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Mark Your May Calendar with Spring Plant Sales !
Fri, May 6, 2011 - Sat, May 21, 2011, 9am - 4pm
Tickets: Free Event!
Ten Great Plant Sales from April 29- May 21 in Greater Philadelphia Gardens
Spring is an exciting, happy time for gardeners, especially with so many great public garden plants sales in our area from which to choose! So mark your May calendars, as these special plant sales are definitely worth attending!
Since all of these public gardens are within 30 miles of Philadelphia, going to 2-3 plant sales in a day (and certainly on a weekend) is quite easy and fun to do.
To make it even easier, download our below, free pdf formatted document with the public garden plant sale dates, locations, map and suggested itineraries, and you’re on your way to a day full of bliss at a public garden plant sale near you.
Spring Plant Sales in Greater Philadelphia Gardens from May 6 - May 21, 2011
May 2011 Plant Sales
The Barnes Foundation
300 North Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 • 610-667-0290
10th Annual Plant Sale of The Arboretum at the Barnes Foundation
The plant sale will be held again on the Arboretum grounds, customers are welcome to come through the front gate and park in the lot.
Saturday, May 7th
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. : members-only preview (please bring your membership card)
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. : general public sale, rain or shine
Enjoy guided tours of the Arboretum and shop for unusual, attractive perennials, annuals, fruit plants, ferns, herbs, and more! Plant experts will be on hand to answer your questions. Bring your membership card to receive a 10% discount. Credit cards are welcome!
All funds raised will benefit the Arboretum and Horticulture education program in Merion.
Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts
*Entrance to the Plant Sale does not include Gallery admission
54th Street & Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, PA • 215-729-5281
Spring Plant Sale Friday May 6 - May 8, 2011
Bartram’s Garden Spring Plant Sale (continued)
Highlights include heirloom veggie starts and Bartram Collection plants, including the rare Franklinia alatamaha, plus Mother's Day Festivities!
Friday, May 6, 3 to 7 pm - Plant Sale Members-only Preview & Reception
Wine and cheese reception begins at 5 pm. Join as a member and receive first pick at the Plant Sale and grand opening of the new Garden Shop! Join at the door for 10% discount on purchases.
Saturday, May 7, 10 am to 4 pm - General Public Plant Sale Opening Day
Food & Refreshments by Milk & Honey Market.
Free Beer Tasting by Philadelphia Brewing Company
Family Discovery Day Program 10 – 11:30 am
Kitchen Garden Tour with Nancy Wygant at 1:30 pm
Sunday, May 8, 10 am to 4 pm - Plant Sale Closing Day and Mother’s Day Festivities!
Food & Refreshments by Milk & Honey Market
Wild Edible Plants Tour with Mandy Katz at 1:30 pm
Family Portrait Sessions by Amanda Hall Studios
Scenic Schuylkill River Cruise – For tickets call 215-222-6030 ext. 100
Plus Music and More!
Bowmans’ Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road, New Hope PA 18938 • 215.862.2924
Bowmans’ Hill Spring Native Plant Sale is always held on Mother's Day weekend and the following weekend.
Members’ Day 2011:
Friday, May 6 –2-7 p.m. Members' Day plant sale
This free event, for Preserve members only, kicks off the annual Spring Native Plant Sale.
1-2 p.m. Stephanie Cohen speaks on native plants for your garden.Members' Day for the Spring and Fall Native Plant Sales is an exclusive opportunity for Preserve members to buy plants on the Friday before the sale opens to the public.
Memberships can be purchased at the Preserve before, or on the day of, the Members' Day Spring and Fall Native Plant Sales, in advance by phone (215) 862-2924, or online here where you can also learn about the many additional membership benefits.
Native Plant Sale Open to Public and Preserve Members 2011:
Sat. May 7 & Sun. May 8 through Sat. May 14 & Sun. May 15
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day
Plants also are available for purchase during the week.
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve offers over 200 species of high-quality native wildflowers, vines, ferns, shrubs and trees are offered for sale at our Spring and Fall Native Plant Sales. All plants are nursery-propagated; none are collected from the wild.
Knowledgeable staff and volunteers at the sales can help you choose plants and answer questions. Free resource material is available, including plant lists for specific growing conditions.
The Spring Native Plant Sale Catalogue provides a preview list of plants that are offered on site at the Spring Sale. To download the 2011 Spring Native Plant Sale Catalogue, click the link below (2011 Plant Sale Catalogue)
*Please note that some plants in the Spring Catalog are available only in limited quantities. Other plants not listed also may be available in limited quantities at the time of the sale.
Native Plant Sales are part of the Preserve's educational mission and are a fundraiser to support our programs. Selected plants also are available on site during the growing season.
Brandywine River Museum
U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 • Phone: 610-388-2700
May 6, 1 - 4 p.m. Members' Preview
May 7 & 8, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. General Public Sales
30th Annual Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale
Celebrate spring with the Brandywine Conservancy's garden volunteers at the Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale. Conservancy staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Conservancy's diverse and beautiful Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens. Free admission.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 East Northwestern Avenue Phila, PA 19118 • 215-247-5777 x109
Members only day: Friday, May 6, 2011 from 10am-8pm:
Public sale day: Saturday May 7, 2011 from 10am-4pm
Locations: Plant Sale held at Bloomfield Farm, directly across from Morris Arboretum's entrance. http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/visit_directio
Morris Arboretum Annual Spring Plant Sale
Rare and unusual plants, plus expert horticultural advice! Come early for the best selection.
Hortulus Farm Garden
60 Thompson Mill road, Wrightstown, PA 18940 • (215).598.0550
Saturday, May 14th, 9a.m.-4p.m. & Sunday, May 15th, 10a.m.-3p.m.
(and all week thereafter until sold out!)
Second Annual TOMATOFEST!
A dozen varieties of rare heirloom and hybrid, healthy, hardy tomato starts ready to plant including: Early Wonder, Aunt Ruby's German Green, Caspian Pink, Monomakh's Hat, Black Cherry, True Black Brandywine, Cour di Bue, Striped Roman, Great White, Yellow Mortgage Lifter, Sungold Select II, Hillbilly. Plus 4 kinds of basil: Genovese, Lemon, Lime, Siam Queen
The Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081 • (610) 328-8025
2011 Unusual Tropicals and Annuals Sale
Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. - Noon Members-only of the Scott Arboretum
(membership can be obtained at the gate)
Saturday, May 21, Noon - 3 p.m. General Admission
Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. General Admission
The Scott Arboretum will be having its first Unusual Annuals and Tropicals Sale May 21-22.
For many years the Scott Arboretum has showcased interesting tropicals and annuals in containers and various gardens around the campus from May to November. The tropical plants such as: Alocasia, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma (elephant ears); Canna; Ensete, Musa, and Musella (bananas) and bromeliads create an effect that reminds you of the tropics.
These plants are often hard to find in garden centers, so the Arboretum has decided to offer you many of the more unusual selections that we have tried over the years. We will offer limited quantities of more than 150 selections ranging from the newest selections of traditional annuals such as marigolds and petunias to a complete range of tropicals for the garden.
Plant experts will on hand to answer your plant questions as well as plant demonstrations to get your creative juices flowing. Ray Rogers will signing his newest book The Encyclopedia of Container Plants. For more details and times about all the events at the sale, visit http://www.scottarboretum.org/TropicalSale.
The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley.
Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine in the November/December 2002 issue of Garden Design magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as "the most beautiful campus in America."
About Greater Philadelphia Gardens
In the 1980’s, several horticultural leaders joined together to promote America’s horticultural history in this region so as to encourage visitors to their gardens. In 2007, that garden collaborative, one of the first in the country, evolved into Greater Philadelphia Gardens. Today its 30 member public gardens and arboreta within 30 miles of Philadelphia attract more than two million visitors each year.
Greater Philadelphia Gardens offers a central online source for visitors to easily find their favorite public gardens’ current displays, events and programs, and to discover lesser-known gems nearby.
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PDFs for download
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