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Pop-Up Event: Chestnut Hill Garden and Collins Nursery-Canceled
Sunday, May 03, 2020, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Category: Pop-Up Events

This event is canceled due to COVID-19.

We have combined two experiences into one for Sunday May 3rd starting promptly at 10 a.m. We will meet some Master Gardeners from New Jersey at a garden in Chestnut Hill where Jay and Nanie Flaherty will guide us around their property. We’ve been invited to bring our own brown bag lunches (drinks will be provided) and enjoy them on their property before leaving promptly at 12:30 to start the Collins Nursery tour at 1 p.m.

Flaherty Garden in Chestnut Hill (Address will be provided to registrants)

Our one-acre garden in Chestnut Hill sits on the corner of a busy intersection of cars, bicyclists, pedestrians, dogs, and children walking to the adjacent school. Rather than retreat from all this activity to a private sanctuary, we have opened vistas into our garden so that passersby may pause to enjoy what we have planted and to share their ideas with us. The original owners of our property planted over ninety holly trees in the ‘60’s, which now give us bones for our own design of a four-season garden, with hundreds of plants of all varieties, dozens of Japanese maples, water features, bluestone paths bordered by Wissahickon schist, and accents of found objects. We use color combinations, foliage contrast, scent, hardscape, and vertical accents to create seasonal variety and to capture the play of light and shade. Our joy is sharing what we have created.

Collins Nursery in Glenside

Collins Nursery is a small retail nursery specializing in container grown plants that are native to the Mid-Atlantic region. The nursery stocks native trees, shrubs, vines, flowering perennials for sun and shade, ferns, grasses, and groundcovers. Offerings vary throughout the year and include native woodland wildflowers, spring ephemerals, plants for rain gardens, and deciduous azaleas. Many of the plants are propagated from locally collected seed and the majority are straight species making them suitable for both home gardens and restoration projects. Unique hypertufa planters and birdbaths and original botanical artwork are also available.

Located on the property of historic Edgehill Castle, the nursery was founded by John Collins, a noted Philadelphia landscape architect, teacher, and nurseryman. Hours are generally by appointment and during designated open houses days. For more information about the nursery, please visit www.collinsnursery.com

A special private tour of the grounds and the nursery will begin at 1:00 followed by the opportunity to browse and shop through the nursery. Bring your own wagon for transporting plants if you have one. Parking is limited, so please park on the street and walk up the driveway. The driveway is sloped, so please make us aware if you have walking restrictions.

General Event Info

Limited to 15 people. Click here to register. If event is full, please contact Laura Axel at [email protected] to join the waitlist.

Registration is required and cost is $10 collected by us for a credit towards purchases at the nursery. Registration is complete when full payment is received.

Flaherty Garden and Collins Nursery addresses will be provided to registrants.


Contact: Laura Axel at [email protected]