Home & Garden Guide 2019
Spring at last! Don’t waste a minute.
We’re lucky to have so many outstanding public gardens right in our backyard—Welkinweir, Jenkins Arboretum, Scott Arboretum, Brandywine Conservancy, Longwood Gardens, Stoneleigh, Tyler Arboretum, Chanticleer Garden and many more. Make a note to visit one during National Public Gardens Week, May 13–19. Check NationalPublicGardensDay.org for a complete list.
Through May 26
Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. Designers show their creativity at Peppermint Farm (parking at Hilltown Baptist Church), 26 Upper Church Rd., Chalfont. Mon–Wed, Fri–Sat, 10 to 4; Thurs, 10 to 7; Sun, noon to 4. $35. 215-345-2191; BucksCounty
Arasapha Garden Club’s Annual May Market in Historic New Castle. Unique, flowering plants and herbs, shrubs and artisan crafts. Market Square, 201 Delaware St., New Castle, DE. Fri, 2 to 7; Sat, 9 to 4. 302-322-7895; Arasapha.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. Fri, 3 to 7; Sat, 9 to 3. 302-239-2334; DelNature.org/NPS.
Wilmington Garden Day. Homes and gardens are featured at this rain-or-shine event. Benefits Delaware’s children in need. 10 to 4. $35. WilmingtonGardenDay.org.
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens Annual Plant Sale. A large sale 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.
80th Annual Phila. Herb Society of America Herb Sale. Herbs, vegetable seedlings, rare and unusual geraniums and salvias for sale. Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs. Herbal brunch, $15, res. only. 10 to 1. 610-970-5264; HSA-
Wilmington Flower Market. Benefits dozens of 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; WilmingtonFlower Market.org.
Landis Valley Museum Herb & Garden Faire. Over 80 vendors of heirloom plants, roses, native and hard-to-find plants, annuals, perennials and art. 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster. 9 to 5. $8–$12. 717-569-0401; LandisValleyHerbFaire.org.
Azaleas, Bluebells & Follies at Winterthur Museum & Gardens. The day’s events include tours of the azaleas and Follies garden exhibition as well as a specialty sale of azalea plants propagated from specimens at Winterthur. Incl. with admission. Rt. 52, Winterthur. 10 to 3. $5–$20. 800-448-3883; Winterthur.org.
Scott Arboretum Selections: The Spring Sale. Find superior plant performers not found at big box stores that thrive in area gardens. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Wister Center, Swarthmore. Noon to 3, free. 610-328-8023; ScottArboretum.org.
Willistown Conservation Trust Barns & BBQ. Tour five of Willistown area’s beautiful barns and farms, followed by a bountiful barbecue supper. Tour begins at 3; cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, barbecue and live auction follow. $300. Res. req. 610-353-2562; WCTrust.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.
Mother’s Day Open House at Welkinweir. Take an exclusive look inside the historic home that expands three centuries, enjoy an organ concert on a 1928 Skinner organ, take in the view overlooking the pond and enjoy sweet and savory refreshments. This is peak bloom for the azalea collection, so bring your camera. 2 to 4. $5–$10. RSVP req. 610-469-7543; Welkinweir.org.
Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden—Spectacular Spring. Bring the family to celebrate the season in the garden. Read a seasonally inspired book, create kids’ art projects and enjoy a springtime snack. 1829 E. County Line Rd., Villanova. 10 to 11:30. $5 for children. 610-353-5587; StoneleighGarden.org.
45th Shipley School Secret Gardens Tour. Explore magnificent properties located in Main Line neighborhoods with a luncheon at St. Davids Golf 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. Take a rare and exclusive look into the private homes and gardens, historic landmarks and museums. 10 to 5. $5–$30. 302-322-5774;
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 19. 215-247-6696; ChestnutHillPa.com.
May 23, 30
Scott Arboretum Rose Garden Tour. Learn more about the organic rose garden from the staff who maintain this stunning collection. Geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Wister Center, Swarthmore. Noon to 1, free. 610-328-8023; ScottArboretum.org.
Bayard Taylor Home & Garden Tour. “Strolling the Square” features 15 remarkable properties all in the Kennett borough. Hidden gardens, unparalleled art and historic charm. Benefit’s Kennett Library’s Children’s Programs and Adult Literacy. 10 to 4. $40, 610-444-2702; KennettLibrary.org.
35th Annual Demuth Garden Tour & Party. Exclusive residences, creative gardens and distinctive architecture. Fri, Demuth Garden Party, 6 pm 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.
Home and Garden Day at Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden. Historic architecture, towering trees and evolving native plant landscapes are highlighted. Tour includes grounds and the Main House, usually closed to visitors. 1829 E. County Line Rd., Villanova. 10 to 11:30 am. $15. 610-353-5587; StoneleighGarden.org/Garden/Events.
Garden Day at White Horse Village Retirement Community & 30th Anniversary Events. Recognized as an arboretum by Swarthmore College, the Village’s 96 acres of gardens, meadows and woodlands are open for a self-guided tour. The Club House, 535 Gradyville Rd., Newtown Square. 11 to 3. Free. 610-558-5000; WhiteHorseVillage.org.
N.G.C. Standard Flower Show at Longwood Gardens. Six local garden clubs introduce the public to new and different horticultural experiences in display and design. Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. Sat, 1 to 9; Sun, 9 to 6. Free with gardens admission. 484-362-3499.
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