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Upcoming Events for Pennsylvania

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May 2 Montrose
What Kind of Butterfly is that?
Montrose Area Adult School

Learn how to identify our most common types of butterflies and how to attract them to your garden using ornamental plants, herbs, trees, and shrubs. 6 p.m. Cost is $5. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

May 3 Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This reading session with a local librarian is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 3 and 4 Greensburg
Annual May Mart
Greensburg Garden Center

This sale offers annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs, as well as more than 20 vendors featuring handcrafted items. From 12 noon to 7 p.m. on May 3, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 4. Free parking and admission. Call 724-837-0245 or visit greensburggardencenter.net.

May 3, 4, and 5 Devon
Annual Plant Sale
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

The Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) offers plants ideally suited for gardens in our growing zones, including 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 ARS members’ gardens are for sale. Experts are on hand to answer gardening questions. Jenkins members may pick up their complimentary thank-you plants during the sale. Tickets are required for the opening night party and preview sale on May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. and may be purchased at valleyforgears.org. The sale on May 4 and 5 is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 5.  Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

May 4 Lancaster
Lancaster County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Farm and Home Center

Features native plants, plants for shade and pollinators, perennials, and annuals chosen especially for the Susquehanna Valley climate. From 8 a.m. until sold out. Visit extension.psu.edu/master-gardener-plant-sale.

May 4 Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join an experienced guide on a tour highlighting the dogwood species in its many shapes and forms, and the artistry of tree barks. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 4 Wayne
Friday and Saturday Extended Hours
Chanticleer

Chanticleer remains open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. Also, the garden opens at 8 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month (May 4 and June 1), providing a good opportunity for photographers. Regular admission applies ($10 per person, children under 13 free). Call 610-687-4163 or visit chanticleergarden.org.

May 4 and 5 Franklin
19th May Garden Mart
West Park

Offering plants, garden décor, and garden-related handmade crafts. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5. Free. Visit franklingardeners.org or call 814-432-2054.

May 5 Philadelphia
Irish Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Enjoy performances of traditional Irish music at various locations throughout the garden. Meet historians and brothers William E. and J. Francis Watson and learn about the infamous Duffy’s Cut tragedy. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 9 through September 29 Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The main fountain gardens offer daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. In addition, a fireworks show is held on May 26. A number of new shows highlight various musical genres. Guests can also enjoy the open air theatre fountains, which perform daily, as well as the Italian water garden. Prices, hours, and other details are available by calling 610-388-1000 or visiting longwoodgardens.org.

May 10 Hershey
National Public Gardens Day
Hershey Gardens

Guests receive half-off admission when they present a voucher that they may download at HersheyGardens.org beginning May 6. The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit hersheygardens.org.

May 10 and 11 Lancaster
Herb & Garden Faire
Landis Valley Museum

More than 80 vendors of plants, herbal skin care products, garden art, and jewelry are spread out over the historic village area of the site. Grab a bite from food vendors or tour gardens run by the museum’s heirloom seed project. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for ages 6 to 11, and free for children age 5 and under. Visit landisvalleymuseum.org.

May 10 and 11 Montrose
Susquehanna County Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale & Festival
Penn State Extension Office

Over 80 varieties of perennials and a huge selection of vegetables, herbs, and annuals are offered. Also includes vendors, food, and garden tours. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11. Call 570-666-9003 or email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

May 10 and 11 Philadelphia
Plant Sale
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Bring your membership card, wallet, and wagon for the best selection of unusual and hard-to-find plants as well as countless gardening staples. All members save 10% on their entire purchase. The Friday members-only sale is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Saturday public sale is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 11 Devon
Pizza in a Pot
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

Presented by Helen Standen, greenhouse & nursery manager, this class is for children aged 4 to 10 years old. Participants create a vegetable container garden featuring tomatoes, peppers, and herbs that can be used to make a nutritious and delicious pizza by August. Anyone wishing to make a salsa container instead may plant cilantro and hot peppers. An adult must accompany each participant. From 2 to 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per child for members, $10 per child for non-members. No charge for accompanying adults. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by visiting jenkinsarboretum.org.

May 11 Erie
14th Annual Plant Sale, Penn State Master Gardeners of Erie County
Penn State Behrend Campus, Wilson Picnic Grove

Offers herbs and vegetable seedlings, including dozens of heirloom varieties, plus perennials, native plants, shrubs, small trees, grasses, and annual bedding plants. Master Gardeners are available to answer questions and help you make plant selections. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon, rain or shine. Free and open to the public. Contact Maureen Beck 814-825-0900, extension 3.

May 11 Greensburg
Westmoreland County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Donohoe Center

Features sun and shade perennials, perennial plants of the year, annuals, vegetables, herbs, native plants, and milkweeds, as well as hanging baskets and some trees and shrubs. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.

May 11 York
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale: Watch Your Garden Come Alive
York County Extension Office

Shop a variety of vendors for hard-to-find native plants to make your yard more wildlife friendly. Attend seminars, take a garden tour, and talk to experts to get ideas and answers to your gardening questions. Children’s activities included. From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 717-840-7408 or visit facebook.com/yorkcountymastergardeners.

May 11 and 25 Philadelphia
More Hidden Gems Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join knowledgeable guides for a new walking tour highlighting garden features not often discovered on an average visit. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 16, 23, and 30 Montrose
Fantastic Flora and Fauna
Various public natural areas in Susquehanna County

Classes focus on recognizing by sight, song, and habitat the most common bird species and studying the forest floor to learn about wildflowers. From 9 a.m. to 12 noon. $15. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

May 18 Chambersburg
Franklin County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Ag Heritage Center

Features more than 2,000 locally grown perennials, as well as vegetable, herb, and annual flower transplants. Master Gardeners are available to help you make selections. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lines form early; bring wagons, carts, or boxes to transport your purchases. Download a catalog at mgfranklincopa.weebly.com. Call 717-263-9226 or visit facebook.com/Franklin-County-PA-Master-Gardeners-120626837989513.

May 18 Montrose
Build Your Own Native Bee Hotel
Susquehanna County Conservation District

Invite some backyard buddies to pollinate your garden by making a native bee hotel that can house a variety of native bees. 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

May 19 Devon
Delaware Valley Iris Society Flower Show
Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens

This show features both stalks of colorful irises and flower arrangements containing irises. All types of irises are present, but the majority are tall bearded irises. Anyone may exhibit irises at the show; you need not be a member of the Delaware Valley Iris Society or Jenkins, there is no entry fee, and pre-registration is not required. Exhibitors must arrive at 8 a.m. with their irises. The show is open to the public from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Photography is encouraged, and knowledgeable members are on hand to answer iris questions. Free of charge. All are welcome. Visit jenkinsarboretum.org.

May 19 Philadelphia
Springfield Mills Opening Day
Bloomfield Farm

Come explore revolutionary technology, local history, and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn while enjoying live music. From 1 to 4 p.m. Included with garden admission. Mill-only admission is $5 for ages 3 and up. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

May 21 Berwick
Raised Bed and Container Gardening
McBride Memorial Library

Presented by Penn State Extension Master Gardener Paula Ream from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Email ColumbiaMG@psu.edu or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.

May 22 Pittsburgh
Cool Tools and Accessories for the Gardener
North Park Demonstration Garden

This hands-on demonstration provided by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County shows what to look for when evaluating the quality and design of a selection of garden tools and accessories. From 6 to 7 p.m. In case of rain, the class will be held across the street from the demonstration garden in the Sesqui shelter. Free of charge. Call Ellen at 412-482-3469.

May 25 Philadelphia
Garden Rail Season Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The garden railway display is a miniature world with a quarter-mile track running through it featuring loops and tunnels, bridges, and trestles. All of the small-scale buildings are created entirely of natural materials. The trains are open daily through Labor Day and then on weekends only through October 14. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

June 1 Catawissa
Kids Garden Workshop: How to Plant a Salsa Garden
Rohrbach’s Farm and Gift Shop

Memie Christie, nutritional advisor from Penn State Extension leads this this hands-on workshop where kids plant a vegetable to take home. Learn about keeping soil healthy plus planting and caring for a diversified garden. From 1 to 3 p.m. Free, all ages welcome. Call 570-356-7654.

June 1 Kennett Square
Wine & Jazz Festival
Longwood Gardens

Features live jazz music and wines from around the region and world. Tickets required. Call 610-388-1000 or visit longwoodgardens.org.

June 1 Philadelphia
Small Trees for Small Spaces
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Learn about some of the arboretum’s smaller specimen trees that make a big impact. Ranging in height from 15 to 30 feet, these trees have many special features such as spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf color. 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

June 1 Springfield
Home Gardeners’ School
Smedley Park

This all-day program features lectures, hands-on workshops, a marketplace, and a plant sale. 9 a.m. Call 610-690-2655, email lrb16@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.

June 4 Greensburg
Opening of Lefevre Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Come visit the butterfly garden throughout the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call the office to arrange group visits, 724-837-0245.

June 7 Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This reading session with a local librarian is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. From 10:30 to 11 a.m. Included with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

June 8 Montrose
Growing Blueberries at Home
Susquehanna County Extension Office

Get tips and pointers on how to successfully grow your own blueberries at home. 10 a.m. Cost is $5. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

June 8 Montrose
Living on the Land: A Self-Sufficient Lifestyle
Forest Lake Fire Hall

Provides an introductory overview of what you need (space, equipment, tools, and skills) to help lead a more independent life and live gently on the land. 2 p.m. Cost is $10. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

June 8 Springfield
Bluebirds and Build a Bluebird House
Smedley Park

Ken Leister shares information about bluebirds—courtship, nest building, egg laying, hatching, and feeding—then participants build their own bluebird house to take home. Bring a portable drill with a Phillips head screwdriver. Limited to 15 participants. Cost is $20. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Call 610-690-2655, email lrb16@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/Delaware.

June 15 Montrose
Hand-Crafted Herbal Oils and Artisanal Butters
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Learn to make oils and butters in your own kitchen using fresh or dried herbs. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7 for each sample plus a $5 material fee. Call 570-666-9003 or visit montroseareaadultschool.org.

June 18 Berwick
Pruning Conifers
McBride Memorial Library

Presented by Penn State Extension Master Gardener Joe Mullen from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Email ColumbiaMG@psu.edu or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.

June 25 Pittsburgh
Developing and Maintaining a Pittsburgh Garden
South Park Brightstar Shelter

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County present a talk that is based on their experiences at the South Park demonstration garden. Formerly a field of weeds, the garden now comprises over a dozen beds that reflect the mission of Penn State Master Gardeners. 6 p.m. Free of charge. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/Allegheny.

June 26 Pittsburgh
Culinary Herb Gardening: Growing and Using
North Park Demonstration Garden

This hands-on demonstration provided by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County highlights useful plants for cooking, fragrance, and more. Herbs are low maintenance, relatively disease free, and the deer don’t like them. From 6 to 7 p.m. In case of rain, the class will be held across the street from the demonstration garden in the Sesqui Shelter. Free of charge. Call Ellen at 412-482-3469.

June 29 Dallas
Back Mountain Garden Tour
Back Mountain of Luzerne County

Hosted by The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club, this tour includes six private gardens and the new Mile Seven of the Back Mountain Trail. All proceeds benefit the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, which develops and maintains the Back Mountain Trail. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 if purchased on or before June 22 and $25 after June 22. Contact Angela Vitkoski at avitkoski@pecpa.org or 570-718-6507, or vsit backmountainbloomers.org.

 

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.