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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@sbsmags.com.

 

 

April



April 9 and 16, Nazareth
Spring Garden Series
Gracedale Tower

The Spring Garden Series includes sessions on vegetable succession planting, good bugs and bad bugs, native plants, and container plants for indoors and outdoors. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 per session, or $35 for all four sessions. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/events.



April 10 and 17, Center Valley
Spring Garden Series
Gracedale Tower

The Spring Garden Series includes sessions on vegetable succession planting, good bugs and bad bugs, native plants, pollinators, and certifying your garden. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Costs $10 per session, or $35 for all four sessions. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/events.



April 13-15, Wilkes-Barre
17th Annual Northeast Pennsylvania Home and Garden Show
Mohegan Sun Arena

Exhibitors include builders and contractors, and vendors offering products such as decks, pools, spas, storage items, plants, landscape displays and materials. Visit wilkesbarrehomeshow.com.



April 14, Lancaster
26th Annual Shirley R. Wagner Garden Symposium
Farm and Home Center

Speakers include: naturalist and avian education specialist Jim McCormac talking about plants that look good and offer ecological benefits; attorney and Master Gardener Rachel Roat providing insights from her practice Tree, Neighbor and Garden Law; landscape designer Sharee Solow focusing on how we move through gardens, and Ruth Rogers Clausen, author of Essential Perennials, talking about herbs. The event also features Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions, garden-related vendors, and door prizes. From 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Costs $65 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Contact Lois Miklas, 717-394-3962, email lim2@psu.edu.

 

April 14, Springfield
Garden History in the Greater Delaware Valley
Penn State Extension Office of Delaware County

Join local historian Nancy Webster for a presentation on the region’s horticultural history. Nancy discusses the various nationalities of the people who moved to the Delaware Valley and their gardening practices in the New World. Costs $10. Call 610-690-2655.



April 17, Berwick
Shade Gardening Talk
McBride Memorial Library

This free presentation on shade gardening will be given by Master Gardener John Gallagher from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email Columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/columbia.



April 17, Honesdale
Succulents and Hypertufa
Penn State Extension Office

Hypertufa is a man-made, lightweight, artificial stone. Planters made from it work well for succulents such as hens and chicks or moss. Penn State Master Gardeners Faye Rossi and Linda Thiede will demonstrate how to make hypertufa, and then participants will make three small hypertufa pots to take home. All materials provided. Costs $10, which includes materials. Class is limited to the first 25 registrants. Call 570-421-6430.

 

April 21, Greensburg
Annual Spring Tea
Maplewood Presbyterian Church

The Greensburg Garden Center hosts an afternoon tea featuring treats, decorated tables, entertainment, and raffle baskets. Doors open at 11 a.m. and tea is served at noon. This event sells out every year so make reservations early by calling 724-837-0245.



April 21, Mercer
Spring Seminar
Mercer County Extension Office

Presented by Penn State Master Gardeners of Mercer County, this annual event features speakers who will discuss a variety of topics. Light refreshments provided. From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Costs $20 per person. Call 724-662-3141.



April 22, Philadelphia
Garden Day and Plant Sale
Horticultural Center of Fairmount Park

Held by Penn State Extension Philadelphia, this plant sale offers annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, and native plants. You can also attend free workshops and demonstrations held throughout the day, and tour three Master Gardener demonstration gardens. Free lead soil tests are also available. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email Anna Herman at aeh22@psu.edu.



April 28, Greensburg
Spring Workshop
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County present talks on permaculture and edible weeds. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 724-837-1402.



April 28, Philadelphia
Arbor Day Family Day – Tree-mendous Trees
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Design a tree house, make a “tree map,” create a street landscape with trees, learn how to “read” the life of a tree, and shadow an arborist. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Girl Scouts earning their tree badge must register through Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (gsep.org/en/about-girl-scouts/our-program/spark.html). Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



April 28, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This tour features some common and not-so-common dogwood species (Cornus spp.), as well as other trees such as shagbark hickory, paperbark maple, and pitch pine with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Free with garden admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



April 28, Pittsburgh
Garden and Landscape Symposium and Marketplace
Shady Side Academy

Hosted by Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, this event features presentations by Peter Del-Tredichi, Miriam Goldberger, and Sinclair Adams. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early-bird registration is $105; after March 19, registration is $120. The marketplace is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/allegheny.

 

May



Through June 29, Pittsburgh
Dr. Charles Dorat, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University

This exhibition includes watercolors by European physician and naturalist Charles Dorat (1806-1870) of medicinal plants that he found in Cedros, Honduras. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 5 p.m. (except May 28). Free admission. Call 412-268-2434, or visit huntbotanical.org.



May 3, Montrose
Foraging for Wild Edibles
Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County

Search for spring wild edible and medicinal plants. This is not a hike but a walk on private fields, lawns, and hedgerows involving mostly level to mildly uneven terrain. Rain or shine, dress for the weather and walking. At 10:30 a.m. Costs $5 per person. Print out a registration form at montroseadultschool.org. Meet at 766 Darrow Hill Road.



May 3, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Rose Society Meeting
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Held in the horticultural center from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Call 610-864-6576, or visit the Philadelphia Rose Society Facebook page or website, philadelphiarosesociety.org.



May 4, Philadelphia
Storytime
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Each reading session is tailored to the changing seasons and complements the natural setting of the arboretum. Storytime is held outdoors 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.



May 4, Wayne
Friday Extended Hours
Chanticleer

Chanticleer remains open on Friday nights until 8 p.m. through Labor Day. Visit chanticleergarden.org.

 

May 4 and 5, Greensburg
May Mart
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

This event features a variety of plants, flowers, herbs, and vegetables, as well as vendors offering homemade garden items and food. From noon to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Call 724-837-0245.



May 5, Catawissa
Introduction to Gardening
Rohrbach’s Farm Market

Master Gardener Suann Leighow provides basics including soil and site selection, determining sunlight needs, watering and fertilizing, annuals, perennials, vegetables, and container planting. Bring your questions, a pen, and notebook. At10 a.m. Free. Pre-registration requested but not required. Call 570-356-7654, or email rohrbachs.farm.market@gmail.com.



May 5, Lancaster
Plant Sale
Farm and Home Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County offer plants selected for the region, including many grown by Master Gardeners. From 7:30 a.m. until sold out. Visit extension.psu.edu/programs/master-gardener/counties/lancaster.



May 5, Montrose
Make Your Own Bat House
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Learn about bats as well as how to make your landscape “bat friendly” with Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County. Then build a bat house for up to 100 bats. At 10 a.m. Costs $5 for the presentation, and if you wish to build a bat house, the material fee is $35 per house. Register at montroseadultschool.org. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

 

May 5, New Milford
Preserve Your Beautiful Blooms
St. Mark’s Parish Hall

Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County demonstrate several methods of pressing flowers as well as other ways of preserving flowers. After the lecture you can assemble your own flower press and press some flowers. From 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $5, and the cost of each flower press is $7. Register at montroseadultschool.org. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

 

May 5, Philadelphia
Time in a Garden Exhibit Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This indoor and outdoor exhibit interprets how time affects the garden and the natural world. Garden activity stations are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at three locations: above the rose garden, at the oak allee plaza, and at the fernery plaza. A wine and beer garden is open from noon to 4 p.m. where you can listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine or craft brew. Meet the artists from 1 to 3 p.m. Free with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 5, Philadelphia
Small Trees for Small Spaces
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Join a guided tour for a look at some of the arboretum’s smaller specimen trees. Though small, these trees feature spectacular bark, interesting forms, and great flower and leaf colors. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 5 and 6, Franklin
May Garden Mart
West Park

Shop for plants, garden décor, and garden-related crafts. Sponsored by the Franklin Gardeners Association. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free admission. Call 814-432-2054, or visit the Franklin Gardeners Association Facebook page, or franklingardeners.org.



May 7 - September 30, Kennett Square
Festival of Fountains
Longwood Gardens

The celebration of the return of the main fountain gardens continues with daily performances and extended hours for illuminated performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. In addition, a fireworks show is held on May 26. Pricing, hours, and details are available by calling 610-388-1000, or visiting longwoodgardens.org.



May 9, Honesdale
Herbs and Tea
Wayne County Extension Office

Penn State Master Gardener Phyllis Terwilliger discusses how to grow herbs, shares tea recipes, and imparts herbal folklore. Bring a tea cup and wear a hat. Admission is $5, and children under 18 may attend for free. Register in advance by calling 570-253-5970, ext. 4110, or emailing wayneext@psu.edu.



May 11 and 12, Montrose
Plant Sale and Festival
Penn State Extension Office, Susquehanna County

Pick up pre-ordered plants and shop for vegetable plants, perennials, and annuals available for sale onsite. You may also tour pollinator monitoring and educational gardens, talk to Master Gardeners, and pick up educational materials. Several vendors and a question-and-answer table are available. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.



May 11 and 12, Philadelphia
Annual Plant Sale
Bloomfield Farm

Find unusual and hard-to-find plants that are well-suited to thrive in this area. Bring a wagon and shop early for the best selection. All members save 10 percent on their plant sale purchase and may choose a free dividend plant. Members of Morris Arboretum may attend the May 11 sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome to the public sale on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 12, Greensburg
Plant Sale
Donohoe Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Westmoreland County offer annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs, and native plants. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Handicapped-accessible location. Call 724-837-1402, or visit extension.psu.edu/Westmoreland.



May 12, Montrose
Lasagna Gardening
Extension Garden of Penn State Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County

This grand opening of a new educational garden and outdoor classroom includes a talk about lasagna gardening and a tour of the new garden. Tours are given at one-hour intervals, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the event coincides with the May 12 plant sale and festival. Admission is free. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.

 

May 12, Springfield
Heavenly Hydrangeas
Smedley Park

Get answers to your hydrangea questions as Ray Murphy, Master Gardener and gardener at Nemours Estate, discusses these ornamental shrubs and vines. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-7669, or email Linda Barry at lrb16@psu.edu.



May 12, York
MAEscapes Native Plant Sale
York County Extension Office

Shop a variety of local vendors for native plants that will make your yard more wildlife friendly. Penn State Gardeners of York County also provide seminars, a garden tour, and an opportunity to ask questions. From 8:30 to 2 p.m. Call 717-840-7408, or visit extension.psu.edu/York.



May 12 and 26, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The tour features dogwood species whose bark aids in distinguishing one from another. There are also many other trees with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 13, Hershey
Rhododendron Society Exhibit
Hershey Gardens

The Susquehanna Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society displays varieties of rhododendrons in the education center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with admission. Visit hersheygardens.org.



May 13, Hershey
Mother’s Day
Hershey Gardens

All moms receive free admission to Hershey Gardens on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit hersheygardens.org.



May 13, Philadelphia
Mother’s Day Brunch
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Start your Mother’s Day with brunch, then enjoy a walk through the arboretum. Advance tickets required. Costs $34 for member adults; $18 for member children (ages 3 to 17); $46 for non-member adults; $23 for non-member children (ages 3 to 17). Two seatings are available: 9:30 a.m. and noon. The arboretum opens at 8 a.m. that day. See website for menu. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 15, Berwick
Natural Enemies of Garden Pests
McBride Memorial Library

Penn State Master Gardener Vince Fayock presents this free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.



May 19, Chambersburg
Annual Plant Sale
Ag Heritage Center

Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County offer more than 2,500 perennials and are on hand to help you make selections. Vegetable, herb, and flower transplants are available from the greenhouse as well. Free downloadable catalog available at mgfranklincopa.weebly.com. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring wagons, carts, or boxes to transport your purchases. Call 717-263-9226, or visit the Penn State Master Gardeners of Franklin County Facebook page.



May 19, Hershey
Iris Society Exhibit
Hershey Gardens

The Susquehanna Iris Society displays varieties of irises in the education center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with admission. Visit hersheygardens.org.



May 19, Mercersburg
Swine, Wine, and Roses Festival
Conococheague Settlement

Spend a day at this 18th century farmstead and enjoy barbecue, local beers and wines, and music set among hundreds of heritage variety rose bushes. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $10 entry fee per person includes free tastings. Call 717-328-3467, or visit cimlg.org.



May 19, Montrose
Cooking with Herbs for Flavor and Health
First Presbyterian Church

Learn how to grow herbs, when to harvest them, and how many cultures use herbs for better health. Participants cook a meal while learning about herbs. At 10 a.m. Costs $5 plus an ingredient fee of $8. Register at montroseadultschool.org.

 

May 20, Philadelphia
Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration
Bloomfield Farm

This historic mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Explore revolutionary technology, local history, and the Wissahickon Creek. Enjoy live music. Free, donations accepted. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



May 26, Ohiopyle
Annual Constance Ranson Memorial Native Plant Sale
Ohiopyle State Park

Sponsored by the Southern Laurel Highlands Plant and Pest Management Partnership, which includes Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, Powdermill Nature Reserve, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ohiopyle State Park, National Park Service, Fayette County Conservation District, PA Game Commission, and Forbes State Forest. All proceeds benefit the partnership to promote the use of native plants and the removal of invasive pests and plants on public lands. Held in Ohiopyle Park’s main parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit waterlandlife.org.



May 26, Philadelphia
Garden Railway Seasonal Opening
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The popular model trains have been chugging along the tracks for more than 20 years. Open daily through Sept. 3. Free with admission, and open during regular arboretum hours. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June



June 1, Greensburg
Butterfly Gardening Opening
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

The Lefevre Butterfly Garden opens to the public. Visitors may also visit the garden every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call 724-837-0245.

 

June 1-2, Biglersville
Rose Show
Harbaugh-Thomas Library

Rose Show Sponsored By: York Area Rose Society. June 1, 1pm-6pm. June 2, 9am-3pm. Harbaugh-Thomas Library 59 West York Street, Biglerville, Pa 17307. Free Admission.

 

June 2, Hershey
Arranging a Dozen Roses in a Vase
Hershey Gardens

Participants learn how to create a stunning, perfectly balanced arrangement of a dozen roses in this flower arranging class. All supplies and materials are provided. At 10 a.m. in the education center. Costs $45. Advance registration required. Visit hersheygardens.org.



June 2, Philadelphia
Nature Play
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available so kids can learn to love nature. This session takes place below the end of the oak allée, past the three tubes sculpture. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 2, Philadelphia
Hidden Gems
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This guided tour begins at the Widener Visitor Center and showcases little-known garden spots. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 2, Rector
Native Plant Sale and Public Day
Powdermill Nature Reserve

Sponsored by the Southern Laurel Highlands Plant and Pest Management Partnership, which includes Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Brandywine Conservancy, Powdermill Nature Reserve, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ohiopyle State Park, National Park Service, Fayette County Conservation District, PA Game Commission, and Forbes State Forest. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit carnegiemnh.org/visitor/powdermill-nature-reserve.



June 2, Springfield
Home Gardeners’ School
Smedley Park

This all-day program features gardening lectures, hands-on workshops, and a Master Gardener marketplace and plant sale. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 610-690-7669, or email Linda Barry at lrb16@psu.edu.

 

June 3, Dimock
Learn Your Frog Calls
Edward L. Rose Conservancy’s Greenwood Sanctuary

Kristi Sullivan from Cornell University gives a brief indoor presentation on different frog species and how to identify them by their calls. Participants then hike outdoors to see and hear those frogs. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. Register at montroseadultschool.org.



June 3, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Rose Society Rose Show
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The rose show takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to the public and free with arboretum admission. Call 610-864-6576, or visit the Philadelphia Rose Society Facebook page or website, philadelphiarosesociety.org.



June 8, Philadelphia
Moonlight and Roses
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

This annual fundraising gala supports all aspects of the arboretum’s mission. From 6 to 11 p.m. Visit morrisarboretumgala.org.



June 9, Springfield
Bluebirds in Your Garden
Smedley Park

Learn about bluebirds and how to attract them to your garden from naturalist, photographer, and videographer Pam Dimelar. From 10 a.m. to noon. Costs $10. Call 610-690-7669, or email Linda Barry at lrb16@psu.edu.



June 9 and 23, Philadelphia
Dogs and Barks Tour
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The tour features dogwood species whose bark aids in distinguishing one from another. There are also many other trees with striking bark formations. At 11 a.m. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 16, Montrose
The Basics of Drip Irrigation
Penn State Extension Office of Susquehanna County

Master Gardeners discuss drip irrigation and sources for parts, and then provide a hands-on demonstration installing a drip irrigation at their new educational gardens. From 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is $5. Register at montroseadultschool.org. Email susquehannamg@psu.edu.



June 17, Hershey
Father’s Day
Hershey Gardens

All dads receive free admission on their special day. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit hersheygardens.org.



June 17, Philadelphia
Grist Mill Demonstration Day
Bloomfield Farm

Historic Springfield Mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone grinding corn for meal and flour. Guided tours. Free, donations accepted. From 1 to 4 p.m. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 19, Berwick
Native Perennials for Pollinators
McBride Memorial Library

Penn State Master Gardener Mary Jo R. Gibson presents this free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call 570-316-6519, email columbiamg@psu.edu, or visit extension.psu.edu/columbia-county.



June 20, Greensburg
Tea in the Garden
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center

Tea begins at11 a.m. Costs $18, and seating is limited. Call for reservations, 724-837-0245.



June 21, Philadelphia
Summer Solstice Celebration
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Welcome summer by gathering at the Time in the Garden sundial exhibit in the azalea meadow to experience the marking of the solstice at 6 a.m. Stay afterwards for an hour of yoga and meditation suitable for the whole family. Members only; pre-registration required. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.org.



June 23, Hawley
Pruning Shrubbery
Penn State Master Gardeners of Wayne County

Penn State Master Gardener Deb McCabe demonstrates various methods of pruning shrubs at a private home. Admission is $5, and children under 18 may attend for free. Register in advance by calling 570-253-5970, ext. 4110, or emailing wayneext@psu.edu.



June 23-24, Strasburg
Secret Gardens of Strasburg Tour
various locations

The Secret Gardens of Strasburg tour will take place on Saturday June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday June 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The bi-annual Secret Gardens of Strasburg tour is one of the Strasburg Heritage Society’s biggest fund raisers. More info at strasburgheritagesociety.org/events, or email ann@wjtl.com, or call 717-672-1887.



June 30 through July 8, Philadelphia
Circus Week
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the garden railway and see colorful circus railcars. Included with admission. Call 215-247-5777, or visit morrisarboretum.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.