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Members Garden Tour 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

2021 Members' Garden Tour - Roxborough, Philadelphia

Garden Tours noon to 4 p.m. followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. at Ann Cohen's Garden.

New for This Years Members Garden Tour: At the reception, one person from each member family attending the reception will be invited to select a plant from the plant donations collected by our HPS Board Members.  We will be offering some special and hard to find plants!   

We will be touring the Roxborough area of Philadelphia to visit some wonderful gardens. Our strict COVID protocol will be followed (see details below).

This is a rain or shine event.

Registration closed June 20, 2021.

This is a members' only event. The tour is free for members only; guests are welcome, but are required to join HPS/MAG at the first house that they visit. We will be prepared at each house to sign up your guests. Dues are $35.00 for one year and $60.00 for two years. They can also join online at: www.hardyplant.org

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers are needed for this event - click here for volunteer sign-up.


Roxborough Manayunk Conservancy/Tom Landsmann


 We operate a native plant nursery. We container grow so transplanting is easier. The containers are in sunken beds to keep the soil temperature more stable. We grow late successional trees, Understory trees, Shrubs and herbaceous plants. All grown from seed or cuttings. The nursery is located on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

All plants propagated in the nursery are donated to local parks. We pull & plant a few hundred trees per year.


Patty Redenbaugh/City Plants, LLC

I moved here 20 years ago from Center City where I had just started my garden design business of creating or reinterpreting gardens in the city. Finding these two acres that are surrounded by 380 acres of the Schuylkill Valley Nature Center was nothing less than a miracle.     





I was able to build a Greenhouse and a deer fenced area for holding plants (until we knew where we would be planting them.) Then I set about planting all of my favorite plants around the pool area so that I could bring new clients here and see which ones they most loved so that we could use those plants in their gardens. It is hard to believe that this place is in Philadelphia.    


John Carpenter and Julie Heberle’s New Old Garden

John and Julie’s garden takes advantage of venerable trees, old stone retaining walls, reclaimed flagstone, and salvaged terracotta tiles to frame two levels of perennial beds, a small pond with falling water and a modest vegetable garden. Thanks to the many neighbors who share plants and gardening tips, their gardens have a variety of plants that thrive in conditions from full sun to complete shade. Their fruit trees and flowering shrubs offer visual structure and shelter to birds and other wildlife throughout the year.  


Reclamation is a central theme of this garden - many of the ancient rhododendron, azalea and other plants in their garden were salvaged from gardens that were being removed due to development of nearby properties. John recently installed a rainwater harvesting system that collects thousands of gallons of rainwater each season and uses drip irrigation to water many of their garden beds.


Fairview Park (one of 2020’s HPS grantees) is located next door to John and Julie. Members of the tour are also invited to tour this wonderful small park where neighbors have worked to plant and maintain a range of perennial and shrub beds.



Ann Cohen Garden and Reception Site
I have a very large garden in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia. I grow trees, shrubs, vegetables, and flowers in containers. My garden serves a number of purposes. First, it serves to control stormwater for my immediate neighborhood. This is accomplished by grading, the incorporation of ponds and bog gardens, and mostly by the work performed by the many trees I have planted over the last decade. Next, my yard had become a haven for wildlife including deer (a curse on many days) fox, birds, toads, frogs, snakes, and many pollinators including native bees, butterflies, and my own honey bees. Third, It produces food for family and friends. I raise vegetables and have planted quite a few fruit trees and berry bushes and vines with help from Tree Philly, Philadelphia Orchard Project, and on my own. Finally, my family, neighbors and I get great joy from the scores of flowers I have in pots on my deck and by sitting pond side and watching frogs, water lilies and dragon flies.





Don't miss this varied, beautiful group of gardens and then stop by Ann Cohen's garden to relax at the reception after the tour.

New for This Years Members Garden Tour: At the reception, one person from each member family attending the reception will be invited to select a plant from the plant donations collected by our HPS Board Members.  We will be offering some special and hard to find plants!   

HPS/MAG COVID-19 PRACTICES AND POLICIES: All HPS/MAG In-Person Events are subject to current CDC COVID-19 measures (vaccinated people do not need masks indoors nor outdoors) and garden host preferences (A mask may still be required on their property). Please bring a mask for every In-Person Event.

Additionally, every registrant must sign a Coronavirus Waiver prior to attending any In-Person Event. Click here for the waiver. If possible, please download a copy of the waiver, sign it and bring it with you to the event. The event coordinator will have extra copies available for registrants that need them. The waiver will be collected at the event.

Contact: Dawn Freeman at [email protected]