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Pop-Up Event: Tour of Peace Tree Farm
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Pop-Up Events

Tour of Peace Tree Farm

Peace Tree Farm is a USDA Certified Organic wholesale greenhouse company located in the countryside of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They work with growers and retailers across the country and provide customers with plants that grow. They specialize in Organic Edibles, Specialty Lavenders, and Unique Collector Plants.


Join us for a fascinating look at what goes on in Peace Tree’s one acre of greenhouses on this historic 25-acre farm. On a tour of the facilities we will learn first-hand about the everyday operations – the many activities happening at any given time, how they are done, and why. And prepare to be wowed by an in-depth look at how Peace Tree Farm manages to force thousands of the beautiful plants and flowers you see every year at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Forcing flowers for the Philadelphia Flower Show is no easy feat. Clients come to Peace Tree with a wish list of plants and specs that they want for their show designs. There are so many factors to then be considered. Is the plant material able to be sourced out of season? Does it need vernalization to flower? What day length is needed to force flowers? And – type of lights, temperature, pot size, soil, fertilizer, pest control, physical supports, etc. The process is very technical and requires constant observation. Everything needs to be timed perfectly to be delivered on a specific day in the dead of winter! In the shortest, coldest time of the year, Peace Tree totally fools Mother Nature and helps to put on the Greatest Flower Show on Earth!

Peace Tree Farm has been forcing plants for the Philadelphia Flower Show since their start in 1983. Along with forcing plants for the show, owner Lloyd Traven got involved with the Flower Show as a Passer, otherwise known as a Horticultural Gatekeeper, tasked with examining the plants entered into the Horticourt. Plants are examined for show quality, correct name, proper class, and for insects or disease prior to the show. Lloyd later became one of the chairs of passing, and now after over 10 years of service is an advisor to the Horticourt.

To learn more about Peace Tree, visit their website: https://www.peacetreefarm.com/. Peace Tree Farm was also recently featured in Greenhouse Grower Magazine! Learn more about their recent efforts and plans to remain a leader in the industry in the years ahead: Peace Tree Farm Featured in Greenhouse Grower Magazine.

Depending on availability, a limited number of plants may be available for purchase.

This event is full. 

Contact: Nora Sirbaugh at [email protected] 


Contact: Nora Sirbaugh at [email protected]