Fee: $120 per individual, $180 for two adults living in the same household. Register online at montcopabees.org.

February 11, 10:00am-noon
ALPD DC/MD/VA Lecture: Matthew Cunningham, All About the Details: Stone, Wood, & Metal in Landscape Design
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veteran's Place
Silver Spring, MD
dcmdva-apld.org
The details in a garden can take it from ho-hum to extraordinary.  APLD invites you to a slide lecture by garden designer Matthew Cunningham showing exceptional details in wood, stone, & metal.  Be inspired by his fresh approach that brings high quality craftsmanship to his award winning garden designs.
See Matthew Cunningham's work with his skilled use of details here:
http://matthew-cunningham.com/ gardens/
APLD Members: $30; non-members: $40. Click here to purchase tickets. 

February 23, 10am-noon or February 24, 10am-noon
Behind-the-Scenes Flower Show Greenhouse Tour
Meadowbrook Farm
1633 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA
meadowbrookfarm.org
Join Greenhouse Manager Nate Roerich and grower John Kaszan for an exclusive tour of the Meadowbrook greenhouses. See plants that are coming into bloom for the Flower Show and learn about the art and science of forcing plants. Fee: $25 PHS Members; $35 Non-Members. Please register here or call 215-988-1698.

February 23, 9:00am-4:00pm
Diagnosing and Detecting Woody Plant Disorders
Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
morrisarboretum.org
In this class, we will cover key diagnostic tools and techniques, as well as treatments for both plants and soil to help promote plant health and create sustainable landscapes.
Please register here or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125.

February 24, 9:00am-4:00pm
Preserving Trees During Construction
Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
morrisarboretum.org
Successful tree preservation during construction assures that a project's goals are achieved without jeopardizing the health and lifespan of protected trees.
Please register here or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125.

February 25, 8:00am-3:30pm
Perennially Inspired!
The Perennial Plant Association and Horticultural Society of Maryland
The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt
6501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 
mdhorticulture.org
The Perennial Plant Association and Horticultural Society of Maryland present a fabulous day-long seminar in Baltimore, providing great inspiration for homes and professional gardeners.
For more information: mdhorticulture.org/programs-events/winter-seminar/

 


March

March 3 - 5
Winter Open Nursery & Garden Days
Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. at Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Rd
Raleigh, NC  
plantdelights.com
Friday and Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00-5:00pm.  Rain or Shine. Free parking.  Phone:  919-772-4794.

March 4, 9:00am-4:30pm
Community Garden Conference
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Haggerty Center
353 E Hanover Ave
Morris Township, NJ
arboretumfriends.org
The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are teaming up to present their 7th Annual Community Garden Conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Peter Hatch, Director of Gardens and Grounds Emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Session topics include Plant Breeding with Tom Orton of Rutgers, Composting at Community Gardens with Rick Carr of the Rodale Institute, Irrigation Techniques with Peter Nitzsche of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Planting for Pollinators with Dr. Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wild Flower Farm, and more. It’s a full day of education, exhibitors, networking, and camaraderie. Lunch is provided and the snow date for this conference is Sunday, March 5. Visit the website for more information. This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Fee $50.

March 9, 8:00am-4:00pm
17th Annual Land Ethics Symposium, "Creative Approaches to Ecological Landscaping"

Delaware Valley University
Doylestown, PA
Presented by Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope, PA. Speakers include James Brown, New Moon Nursery, Dan Duran, Drexel University/MANTIZ, Kim Eierman, Ecobeneficial!, Megan Gonzales, Green Business Certification, Kathleen V. Salisbury, Penn State Extension. Click here for the symposium brochure. Click here to register online. Registration ends March 1. CEUs available for Landscape architects, APLD, PLNA/PCH, NJNLA/CNLP, ISA.

March 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bank to Bend: Featuring a Lecture by Charles Cresson,
"Winter Flowers, Inspiration for Your Garden"
Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE
winterthur.org
Celebrate the early bulb display of the March Bank at Winterthur with a lecture, tour, and sales of rare and unusual plants.  This year's featured speaker is Charles Cresson, a well-known horticulturist and plantsman.  Lecture: $10.00 per Member. $20.00 per nonmember.
Call 302-888-4600 to register.

March 11, 8:00am-3:30pm
Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer Garden Symposium
Stuart Country Day School
Princeton, NJ
mgofmc.org/event/symposium/
Refresh, Renew, Restore! Join us for our 10th annual Garden Symposium, featuring Tony Avent, Landscaping in Drifts of One; Ruth Rogers Clausen, A Glorious Last Hurrah!; Ken Druse, The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of a Challenging Climate; Don Leopold, Creating and Restoring Sustainable Landscapes with Native Plants and Natural Plant Communities; Q&A with Barbara J. Bromley. And Mercer County’s Barbara J Bromley  will be on hand to answer your gardening questions. Register early and save: $80 if postmarked by February 11, 2017. $90 if postmarked after February 11. Visit the Symposium's webpage for more information and to print a registration form. Registration by mail is required and must be postmarked by February 25. 

March 11-19
PHS Philadelphia Flower Show: Holland Flowering the World
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA
theflowershow.com
This year's Flower Show is the "must attend event of the year". You will be transported to the brilliantly colorful and eco-friendly land of Holland. Visit the flower show website for more information and for tickets.

March 16, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Stressed Out!  Using Botanicals as Phytotherapy
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Anne Bower, Ph.D., ecologist and medical herbal specialist, Philadelphia University
Learn how to make herbal home remedies for stress relief and relaxation, including teas, decoctions, poultices, and aromatherapy, with calming herbs like chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, licorice root, and peppermint, all of which are easily grown in the garden. $30. To register: barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops - or call 215.278.7200.

March 18, 8:00am - 4:00pm
41st Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School
Hickman Hall, 89 George St
Douglass Campus
New Brunswick NJ
cpe.rutgers.edu
The Home Gardeners School provides expert instruction in the most innovative gardening and landscaping subjects available! Designed to provide "something for everyone," the Home Gardeners School offers 37 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of horticulture topics to choose from with 18 NEW topics added this year! The format allows you to select the workshops that are most relevant to your gardening interests in order to create your own unique, customized schedule for this fun day of learning. Plus, new this year, test your gardening knowledge against other plant lovers with Plant Jeopardy. Register early and save! Visit our website for more information, and a list of workshops. Early Registration Fee: $60 if received March 10.

March 18, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Everyday Health: Fun and Tasty Herbal Prevention
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Anne Bower, Ph.D., ecologist and medical herbal specialist, Philadelphia University.  
Did you know that the powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in garlic, turmeric, pepper, and ginger may help with certain chronic health conditions? Learn simple recipes for smoothies and teas using these and other essential herbs and plants that are as delicious as they are healthy.
$30 (PHS members $27). To register: barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops - or call 215.278.7200.

March 18, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Galanthus Gala at Brandywine Cottage
800 E Lancaster Ave (New Location)
Downingtown, PA
Featuring:  Galanthus Chipping Demo 11:30am by Matthew Bricker.  Hellebores 12:30pm by David Culp.
Vendors:  Broken Arrow Nursery, Brandywine Cottage, Matthew Bricker, Paula Squitiere and John Lonsdale.
Gate open at 10:00am - Sorry, no early entry.  Parking on lower barn field across the street and at top of hill (Wooded Acres).  Most vendors are Cash Only - No Public Restrooms.

March 18, 10:00am - 11:30am
Hooray for Hummingbirds
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Rd
New Hope, PA
bhwp.org
Hummingbirds are known as "flying jewels." Our friends from Wild Birds Unlimited will be on hand to present fun facts about these fascinating and quirky little birds. Find out how to attract them to your yard and make a whimsical feeder to take home in this hands-on workshop.  Members: $6; Non-members: $8.
Advanced registration by 3/16 required.

March 19, 4:00pm
Spring Celebration
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
Lang Performing Arts Center 
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
R William Thomas, the 2017 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, speak about his passion for horticulture and sharing that love with students as well as home and professional gardeners.
Bill Thomas is the executive director of Chanticleer and had a 26 year career at Longwood Gardens.  Come help us celebrate this local horticulture icon.

March 21, 7:00pm
The Ever Changing & Exciting World of Hydrangeas
University of Delaware
The Commons, Townsend Hall
Newark, DE
ag.udel.edu/udbg/
Hydrangeas are one of the most popular and beloved garden plants in the world. With so many new species and varieties now being introduced into the horticultural trade, gardeners have unlimited possibilities. While these possibilities are enough to make the average person crazy, a crafty gardener can illuminate the landscape with a wide variety of foliage textures and colors as well as flower types and colors. This lecture will provide a diverse selection of hydrangeas to enhance the garden. Specific information on cultural requirements, pruning and landscape use of hydrangeas will also be discussed. Vincent Simeone has worked in the horticultural field for over 27 years. He received his BS in ornamental horticulture from the Univeristy of Georgia, studying under Dr. Michael Dirr and Dr. Allan Armitage. Vincent has specialized expertise in woody plants and is an experienced lecturer throughout the country. For the past 23 years, Vincent has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in New York as Director. He has published five books, Grow More With Less: Sustianable Garden Methods, Great Flowering Landscape Shrubs, Great Flowering Landscape Trees, The Wonders of the Winter Landscape, and Great Landscape Evergreens, with a sixth book on the way. To ensure a spot; please email botanicgardens@udel.edu or phone 302-831-2517.

March 24-26
International Orchid Show and Sale
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave
Oaks, PA
sepos.org
Thousands of orchids on display.  Free guided tours.  American Orchid Society Judging.

April

April 6, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Out of Africa-A South African Plant Safari
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Marilyn Daly, former assistant professor of biology at York College
Our gardens reflect the places we’ve been and tell our stories. Daly shares her South African odyssey and shows how South African plants can broaden our plant vocabulary to create exciting and ever-changing stories in our gardens and containers. Takes place at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130. $30 (PHS members $27). Registration opens March 1 – see barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops or call 215.278.7200.

April 6, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Trough Making Workshop
Meadowbrook Farm
1633 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA
meadowbrookfarm.org
A hands-on workshop to make your own hypertufa trough. You will make and take home a strong, lightweight container, perfect for your spring plantings. Make sure to check out the April 27 program, where you can bring back your trough (or another container) and learn how to plant up something beautiful. Led by Bernard Pettit. Fee: $35 Members; $45 Non-Members. To register:  phsonline.org/events/trough-making-workshop or call 215.988.1698

April 11
Marilyn Daly
Out of Africa: Gardening with South African Plants
Vollmer Center Auditorium
Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD
mdhorticulture.org
Our gardens reflect the places we've been and the people we've met. We relate deeply to special places, people, and experiences in our lives. Then we carry those images, those experiences, and those feelings into our gardens. Gardens connect people and they tell our life stories. Marilyn will share her South African odyssey and show how South African plants can broaden our plant vocabulary that we use to create exciting and ever-changing stories in our gardens and in our containers.
Click here for more information on Marilyn Daly 

April 12, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Native Plants of the Brandywine Region and Their Liaisons Lecture
Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd
Chadds Ford, PA
brandywine.org
Come learn about our gorgeous native plants in a special lecture by Mark Gormel, horticultural coordinator. Enjoy an illustrated look at the beauty of the native plants of the Brandywine region, including an expose on the significant others in their lives. How does a New England Aster connect with a Tufted Titmouse? Why is Purple Top grass important to Red Tailed Hawks? What does a perfectly respectable Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly want with a Common Blue Violet? This in-depth look at understanding, supporting, and sustaining these plants and the relationships that go with them, all with an eye on reducing the amount of time and materials required to reap the rewards of being a good steward on your piece of this earth.
This lecture is free to attend but registration is required. Register online here.

April 12
Point Phillip Perennials Resumes Regular Hours; Display Gardens Reopen
Point Phillip Perennials
2764 West Scenic Drive
Danielsville, PA
ppperennials.com
We welcome you to take a stroll through our two acres of display gardens. We are located 15 miles north of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Our gardens are definitely collectors' gardens.  Neither of us can resist something new and interesting!  We have been selling plants since 1996 ~ our oldest garden is 28 years old. Many of our plants have been propagated here at Point Phillip Perennials. Check our website for new 2017 offerings. Beginning April 12, open Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00am - 6:00pm. Monday or Tuesday by chance or appointment. 610-837-6038.

April 21 - May 12 (4 classes) 10:00am - 1:00pm
Annuals and Tender Perennials short course
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Marilyn Daly, former assistant professor of biology at York College
Annuals allow you to create exciting and ever-changing works of art in your garden and containers. Expand your repertoire of gardening possibilities and challenge yourself: this four-week course introduces annuals and tender perennials for every color scheme and mood, with flowers ranging from calming pastels to bright and splashy; enticing fragrances; and foliage that offers color and textural contrast. $180 (PHS members $162). Registration opens March 1 – barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops or call 215.278.7200.

April 22, 10:00 - 11:00am
Cynwyd Trail Earth Day celebration: Cultivating Respect for Pollinators and Other Insects
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Dan Duran, associate professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University
All life on earth depends on insects, for more reasons than most people realize. Explore some of the immeasurably important ways that insects keep ecosystems functioning. Learn how we can conserve our much-needed insect diversity through the landscapes we plant. Light fare after the program. Free tours of the arboretum at noon and 12:30. $30 (PHS members $27).  Registration opens March 1 – barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops or call 215.278.7200.

April 27, 9:00am-5:00pm
Bus Trip to Mt. Cuba Center, Delaware
The Doylestown Nature Club
doylestownnatureclub.com
Join us for a bus trip to Mt. Cuba Center during peak bloom period.  The Center is well known for its native plantings.
Cost is $53 per person and includes the bus, driver's gratuity, two-hour guided tour, and reserved indoor seating for lunch.
See The Doylestown Nature's Club website at doylestownnatureclub.com for more information and reservation form.

April 28, 3:00pm-6:00pm, April 29, 9:30am-4:00pm 
University of Delaware Botanic Gardens 2017 Plant Sale
152 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE
ag.udel.edu/udbg
We ask you to join us to celebrate our 25th Spring Plant Sale.

April 28, 9:00am-Noon Henry Foundation Members' Morning, Noon-4:00pm Open Admission
April 29-30, 9:00am-3:00pm Open Admission
Henry Foundation for Botanical Research
Spring Plant Sale
"Native, New and Noteworthy"
801 Stony Lane(off Henry Lane only), Gladwyne, PA
bgci.org/garden
You're invited to the Henry Foundation's Spring Plant Sale.  Choose from a large and diverse collection of distinctive woody and herbaceous plants, including selections for trough, rock gardens, and woodland areas.  Native perennials, shrubs, and trees will also be featured.  We will have plants for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, and others that are deer resistant or drought tolerant.
Look for a large array of colorful ornamental salvias and a rainbow of interesting plants for window boxes and containers.  Dozens of herbs and a wide selection of young tomato plants will be for sale.
For more information call 610-525-2037.

April 29, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Delaware Center for Horticulture's
37th Annual Rare Plant Auction at Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA
thedch.org
Join us for the 37th Annual Rare Plant Auction at Longwood Gardens with Celebrated Plant Expert (and HPS/MAG Past President) David Culp.  This exquisite evening fundraiser features fine food and drink, exclusive access to Longwood Gardens, and the opportunity to see and purchase hundreds of rare, beautiful, and exceptional plants. For tickets and information, click here.

April 29, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Lilac Day at the Arboretum
The Barnes Foundation
300 N Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Barnes members, students, and alumni are invited for a special preview of the Barnes Arboretum and celebration of the lilac collection. View a pruning demonstration by Ann Dixon, Barnes Arboretum gardener, and take part in guided tours highlighting the arboretum’s fragrant and colorful lilacs, including a variety of Syringa vulgaris named for the Barnes Foundation. Enjoy a presentation about Laura Barnes with archival photos and documents detailing the lilac grove’s design and importance. A great opportunity to share with family and friends! Free.

April 29
Spring Wildflower Gala

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve 
1635 River Road
 New Hope PA 18938
bhwp.org
The Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 14th annual Spring Wildflower Gala, a black tie and muck boots event, will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017. This year’s theme, Regeneration, is timely as the Preserve transforms a 20-acre area from woods to meadow due to extensive damage the woodland area suffered during a microburst windstorm last summer.  Gala guests will have the opportunity to explore the stunning spring wildflower beauty of the Preserve through an intimate evening woodland walk along the trails, enjoy a gourmet menu featuring spring-themed ingredients, and participate in spirited live and silent auctions. Tickets for the Spring Wildflower Gala will be available in March. Click here, or contact the Preserve at 215-862-2924 for more information on attending, sponsoring, or donating auction items to this event.


May

May 6, 10:00am-4:00pm
Wilmington Garden Day
Wilmington, DE
wilmingtongardenday.org
Wilmington Garden Day celebrates 70 years of glorious gardens, gracious homes and grand traditions this Spring on May 6! We have a a great tour of gardens ready for this Spring, with properties in Greenville, Chadds Ford and North Wilmington. Join us on this self-guided tour and plan a day that fits your schedule. Proceeds from the event support under served children in Delaware. Tickets $30 online February 15 through May 6, or from select merchants; $35 day of tour. Rain or shine.

May 6, 10:00am - 4:00pm
2017 Garden Festival at Ladew
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD
LadewGardens.com
The mid-Atlantic's premier plant, garden ornaments and antiques sale, featuring hard to find perennials and annuals, unusual exotics and container specialties, plus decorative furniture, urns, statuary, and other architectural treasurers.  For ticket purchase or more information, visit LadewGardens.com

May 6, 10:00am - 2:00pm & May 7, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Barnes Arboretum Plant Sale
The Barnes Foundation 
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Tropicals, perennials, shrubs, and trees for sale—many of landscape size, some grown from our own living collections. Come support the Arboretum, learn from our plant experts, and take home something to enliven your own landscape!

May 6-8
Spring Open Nursery and Garden Days
Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. at Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
plantdelights.com
Friday and Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 1:00-5:00pm.  Rain or shine.  Free Parking.  
Phone 919-772-4794

May 9, 7:30pm
C. Colston Burrell
Obession and Exploitation: A Cultural History of Trilliums
Vollmer Center Auditorium
Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore, MD
mdhorticulture.org
Connections between Trilliums and humans have existed since indigenous peoples employed their medicinal powers. They are coveted for their beauty, celebrated in song and rhyme, featured on stamps, and their perfect symmetry has been abstracted into logos, symbols and art. Their name is exploited to sell products and housing developments. Join us for a romp through the culture and the cultural history of this captivating genus. The story of Trilliums is one of obsession and exploitation. 
Click here for more information on C. Colston Burrell

May 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Shake Up Your Foundation Lecture
Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd
Chadds Ford, PA
brandywine.org
Learn about native plants of the region that fit the aesthetics of your landscape design, provide multi-seasonal interest, and bring habitat back into the garden. Renee Kemmerer, a native plant expert and the Dogwood Path area horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center, will share her experiences and adventures in designing her own front yard. This lecture will inspire and spark your creative spirit to enhance your foundation plantings by adding native plants. Discover native substitutes for the traditional and common foundation plantings which often include exotic invasive plants like Japanese barberry, burning bush, and Bradford pear. You will go home inspired to shake up your foundation and use native plants to make the garden surrounding your home a beautiful and bountiful oasis. This lecture is free to attend but registration is required.  Click register click here.

May 11, 10:00am - 1:00pm
78th Annual Herb Sale
The Philadelphia Unit of The Herb Society of America
Historic Yellow Springs
1685 Art School Rd
Chester Springs, PA
hsaphiladelphia.org

May 13-14, 9:30am 5:00pm
Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale
Brandywine River Museum of Art Courtyard
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd
Chadds Ford, PA
brandywine.org
Shop for a wide variety of native grasses, ferns, vines, shrubs, and trees.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. Organically grown vegetable plants from Two Gander Farm will be available.  Admission Free.

May 13, Noon - 3pm Open to the Public
Scott Arboretum Selections: Spring Sale
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
The Spring Sale features a variety of plants to help the local gardener create a backyard oasis. Explore our curated selection of unusual tropicals, annuals, shrubs, and spring ephemerals. You will find tropicals, annuals, and tender plants not found at the big-box stores.  For more info go to: scottarboretum.org/Spring Sale

May 18, 9:30am
Hypertufa Trough Making Class
Point Philip Perennials
2764 West Scenic Dr
Danielsville, PA
ppperennials.com
Everyone will learn the theory and technique of trough making and then make a trough of their own.  Cost is $15.00 and registration is required.  For more info go to: ppperennials.com.  
You can contact us at johns@ppperennials.com or call at 610-837-6038.

May 18, 10:30am - 4:00pm (catered lunch included)
The Art of Ikebana, an Ohara School workshop with a master Ikebana teacher
Presented in association with the Delaware Valley Chapter of Ohara Ikebana
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Young Oh, First Term Master, and Ronell Douglass, Sub Grand Master
The ancient Japanese art of ikebana emphasizes and works with the beauty of flowers and branches. Join master teachers who regularly exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show and Longwood Gardens to create and take home your own exciting ikebana arrangement incorporating the principles of line, color, and space. The day begins with a tour of the Barnes Arboretum for inspiration, followed by lunch, then the workshop. Please bring pruning shears.  $125 (PHS members $112).  Registration opens March 1 – barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops or call 215.278.7200.

May 21, 4:30pm - 7:00pm
A Lilac Party
Willowwood Arboretum
300 Longview Rd
Far Hills, NJ
willowwoodarboretum.org
The Ten, Wine Tasting, Silent Plant Auction, gorgeous gardens.
Click here for more information.

May 25, Noon - 1pm
Rose Garden Tour
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
Learn more about our organic rose garden from the staff who maintains this stunning collection. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin in the Dean Bond Rose Garden and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.  Free & open to the public.  Meet in the Dean Bond Rose Garden.


June 

June 1, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ferns and Their Allies
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane
Merion, PA
barnesfoundation.org
Harriet Cramer, garden designer, writer, and lecturer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. Expand your knowledge of both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for our region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective design combinations with ferns.
$40 (PHS members $36). To register: barnesfoundation.org/education/horticulture/workshops -or call 215.278.7200.

June 1, Noon - 1:00pm
Rose Garden Tour
The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
Learn more about our organic rose garden from the staff who maintain this stunning collection. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin in the Dean Bond Rose Garden and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.

June 4, 10:00am - 4:00pm
6th Annual Garden Tour
The Horticultural Society of Maryland, Inc.
P.O. Box 4213
Lutherville, MD  21093
mdhorticulture.org
Dedicated Gardeners & Creative Spaces in Annapolis
The exceptional Annapolis gardens featured in this year's tour are among the finest in the area. They include cozy cottage gardens, formal entry gardens, a whimsical farmhouse landscape and an elegantly striking Zen retreat. The imaginative selection and placement of plant materials will inspire both the casual gardener and the dedicated horticulturalist.
For more information, click here.

June 7-10
26th Annual Native Plants in the Landscapes Conference at Millersville sponsored by Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
1 S George St
Millersville, PA
millersvillenativeplants.org
2017 marks the second year that Bowan's Hill Wildflower Preserve will be presenting the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference @Millersville.  
2017 Full Audience Speakers
Chuck Cannon - Assisted Diversification for the Anthropocene
Andy Moore - Pawpaw:  The Story of America's Forgotten Fruit
Rebecca McMackin - Designing and Managing Store Resilient Landscapes
Bill Powell - New Tools to Solve an Old Problem, The Return of the American Chestnut
Heather Holm - The Pollination of Native Plants
Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA - The Horticultural Passion of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Registration opens April 1, 2017.  Visit the website for more information as it becomes available.

As a special benefit to Hardy Plant Society members we are offering a 10% off coupon which can be used on Full Conference Registration (Thursday & Friday) or One Day Conference Registration (Thursday OR Friday). This coupon is only valid through May 24. 
Use coupon code HPS2017
We hope you will be able to join us for either the full conference, a workshop, a field trip, the exceptional native plant sale, and/or even our free screening of “Hometown Habitat” Friday, June 9. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.
Can’t attend the whole conference?  Visit Events on our Facebook page for information on FREE activities at the conference. Bring your friends, your family - help spread the word about Native Plants! 
facebook.com/pg/Millersvillenativeplants/events/?ref=page_internal 

June 10, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Garden Tour
parivertowns.com/m/events/view/Garden-Tour
Local gardens beckon you to this ticketed tour coordinated by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Proceeds will benefit the Visitors Center, a non-profit organization which represents the communities of Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville to over 13,000 guests to the region annually.  This event will be held rain or shine.  Tickets will be available at the SVCC Visitors Center (445 Linden Street) or by calling 684-5249.  Tickets $10.00 in advance or $12.00 the day of the tour.

June 29, July 6, July 20 and August 3, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Gardening Apprenticeship Sessions
Pendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Rd
Wallingford, PA  
pendlehill.org
Benjamin Weiss will lead groups of from three to eight apprentices.  Apprentices will have the opportunity to work in a large, highly functional market-style garden that provides produce to the Pendle Hill kitchens as well as herbs for Susquehanna Apothecary. Apprentices will participate in routine maintenance of the gardens, greenhouse, and hoop-house. They will learn about different sustainable agricultural styles, including synergistic and bio-intensive. They will learn about growing a wide variety of foods and medicinal herbs. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners with a serious interest, for experienced gardeners who want to learn more about growing plants professionally, or for professionals interested in learning small-scale intensive production techniques.

Benjamin Weiss is a certified permaculture teacher and designer. He has managed three small sustainable farms, including an urban farm. He also forages professionally and has been studying and practicing herbalism for twelve years. Ben is well versed in various intensive agricultural styles including John Jeavons’ bio-intensive, Emelia Hazelip’s synergistic, and Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming. He has also been heavily influenced by the works of Elliot Coleman, and Growing Power’s Will Allen. Ben also has years of experience with orchard crops, forest gardening, and growing medicinal plants. He runs his own business, Susquehanna Permaculture, which includes an herbal apothecary with products made from wild-crafted plants and specializing in the treatment of Lyme Disease.
Minimum of 3 students per session; maximum of 8.
Work gloves and tools provided. Lunch is included for each work day.
For more information, pendlehill.org or call Ext. 137 at 610-566 4507. 

 


July 

The Delaware Valley Water Garden Society Pond Tour
Sunday, July 16, 10:00am registration, 11:00am Tour Starts
Cedar Run Landscaping
1054 Horsham Rd
North Wales, PA  19454
This year it will be slightly different format.  We are calling it an "Educational - Social Tour".  It will be a combination of viewing , learning and feasting. There are 8 pond stops, PLUS food stop at Iron Hill Brewery.  For more information, WWW.DVWGS.com

20th Annual Woody Plant Conference 
Friday, July 21, 9am - 4:30pm
Lang Performing Arts Center
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA  
scottarboretum.org
This popular day-long conference focuses on great woody plants for the Mid-Atlantic States and how to use them in the landscape. Co-sponsored by Morris Arboretum, Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and Tyler Arboretum. This conference is geared to landscape professionals and avid amateur gardeners. For more info, click here.

 


August  

August 18 - 27
IGA Berlin 2017
Behind the Scenes of the International Garden Festival
For a full itinerary, click here.
Call Road Scholar toll free at (800) 322-5315 and reference Program #22983, "IGA Berlin 2017-Behind the Scenes of the International Garden Festival.

Scott Arboretum, Evening Highlight Tour
August 30, 7:00 - 8:00pm
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
Tours depart from the Scott Arboretum Offices and are free and open to the public.
Explore the Scott Arboretum's plant collections with staff. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.

 


September  

Learning from Great Gardens: Secret Sunken Garden
September 7, 5:30-7:00pm
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE
thedch.org
Located in Wilmington, this beautiful five-acre property is permanently preserved for conservation. The house, complete with swimming pool and changing rooms, was built in 1935 and presented as a wedding gift to the owners. The stone pool was later converted to a remarkable garden, showcasing boxwoods, rare plants, and a fountain. For years, the garden flourished but then became overgrown and neglected. The current caretakers recognized this gem of a garden and have worked over the last four years to restore its beauty and charm. You’ll find a combination of familiar and unique sun and shade perennials, plus seasonal annuals and colorful containers. Varieties of Hydrangea, Rudbeckia, Helenium, Solidago, and Japanese Anemone over late summer color; ferns and white wood asters thrive in shady spots.
To register or for more information, click here.

Scott Arboretum Selections, Fall Sale
September 16, Noon - 3pm
September 17, 11:00am - 2:00pm
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA
scottarboretum.org
Scott Arboretum Selections Sales are hard-to-find but plant performers that thrive in Delaware Valley gardens. We have selected unusual plants that are ideal for use and planting during the fall.  For more information, click here.

Learning from Great Gardens: A Plantsman's Paradise
September 21, 5:30-7:00pm
1810 N Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE
thedch.org
Tucked away near a rural crossroads in Chester County, PA sits a jewel of a garden. Unassuming to many who pass by daily, this garden has been nurtured and tended by a lover and collector of plants. A delight to the senses, meandering pathways lead guests to discover fastigiated and variegated forms of plants one never knew existed. The experience will leave you constantly curious by the surprises that lay just around the next curve. A passion for plants does not even begin to describe this gardener's sensibility and eye for the exotic.
For more information or to register, click here.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop
September 24, 1:00-3:00pm
Morris Arboretum 
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
morrisarboretum.org
Join staff member Louise Clarke for a delightfully messy trough-making workshop.
To register click here, or call 215-247-5777 ext. 125.

Native Plants for your Home Pollinator Garden
September 26, 6:30-8:00pm
Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
morrisarboretum.org
Bess Trout will explain the elements of a successful pollinator garden and discuss native perennials and shrubs that provide shelter for these important garden visitors.
To register click here, or call 215-247-5777 ext. 125.

Landscape Architecture Symposium-
Breaking Urban: Designing for the Community 
September 29
Presented by the University of Delaware's Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program, DCH and the Delaware Nature Society.
To register for the event, click here.

 

 


October 

 What's Hot! What's Not!
October 11, 7:00pm
Morris Arboretum
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
morrisarboretum.org
You won't want to miss this lecture by Stephanie Cohen.  The Perennial Diva, who will dish the dirt on all kinds of trends waxing and waning in the garden.
To register click 
here, or call 215-247-5777 ext. 125.


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