It’s finally time to think about what we want to accomplish in our garden this year. Another bed of perennials? A few more vegetables and herbs in the edible garden? How about a new look for the planters on the patio? We’ve got your guide to the most beautiful gardens and hardiest plant sales in the area. Take a look … then head out and enjoy!
Through May 28
Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. Designers show their creativity at Foxwood Manor, 1596 Turkey Trot Rd., Jamison. Benefits Doylestown Hosp. and Village Improvement Assoc. Mon–Wed, 10 to 4; Thurs, 10 to 7; Fri, 10 to 4; Sat, 10 to 6; Sun, noon to 4. $25–$30. 215-345-2191; BucksCountyDesignerHouse.org.
Arasapha Garden Club’s Annual May Market in Historic New Castle. Unique, flowering plants and herbs, shrubs and artisan crafts. Market Square, Second & Delaware Sts., New Castle, DE. Fri, 9 to 5; Sat, 9 to 3. 302-322-7895; Arasapha.org.
Friends of Everhart Park Plant Sale. Plant varieties proven to thrive in the Brandywine Valley. Proceeds go to maintaining and improving the park. 501-599 W. Union St., West Chester. 10 to 2. Facebook.com/FriendsOfEverhartPark.
Wilmington Garden Day. Twelve gardens to tour in Greenville, Wilmington and Chadds Ford areas. Benefits children in need, specifically Friendship House, Inc. and St. Michael’s School & Nursery. 10 to 4. $35–$40. WilmingtonGardenDay.org.
DE Nature Society Native Plant Sale. More than 300 rare varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants are for sale. Some from nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species that attract wildlife. Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Rd., Greenville, DE. Sat, 10 to 4; Sun, 11 to 4. 302-239-2334; DelNature.org/NPS.
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Annual Plant Sale. One of the largest sales in the area, sponsored by the Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon. Sat, 9 to 3; Sun, 11 to 3. 610-647-8870; JenkinsArboretum.org.
Annual Plant Sale at Tyler Arboretum. Hard-to-find trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs—an inspiration for the whole garden. 515 Painter Rd., Media. 9 to 3. 610-566-9134; TylerArboretum.org.
Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival. Explore plants, crafts and artwork from over 150 vendors as home and garden design and supplies take the spotlight. Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill. 11 to 5. Raindate May 21. 215-247-6696; ChestnutHillPa.com.
78th Annual Phila. Herb Society of America Herb Sale. Herbs, vegetable seedlings, rare and unusual geraniums and salvias for sale, along with herbs. Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs. Herbal brunch, $15, res. only. 10 to 1. 610-970-5264; HSAPhiladelphia.org.
Wilmington Flower Market. Benefits nonprofit Delaware children’s agencies. Carnival rides, art, gifts, entertainment, flowers and plants of all kinds are available. Rockford Park, Wilmington. Thurs–Fri, 10 to 8; Sat, 10 to 7. Free. 302-995-5699; WilmingtonFlowerMarket.org.
National Public Gardens Day. Nation-wide effort to raise awareness of our public gardens and their value to our communities. Participants include Nemours Estate, Scott Arboretum, Brandywine Conservancy, Longwood Gardens, Tyler Arboretum, Chanticleer Garden and more. NationalPublicGardensDay.org.
Landis Valley Museum Herb & Garden Faire. Over 80 vendors of heirloom plants, roses, native and hard-to-find plants, annuals, perennials and art for the garden spread over the historic village. 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster. 9 to 5. $12. 717-569-0401; LandisValleyHerbFaire.org.
Scott Arboretum Selections: The Spring Sale. Hard-to-find but superior plant performers that thrive in area gardens—plants not found at big box stores are found here. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Wister Center, Swarthmore. Fri, Preview Party, 5:30 to 7:30, $25–$40; Sat, noon to 3, free. 610-328-8023; ScottArboretum.org.
Willistown Conservation Trust 3rd Barns & BBQ. Tour five of Willistown area’s beautiful barns and farms, followed by a bountiful barbecue. Tour begins at 3; cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and barbecue follow. Res. req. 610-353-2562; WCTrust.org.
May 13, 21
Tours and Plant Sales at Winterthur Museum & Gardens. May 13, Azaleas and Bluebells Day, guided and self-guided tours through Winterthur’s gardens, plant sale and tea available. May 21, Peonies & Primroses Day, tours and plant sale. Rt. 52, Winterthur. 10 to 3. Included with adm., $5–$20. 800-448-3883; Winterthur.org.
Brandywine River Museum of Art Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale. Hundreds of varieties for sale to benefit Brandywine Conservancy’s native plant gardens. Rt. 1, Chadds Ford. 9:30 to 5. Free. 610-388-2700; BrandywineMuseum.org.
Welkinweir’s Mother’s Day Tea & Azalea Bloom Walk. A springtime tradition celebrating mothers and special women. Organ concert, tours of the historic estate house and azalea gardens at the peak of bloom and an afternoon tea served on the tented terrace overlooking the pond and spring blooms. 1368 Prizer Rd., Pottstown. Res. req. 610-469-7543; Welkinweir.org.
43rd Shipley School Secret Gardens Tour. Explore magnificent properties located in the Gladwyne, Bryn Mawr and Haverford neighborhoods with a luncheon at Merion Cricket Club. Tour and seated lunch, $80; tour only, $45. 8:30 to 4:30. 610-525-4544; ShipleySchool.org/SecretGardens.
A Day In Old New Castle. Beautifully tended gardens and historic homes are on this tour now in its 93rd year. Shuttle from First Baptist Church in New Castle (Rts. 141 & 273) to the Green in Old New Castle. 10 to 5. $5–$20. 302-322-5774; DIONC.ImmanuelEpiscopal.com.
Bayard Taylor Home & Garden Tour. A variety of homes and gardens offering something for every interest. This year’s theme: “It’s All About the View.” Sample food and beverages from local restaurants and merchants. Benefits Kennett Library’s Children’s Programs and Adult Literacy. 10 to 4. $40. 610-444-2702; KennettLibrary.org.
New Hope Historical Society’s 23rd Annual Garden Tour. The Historical Society has partnered with Bucks County realtors to present a “Million Dollar Listing” tour, welcoming visitors inside five of the most beautiful estates in Bucks County. Benefits the Parry Mansion Museum. 10 to 4. $40. 215-862-5652; NewHopeHS.org.
34th Annual Demuth Garden Tour & Party. Exclusive Lancaster residences offer creative urban gardens, distinctive architecture and interior design. Starts with the Demuth Garden Party, June 9, 6 pm, music, hors d’oeuvres and silent art auction at Conestoga House & Gardens, 1608 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. Res. req. Tour, Sat, 10 to 5; Sun, 11 to 5. $18–$20. 717-299-9940; Demuth.org.
Garden Day at White Horse Village Retirement Community. Recognized as an arboretum by Swarthmore College, the Village’s 96 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands are open to visitors on this self-guided tour. Adjacent to Ridley Creek State Park. Start at the Club House, 535 Gradyville Rd., Newtown Square. 11 to 3. Free. 610-558-5000; WhiteHorseVillage.org.
Scott Arboretum Selections: Fall Sale. Mark your calendars for the fall event held at Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Sat, noon to 3; Sun, 11 to 2. 610-328-8025; ScottArboretum.org.