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.

 

Holiday Attractions from West Chester to Media!

Happy Holidays from Pam Cloud!
Happy Holidays from Pam Cloud!

Delaware and Chester counties are rich in history and steeped in character; the perfect backdrop to get you in the mood for the holidays. In particular, the towns of  Media and West Chester ooze with storybook charm, adding to the magic of the season. If you want to get to know West Chester or Media better, winter is a great time to do it!

These walkable towns offer unique shopping, great restaurants and beautiful streets filled with historic homes for you to enjoy. There’s also a better chance you can meet the locals during this time of year and get a feel for the neighborhood vibe. If you prefer to enjoy your time away from the hustle-bustle of downtown, discover the natural beauty of Westtown, Glen Mills or Chadds Ford, whose rolling hillsides and farmland have inspired artists for centuries.  If you are new to the area or just want to do something different, here are some of my favorites to get you started:

Fun things to do in West Chester! 

The West Chestser Railroad
Santa’s Express!
  • Old Fashioned Christmas parade, downtown West Chester-Friday, December 4th.
  • Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad   Take leisurely train ride on a vintage train car along Chester Creek. Starts in West Chester  and stops in Glen Mills–approximately 90 minutes round trip. A new store, The Sporting Gentleman, just opened up across from the Glen Mills Train station. Hop in for a quick cup of hot chocolate before your return trip.
  • Cut your own Tree at Wiggins Tree Farm!
  • I’ve always loved strolling the streets in West Chester, admiring the Victorian homes decorated for the holidays, then grabbing a cup of tea with  friends at The Lincoln on Market Street. The university provides some interesting entertainment off the beaten path as well. Here is a link to more activities.
  • Click here for the West Chester Calendar for a detailed list of events!
Quincy's in Media, Pa.
This window at Quincy’s on State Street in Media looks good enough to eat!

Fun things to do in Media!

  • Festival of Lights-fun for the little ones! Rose Tree Park-every night from 5:3opm-FREE
  • Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Media Sunday, December 13th!
  • Tyler Arboretum Annual Greens Sale – December 4th
  • Take a hike in Ridley Creek State Park
  • Linvilla Orchards-Christmas around the Farm~Caroling and Hayrides, Trees and Goodies
  • Carriage rides, shows at the Hedgerow Theater, the Christmas Village and more! Check out the Media Calendar of Eventsfor dates and times!
  • Check out the Media Theater for upcoming shows.
  • If you like the old-fashioned feel of a “five and dime,” put Deals on your schedule! I love the creaky wooden floors and it seems they have an ample supply of everything!
  • Did you know that Media is the first Fair Trade Town in the U.S.? It has a wide variety of shops  from new age to high fashion and art you should get to know!
  • Check out Media’s calendar for a detailed list of events!
  • Maybe you would just like to enjoy fellowship with your neighbors in Media? That’s what  Transition Town Media’s Winter Solstice Celebration on December 19th is all about!
Thornbury Train Station
The enchanting Thornbury Train station evokes a feeling of yesteryear. The West Chester Railroad makes it come to life with its seasonal tourist rides from West Chester to Glen Mills.

Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion,  The Westtown Township Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting its annual Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion on Sunday, December 6, from noon to 3:00 p.m. with craft vendors, craft making for children, music and refreshments. Free admission and plenty of parking.

  • Tree Lighting at Thornbury Park, December 5th at 5pm. Refreshments will be served and Santa will be visiting!
  • Christmas at Bethlehem-Free Christmas Festival and Live Nativity in Thornbury-December 11, 12 & 13 from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy a bonfire, s’mores and refreshments and bring a non-perishable food item for City Team Ministries!
  • Arasapha Farms-Hayrides, pick your own tree and then go for a quick bite at the Country Deli in Gradyville.
  • Brandywine River Museum for an awesome train display that covers 2000 feet of track!  Be sure to click on the link for other exciting activities at the museum!
  • Chadds Ford Candelight House Tour-December 5 1pm-5pm.
  • Thornton Farmer’s Market and Grace Winery are hosting their first Holiday Market on December 4 from 4 to 9 pm.  Join in the tasting room to purchase your holiday gifts including original paintings, holiday decorations and hand crafted goods while sampling some of Grace Winery’s finest wine and food offerings.  Located on Sweetwater Road in Glen Mills.
  • Yuletide at Winterthur ~ enjoy visions of holidays past, crafting workshops, A Christmas Carol performance and Yuletide Jazz and Wine through January 3rd.
  • Holiday weekends at the Grange Estate in Havertown, Pa. Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House, tour the beautifully decorated mansion and visit the delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with unique seasonal gifts.
  • Live Nativity at Neumann University a  re-enactment of the Franciscan tradition of the crib, first celebrated in Greccio, Italy in 1223.  Event includes a petting zoo!  More info here.
  • If you love holiday baking , check out Booth’s Corner Farmer’s Market for a wide selection of produce and ingredients. Just a few weeks ago I purchased the best colored marshmallows for festive hot chocolate! Here’s a list of farmer’s market’s in the area.
  • A list of more Delaware County Attractions.

Longwood Gardens is the quintessential way to celebrate the holidays in the Brandywine Valley with family and out-of-town guests. This amazing display of floral and light displays and famous fountains never gets old.

Enjoy your holidays!

Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park

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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!

 

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