Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's Arboretum Plant Sale season! New dates & Places Added!

The gardens and arboretums around Philadelphia are about ready to start their annual plant sales.  This is a great opportunity for anyone to acquire rare and unusual plants and herbs. It's also a great chance for you to take a break, have fun and spend a few hours enjoying the gardens.

I did a quick check of the web sites for the Philadelphia area arboretums and gardens, below is a list of those that will be having plant sales within the next month.

April 30, 2011

Tyler Arboretum  -  Arbor Day Plant Sale
515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063  -  610-566-9134

Admission to the Arboretum is free to everyone for this event.
Saturday, April 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Tyler's Arbor Day Plant Sale offers gardeners a myriad of options with our large selection of hard-to-find trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and herbs. This year's Sale also features edible plants for tasty additions to your table and deer-resistant plants that deter deer from munching.  There will be friendly, helpful experts on hand all day and ongoing activities for the kids, while you shop. 

There will also be Container Planting Clinics.  Container plants are practical, portable and perfect for small spaces!  Buy a container from Tyler or bring your own.  Experts on hand to help with selecton and design.  Not yet a member? Become a member of the Arboretum on Saturday and receive a discount on membership, a free plant and a free one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Apr 30 – May 1, 2011

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens  -  Annual Public Plant Sale
631 Berwyn Baptist Rd, Devon, PA 19333  -  610-647-8870

Saturday, April 30, 9am – 3pm
Sunday, May 1, 11am – 3pm

A not-to-be-misse​d annual event, this is one of the largest public garden plant sales in the area. Offered will be plants ideally suited for area gardens, including exceptional rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants not readily available elsewhere. Thousands of native perennials, wildflowers, ferns, and slow-growing conifers, as well as donated plants from society members’ gardens will be for sale.

May 7-8, 2011
Bartram's Garden Spring Plant Sale Weekend
5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
Phila., PA  19143  -  215-729-5281

Friday, May 6,   3pm to 7pm - Members only preview & reception
Saturday May 7-8,  10am to 4pm - Plant Sale Opening Day

Just minutes from the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House is America’s oldest living botanical garden, a pastoral 18th century homestead surrounded by the urban bustle of Philadelphia. You won’t believe you are in the city when you see the wildflower meadow, majestic trees, river trail, wetland, stone house and farm buildings overlooking the Schuylkill River, and, of course, the historic botanic garden of American native plants.

The eight-acre botanic garden was once the 18th century home of John Bartrum, Naturalist, Botanist & Explorer.  It is free and open to the public year-round except on City-observed holidays.  

The sale will be featuring heirloom veggies and Bartram Collection plants, including the rare Franklinia alatamaha!
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. Wine and cheese reception begins at 5 pm.

The May 7 public sale day will include: Food & Refreshments, Free Beer Tasting, Family Discovery Day Program 10 – 11:30 am, and a Kitchen Garden Tour 1:30 pm.   May 8 there will be a Wild Edible Plants Tour at 1:30 pm, Family Portrait Sessions, and a Scenic Schuylkill River Cruise, Music and More!

May 7, 2011

Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve - Spring Native Plant Sale
1635 River Road, New Hope PA 18938 - 215.862.2924

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 is the premier place in the Delaware Valley to buy plants native to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and surrounding states.

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.

May 7, 2011

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University  -  Annual Spring Plant Sale
580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002  -  267-468-8001

Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Ambler Campus Greenhouse

The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University and Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for horticulture students, will hold a special Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7, at the Ambler Campus Greenhouse.

The plant sale — an Ambler Campus tradition dating back to the early 1900s — will feature woody plants and perennials in portable sizes, hardy trees, shrubs, and vines, native plants that are attractive to wildlife, herbs, and hanging baskets. There will also be numerous “special plants” for sale to highlight Ambler’s special anniversary year. Garden books and garden tools will also be available for sale.

Students, staff, and volunteers from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and the Ambler Arboretum Advisory Committee will be available to answer questions. All proceeds from the Spring Plant Sale will support the Ambler Arboretum Fund and the Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society. Donations supporting the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University will also be graciously accepted.

May 7, 2011

Morris Arboretum - Annual Public Plant Sale
100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 - 215-247-5777

Consult with Morris Arboretum horticultural experts at the annual Plant Sale featuring rare and unusual plants. The 2011 Plant Sale will take place at the new Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm (across from the main entrance of the Morris Arboretum).

May 7-8, 2011

Brandywine Conservancy's 30th Annual Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale
Brandywine River Museum, U.S. Route 1,
Chadds Ford, PA 19317 - 610-388-2700

Free admission.  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Every year, on Mother's Day weekend, the Brandywine Conservancy's garden volunteers celebrate spring with the Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale. The volunteers always present a superb selection of carefully cultivated plants for sale. None of the plants are collected from the wild. Most are propagated by the volunteers themselves, and many are difficult to find in retail garden centers. All are ready for immediate transplanting.

The sale takes place in the Brandywine River Museum's courtyard. Admission is free and all of the proceeds benefit the Conservancy's Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens. At the sale, Conservancy garden staff members and volunteers can answer questions, give planting instructions, offer horticultural advice, and provide brief tours of the gardens.

May 21-22, 2011

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College - "Unusual Annuals and Tropicals" Plant Sale
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081  -  610 328–8025

The Scott Arboretum will be having its first "Unusual Annuals and Tropicals" Sale on 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 than150 selections ranging from the newest selections of traditional annuals such as marigolds and petunias to a complete range of tropicals for the garden.

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