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Upcoming Events for Pennsylvania

To submit your gardening event to our staff, submit it using our contact form or send an email to calendar@statebystategardening.com.

 

 

April

 

Through April, Kennett Square
Spring Blooms
Longwood Gardens

Longwood’s 1,077 acres herald the arrival of spring. Enjoy theoutdoor spring bulb display, culminating in a rainbow of more than 250,000 blooming tulips in Longwood’s flower garden walk and idea garden. Flowering trees and other spring blooms will delight guests. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Costs $20 for adults, $17 for those 62 and up, $10 for ages 5 to 18, and free for children 4 and under. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

April 4 and 11, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County are hosting a series of guest speakers who will present information on various horticulture topics from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Call 724-837-1402 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/westmoreland.

 

April 7, Pittsburgh
Party in the Tropics
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Take a journey to the steamy paradise of Phipps’ tropical forest conservatory. This fun-filled 21-and-up evening from 7 to 11 p.m. features cocktails and appetizers available for purchase, plus party tunes played by a live DJ. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

April 8, Lancaster
Lancaster County Gardening Symposium
Farm and Home Center

The 25th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium for home gardeners is presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County. It features speakers on right-sizing your garden, plants that inspire, and incorporating edibles and native plants in your landscape. Vendors and door prizes for plant lovers round out the day. Costs $65 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Call 717-394-6851 or email lim2@psu.edu.

 

April 8, Waynesburg
Spring Gardening Seminar
Greene County Fairgrounds 4-H Building

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Greene County host a slate of speakers who present a series of educational gardening talks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-627-3745 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/greene.

 

April 16, Pittsburgh
Easter Sunday Brunch
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Have an Easter brunch surrounded by all the joys of spring. Enjoy your favorite brunch foods crafted by Café Phipps and revel in the conservatory in full bloom around you. Seatings are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

April 24, Pittsburgh
Butterfly Forest Opening
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Step into an enchanting butterfly forest among the blooms of Phipps’ stove room. Butterflies flutter about so you can marvel at their colors and patterns. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

April 29, Fox Chapel
Garden and Landscape Symposium and Marketplace
Shady Side Academy

Hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, this day-long event features speakers Larry Weaner, Andrew Keys, Jules Bruck, and Jim Chatfield. Early bird registration is $105, and $120 thereafter. Scholarships are available. The marketplace, which is free and open to the public, features many local vendors and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit extension.psu.edu/garden-landscape-symposium, and call 412-482-3451.

 

May

 

Through June 30, Pittsburgh
Exquisite Patterns in Nature
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University

This exhibition includes selections of artwork and books from the Hunt Institute's permanent collections that are representative of, or inspired by, the fascinating configurations in the architecture of all organisms. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. (except May 7, 21, 28, and 29). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.

 

May 4, Oakdale
Blocks and Rocks Nature Play Program
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Children have access to bins of colorful Lego-brand Duplo blocks, as well as natural materials to foster nature-based play, development of fine motor skills, and social interaction. Parents and caregivers can join in the fun. Afterwards, explore the garden. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free with admission. Call 412-444-4464 or visit pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.
 

May 4, Wayne
Summertime Vegetables: Seed Propagation
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by David Mattern. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

May 5, Pittsburgh
Friday Party in the Tropics
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Come to Phipps as its tropical forest conservatory is transformed into one of the city’s hottest nightspots. Enjoy food and cocktails, and dance to the beats of a live DJ — all surrounded by waterfalls and exotic plants. From 7 to 11 p.m. Ages 21 and up only. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 5, Pittsburgh
Great Plant Auction
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Eat, drink, and bid on unique plants and accessories at the annual auction to benefit Phipps education programs. At 6 p.m. RSVP required. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 5, Wayne
Friday Extended Hours
Chanticleer

Chanticleer remains open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. Visit chanticleergarden.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

May 5-6, Greensburg
May Mart
Greensburg Garden Center

Purchase annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and visit vendors selling garden-related items, crafts, and food. A used book sale and garden flea market will also be held. From noon to 7 p.m. on May 5, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 6. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.

 

May 5-7, Devon
Annual Plant Sale
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Held at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, this Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society sale features plants suited for area gardens, including rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants. Thousands of perennials, native wildflowers, ferns, and slow-growing conifers, as well as donated plants from society members’ gardens, are for sale. Includes an opening night party and preview plant sale on May 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. Purchase tickets at valleyforgears.org. The plant sale is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 7. Call 610-688-5249 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

 

May 6, Lancaster
Plant Sale
Farm and Home Center

This sale, sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County, includes annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants chosen for central Pennsylvania residents. Many unusual and native plants are featured along with gently used second-hand gardening items. From 7:30 a.m. until sold out. Call 717-394-6851 or email lim2@psu.edu.

 

May 6, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Science of Flight
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Explore the science of aerodynamics as you design sleek paper airplanes to glide high above the Seven Arches Bridge. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 6 to October 1, Pittsburgh
Summer Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

More than 100 pieces of lifelike, supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in each of eight rooms within the conservatory. Jason Gamrath creates botanical pieces that are remarkably accurate representations of their living counterparts, only on a massive scale, standing anywhere from 6 to 14 feet tall. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 6-7, Franklin
My Garden Mart
West Park

This Franklin Gardeners Associationsale features more than 45 vendors of perennials, annuals, garden equipment, garden furniture, herbs, and vegetables, as well as raffles and a children's activity tent. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 6, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7. Call 814-432-2054 or visit Franklin Gardeners Association on Facebook.

 

May 7, Wexford
Rock Garden Show and Plant Sale
Soergel Orchards

ThisAllegheny Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Societysale features a variety of choice plants that are suitable for rock or fairy gardens. A juried show displays award-winning entries in 11 classes of a wide range of plants that can be grown in rock gardens and troughs in western Pennsylvania. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soergel Orchards. Visit nargspittsburgh.wix.com/rock-garden.

 

May 12-13, Pittsburgh
May Market
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps’ horticulturists, local garden clubs, nurseries, farms, and other vendors come together for this annual plant sale. From 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 12, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 13. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 12 and 26, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join these reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather at the outdoor children's classroom next to the Widener Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, storytime is held in the upper gallery at the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 13, Erie
12th Annual Erie County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Penn State University Behrend Campus

You’ll find vegetable and herb seedlings, including heirlooms, plus perennials and native plants. Shrubs, small trees, grasses, and annual bedding plants balance out the offerings. More than 30 Master Gardeners will answer questions and suggest plant selections. From 9 a.m. to noon at the Wilson Picnic Grove on the Penn State University Behrend Campus. Call 814-825-0900, ext. 236 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/erie.

 

May 13, Fox Chapel
Gardenfest
Laurie Ann West Community Center
Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County will sell a variety of plants, featuring open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes and basils. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny or call 412-482-3451.
 

May 13, Greensburg
Plant Sale
Donohoe Center

This Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County sale features annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and woody ornamentals. Held at the Donohoe Center, behind the building in the Westmoreland Conservation District parking lot and the Eric Oesterling Education Pavilion. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402 or email lch8@psu.edu.

 

May 13, Philadelphia
Public Plant Sale
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Features hard-to-find plants, many from local nurseries familiar with Philadelphia’s soil and climate, which are well-suited to thrive in this area. Bring your wagon to shop early for the best selection. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 13, Springfield
Garden Angels and Garden Devils
Smedley Park

Learn about the trees, shrubs, and perennials we should plant (angels) and the ones we should avoid (devils). Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County will discuss their list of favorite hardy plants, and the ones they have learned to avoid through experience. From 10 a.m. to noon at Smedley Park. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

May 13, York
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale
York County Extension

Shop a variety of local vendors for hard-to-find native plants to make your yard friendly to birds, bees, and butterflies. Attend seminars, take a garden tour, and talk to experts to get ideas and answers. Sponsored by the Penn State Master Gardeners of York County; held at the York County Extension office from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/York or call 717-840-7408.

 

May 14, Devon
Rhododendron and Azalea Flower Show
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This Valley Forge and Greater Philadelphia Chapters of the American Rhododendron Society show highlights many species and varieties that can be grown in southeastern Pennsylvania. Society members submit hundreds of rhododendron and azalea blossoms for this competitive show, making for a beautiful and educational display in the John J. Willaman Education Center at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens. From 1 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit valleyforgears.org or jenkinsarboretum.org or call 610-647-8870.

 

May 14, Hershey
Mother’s Day
Hershey Gardens

Moms receive free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. Plus, the Rhododendron Society will have an exhibit on display in the education center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

May 19, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This series features environmental films and documentaries followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. From 7 to 9 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/calendar/environmental-film-series.

 

May 14, Pittsburgh
Mother’s Day Brunch in Bloom
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This family-friendly brunch is served in the special events hall against the backdrop of the tropical forest. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Costs $39.53 for adults, $18.13 for children aged 5 to 12 (children 4 and under are free). Includes conservatory admission. Reservations required. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

May 20, Chambersburg
Plant Sale
Franklin Penn State Extension Office

Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County offer greenhouse-grown vegetables and flowers plus locally grown perennials, trees, shrubs, and herbs. Cash or check only. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission and parking. Visit mgfranklincopa.weebly.com, or email franklinext@psu.edu, or call 717-263-9226.

 

May 20, East Stroudsburg
Companion Planting Presentation
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

Includes a potluck picnic. From 11 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. Visit mstcommunitygardenspark.com, call 570-223-8920 x119, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

May 21, Devon
Iris Show
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This Delaware Valley Iris Society show, held at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, features stalks of colorful irises and flower arrangements containing irises. All types are displayed, but the majority are tall bearded irises. Knowledgeable members are available to answer questions. All are welcome to exhibit and attend free of charge, and no pre-registration is required. From noon to 4 p.m. Exhibitors should arrive at 8 a.m. Visit dvis-ais.org, or email vince@dvis-ais.org, or jenkinsarboretum.org, or call 610-647-8870.

 

May 21, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Free mill admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 25, Wayne
Yoga for Gardeners
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Erin McKeon. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org.

 

May 27, Kennett Square
Summer of Spectacle
Longwood Gardens

After a two-year revitalization, the new main fountain garden premieres. Illuminated fountain shows return Thursday through Saturday evenings, and fireworks and fountains light the night on six special evenings. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

May 27, Philadelphia
Garden Railway Grand Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Celebrating its 20th year, the garden railway’s theme is “Arboretum in Motion.” Take part in a kid’s craft and enjoy a free treat while supplies last. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

May 27, Pittsburgh
Discovery Garden Day
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bring your family to the children's discovery garden for hands-on, sensory fun. Together, you’ll learn about plants through games, a potting station, and crafts. Free with admission. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June

 

June 3, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Wind Sock Science
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Create and decorate your own wind sock. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 3, Springfield
Home Gardeners’ School
Smedley Park

This full-day program, presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County, features garden speakers, workshops, and a marketplace and plant sale. From 10 a.m. to noon. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 7, Pittsburgh
Bee Wise: Plant Natives
Allegheny County Courthouse Garden

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County invite you to visit the county courtyard garden to learn about rain gardens, native plantings, honey bees, and pollinators. Pick up a free native plant. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny or call 412-482-3469.
 

June 7 through October 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Visit Phipps’ front lawn each Wednesday to browse organic and certified naturally grown fruits and vegetables. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June 8, Wayne
Dry Gardening
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Lisa Roper. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org, or phsonline.org, or call 610-687-4163.

 

June 9 and 23, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join these reading sessions with local librarians. Each session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors in nice weather at the outdoor children's classroom, next to the Widener Visitor Center. In case of inclement weather, Storytime is held in the upper gallery at the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 10, Springfield
Foraging
Red Hill Farm Co-Op Farmer

Learn to identify edible and tasty wild plants in this workshop sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or email lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 11, Philadelphia
STEAMpunk Expo 2017
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Home of the only remaining freestanding Victorian fernery in North America, Morris Arboretum’s 92-acre garden is the ideal location to explore the genre of science fiction, fashion, and lifestyle inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery to create an alternative history. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 11, Pittsburgh
BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and community members gather to conduct a biological survey of all of the living species in Schenley Park. Witness the biodiversity in local parks, participate in real-time science, create unique art, browse local vendors’ products, and engage with interactive exhibits. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

June 16, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This series features environmental films and documentaries followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. From 7 to 9 p.m. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org/exhibits-and-events/calendar/environmental-film-series.

 

June 17, Hershey
A Whimsical Day of Fairies and Flowers
Hershey Gardens

Youngsters can frolic through the gardens and enjoy a variety of activities. Children are encouraged to come dressed in a fairy costume. From 9:30 a.m. to noon. Costs $15 for juniors ($8 for members). Accompanying adults pay regular admission (members are free). Tickets are limited and must be purchased online at hersheygardens.org.

 

June 18, Hershey
Father’s Day,
Hershey Gardens

Dads enjoy free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

June 18, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Free mill admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

June 22, Wayne
Embracing Shade
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Przemyslaw Walczak. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org or call 610-687-4163.

 

June 24, East Stroudsburg
Identifying Weeds and How to Manage Them
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

Presented by Annette Atkinson, Penn State Master Gardener. From 11 a.m. to noon. Visit mstcommunitygardenspark.com, call 570-223-8920 ext. 119, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

June 25, Pittsburgh
Town and Country Garden Tour
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Features 15 private residential gardens and one community memorial garden in the neighboring areas of Squirrel Hill, Regent Square, Edgewood, and Churchill. Self-guided tour costs $45 for members, $55 for non-members. Bus patrons: $120 for members, $135 for non-members. Call 412-444-4464 or visit pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.
 

June 29, Wayne
Moss Gardening
Chanticleer

Offered in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this class is taught by Przemyslaw Walczak. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit chanticleergarden.org or phsonline.org, or call 610-687-4163.

 

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.