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.

 

Stroud Preserve in East Bradford Township, West Chester

It’s a lucky day when I have the pleasure of showing property in East Bradford township in West Chester. This is one of my favorite areas of the county, primarily because this vista hasn’t changed since I moved to West Chester almost 30 years ago. East Bradford township is a leader in land conservation, and it shows.

West Chester Homes for Sale

Stroud Preserve
The Stroud Preserve, located just minutes outside of downtown West Chester, is part of the Natural Lands Trust

Just minutes from downtown West Chester and the village of Marshallton, Stroud Preserve consists of over 500 acres of preserved land through the Natural Lands Trust.

This diverse preserve features walking trails, horse trails, meadows and woodlands. There is a parking lot right off the road, so even if you don’t have time for a full hike, you can take a break from “town” and eat your lunch and enjoy the solitude.

There is much more to this preserve than meets the eye and I plan to annotate this article when I find time to do some exploring! But for today I have to be content with just pulling off the road for a quick click!

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out the Stroud Preserve, or any of the other parks in East Bradford Township!

We made it back for a hike on the yellow trail. A pretty easy hike that takes you around the old farmhouse and barn, soybean and cornfields.

Field at Stroud Preserve
An easy gravel path with beautiful views is what you will find on the yellow trail.
Barn at Stroud Preserve
This beautiful old barn is right off the trail. Judging by the size of the sycamore tree beside it, this place old!
Monarch Butterfly Stroud Preserve
As you enter the trail from the parking area, you will see lots of milkweed and clover, the perfect lunch stop for Monarch butterflies!

Wouldn’t you love to live near the Stroud Preserve? Click here for homes for sale in 19380!  And don’t forget, downtown West Chester is about five minutes away by car so you can have your town and the country too! For a slower pace, the Marshallton Historic Distric is a stone’s throw away!

 

Ride the Bus to the Future! West Chester School District

Don’t miss your opportunity to tour West Chester School District this Friday!

West Chester School DistrictOne of the neat things about West Chester School District is its annual Bus to the Future. This gives the community the opportunity to see what’s going on in our schools.

This year’s tour is set for Friday November 22nd and a few seats are still available! The tour will consist of guided walking tours of  West Chester East High School, Fugett Middle School and East Goshen Elementary School. And what’s even better you will be chauffeured from school to school on a real school bus!

I attended last year’s event and it was a lot of fun. It started with breakfast and ended with lunch at Rustin High School in West Chester with a wrap-up by superintendent James Scanlon.  I saw some amazing children and their teachers demonstrate their knowledge in the arts, music, physics and more. The student tour guides were excellent.

Stetson Middle School West Chester Pa.
Art project from Stetson Middle School, West Chester Pa.

If you are thinking about sending a child to West Chester School District or just want to have a greater understanding of the school system in your community, I highly recommend this tour.

Find out more and register through West Chester School District’s website. You will find a link with more information on the front page.

Click here for PA School District Rankings.

Click Here for Philadelphia Business Journal Article on Top 25 PA Schools.

Looking for a home in West Chester? You can search by clicking here!

Bus To The Future is sponsored by Franklin Mint Credit Union and transportation is provided by Krapf Bus Companies.

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