SUBSCRIBE & GET YOUR FREE 10% OFF DISCOUNT CARD
Subscribe Now
Give a Gift
Preview the magazine before you buy.
Read a FREE issue online!
Pennsylvania Gardener Cover

 

 

 

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 March 5, Pittsburgh
Garden Railroad
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In honor of the Pittsburgh bicentennial, the display features miniature replicas of some favorite spots in Pittsburgh. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

February

 

February 5, 12, 19, and 26, Pittsburgh
Tropical Sundays
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Escape the chill of winter in this glasshouse paradise and receive 50 percent off admission when you sport a tropical shirt on any given Sunday in February. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


February 10-12, Tarentum
Alle Kiski Strong Home Expo
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 412-310-7781 or visitallekiskistrong.com.February 10-12 YorkHome and Garden ShowYork Expo CenterCall 717-767-2444 or visit yorkbuilders.com.


February 17-19, Mars
Cranberry Home Show
DoubleTree Cranberry Hotel

Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Call 724-776-6900 or visit ohiohomeshows.net.


February 18, Pittsburgh
Tropical Forest Congo Festival
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bring your family to Phipps for a fun-filled afternoon celebrating the food, culture, and plants of Africa. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.


February 18 and 25, Philadelphia
Winter Witch Hazel Walk
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Knowledgeable guides will lead visitors on tours throughout the garden, searching for witch hazels. At 2 p.m. Free with admission and no registration required. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 19, Philadelphia
The Critical Role of Plants in the Urban Landscape
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

In this second presentation of the “Connections Beyond the Garden Lecture Series,” Dr. Ari Novy, executive director, U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC, will explore how ecology and agriculture can be used to teach people about the importance of plants. Learn about what Dr. Novy and the staff at the U.S. Botanic Garden have done to teach the public about the aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic, and ecological importance of plants to the well-being of humankind. At 2 p.m. in the upper gallery of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 25, Philadelphia
“Witch Hazel” Is Your Favorite?
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

These captivating winter bloomers can be found throughout the arboretum. Pick up a map at the visitor center that showcases specially selected specimens. Children can create a witch-hazel-related craft in the upper gallery of the visitor center. An arboretum expert will be available in the upper gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions on the variety and cultivation of witch hazels. The 2 p.m. guided tour will focus on the arboretum’s witch hazel collection. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.


February 24-26, Bloomsburg
30th Annual CSBA Home and Outdoor Living Show
Bloomsburg Fairgrounds

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Costs $5. Call 570-966-0625 or visit csbapa.org/home-show.

 

MARCH

 

Through March 31, Kennett Square
Orchid Extravaganza
Longwood Gardens

Enter a dazzling world of orchids as the conservatory is transformed into an orchid oasis. Orchid blooms cascade down walls, spill from containers and adorn planting beds throughout Longwood’s 4 acres of indoor gardens. The award-winning orchid curtain returns, featuring more orchids than ever with 625 Phaleanopsis and Cattleya orchids in bloom. Outdoors, early spring bulbs begin to carpet the landscape. 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/events-and-performances/events/orchid-extravaganza.

 

March 3, 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.

 

March 4, 11, 18, and 25, Philadelphia
Winter Wellness Walks
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Led by an experienced volunteer guide, these brisk walks stick to the paved paths and get your heart rate up. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meet in front of the Widener Visitor Center. Call 215-247-5777 or visit morrisarboretum.org.

 

Through March 5, Pittsburgh
Next Stop—Memory Lane
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

In celebration of Pittsburgh’s bicentennial, the miniature train in the garden railroad display chugs through 200 years of Pittsburgh inventions, firsts, and claims to fame. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Fridays. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

March 7, 14, 21, and 28, Youngwood
Weekend Gardener Series
Westmoreland County Community College

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County hosts a series of guest speakers who 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.

 

March 11, Stroudsburg
Herbs and Container Gardening Mini Workshop
724 Phillips St., Suite 201

Sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Monroe County, this mini workshop is held at the Extension office in Stroudsburg from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-394-6851 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/monroe.

 

March 11, York
GardenWise
Central York Middle School

This one-day school for all gardeners is held by Penn State Master Gardeners of York County. It features sessions on organic vegetable gardening, establishing a meadow, pollination strategies, and plant ecology. Speakers include Thomas Rainer, Neil Hendrickson, and Miriam Goldberger. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is March 4; registration is $65 and includes all sessions, a continental breakfast, and lunch. Register online at extension.psu.edu/gardenwise or call 717-840-7408.

 

March 11 through 19, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center

“Holland: Flowering the World” celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Tickets purchased online are $28 for adults, $20 for students aged 17 to 24, and $15 for children aged 2 to 16. Box office prices are $35 for adults, $22 for students aged 17 to 24, and $17 for children aged 2 to 16. Times vary. Visit theflowershow.com or call the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society at 215-988-8800.

 

March 18 through April 16, Pittsburgh
Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

See the world from the point of view of your favorite furry and feathered creatures. Exhibits celebrate the whimsical wildlife that surrounds us, from ducklings in the Victoria Room pond to butterflies in the lush Palm Court. One exhibit features enormous mushrooms ensconced in abundant ferns, giving the illusion that you are a small animal scurrying across the forest floor. Costs $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children ages 2 to 18. Phipps members and children under 2 enter free. Call 412-622-6914 or visit phipps.conservatory.org.

 

March 25, Stroudsburg
Integrated Pest Management Mini Workshop
724 Phillips St., Suite 201

Sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners of Monroe County, this mini workshop is held at the Extension office in Stroudsburg from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-394-6851 or visit extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/monroe.

 

March 29, Wayne
Opening Day
Chanticleer

Enjoy opening day for the 2017 season beginning at 10 a.m. Call 610-687-4163 or visit chanticleergarden.org.

 

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.

 

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.