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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.

 

 

Through October, Philadelphia
Early Bird Saturdays and Sundays
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

If you’re up with the sun, start your day with an early morning visit to Morris Arboretum. Members, non-members, walkers, amateur photographers and everyone in between are invited to find the shining dew on more than 12,000 labeled plants in the arboretum’s living collection. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through October 9, Philadelphia
The Kinetic Sculptures of Lyman Whitaker
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

50-plus kinetic sculptures ranging from 5 to 25 feet high are displayed throughout the garden. Placed in groupings that artist Lyman Whitaker calls wind farms, the sculptures’ movement is propelled entirely by wind. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through Oct. 25, Pittsburgh
Farmers at Phipps
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This weekly event brings community members and local food producers together for a fresh food shopping experience. Admission is free. From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

Through November 5, Pittsburgh
Glass Art by Jason Gamrath
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

More than 100 pieces of supersized glass art orchids and other plants are featured in eight rooms in the conservatory. 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.

 

October

 

October 6-7, Erie

Sixth Annual Pumpkin D’Light Night Walking Tour
Headwaters Park at the Erie County Conservation District

Penn State Master Gardeners of Erie County host this nighttime event featuring hundreds of carved and lighted pumpkins along a 1-mile wooded trail. Educational exhibits and prize drawings are also offered. From 6 to 9 p.m. Costs $3 for ages 12 and up, $2 for ages 3 to 11, and children under 2 are free. Cash only. No reservations needed. Bring flashlights and dress for a walk through the woods. Held rain or shine. Call 814-825-0900.

 

October 6 through November 4, Hershey
Bonsai: Living Art of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club
Hershey Gardens

This annual exhibit features dozens of bonsai trees and provides cultivation information.The exhibit is displayed in the hoop house and is open during regular garden hours. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

October 7, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Feathers, Flight, & Fun
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the discovery table and learn about feathers. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 7 - 8, Philadelphia
Fall Festival
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This weekend of autumn fun has become an annual tradition for many families. Make a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, and sample different varieties of apples. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Some activities have an additional fee. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 7 through 31 Philadelphia
Scarecrow Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

More than 30 scarecrows are on display along the oak allée. Vote for your favorite in the “Halloween favorites, spooky and not-so-spooky” theme to determine which will be the top five prize winners. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 13 and 27, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Fun reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held at the outdoor children’s classroom, next to the visitor center. In case of inclement weather, storytime is held in the visitor center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Registration required. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 14, Springfield
The Great Horned Owl
Smedley Park

Pam Dimelar, a local photographer, naturalist, and videographer, followed a pair of local great horned owls for five years. She will share a video of them, as well as facts about owls and their lifestyle. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

October 14, Harrisburg
Audubon Native Plant Swap
Wildwood Park

Bring your extra native plants, pots, books, and gardening tools to exchange with fellow gardeners. The event will also include a native plant walk, bird walk, and native plant gardening displays. A speaker from Audubon Pennsylvania will discuss the benefits of native plants for birds and how you can get your backyard certified as bird habitat. On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. Register by Oct. 12 by contacting Kim Schubert at kschubert@audubon.org, or call 717-612-2179.

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Bloomfield Farm Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Come celebrate Bloomfield Farm’s agricultural history. This event provides visitors with the opportunity to tour the restored Springfield Mill, originally constructed in 1760. From noon to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 15, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the setting along the Wissahickon Creek. From 1 to 4 p.m. Guided tours available. Free admission, donations appreciated. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

October 19, Devon
Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society Lecture: Contrast In The Garden
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Presented by Bob Stamper, past president of VFARS, and retired professor of biology, this lecture will explore the use of texture, form, and color in the garden. It examines plant attributes and what should be considered when adding a new plant. Included are discussions of blooming times, flower forms, plant growth habits, garden balance, symmetry, scale, and proportion, background plantings, repetition, variety, and basics of color and its use. On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Free of charge — all are welcome. Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

 

October 20, 21, 27, and 28, Hershey
Pumpkin Glow
Hershey Gardens

More than 150 carved illuminated pumpkins light up the night, and a collection of live insects is on display in the educational and horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. It also features live pumpkin-carving demonstrations and story time with a scarecrow. Kids aged 12 and younger are invited to bring a flashlight, come in costume, and trick-or-treat throughout the gardens. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call 717-534-3492 or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

November



November 4 - December 30, Devon
Sculpted Earth: Exhibition and Sale of Ceramic Sculpture
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Local artists inspired by nature and organic forms exhibit their clay sculptures that feature lines and curves reminiscent of flowers, seedpods, shells, leaves, and trees. The exhibit is in the John J. Willaman Education Center. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. An opening reception is held on Nov. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 4, Stroudsburg
Fall Garden Workshops
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center

Monroe County Master Gardeners offer a morning education series for the public. The agenda includes two workshops, Growing Mushrooms Indoors and Outside from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and Tool Maintenance from 10:45 to 11 a.m. A third talk, Build a Water Garden, runs from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost for both workshops is $5. Visit the Monroe County Master Gardeners Facebook page, facebook.com/mastergardenerspa.



November 9, Devon
A Taste of Tree Tenders
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Presented by Barley van Clief, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Tree Tenders’ program manager. Tree Tenders is PHS’s citizen training program for planting and caring for trees. Whether your interest is in helping the tree in your backyard, preserving the trees in your neighborhood or community park, or advocating for the regional tree canopy, the information presented will be useful in deciding whether the full nine-hour training is right for you. At 7 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 10 and 12, Philadelphia
Free Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Engaging reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement 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. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



November 11, Springfield
Hydroponic Towers
Smedley Park

Whitney Witkowski demonstrates how easy it is to grow fresh greens and vegetables year-round in your home with hydroponic towers. Your $5 donation goes to the Boys and Girls Club of Chester. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.



November 16, Devon
Fall and Winter Containers
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Join Michael Bowell, horticulturist and garden designer, for a lecture and demonstration on how to design containers for the fall and winter seasons using live woody and herbaceous perennials, branches, and found objects. Jointly sponsored by Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens and Woodlea Garden Club. Starts at 1 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 18, Devon
Perennial Garden Design for Beginners
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

This workshop, presented by Pete Moscufo, garden designer and landscape architect, covers the aesthetic arrangement and composition of plants for the perennial garden. He discusses high-performing plants around which a design can be built, as well as common mistakes made when designing with plants. After the lecture, students collaborate on designs for various scenarios. This beginner-level workshop is suitable for the novice gardener or plant enthusiast. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Free for students. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 19, Devon
Attracting and Conserving the Five Bs
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

The environmental importance of bees, birds, butterflies, bugs, and bats is immeasurable, and a diversity of plant and animal species is key to maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Steve Wright, director of horticulture and curator of plant collections, describes techniques to attract the “five Bs” to your garden, specifically highlighting food, water, and nesting needs. At 2 p.m. Free, all are welcome. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 19, Devon
Pumpkin Flower Arranging Workshop for Kids
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

Young artists from ages 5 to 10 will create a floral arrangement inside a carved-out pumpkin that will be a worthy centerpiece at Thanksgiving. Hollowed out pumpkins, flowers, and items from nature will be provided and instruction will be given by Helen Standen, greenhouse and nursery manager, and Janet Bauman, director of development. At 2 p.m. An adult must accompany each child. Costs $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call 610-647-8870 or visit jenkinsarboretum.org.



November 24 - December 31, Philadelphia
Holiday Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Come see the holiday garden railway dressed in its wintry finest. Included in garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

December



Through December 15, Pittsburgh
Worlds Within
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

In collaboration with the Miller Gallery, at the other end of the Carnegie Mellon University campus, this exhibit features botanical micrographs by British artist Rob Kesseler and botanical wall charts from Carl Ignax Leopold Kny’s series, Botanische Wandtafeln. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday (except for Nov. 23 through 26). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434 or visit huntbotanical.org.



December 1 & 2, Greensburg
Christmas Sale
Greensburg Garden Center

This sale features fresh live wreaths, boughs, table arrangements, kissing balls, hanging baskets, garland, and curly willow and red-twig dogwood branches. Also offered are artificial arrangements and decorated 2-foot by 3-foot Christmas trees. From 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 2. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.



December 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, Philadelphia
Friday Night Lights
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy the holiday garden railroad lit up and decorated for the season. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticket Leap beginning Nov. 1. Costs member adults $9, member children $3, non-member adults $16, non-member children $8. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 8, Philadelphia
Free Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Engaging reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement 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. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.



December 9, Mercersburg
Christmas Open House
Conococheague Settlement

Featuring tours of historic houses decorated for the holidays using natural objects grown and harvested at Rock Hill Farm. Visitors will enjoy music, colonial games, wooden toys, books by local authors, and unique gift items. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 717-328-3467 or visit cimlg.org.



December 9, Springfield
Deck Your Halls with Fresh
Fragrant Greens, Smedley Park

Delaware County Master Gardeners offer handcrafted, fresh-cut evergreen wreaths and holiday floral creations. Choose from a selection of wreaths with assorted evergreens, berries, and natural accents, as well as hanging baskets of greens, and bouquets of freshly-cut greens to use in your own floral designs. Also available are table arrangements, bundles of mixed greens, and other holiday creations. Browse the array of crafts and gifts made by Master Gardeners. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.

 

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.