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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.

 

 

July and August, Hershey

The BugZone
Hershey Gardens

The BugZone provides an up-close look at walking sticks, tropical praying mantises, beetles, grasshoppers, and tarantulas. Learn how insects and plants have co-evolved. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

 

 

Through September 4, Pittsburgh
Butterfly Forest
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Watch as butterflies emerge from their chrysalises to flutter among tropical blooms. Free with admission. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

Through September 4, Philadelphia
Garden Railway in Motion
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Celebrating 20 years at Morris Arboretum, the garden railway delights visitors with its natural plantings and miniature buildings surrounded by a quarter-mile track and model trains. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through September 30, Kennett Square
Summer of Spectacle
Longwood Gardens

Features daily fountain performances and special events throughout the season. The gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday for illuminated fountain shows. Admission is by timed admission ticket only. Members may visit anytime, but require free timed reservations if visiting after 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday evenings. To purchase tickets or make member reservations call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

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.

 

July

 

July 29-30, Hershey
Touch a Bug Insect Cart
Hershey Gardens

Kids meet giant bugs, learn where they come from, and what makes them unique. Children will be able to touch the insect. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

July 31, Hershey

Marvelous Mondays in the Children’s Garden
Hershey Gardens

Children and their families enjoy activities and crafts each week. From 10 a.m. to noon. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August

 

August 3, Pittsburgh
Biophilia
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This meeting group is dedicated to strengthening the bond between people and the natural world through education, discussion, and action. At each meeting, a discipline or behavior is identified, often by an expert guest speaker, and discussed. At 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance RSVP is required. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

August 4 and 18, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Reading sessions with local librarians are tailored to the changing seasons and complement the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors at the outdoor children’s classroom, next to the Widener Visitor Center. From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 5, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Sink or Float
Science Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

What makes an object sink or float? Test buoyancy predictions at the discovery table. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26- 27, Hershey
Touch a Bug Insect Cart
Hershey Gardens

Kids meet giant bugs, learn where they come from, and what makes them unique. Children will be able to touch the insects. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 7 and 14, Hershey
Marvelous Mondays in the Children’s Garden
Hershey Gardens

Children and their families enjoy activities and crafts each week. From 10 a.m. to noon. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 12, Kennett Square
Fireworks and Fountain Shows
Longwood Gardens

These shows combine fountains and fireworks choreographed to music. Advance tickets are required. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

August 12, Latrobe
Annual Butterfly Release
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve

Rick Mikula shares his knowledge of butterflies, sponsored by the Greensburg Garden Center and Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at St. Vincent’s College. Explore the gardens and buy a butterfly to release. Call 724-837-0245 for reservations.

 

August 12, Springfield
Second Saturday at Smedley Program–Bonsai Gardening
Smedley Park

Learn the history of bonsai gardening from Steve Ittel, a member and past president of the Bonsai Society of Chester County, who has cared for the bonsai collection at Longwood Gardens. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655, or visit extension.psu.edu/delaware.

 

August 12, York
Open House
Gardens at John Rudy County Park

York County Master Gardeners invite the public to attend seminars, tour the gardens, and bring gardening questions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 717-840-7408, or visit extension.psu.edu/york.

 

August 12-13, Hershey
Blooming Art Exhibit
Hershey Gardens

See works of art by members of the Hershey Area Art Association in the education center, located in the children’s garden. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 12-13, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends at the Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see Thomas and friends. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 15, Kennett Square
Del and Dawg Concert
Longwood Gardens

Del McCoury and David “Dawg” Grisman celebrate bluegrass music. At 7:30 p.m. Tickets include garden admission, and are $35 to $55 for non-member reserved seating; tickets for Longwood members (Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium, and Legacy Members) are $30 to $50. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

August 18, Pittsburgh
Environmental Film Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

View environmental documentaries during this monthly event. Each viewing is followed by a discussion with film producers, scientists, and environmental advocates. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

August 19, East Stroudsburg
Canning Beans
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

This class is taught by Nicole McGeehan, Penn State Food Safety associate educator. Held from 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Call 570-223-8920, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

August 19, Gibsonia and South Park
Garden in the Parks Field Day
North and South Park Demonstration Gardens

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County host this free event that includes tours of the annual flower trial beds and herb and pollinator gardens, local beekeepers, children’s activities, speakers, canning demonstrations, tomato and garlic tasting, Penn State Creamery ice cream, and composting information. Volunteers answer your gardening questions, too. Free. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 412-263-1000, or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny.

 

August 20, 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 the Wissahickon Creek. Guided tours. From 1 to 4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 22, Greensburg
Tea in the Lefevre Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center

Relax in a butterfly garden as you sip tea. Make reservations by calling 724-837-0245.

 

August 26, Hershey
Hershey Horticulture Society Flower Show
Hershey Gardens

The Hershey Horticulture Society presents “All a Flutter” in the horticultural wing of the Milton and Catherine Hershey Conservatory. From 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free with the purchase of tickets to Hershey Gardens and the butterfly atrium. Call 717-534-3492, or visit hersheygardens.org.

 

August 26-27, Shrewsbury
66th Annual Shrewsbury Flower Show
Shrewsbury Assembly of God

This year’s theme is “Let’s Party.” From 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Contact Gail Sechrist at 717-683-5257, gsech@comcast.net org.

 

August 26 - September 4, Philadelphia
Circus Week at the Garden Railway
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

See the big top and circus trains and learn the history of the circus. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

August 27, Pittsburgh
Red, Ripe and Roasted
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This festival includes cooking demonstrations, a tomato contest, fresh food for sale, and kids’ activities. By donating a bag of fresh produce to help community members in need, guests are admitted for free to the summer flower show during event hours. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

September

 

September 1, 15, and 29, 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.

 

September 2, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Monarch Metamorphosis
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Discover the life cycle, migration patterns, and life history of the monarch butterfly. Make your own butterfly creation to take home as well. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 9, Greensburg
Fall Garden Wrap-Up
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County offer a series of one-hour classes on various gardening topics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costs $5 for the day. Call 724-837-1402.

 

September 9, Springfield
Native Plants Lecture
Smedley Park

Penn State Master Gardener Ray Murphy discusses the native plant options available to gardeners and how to incorporate them into your garden. He will provide tips on how to site natives and provide care instructions. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

September 9 - 10, Mercersburg
Drums on the Conococheague: Then and Now
Conococheague Settlement

This Native American powwow features professional drummers and dancers, reenactments, lifeways demonstrations, and vendors. Food sold on premises. Bring a lawn chair. Costs $5 per person, children under 16 free. Call 717-328-3467 or visit cimlg.org.

 

September 9 -10, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see Thomas and Friends take over the tracks. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 10, Philadelphia
Grandparents Day
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Grandparents are the founding treasures of their family – the buildings, trees, and sculptures highlighted on the Founding Treasures map are the arboretum’s riches. Follow the map around the garden, and enjoy multi-generational activities. On National Grandparents Day, kids who bring a grandparent to the arboretum receive $4 off admission, making youth admission $5. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

September 16, Pittsburgh
Celebration and Field Day
Edible Teaching Garden

Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County invite the public to this field day where they can tour the Edible Teaching Garden, learn about vegetable trails being conducted there, taste dishes made with the garden’s produce, and learn how to grow vegetables. From noon to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 412-482-3469 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/allegheny.

 

September 17, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Historic Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum is stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. 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.

 

September 30, Springfield
Fall Fest
Smedley Park

A day of hands-on workshops and gardening lectures, plus a plant sale and marketplace selling new and gently used tools, garden art, and jewelry is offered by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 610-690-2655 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/delaware.

 

October

 

October 3, Jeanette
Greensburg Garden Center Annual Meeting
Greensburg Country Club

The Greensburg Garden Center hosts its annual meeting with guest speaker Jessica Walliser, who will present “Forgotten Garden Combos” at this lunchtime event. Held at the Greensburg Country Club. Purchase lunch and program tickets, or program only tickets, by calling 724-837-0245.

 

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 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 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.

 

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.