Friday, April 26 2024 9:50

Chester County Home & Garden Tours

Written by Marci Tomassone

A guide to local tours, plant sales and festivals

Follow us on our journey to explore the magic of spring. We’ll visit gardens and nurseries, museums and homes, arboretums and preserves, all offering the best of the season. You’ll be inspired to bring some of the magic home with you … Enjoy!

Through December
America’s Garden Capital Passport. This passport is an exclusive guide to exploring the region’s public gardens — 30+ gardens within 30 miles. Download your passport,

May 3 & 4
Arasapha Garden Club’s 81st Anniversary May Market in Historic New Castle. Garden experts help you choose from annuals, herbs, perennials, houseplants and native plants. Market Square, 201 Delaware St., New Castle, DE. Fri, 10 to 5; Sat, 9 to 3.

May 3 & 4
DE Nature Society Native Plant Sale. Rare varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for sale. Many species attract wildlife. Coverdale Farm, 543 Way Rd., Greenville, DE. Fri, 2 to 7 (member day); Sat, 9 to 3.

May 3 & 4
25th Annual St. Mary Anne’s Garden Market. Over 75 garden-related vendors sell flowers, trees and shrubs for spring planting. A family- friendly event. 315 S. Main St., North East, MD. Fri, 9 to 6; Sat, 9 to 4. On Facebook.

May 4
Azaleas & Bluebells at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of azalea blossoms and acres of wildflowers, plant sales, staff-led and self-guided tours of Azalea Woods and more. Included with admission. Rt. 52, Winterthur, DE. 10 to 3. $5–$20.

Jenkins Arboretum Plant Sale

May 4 & 5
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Plant Sale Weekend. A large sale featuring rare and unusual rhododendrons and azaleas, plus a large selection of native trees, perennials and shrubs. Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon. Daily, 9 to 4.

May 4 & 5
Tyler Arboretum Plant Sale. Come pick out the best plants to flourish in your gardens. Knowledgeable staff will help you plan your garden and select plants that thrive and provide ecosystem services to pollinators and other wildlife. 515 Painter Rd., Media. Daily 9 to 2.

May 4–June 22
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage Tours. Take an immersive tour of selected noteworthy historic properties in one of six counties. For information and tickets,

May 5
Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival. Explore plants, crafts, artwork, vintage goods and collectibles from vendors. Enjoy live music and food. Germantown Ave. from Rex to Willow Grove Aves., Chestnut Hill. 11 to 5.

May 9
85th Annual Phila. Herb Society of America Herb Sale. Culinary and fragrant herbs and rare and unusual scented geraniums and salvias will be featured. The Made By Members boutique highlights herbal specialties. Cash or check only. Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs. 10 to 1 pm, rain or shine.

May 9
Showcase of Homes at Hershey’s Mill. The Paoli Hospital Auxiliary presents this tour which includes six renovated and decorated homes, a luncheon at Hershey’s Mill Golf Club, vendor boutique and raffle. Benefits Paoli Hospital. 1500 Greenhill Rd., West Chester. 10 to 4. $40. For info or tickets, 484-535-2639.

May 9–11
Wilmington Flower Market. Benefits dozens of nonprofit Delaware children’s agencies. Carnival rides, art, gifts, beer, entertainment, flowers and plants of all kinds are available. Rockford Park, Wilmington. Thurs–Fri, 10 to 8; Sat, 10 to 7. Free.

May 10 & 11
Landis Valley Museum Herb & Garden Faire. The sale features plants from Landis Valley Museum’s Heirloom Seed Project plus natives and other hard-to-find varieties. Refreshments available onsite. 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster. 9 to 5.

Uwchlan Garden Club Plant Sale

May 11
Uwchlan Garden Club Plant Sale. Find a selection of vegetable and herb plants, crafts, perennials, shrubs, trees, a kids korner and gifts. Benefits the 1756 Uwchlan Meeting House. 5 N. Village Ave., Lionville. 8 to 2.

May 11, 25, June 8, 22
Home and Garden Tours at Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden. Dazzling displays of native plants, ancient trees and landscape designs are highlighted, along with a tour of the spectacular Tudor Revival Main House. 1829 E. County Line Rd., Villanova. 10:30 to noon. $15.

Welkinweir Gardens

May 14
Mother’s Day Open Gardens at Welkinweir. The gardens, with azaleas at their peak, will be open to visitors to walk and hike. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden. 11 to 3. Free. 1368 Prizer Rd., Pottstown.

May 15
Shipley School’s 50th Annual Secret Gardens Tours. Enjoy a self-guided tour through breathtaking private gardens with a lunch stop on Shipley’s campus featuring vendors, sit-down and boxed lunches and tours of campus gardens. 9 to 3. For info and tickets,

May 16
Scott Arboretum 95 Years Highlights Tour: Peonies. Celebrate the arboretum’s anniversary with tours of the featured collection. After your tour, be sure to experience Peony Palooza, a peony floral exhibition, in the Wister Center. 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. 3 pm. Free.

Styers Festival of the Peony

May 17–31
6th Annual Festival of the Peony. Walk through 25 acres with more than 55,000 peonies and cut your own to take home. Bring a vase to take the peonies home. 4313 S. Creek Rd., Chadds Ford. Daily 8 to 6. $15/person or $30/car.

May 18
A Day In Old New Castle. An 18th-century market fair where you can take a look into the private homes and gardens, historic landmarks and museums in Old New Castle. Enjoy historical reenactments, entertainment, artisans, children’s games, tours of the Kalmar Nyckel tall ship and more. 50 Market St., New Castle, DE. 10 to 5. $5–$25.

Winterthur Peonies

May 22
Garden to Vase: Opulent Peonies at Winterthur. Take a special after-hours tour of the Peony Garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Marian Coffin, then use peonies to design an H. F. du Pont-style arrangement. Bring a glass vase. Reg. req. Rt. 52, Winterthur, DE. 1 pm. $80.

June 7
Moonlight & Roses at Morris Arboretum. Dining and dancing under the stars, surrounded by the beauty of roses in bloom. The annual fundraising event supports all aspects of the Arboretum’s mission. 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. For info and tickets,

Phoenixville Summer Garden Tour

June 8
Phoenixville Summer Garden Tour. Highlighting properties that are environmentally friendly in an urban area, the tour features yards and balconies that support birds and other wildlife. Programs, parking and tickets at Phoenixville Senior Center, 153 Church St., or visit 10 to 2 pm. $20. PAT.Community/PSGT.

June 8
Garden Day at White Horse Village. The senior living community showcases the talents of resident gardeners. Self-guided tours, 10:30, complimentary lunch at noon, registration required. 535 Gradyville Rd., Newtown Square. Free.