Wednesday Tours

Join us Wednesday, August 5th for one of our three Bus Tour options. Choose either the Growers & More Tour, Legends Alive Tour or Retail & Natives Tour - details listed below. All three tours end at Longwood Gardens for a self-guided tour with garden experts, bars, dinner and fountain light show. Wednesday is part of the Core Symposium Registration or register for the day.

Wednesday Symposium Schedule

*Wednesday, August 5

  • 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM Growers & More Bus Tour
  • 8:15 AM - 11:00 PM Legends Alive Bus Tour
  • 8:45 AM - 11:00 PM Retail & Natives Bus Tour

Growers & More Tour

*Wednesday, August 5  |  8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

 

Creek Hill Nursery - Leola, PA

Creek Hill Nursery is a family owned and operated producer of perennial, ornamental grass and flowering shrub liners that ship to all 50 states and Canada. Started in 1992 in Ron Strasko’s two backyard greenhouses, Creek Hill has expanded to five locations and over 60 employees. Specializing in new, unusual and hard to propagate varieties, Creek Hill brings to market the best genetics from the top breeders around the world. In the last several years Creek Hill has focused on incorporating elements of sustainability to their production processes by using biological pest control and compost tea. We believe this makes our product not only better quality, but safer for our customers, employees and the environment. 

Horseshoe Nursery - Leola, PA

Horseshoe Nursery is a finished container and bare-root liner producer of perennials and ornamental grasses. It is located on the Amish farm of Sylvan Stoltzfus and his family. There is no electrical service to the farm or home. Perennials and grasses are grown in 20 unheated hoop houses and one year-round greenhouse. The Stoltzfuses sell most of their product wholesale, and also operate a roadside retail stand. Several generations reside on the farm, as is typical of Plain Sect families. Sylvan’s sons also have a side business buying, refurbishing and selling Amish horse-drawn buggies. In respect for our hosts’ religious beliefs, please do not photograph them. And remember, this is a working dairy farm – so watch your step!

Emerald Coast Growers (North) - Lancaster, PA

Emerald Coast Growers was founded in 1991 by David and Wyona Babikow and family in Pensacola, Florida. Starting with a handful of small greenhouses and several acres of outdoor growing space, they quickly made themselves known in the industry. Their specialty: ornamental grasses, a crop David knew intimately from years of hands-on experience. Later, perennial liners were added to complement the grass line and satisfy insistent customer requests. The Lancaster satellite range came online to provide a northern shipping point and better environment for heat-sensitive species. But surprisingly, temperatures at their Florida ranges often parallel those in Pennsylvania. Now in its third century, the legacy of linking family and horticulture continues as the next generation of Babikows guides Emerald Coast Growers into the future.

Aris Green Leaf Plants - Lancaster, PA

Green Leaf Plants® is the starter plant division of Aris Horticulture Inc. and is situated on 42 acres in beautiful Lancaster County. Aris Horticulture (formerly Yoder Brothers), was founded in 1920 by Ira and Menno Yoder and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year! The current Green Leaf Plants' facility was built in 1998 and has 7+ acres of growing space under cover plus a one acre trial garden. The main product line includes 1,000+ varieties of perennials, herbs and grasses, with a strong focus on Dianthus (over 200 varieties). Other crops include Sedum Tiles, Succulents, Garden Mums, Asters, Exacum and Lisianthus. The facility includes 2 propagation houses, 47 Harnois Ovaltch hoop houses for growing on and stock production, a clean stock (B-nucleus house) house for Dianthus elite stock, 2 cold frames, a production warehouse, shipping warehouse, 3 new product development houses, and the Green Leaf Plants' office. The trial garden hosts many of the Must Have Perennials® varieties including commercial varieties and items in the pipeline, as well as the latest from PlantHaven, Danziger, Syngenta, and other independent breeders from around the world.

Thank you to Aris Green Leaf Plants providing lunch for our visit!

   

North Creek Nurseries, Inc. - Landenberg, PA

North Creek is one of only two nurseries in Pennsylvania to be recognized by the National Plant Board as a Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) compliant operation. Nestled in the picturesque countryside of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, this team-centric wholesale propagation nursery provides top quality starter plugs of perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, and sedges to the industry. Founded in 1988 by Steve Castorani and Dale Hendricks, North Creek strives to promote sustainable outdoor environments while producing plants that stand the test of time. Their extensive plant palette has a strong emphasis on Eastern US native species, encompasses new ornamental varieties, tried-and-true favorites, and our treasured natives. North Creek offers a full range of horticultural and Landscape Plug™ sizes to help growers succeed and ecological designs thrive. Discover the North Creek difference—Where Horticulture Meets Ecology™.

Longwood Gardens, a National Symposium Platinum Sponsor - Kennett Square, PA


All three bus tours will converge at Longwood Gardens for tours, dinner, bars and private fountain light show! As one of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens is a horticultural showplace renowned for its magnificent seasonal displays. The Gardens’ horticultural endeavors extend beyond the boundaries of its 1,100 acres to include thriving research and breeding programs that serve to further advance the field of public horticulture. Longwood combines artistry with natural lands, grand architecture with diverse garden design, and performing arts with education programs – all in the spirit of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont, creating extraordinary experiences for its more than 1.5 million guests each year. The Longwood Garden Staff invites Attendees to explore, discover and be amazed by all that Longwood has to offer. Stroll through the Fountain Garden to visit food and drink stations and when the sun sets, everyone will gather for a private light and fountain show before heading back for the night.


Legends Alive Tour

*Wednesday, August 5  |  8:15 AM - 11:00 PM

 

Stoneleigh Garden - Villanova, PA

The newest public garden along Philadelphia’s famed “Main Line,” Stoneleigh features a 1900 Tudor Revival stone mansion, with gardens designed by the Olmstead Brothers (sons of Frederick Law Olmstead), who enhanced and maintained them for 50 years. The Haas family, of Rohm & Haas chemicals, donated their estate to Natural Lands, a non-profit trust. Director Ethan Kauffman’s six-person staff is transitioning the gardens to all native species including shrubs, perennials, grasses and bog plants. The 46-acre property is very walkable and features many magnificent trees. A new water feature was added this year.

Scott Arboretum - Swarthmore, PA

The grounds of Swarthmore College have been called the most beautiful campus in America. As expected, the Arboretum has many large, old trees but there's more. It includes a rose garden, many perennial plantings, a holly collection, ornamental grasses, "teaching" containers, a lovely terraced ampitheater, and shade gardens. The buildings, old and new, are also impressive mixed throughout this gorgeous landscape.

Terrain - Glen Mills, PA

The former home of Styer Nursery, Terrain is an upscale retail garden center, wedding venue, and destination shopping experience. Terrain is one of several brands owned by Urban Outfitters, whose portfolio also includes Anthropologie, BHLDN and Free People’s Stores. There are now 7 Terrain locations around the country, all unique, in California, New England and two in Pennsylvania.

Longwood Gardens, a National Symposium Platinum Sponsor - Kennett Square, PA

All three tours will converge at Longwood Gardens for tours, dinner, bars and private fountain light show! As one of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens is a horticultural showplace renowned for its magnificent seasonal displays. The Gardens’ horticultural endeavors extend beyond the boundaries of its 1,100 acres to include thriving research and breeding programs that serve to further advance the field of public horticulture. Longwood combines artistry with natural lands, grand architecture with diverse garden design, and performing arts with education programs – all in the spirit of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont, creating extraordinary experiences for its more than 1.5 million guests each year.


Retail & Natives Tour

*Wednesday, August 5  |  8:45 AM - 11:00 PM

 

Groff's Plant Farm - Kirkwood, PA

Groff’s Plant Farm is a third-generation family business that has transformed over time from an orchard and produce business to focus on growing ornamental plants.  Open seasonally from April through October, Groff’s grows a large variety of new and unusual annuals, perennials and edibles, with a strong emphasis on native perennials and shrubs.  Groff’s is a grower-retailer, producing 95% of their own retail material in their 18 production greenhouses.  Education is a large component of what we offer to the new and experienced gardener with a detailed newsletter and blog, classes offered at our farm and frequent outreach to schools and gardening clubs. 

Star® Roses and Plants/Darwin Perennials - Cochranville, PA

Founded in 1897 as a retail mail order firm specializing in roses, Star® Roses and Plants has evolved from a wholesale container nursery to a leading genetics company involved directly in breeding roses, perennials and woody plants, and introducing plants from other breeders around the world. Our most notable brands include: The Knock Out® Family of Roses, Drift® Roses, Bushel and Berry®, and Bloomables®. As a family of brands, we always learn from the plants we trial, and as a result, we are proud to bring innovative varieties and programs to market to enhance your gardening experience.

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

With paths that take visitors from the formal gardens of a du Pont mansion through stunning vistas, intimate woodlands, and lush meadows, Mt. Cuba Center puts the beauty of native landscapes on display to inspire conservation. What began in the 1930s as the private estate of Mr. and Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland is now a public garden that centers the beauty and value of native plants. In addition to cultivating the public garden’s formal and naturalistic landscapes, Mt. Cuba Center staff conduct research, connect guests to the natural world and teach students about native plant horticulture. Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens are open April-November, Wednesday-Sunday; classes offered year-round.

Gateway Garden Center - Hockessin, DE

Gateway Garden Center is a small, family-owned nursery established in 1979 and dedicated to our customers’ gardening success. They offer an extensive selection of “tried and true” landscape plants as well as new introductions in trees, shrubs, perennials & annuals. They are passionate about native plants and water gardens. They believe everyone can bring your gardens alive with pollinators and desirable wildlife. Gateway supports the local community and nonprofits that share their vision for beautiful naturescapes in every garden!

Longwood Gardens, a National Symposium Platinum Sponsor - Kennett Square, PA

All three bus tours will converge at Longwood Gardens for tours, dinner, bars and private fountain light show! As one of the great gardens of the world, Longwood Gardens is a horticultural showplace renowned for its magnificent seasonal displays. The Gardens’ horticultural endeavors extend beyond the boundaries of its 1,100 acres to include thriving research and breeding programs that serve to further advance the field of public horticulture. Longwood combines artistry with natural lands, grand architecture with diverse garden design, and performing arts with education programs – all in the spirit of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont, creating extraordinary experiences for its more than 1.5 million guests each year.


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

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