Native Plant Sales and Events in Delaware and Chester County

After that surprise spring snowstorm early April, it’s nice to finally hear the familiar hum of lawn mowers, and the most welcome sign of spring, tulips and daffodils dotting the local landscape. And for the serious gardeners, signs for local native plant sales! Plant Sales in Delaware and Chester counties

Every gardener knows that the best plants are the tried and true plants grown in a local garden or carefully selected by educated Master Gardeners. Going to a local plant sale is a great source of information and networking for novice gardeners as well. You’ll meet local gardeners who are happy to share their experience with particular plants .

Garden Geeks by Pam Cloud
This sign says it all!

At a local plant sale, you’ll find the regulars such as lilies and hostas, but you’ll likely also discover a few unusual treasures that are not carried in stores.

At a local plant sale, the salespeople are usually volunteers, and they are passionate about their hobby: gardening. They will know which plants do well in the sun or shade and also which deer resistant plants the deer will eat anyway.

With Earth Day right around the corner, here are a few local gardening events to get your spring planting off to a good start.

 

Media

Tyler Arboretum Benefit Plant Sale is held on the beautiful site of Tyler Arboretum in Media Pa. At Tyler you can stroll through the amazing grounds and see a wide collection of native species thriving in same the environment you would be planting in. Each season brings something new to its rich and diverse plantings, many of which you will see growing on the grounds of the arboretum.

Date: Saturday, May 7th  9am-3pm

Take the kids to see the tree houses and walk through the trails. Admission to the Arboretum is free to everyone for Saturday’s event!

Where: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media Pa.

Shameless Plug: If you’d like to live close to the Arboretum, I have a listing at 66 Vineyard Lane that is within walking distance to Tyler’s entrance as well as the multi-use trail at Ridley Creek State Park!

66 Viineyard Lane in Media
Stop by for a refreshment, free plant and chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Wedgewood Gardens!

66 Vineyard Lane will be open from 11am-3pm on Friday. Stop by and see how convenient this home is to Tyler Arboretum! Visitors will receive a free plant while supplies last and a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Wedgewood Gardens!

Providence Garden Club Annual Plant Sale . This plant sale has been going on for well over 60 years and is held on the campus of Williamson College of the Trades in Middletown township. Funds raised through this plant sale are donated to various environmental programs in the local community and throughout the region. This year’s plant sale will feature plants that attract pollinators such at butterflies and birds so you can create your own backyard sanctuary.

Date: Friday April 29 (9am-2pm) & Saturday April 30 (8am-1pm)

Where: 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media Pa. (1/2 mile north of the Granite Run Mall)

Last year I spotted this unusual plant at the plant sale. With only two left, I purchased it on the spot!

Providence Garden Club Media Pa.
Disporum Flavens, aka “Mary Bells.”

Aston

Red Hill Farm  is open for a tour and a taste test some of their offerings this season. You can pick up some plants for your vegetable garden too! Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and an assortment of herbs and cut flowers will be available for sale. See you at the farm!

Date: May 7, 1pm-4pm

Where: Red Hill Farm, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston PA

Click here to read my previous post about Red Hill Farm!

West Chester

Friends of Everhart Park Annual Plant Sale to support Everhart Park. This sale has been going on as long as I can remember; I lived across from the park 20 years ago and used to contribute to this sale.  I still have the same Elephant Ears that I purchased way back when for $5. They have created many babies and the original bulb is about the size of a soccer ball! You’ll find lovingly grown plants that have been divided from local residents’ gardens so you know they’ll do well in yours.

Date: Saturday May 7, 10am-2pm

Where: Everhart Park,  park around Brandywine and Miner Streets in downtown West Chester.

The Paula Coyne Plant Sale/ West Chester Garden Club – great selection of native plants, herbs, vegetables. Find your treasure from members’ gardens. Also for sale in the garden boutique–gifts for the gardener, including hand made leaf castings!

Date: Thursday, April 28, 9am-4pm

Where: Landhope Farms  in Kennett Square at the intersection of Rees 82 and 926.

Newtown Square (Willistown Conservation Trust)

Rushton Farm Spring Plant Sale

A model of sustainable agriculture, open space and natural resource protection, this 6 acre farm is nestled within the 86 acre Rushton Preserve in Willistown Township. This farm has never been exposed to pesticides and herbicides. Stock up on organically grown vegetables and flowers, grown right on the Farm.

Date: May 7 & 8, 10am-3pm

Where: Rushton Farm, 911 Delchester Road, Newtown Square

Composting in Glen Mills, Thornbury township

Did you know that almost 2/3 of our landfills are comprised of organic materials such as yard waste, food scraps, paper and wood waste? While throwing all of these materials in the trash, millions of dollars are spent each year on plastic bags filled with “enriched” garden soil.

What if you could kill two birds with one stone by diverting landfill waste and creating your own rich compost at the same time? Your lawn and kitchen scraps are the only ingredients you need to produce your own”black gold!” Learn how it’s done at an upcoming free seminar in Thornbury! Your plants will love you for it!

Free Composting Seminar – sponsored by Thornbury’s Environmental Advisory Council and held at the township building in Thornbury Township. Presented by Sam Barnett of the Master Gardeners and Penn State Extension

Date: Saturday, May 14th from 1pm-2pm

Where: Thornbury Township Building, 6 Township Drive (off of Cheyney Road), Cheyney Pa.

Free Composters to the First Ten People to sign up!!

Thornbury Township
Thornbury Township Municipal Building on Township Drive in Cheyney, Pa.

Pamela Cloud is a Realtor (and avid gardener) with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media Pa. serving the Western Philadelphia suburbs, with expertise in Media, Glen Mills and West Chester.

 

Farmer’s Markets in Delaware and Chester Counties

 
Petes Produce West Chester
A great selection of Lancaster and locally grown tomatoes at Pete’s. Did you know that Pete’s also donates to the Chester County Food Bank?

There is nothing better than the smell and taste of freshly sliced tomatoes on a hot July afternoon. And, there is no reason anyone should have to eat tasteless, faded pink tomatoes this summer when local farmers are brimming with “fresh-from-the-field” offerings. With so much farming going on in our own back yard, it’s easy to find anything from corn to kale to watermelon almost every day of the week.

Here is a list of local farmer’s markets, farm stands and CSAs available to you in the West Chester-Glen Mills-Media area. Open fields and rolling hills have long been a hallmark of Delaware and Chester counties. Buying from local farmers helps keep it that way! Buying locally also helps the environmentally conscious among us reduce their carbon footprint. I have also noticed that many of the farms listed here donate a portion of their crops to local food banks.

If you have children, open markets can be a lot of fun too, as many of them have tasting stations where you can sample melons and other goodies! And you’ll never hear any pleas for gum or candy at the checkout, because there is no gum or candy at the checkout! Not that your kids would notice, because there are so many other tantalizing treats from which to choose; the sweetest thing you’ll find is local honey, real fruit smoothies and homemade cookies! We typically do not make it to the checkout with a full carton of anything!

Take a look and see what’s available in your area!

Wolff's Apple House
Wolff’s Apple House on Route 452 in Media offers produce from many local farmers.

Delaware County Farms

Booth's Corner Honey
Take your pick–there are so many different types of honey to choose from at Booth’s Corner!
  •  Hillside Farm in Media – located at the Elwyn campus in Middletown Township. if you are not a member, you can still stop by and consider a membership for next year!
  • Media Farmer’s Market – Media Theatre Parking Lot every Thursday (May-November)  from 3pm-7pm
  • Newtown Square (PRC) Farmer’s Market-Wednesdays from 3pm-6pm at Mostardi’s Nursery on West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, Pa.
  • Thornton Farmer’s Market (Saturdays 12pm-3pm) follow the signs to the field on Glen Mills Road near Thornbury Park in Thornton, Pa. Fresh flowers, produces, home made jams and crafts. For a list of vendors, click the link.
  • Indian Orchards, Middletown Township-you can pick your own raspberries, blueberries and other fruit at this family owned farm. Vegetables are organically or sustainably grown.
  • Red Hill Farm in Aston-run by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, this CSA is farmed on some of the last remaining undeveloped land in Delaware County.
  • Wolff’s Apple House, Pennell Road in Middletown Township. If you are lucky enough to live near Wolf’s, you’ll enjoy a great shopping experience filled with fresh produce, plants and gourmet delights all year long. Although Wolf’s no longer grows their own produce, their products are typically grown locally.
  • Linvilla Orchards in Middletown township.  This is so much more than a farm stand, with animals, a full store and activities for children all year long.
  • Booth’s Corner in Boothwyn. If you can’t find it here, you probably can’t find it. From shoes to furniture to fresh meats and produce, Booth’s Corner is a cornucopia of treasures to be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
  • Swarthmore Food Co-op, Swarthmore — A sustainable food coop since 1937.

I recently came upon an interactive website regarding the impact of factory farming in the United States. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Delaware County has zero factory farms! Better for the people, better for the environment we live in. Source: Factory Farm Map by Food and Water Watch.

Hillside Farm CSA Elwyn
As you drive by Pete’s , you’ll see these sunflowers growing right on Route 926!

Chester County Farms 

Chester county has long been known for its farms and agriculture.  Who doesn’t love driving past a field of sunflowers or zinnias?  If you see them growing, more than likely they are for sale inside!

If you’ve moved to the area (or won’t move away) because you like the rolling fields and farmland as your backdrop, supporting your local growers will insure the land stays that way. Access to open spaces is not only good for you, but many people clamor for it, meaning that real estate near open space is almost always in demand.

Amber Waves of Grain by Pamela Cloud
Rolling wheat fields on Route 926 in West Chester.

If you’re thinking of moving to the Philadelphia suburbs, see homes for sale in the West Chester~Glen Mills~Media area, or visit any of these Open Houses this weekend! And, if you are thinking of buying or selling, please call me if you would like more insight  in to the local real estate market or guidance with your real estate transaction. Find me at www.pamcloud.com.

Have I missed anyone? Please contact me if you don’t see your favorite farmer, CSA or farm stand on this list!

Happy Eating!

Plant Sales in Media, West Chester and Willistown!

Garden Geeks by Pam Cloud
This sign says it all!

The best thing about buying plants at local plants sales is that they are typically native plants that were successfully grown by a local gardener. Proven winners, if you will, lovingly divided by passionate gardeners for the sake of funding their non-profit organizations.

Instead of buying a tropical plant from a big box store (that will barely stand a chance of survival in the northeast), you’ll likely purchase an heirloom plant that has “been in the family” for years. You’ll likely get get some good gardening advice from the volunteers as well as your fellow shoppers!

Unfortunately for us gardeners, the local plant sales seem to be held on the same weekend, making it difficult to get to them all.  Here are a few local plant sales coming up in our area:

Providence Garden Club Plant Sale
The Providence Garden Club plant sale will be held at The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Restall Sports Center.
106 S. New Middletown Road, Media Pa.
  • Willistown Conservation Trust Spring Plant Sale at Rushton Farm – May 3rd & 4th. Click the link to stay tuned!
  • Tyler Arboretum Plant Sale– May 2nd & 3rd on the grounds of Tyler Arboretum, Painter Road in Media.
  • Friends of Everhart Park perennial sale at Everhart Park, West Chester-my sources say first weekend in May. Check the Facebook page for updates!
  • Providence Garden Club, Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd. Held at The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Restall Sports Center.
    106 S. New Middletown Road, located 1/2 mile South of Route 1 on Route 352
    Featuring a wonderful assortment of trees, shrubs, perennials, hanging baskets, annuals.
Providence Garden Club Media Pa.
Disporum Flavens, aka “Mary Bells.”

It is unusual for me to find something I haven’t seen before but I found this one yesterday as I previewed the Providence Garden Club’s plant sale and purchased it right before closing time!

If you love meeting fellow gardeners and seeing what interesting new plants you can add to your garden, try a local plant sale!

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