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Upcoming Events for Pennsylvania

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Saturdays & Sundays - March, Philadelphia
Winter Wellness Walks
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up. Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. Meet in front of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777, or visit

Through March 25, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

Longwood’s horticulturists celebrate orchids with an artful display that includes a 12-foot-tall archway made up of pink Phalaenopsis orchids, giant orbs of orchids, a purple-and-white orchid curtain, and more than 200 colorful Vanda hanging from above in the silver garden. Outdoors, early spring bulbs begin to carpet the landscape. Call 610-388-1000, or visit

March 2-4, York
Pennsylvania Garden Show of York
York Expo Center

This show features more than 50 vendors, display gardens, and seminars. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 62 and over, and free for children age 12 and under. Visit, or call 717-578-9029.

March 2-11, Pittsburgh
37th Annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show
Pittsburgh Convention Center

Homeowners can shop nearly 1,700 exhibits throughout more than 10 acres of home and garden products and see what’s new and get advice from thousands of experts. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, and 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Costs $10 for adults, $4 for children age 6 to 12, and free for children under 6. Visit, or call 412-231-8400.


March 3 and 10, Philadelphia
Winter Witch Hazel Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Knowledgeable guides lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for winter-blooming witch hazels. At 2 p.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit

March 3 through 11, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society presents the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Wonders of Water,” celebrating the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. The first Philadelphia Flower Show was hosted in 1829 at the Masonic Hall on Chestnut Street. Pricing and show times vary; group rates available. Visit, or call 215-988-8800.

March 6, 13, 20, and 27, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

The series features the following lectures in March: “Plants That Merit Attention: Four-Season Interest” by Bill Hendricks, owner of Klyn Nursery, on March 6; “Container Savvy” by Jessica Walliser, horticulturist, author, and radio host, on March 13; “Rock Gardening Basics: From Design to Planting” by Dr. Mark Tebbitt, professor of botany at California University of Pennsylvania and a member of the North American Rock Garden Society, on March 20; and “Rhododendrons, Friends, and Relatives” by Eric Oesterling, retired Penn State Extension agent on March 27. All talks are held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.

March 9-11, University Park
34th Annual Central Pennsylvania Home and Garden Show
Bryce Jordan Center

This show gives area residents the opportunity to see, learn about, and buy the latest home products and services from more than 120 companies under one roof. From 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 11. Admission is $6 and includes free parking. Admission is free for veterans, active military, and children ages 12 and younger. Call 814-231-8813, or visit

March 10, Damascus
Damascus Township Building

Participants will learn how to set up and maintain a compost pile at home from Penn State Master Gardener Peter Brown. Workshop attendees are entered in a drawing for a free compost bin. Call 570-421-6430.

March 10, Monaca
Smart Gardening Workshop
Community College of Beaver County

Presented by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Beaver County, this annual workshop features sessions on the effects of climate change on plants in Western Pennsylvania, practical pruning tips, how to shop for plants, and designing for plant health care. A silent auction, continental breakfast, and box lunch are included. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Costs $50. Call 724-774-3003, or visit

March 10, Penn Hills
Creating an Italian Herb Garden
Penn Hills Lawn and Garden

The seminar “Creating an Italian Herb Garden” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Costs $20. Register by calling 412-241-0411.

March 10, Springfield
Build a Salad Box
Penn State Extension Office of Delaware County

Master Gardener Frank Foxwell teaches participants how to make an easy-to-build, inexpensive, and portable salad box for growing fresh greens. The box allows you to move the greens from sun to shade, and then indoors where it can serve as a table setting, allowing guests to cut their own greens. Costs $25; limited to 15 participants. Call 610-690-2655.

March 10, Waynesburg
Spring Gardening Seminar
Greene County Fairgrounds

This event features presentations on food preservation and vegetable gardening. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program runs until 1 p.m. Call 724-627-3745, or visit the Facebook page of the Penn State Master Gardeners of Greene County.

March 10, York
Central York Middle School

Penn State Master Gardeners of York County offer a one-day school for all gardeners with sessions on native plant design, container and small space gardening, rain gardens, gardening to thwart deer, dealing with vegetable pests, controlling invasives, and planting for butterflies. Speakers include John Magee, landscape designer; Ann English, Montgomery County Maryland Rainscapes; and Jon Traunfeld, University of Maryland. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early bird registration is $60, which includes all sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch. Call 877-345-0691, or visit

March 17, Mercer
Pruning Workshop
Mercer County Extension Office

This hands-on workshop offered by Penn State Master Gardeners of Mercer County provides guidance on how to prune woody trees and shrubs. From 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop is held outdoors, so dress for the weather. Costs $12 per person. Call 724-662-3141.

March 17-18, Pittsburgh
Orchid Show
Phipps Garden Center

The Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania will hold its annual Orchid Show on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue (at Fifth and Shady Avenues). The show is open to the public and admission is free (donations appreciated). See hundreds of blooming orchids, attend seminars, purchase orchids, and learn from society volunteers and expert growers. Visit, or call Gary VanGelder 412-638-9756, or Shelia Nathanson 412-343-9457.

March 21, Philadelphia
Collections Breed Success at the National Arboretum
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Richard Olsen, director of the U.S. National Arboretum, discusses the National Arboretum’s plant breeding and exploration programs, its comprehensive collections, and collaborations and exchange with peers, including the Morris Arboretum. At 2 p.m. in the upper gallery in the visitor center. Call 215-247-5777, or visit

March 28, Wayne
Opening Day

Enjoy Chanticleer’s opening day for the 2018 season beginning at 10 a.m. Call 610-687-4163, or visit


April 3 and 10, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

The series features the following lectures in April: “Spring Foraging for Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms” presented by Adam Haritan, wild food enthusiast, researcher, and forager, on April 3; and “Seven Mistakes Home Gardeners Make and Their Solutions” presented by Carol Chernega, garden writer and owner of One Garden at a Time, on April 10. Talks are held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.

April 5, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Rose Society Meeting
Bloomfield Farm, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The meeting will cover selecting and growing low-maintenance roses for our region, along with good companion perennials. The public is welcome to attend. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Dorothy Zang at 215-704-7429, or Anne Marie DiLauro at 610-828-0499, or visit

April 7 and 14, Philadelphia
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Experience Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom as well as traditional Japanese cultural activities, including cherry tree walks, taiko drummer performances, a traditional Japanese tea demonstration (April 7 only), a kimono dressing demonstration (April 14 only), origami workshops (April 14 only), and Japanese garden elements tours. All events are free with admission. Times and locations for activities vary. Call 215-247-5777, or visit

April 9 and 16, Nazareth
Spring Garden Series
Gracedale Tower

The Spring Garden Series includes sessions on vegetable succession planting, good bugs and bad bugs, native plants, and container plants for indoors and outdoors. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 per session, or $35 for all four sessions. Visit

April 10 and 17, Center Valley
Spring Garden Series
Gracedale Tower

The Spring Garden Series includes sessions on vegetable succession planting, good bugs and bad bugs, native plants, pollinators, and certifying your garden. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 per session, or $35 for all four sessions. Visit

April 13-15, Wilkes-Barre
17th Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Home and Garden Show
Mohegan Sun Arena

Exhibitors include builders and contractors, and vendors offering products such as decks, pools, spas, storage items, plants, landscape displays and materials. Visit

April 14, Lancaster
26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium
Farm and Home Center

Speakers include: naturalist and avian education specialist Jim McCormac talking about plants that look good and offer ecological benefits; attorney and Master Gardener Rachel Roat providing insights from her practice Tree, Neighbor and Garden Law; landscape designer Sharee Solow focusing on how we move through gardens, and Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of Essential Perennials, talking about herbs. The event also features Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions, garden-related vendors, and door prizes. From 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Costs $65 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Contact Lois Miklas, 717-394-3962, email


April 14, Springfield
Garden History in the Greater Delaware Valley
Penn State Extension Office of Delaware County

Join local historian Nancy Webster for a presentation on the region’s horticultural history. Nancy discusses the various nationalities of the people who moved to the Delaware Valley and their gardening practices in the New World. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655.

April 17, Berwick
Shade Gardening Talk
McBride Memorial Library

This free presentation on shade gardening will be given by Master Gardener John Gallagher from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email, or visit

April 17, Honesdale
Succulents and Hypertufa
Penn State Extension Office

Hypertufa is a man-made, lightweight, artificial stone. Planters made from it work well for succulents such as hens and chicks or moss. Penn State Master Gardeners Faye Rossi and Linda Thiede will demonstrate how to make hypertufa, and then participants will make three small hypertufa pots to take home. All materials provided. Costs $10, which includes materials. Class is limited to the first 25 registrants. Call 570-421-6430.


April 21, Greensburg
Annual Spring Tea
Maplewood Presbyterian Church

The Greensburg Garden Center hosts an afternoon tea featuring treats, decorated tables, entertainment, and raffle baskets. Doors open at 11 a.m. and tea is served at noon. This event sells out every year so make reservations early by calling 724-837-0245.

April 21, Mercer
Spring Seminar
Mercer County Extension Office

Presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Mercer County, this annual event features speakers who will discuss a variety of topics. Light refreshments provided. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Costs $20 per person. Call 724-662-3141.

April 22, Philadelphia
Garden Day and Plant Sale
Horticultural Center of Fairmount Park

Held by Penn State Extension Philadelphia, this plant sale offers annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, and native plants. You can also attend free workshops and demonstrations held throughout the day, and tour three Master Gardener demonstration gardens. Free lead soil tests are also available. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email Anna Herman at

April 28, Greensburg
Spring Workshop
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County present talks on permaculture and edible weeds. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.

April 28, Philadelphia
Arbor Day Family Day – Tree-mendous Trees
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Design a tree house, make a “tree map,” create a street landscape with trees, learn how to “read” the life of a tree, and shadow an arborist. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Girl Scouts earning their tree badge must register through Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania ( Call 215-247-5777, or visit

April 28, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This tour features some common and not-so-common dogwood species (Cornus spp.), as well as other trees such as shagbark hickory, paperbark maple, and pitch pine with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit

April 28, Pittsburgh
Garden and Landscape Symposium and Marketplace
Shady Side Academy

Hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, this event features presentations by Peter Del-Tredichi, Miriam Goldberger, and Sinclair Adams. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early-bird registration is $105; after March 19, registration is $120. The marketplace is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.