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.

 

Sleighton School to Present at Edgmont Planning Commission meeting September 28

Sleighton School will be making a presentation to the Edgmont Planning Commission meeting on Monday, September 28th regarding the development of the former Sleighton School Property located on Valley and Forge Roads in Glen Mills.

Of the 280 acre site, 173 acres are situated in Edgmont township, the remainder are located in Middletown township.

Background on Sleighton School

Article on Proposed Development – Delco Times

The meeting is open to the public.

Edgmont Township Planning Commission Meeting

Date: Monday, September 28th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Edgmont Twp. Bldg,  1000 Gradyville Rd.  Newtown Sq., PA

Click Here for the Agenda

Abandoned Church at Sleighton School
Abandoned Church at Sleighton School as seen from Valley Road

4 Bedroom French Colonial in Media

4 Moore Circle in Knowlton Charter is ideally located near all things green!

4 Moore Circle Media Pa.
Back on Market! 4 Moore Circle in Media. Fully inspected!

The Nature of Delaware County is all about connecting people to the wonderful places in Delaware County. Middletown township has a number of great natural attractions to be discovered, which is one of the attributes that make it a desirable place to live.

If you work in Philadelphia or Wilmington, you don’t necessarily need to sacrifice your down-time serenity due to a long commute if you live in Middletown. Middletown is served by The Media line and the Elwyn Station is your stop.  The train ride itself is only about a 45 minutes to center city Philadelphia.  I’ve known people to get there in less time driving, using I-95 or the Blue Route.

Knowlton Charter
Knowlton Charter is a community of 43 homes in Middletown Township

When you live in the development known as Knowlton Charter, located just off Route 352 and Knowlton Road in Media, you can enjoy the benefits of farm fresh produce without actually living on the farm.  This planned community consists of a 43 homes and is within walking distance to Linvilla Orchards. 

4 Moore Circlea wonderful 4 bedroom home in this community,  just came on the market. With all the amenities of a modern home, and the advantages of a Homeowner’s Association, you’ll enjoy year-round views of hundreds of acres of orchards and Christmas trees as you come and go from your Knowlton Charter home base.  An added benefit is that you can buy (or even pick) your produce at its peak, knowing it has had zero time on a delivery truck, which is ultimately the healthiest way to consume food.

Hidden Hollow Swim Cloub
Hidden Hollow Swim Club is located just off Knowlton Road

Hidden Hollow Swim Club is another reason to love this area.  Just around the corner from Knowlton Charter, it’s nestled in a culvert and surrounded by trees, you would barely know it was there. It’s the type of place that childhood memories are made of.

Linvilla is by far the most notable farm in the area, attracting visitors from all over the Philadelphia region. However, if you value organic food and enjoy picking your own, or have dreamed of  participating in its cultivation, there are a number of CSAs to consider.  In fact, now is the time to start exploring memberships in a CSA.

Down the road a mile or so is Hillside Farm at Elwyn, or Neumann’s Red Hill Farm in Aston, both of which I’ve written about before.  Also, did you know that as well as being America’s first Fair Trade Town, Media is also ramping up to be a Transition Town ? Basically, that means people are joining together  with the goal living a more healthy lifestyle, conserving resources; everything from energy co-ops to green living to recycling and reusing household items.

Hillside Farm Middletown township
Pick your own fruits and vegetables at Hillside Farm in Middletown township.

Here are a few more places to buy locally grown products that are near 4 Moore Circle:

As far as other natural attractions in this neck of the woods, there is Ridley Creek State Park, Tyler Arboretum, Arasapha Farms in Edgmont. Middletown affords you the best of both worlds, in that you can be in the midst of thousands of acres of open space in one minute and enjoy a variety of dining choices and great shopping in downtown Media the next.

Contact me for more information on the area or if you have questions on my listing at 4 Moore Circle in Knowlton Charter and start enjoying the Nature of Delaware County today!

 

 

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