Monday Tours

Join us Monday, August 3rd for Perennial Plant Education Day or one of our two Bus Tour options. Choose either the Northwest & York Tour or the Lancaster & Local Tour - details listed below. Then, meet us back at the hotel for the PPA Business Meeting and head out to discover Lancaster.

*Monday Symposium Schedule

  • 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM Northwest & York Bus Tour
  • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Lancaster & Local Bus Tour
  • 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM Perennial Plant Education Day
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Perennial Plant Association Business Meeting
  • Discover Lancaster  - Explore on your own or swing by one (or all) of our suggested meet up locations where PPA Members will be waiting to greet you! Each location is within walking distance from the hotel and has been recommended by our Local Site Planning Committee. See you there!
  • Featured Event - Emergent Meet Up - more details coming soon!
  • Walking Tour of downtown Lancaster private gardens (4:30-7:30 PM)
  • Tellus360 - 24 E. King Street
  • Annie Bailey's Irish Public House - 28-30 E. King Street
  • The Exchange (hotel rooftop bar) - 16 E. King Street
  • Lancaster Dispensing Company - 33 N. Market Street
  • Yorgos Restaurant & Lounge - 66 N. Queen Street

Northwest & York Tour

*Monday, August 3  |  7:15 AM - 4:00 PM

 

Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center - Manheim, PA

Over 75 experiments take place at the SEAREC each year in agronomy and horticulture. This tour will focus on three areas of the Penn State Flower Trials Gardens. There is an idea garden which includes a green roof display, a vegetable section, an herb garden, a pollinator garden and a native plants section. Visitors can also explore the Butterflies and Blooms research area where replicated blocks of native plants are being evaluated for insect interactions with plants. The highlight of the tour will be visiting the PSU Flower Trials, including container trials and in-ground testing of perennials. 

Buckwalter Private Garden - Landisville, PA

An 1830’s brick farmhouse is the center of the Buckwalter garden and the property has been in the family since 1969. The 1.6 acres is a mix of woodland, fields, vegetable and ornamental gardening. Stephen, who inherited the role of gardener, was as he claims, “infected by a severe case of the garden bug.” He has been creating his shade garden for many years with over 300 varieties of hosta, dozens of different ferns and shade tolerant grasses. His sunnier gardens are still in process with a focus on plants to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. A hand built treehouse and garden art are accents to the garden.

Quality Greenhouses - Dillsburg, PA

Quality was started in 1986 as a wholesale producer of Perennials and Annual plants by Jeff Reed and Gary Lebo. Currently, Quality uses roughly 1,000,000 sq. ft. of heated growing area (23 acres) and approximately 1,306,800 sq. ft. of unheated growing area (30 acres). Recent developments include a 112 acre farm located in Adams County with 5.5 acres of mum production and a gutter connect house for use in Spring 2021. The majority of perennial are grown in one gallon pots. Additionally, they produce shrubs, trees, groundcovers, and edibles. Altogether, Quality offers 2,900 perennial sections to the Independent Garden Center market from Connecticut to Virginia.

Stauffers of Kissel Hill Garden Center - Mechanicsburg, PA

Stauffers opened as a fruit stand in 1932. As the business grew, they began to sell plants, trees and shrubs. Stauffers currently has locations throughout central Pennsylvania. Fresh food and Home and Garden stores are in Lititz and Rohrestown. Additionally they have home and garden stores in East York, Dover, Hummelstown, Linglestown and Mechanicsburg, making up the 7th largest independent garden center in the USA. Stauffers garden centers are full service with landscape design, garden coaches, and planting services. They have departments for holidays, flowers and plants, home décor, boutique, trees and shrubs, lawn care, pottery, birding, outdoor living, and water gardening.

Millbourne Private Garden - York, PA

Millbourne is a 50-acre strolling garden with an English Landscape aesthetic. Beginning in the early 1980’s, the garden developed among rolling hills to include extensive perennial borders, cool shade gardens, numerous water features and expansive meadows. Handcrafted stonework abounds throughout the garden from a grass covered stone bridge to beautiful stone walls and stately towers. English statuary, bronze sculptures and other artistic elements located throughout the garden offer a surprise at every turn. Located in the carriage house are antique cars and a comprehensive garden tool collection. Millbourne is currently developing a master plan with the intentions of becoming a public garden in the future.


Lancaster & Local Tour - limited to 53 people!

*Monday, August 3  |  7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

 

Davis Private Garden - Lancaster, PA

In 1977, Bob Davis wanted to live in the woods. So he bought a 17-acre cornfield and started planting trees – over 2,000 some years. By 2016, Bob and wife Ruth had transformed that blank canvas to a green oasis that won a blue ribbon from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. There are gardens for pollinators, dwarf conifers, shade, herbs and carnivorous plants, plus a dry garden and a fairy garden. Master Gardener Ruth has served as President of the Lancaster County Garden Club. She handles perennial borders and containers. Increasingly, the Davises garden for wildlife, leaving dead trees standing for woodpeckers. Bob’s conifer collection is “a bit of an arboretum at this point,” with about 400 varieties, plus an unknown number of deciduous trees.

Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center - Manheim, PA


Over 75 experiments take place at the SEAREC each year in agronomy and horticulture. This tour will focus on three areas of the Penn State Flower Trials Gardens. There is an idea garden which includes a green roof display, a vegetable section, an herb garden, a pollinator garden and a native plants section. Visitors can also explore the Butterflies and Blooms research area where replicated blocks of native plants are being evaluated for insect interactions with plants. The highlight of the tour will be visiting the PSU Flower Trials, including container trials and in-ground testing of perennials.

Delores Nolt Private Garden - Ephrata, PA

This small private garden has been lovingly developed from what was once a limestone-rich, rocky farm field. Many stones have been left exposed. The plantings are a mixture of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees in beds around the house and dental office. Since there is little topsoil all trees and shrubs have been grown from seedlings or very small plants.  Some of the gardener’s favorites include her two Abies nordmanniana, Chionanthus virginicus, Chionanthus retusus, two Cladrastis kentukea, Paeonia obovata, Paeonia japonica, Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’, and Acanthus mollis ‘Morning Candle’.   

Black Creek Greenhouses - East Earl, PA

Thirty years ago, Irene Zimmerman asked for a hotbed for seeding plants. Instead, husband Harvey built her a small greenhouse. It mushroomed: The business now occupies 90,000 square feet of modern glass greenhouses with 30 employees. Black Creek sits in rural northeast Lancaster County. With no large urban area nearby, the owners created a destination “worth the drive from wherever you are” for serious gardeners in and beyond the County. Outreach includes the “Real Lancaster County” blog listing over 50 greenhouses and garden centers. The Zimmermans promote innovative gardening. Each spring brings a themed display inspired by folklore, fairy tales or Aesop’s Fables. Their full range of gardening needs encompasses specialties like miniature garden plants and supplies. In peak season, they offer over 100 herbs, 50 types of tomatoes, and 1,000 varieties of perennials.

Briar Rose Greenhouses - East Earl, PA

Owned by Steve and Ruth Garman, Briar Rose is a family operated greenhouse nestled in the foothills of the Welsh Mountains in the northeast corner of Lancaster County. As we enter, check out the meadow on the right for chickens and miniature ponies. The greenhouses are open from March until Christmas Eve. Spring and summer offer endless varieties of annuals, succulent containers, shrubs and a wide array of perennials. Steve’s interesting, artistic outdoor displays inspire gardeners with ideas and also drive sales. When autumn arrives, Briar Rose shifts gears and becomes a one-stop shop for fall decorating needs, with pumpkin towers, corn shocks, potted mums and more. Be sure to visit with their friendly miniature pony “Butterscotch” and friends.

Esbenshade's Garden Center - Lititz, PA

This combination wholesale/retail operation was founded in 1960 by Lamar and Nancy Esbenshade. Sixty years later, it’s still family-owned and -operated by their sons Fred, Roger, Scott and Terry. The business offers over 2,500 varieties of perennials, herbs, vegetables and annuals. With 710,000 square feet of greenhouses and 120,000 square feet of field production, putting them in the Top 100 wholesale producers in the United States, Esbenshade’s can grow most of its own. The owners are proud of their nursery section, which they say can provide “just about any tree or shrub you can imagine.” The business includes two other local independent garden centers. We’ll visit the original and largest location, near Lititz, PA. The wholesale division features flood floors, boom irrigation and a biomass co-generation boiler.

Stauffer's of Kissel Hill Garden Center - Lititz, PA

Stauffers opened as a fruit stand in 1932. As the business grew, they began to sell plants, trees and shrubs. Stauffers currently has locations throughout central Pennsylvania. Fresh food and Home and Garden stores are in Lititz and Rohrestown. Additionally they have home and garden stores in East York, Dover, Hummelstown, Linglestown and Mechanicsburg, making up the 7th largest independent garden center in the USA. Stauffers garden centers are full service with landscape design, garden coaches, and planting services. They have departments for holidays, flowers and plants, home décor, boutique, trees and shrubs, lawn care, pottery, birding, outdoor living, and water gardening.


*Schedules are subject to change. Tours must have minimum numbers pre-registered or they are subject to cancellation.

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