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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 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.

 

June

 

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 24, Luzerne County
Tour of Back Mountain Gardens
Borough of Dallas area

The Back Mountain Bloomers Garden Club will host the “Tour of Back Mountain Gardens” featuring seven private gardens, all located within a 5-mile radius of the Borough of Dallas in Luzerne County. A full slate of garden, nature, container, and landscaping presentations is planned. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20, if purchased on or before June 17, and $25 after June 17. Visit backmountainbloomers.org or contact Angela Vitkoski at avitkoski@pecpa.org, or 570-718-6507.

 

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.

 

July

 

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.

 

July - 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.

 

July - 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 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 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 1, Philadelphia
Discovery Series: Fireflies in July
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Learn why fireflies light up our summer nights and create your own artistic firefly masterpiece. Free with admission. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 1 - 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.

 

July 1-2, 8-9,15-16,22-23,29-30, 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 1-9, 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.

 

July 2 and 22, 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.

 

Wednesdays, July 5 - 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.

 

July 6 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.

 

July 7 and 21, 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. Held 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.

 

July 8, Greensburg
Demonstration Garden Open House
Donohoe Gardens

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County answer questions about the gardens, plants, and general gardening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Composting demonstrations are held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Rain or shine, free of charge. Call 724-837-1402, or email lch8@psu.edu.

 

July 8, Greensburg
Our Members’ Gardens Tour
Greensburg Garden Center

Featuring tours of some of the best gardens of the Greensburg Garden Center’s members. Call 724-837-0245, or visit greensburggardencenter.net for reservations.

 

July 8, Mt. Gretna
25th Garden Tour
Historic Preservation Trust of Lebanon County

Several gardens in the Mt. Gretna will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. Costs $15. Call 717-304-2093, or visit lebanonhpt.org.

 

July 8, Pittsburgh
Tropical Forest Congo Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Celebrate the food and culture of the African Congo with family-friendly activities, entertainment, and food. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with admission. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 8, Springfield
Second Saturday at Smedley Program – Cacti and Succulents
Smedley Park

Master Gardener Ray Murphy provides the fundamentals of growing, cultivating, and propagating succulents and cacti, plus you may take some home. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655, or visit extension.psu.edu/delaware.

 

July 10, 17, 24, and 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.

 

July 11, Kennett Square
Dianne Reeves Concert
Longwood Gardens

Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves appears at Longwood’s open air theatre with Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully. Her repertoire includes jazz, R&B, and soul. 7:30 p.m. Tickets include garden admission and are $33 to $53 for non-member reserved seating; tickets for Longwood members (Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium, and Legacy Members) are $28 to $48. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

July 12, Philadelphia
Romeo and Juliet
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s classic love story, “Romeo and Juliet” in the azalea meadow. Rain location is under the café tent. 6:30 p.m. Free for members. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

July 13, Pittsburgh
5-2-1-0 Speaker Series
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This bi-monthly event features guest speakers who share recommendations for how to build healthy environments for children. July’s program explores the importance of play to children’s well-being. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance RSVP is required. Call 412-622-6914, or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

July 13-15, Kennett Square
Founder’s Weekend
Longwood Gardens

Pierre S. du Pont purchased the original Longwood property on July 20, 1906, which today is celebrated with Founder’s Weekend. See the premiere of the main fountain garden documentary, “Flowing Water.” The viewing is outdoors at 7 p.m. Free with timed admission ticket. Call 610-388-1000, or visit longwoodgardens.org.

 

July 13-17, Wayne
Garden Design Master Class
Chanticleer

Learn about designing gardens with British designer, Annie Guilfoyle. This course includes practical studio sessions, lectures and demonstrations, garden walks, and critical analysis. An opening reception and talk will is held on July 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Workshop hours on July 14 and 15 are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Price for all three days is $590, and includes breakfast and lunch each day. Register at chanticleergarden.org/workshops.html, or call Fran DiMarco at 610-687-4163.

 

July 15, East Stroudsburg
How to Use What You Have Planted
Middle Smithfield Township Community Gardens

This talk is held from 11 a.m. to noon. Free. Call 570-223-8920, or email crain@mstownship.com.

 

July 15-16, Philadelphia
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
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.

 

July 16, 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.

 

July 19, Greensburg
Tea in the Lefevre Butterfly Garden
Greensburg Garden Center


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

 

July 20, Pittsburgh
Summer Short Course with Tovah Martin
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Avid gardener and freelance writer Tovah Martin discusses sustainable horticulture, landscape and garden design, and native plants. From 8 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Call 412-441-4442, ext. 3925, or visit phipps.conservatory.org/shortcourse.

 

July 21, 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.

 

July 22, Manheim
Summer Garden Experience
Penn State University Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center

This open house features keynote speaker Doug Tallamay, author of Bringing Nature Home, along with short talks on horticulture and gardening topics and tours of the flower gardens and other areas of the center. Learn about gardening, rain gardens, backyard fruits and herbs, pollinators, and bluebirds. Call 717-653-4728, or visit agsci.psu.edu/research/ag-experiment-station/landisville.

 

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.

 

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.