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Your Garden Can Look Like a Flower Show!

April 16, 2012

Did you know that Meadowbrook Farm grows many of the plants used by exhibitors at the Flower Show?

Now you can bring those same high-quality plants to your garden when Meadowbrook Farm celebrates spring with an Open House on Saturday, April 28 from 8 am to 6 pm.

Get ready to fill your car with gorgeous hanging baskets, cool combination planters, Americana geraniums, heirloom vegetable and herb starts, and even some funky terrariums. Looking for that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Delight her with a beautiful spring scarf or some colorful jewelry found in the gift shop, which also features pottery, baskets, and garden accents selected to complement your home.

For event details and directions, click here, and remember that PHS members always save 10% on plants. Meadowbrook Farm is located at 1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook, PA 19046; phone 215-887-5900.

Happy planting!

Forcing for the Flower Show and Other Meadowbrook Events

January 25, 2012


By now I sincerely hope you’ve blocked out time to attend the world famous Flower Show. But if you’re too excited to wait for March, you’ll be happy to learn Meadowbrook Farm is hosting three events to get you in the right frame of mind for Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. 

The Secrets of Forcing Plants for the Flower Show
Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Since 1982 John Story has been the brains behind the art and science of convincing plants of all kinds to bloom in harmony for the Philadelphia International Flower Show–in conditions and at a time of the year when they would all rather be asleep. John’s talk will be sprinkled throughout with war stories from thirty years of Shows. The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Click here to register. Contact Carol Dutill for more information.

Tropical Plant Sale
Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tropical plants make great houseplants and blooms and foliage alike are sure to brighten up any room in your home. Shop Meadowbrook Farm on Saturday, February 4 to enjoy 20 percent off amazing orchids, beautiful begonias, unusual cacti and succulents, carnivorous plants and more! PHS Members save 30 percent!

Meadowbrook experts will be on hand all day to answer your questions and help you choose the right plants for your home. You can also pick out pots—distressed clay pots, vintage verdigris containers, glazed ceramics—and get help pairing them with pots. Also check out Meadowbrook’s selection of fertilizers for every variety of plant as well as special soil blends for orchids, begonias, ferns, and more.

While you’re there, make sure to warm up by sampling some of Christina Maser’s soups like shiitake mushroom, white bean chicken chili and warming chicken barley. Soups, jams, and spreads will be sampled throughout the day, starting at 10 am.

Flower Show Behind the Scenes:
Tour the Meadowbrook Greenhouses
Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

How do all those out-of-season plants bloom just in time for the Philadelphia International Flower Show? The magic happens at Meadowbrook Farm. Join John Story and staff as they lead a tour through the greenhouses, highlighting the unusual plants being grown for displays at the 2012 Show, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. You will see them first at Meadowbrook and learn the fascinating, intricate details that are part of this amazing horticultural balancing act. Light refreshments will be served after the tour. Click here to register. Contact Carol Dutill for more information.

photo: Laura Blanchard

How to Light Your Christmas Tree – Tips from a Professional Decorator

December 21, 2011


Flower Show exhibitor Daniel Krall of Celebrations Design Group shared some tips for the best way to light a Christmas tree. Read on for some good ideas:

“Foremost, always illuminate your tree with the lights plugged in. This gives you the best sense of your light coverage. Start at the bottom of the tree and work your lights in to the center trunk, in and out of each branch.

Do not wrap the lights in a circular fashion just on the outer branches. Lighting the full branch, all the way to the trunk, will give your tree additional depth and allow the ornaments to be appreciated in a more festive fashion.”

There you have it. Still in search of that perfect Christmas tree? Meadowbrook Farm has Douglas and Fraser firs galore for you to browse through, as well as a broad selection of greens and garlands to spruce up your railings and mantelpieces. These, as well as poinsettias, are 50 percent off as of today.

Thanks for the tips, Daniel, and happy holidays one and all!

“Strange Beauties” at the McLean Library

October 12, 2011

Crassula pellucida

Sigh. Do you miss the good old days, when men were men, women were women, and horticultural societies hosted exclusive get-togethers at which charmingly eccentric Victorian plant collectors and enthusiasts would display their most exotic specimens before an equally eccentric audience of their monocle-wearing, mustachioed peers?

Of course you do. Who doesn’t? That’s why PHS is hosting “Strange Beauties,” its first plant exhibit at the McLean Library (20th and Arch Streets). Harkening to PHS’s history of mounting small exhibits—such as orchid, bulb, and rose shows during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the focus of the show will be the strange beauty of succulents—cacti, sedums, and sempervivums alike.

The exhibit will showcase exotic succulents from around the world, from Mexico to Madagascar, many of which are currently being grown by the horticulture experts at Meadowbrook Farm. Visitors will learn how to grow and care for their own succulents, and will be able to see examples of typical “green roof” plants in outdoor containers by the entrance.

The first in a series of similar plant exhibits to come, the show will start on October 31 (Halloween!) and run through December 1. For more information, call 215-988-8872 or send an email here.

All Smiles at Spring Events

May 18, 2011

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then PHS has a lot to say about the marvelous spring events of the past few weeks. Highlights include:

Check out the PHS Facebook page for photo albums of the events. (You don’t need a Facebook account to see all the smiling faces!) And if you missed out on the fun, hit the “like” button to stay informed on what’s ahead.

Meadowbrook Open House – Tomorrow!

April 29, 2011

As all of London busily makes final arrangements for the royal wedding, the team at Meadowbrook Farm is preparing for the Spring Open House on Saturday. Featuring designs and gift items inspired by England, this tea-party-with-a-twist will provide endless ideas for your home castle.

Featured plants include:

  • The coveted black velvet petunia; try pairing it with the diamond frost euphorbia
  • Savory herbs planted in ceramic tea cups of all colors
  • Combination baskets of mom’s favorite spring perennials
  • Mixed lettuce bowls, perfect for home-grown salads

Beyond shopping, the Meadowbrook Farm Open House is ideal for spending time with the family. Capture cute pictures of the kids (or grandkids!) in the many gardens and help them plant their own herb to take home. And don’t miss short demonstrations to help you achieve garden greatness. Topics include “Compost ‘Tea’ & Tips for a Greener Garden” and “A Modern Twist on Elegant English Design” (see the full schedule here).

So come to Meadowbrook Farm in Abington Township this Saturday, April 30 from 8 am to 6 pm. The first 100 PHS Members to swing by the Membership tent will receive a free plant (one per membership, please bring valid Membership card). Directions and additional information can be found at www.meadowbrookfarm.org.

It’s going to be smashing!

black petunia photo courtesy of Ball Hort. Co.

Royalty Reigns at the Meadowbrook Farm Spring Open House

April 22, 2011

Didn’t get invited to the royal wedding? We’ve got the next best thing. Come to the Meadowbrook Farm Open House on Saturday, April 30 (8am to 6pm), for a day of shopping, music, food, and more.

The estate and gardens have been decked out for a “proper” English tea. Far from old-fashioned, this party features funky found objects and pops of spring color. A display of PHS Gold Medal Plants will highlight the absolute best plants for the region.

These displays, courtesy of Nectars Landscape & Design, will inspire you to add flair and fun to your castle. Shop Meadowbrook for herbs, hanging baskets, bulbs, and gifts for Mother’s Day (May 8).

Be further inspired by attending free mini-demonstrations led by gardening connoisseurs! The line-up is…

  • 10 am, Compost ‘Tea’ & Other Tips for a Greener Garden
  • 11 am, A Modern Twist on Elegant English Design
  • 12 noon, 600 Pounds of Produce: Competitive Pumpkin Growing
  • 1 pm, The Royal Treatment: Traditional English Arrangements
  • 2 pm, Fit for a King: The Must-Have Plants for Spring

On top of all that, the Open House features a kids’ activity, face painting, and fantastic lunches and snacks from Curds ‘n Whey. Find more information at www.meadowbrookfarm.org. This Open House is sure to be smashing!

Meadowbrook Farm’s Extended Spring Hours!

April 13, 2011

Did the Flower Show inspire you to achieve gardening greatness? Meadowbrook Farm wants to help!

Longer, warmer days means Meadowbrook will be opening earlier and closing later, starting April 17. And it will even be open on Sundays!

Come in to shop for quality annuals and perennials, indoor plants, garden accessories, and gifts for the home. Plants makes great gifts for Passover, Easter, and Mother’s Day, and PHS members save 10% on all plant purchases.

Spring is here, so don’t miss out on Meadowbrook shopping to find beautiful accents for your garden and home.

Extended Spring Hours: April 17 – July 2

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday – Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Start Your Spring with PHS!

March 21, 2011

 

If you’re a somewhat new to the Flower Show scene, you might not know the sorts of things PHS offers the rest of the year Here are some late March events and workshops to help you celebrate warmer temperatures and longer days.

PHS Garden Tenders – Spring Session

Calling all city residents looking to start or cultivate a garden! PHS is offering a spring session of its ever-popular Garden Tenders. Beginning on March 23 and continuing for six Wednesday evenings (plus a special Saturday workday), this class is your opportunity to reinvent your neighborhood!

PHS Tree Tenders – Montgomery County

Residents of Montgomery County can make their hometown greener and healthier by becoming PHS Tree Tenders. This comprehensive training—spanning three Mondays starting March 28—will transform you into the tree hugger you secretly always wanted to be.

PHS Gardening Series – Tips for Planning the Spring Garden

If you are a seasoned gardener looking for some new techniques for planning your garden and picking out plants, attend the free lecture led by Robin Potter on Wednesday, March 30 at the Montgomery County – Norristown Public Library.

Meadowbrook Farm Workshop – Divide and Conquer

Some of the best varieties you can plant this spring are right in front of you, just waiting to be increased in number. This hands-on course will turn the apprehension of propagation into a delight of discovery and success. See for yourself on Thursday, March 31.

Bring the Flower Show Home with You

March 14, 2011

PHS Members are invited to a post-Show plant sale on Saturday, March 19 at Meadowbrook Farm. From 10 am to 5 pm, you can take home a piece of the 2011 Show, adding an instant conversation piece to your garden.

Select plants from the Show’s central feature will be available for purchase on March 19.  These plants have endured stress to be forced into bloom and will need TLC, but this challenge is well worth the reward of having some “Springtime in Paris” of your very own.

All sales are final and quantities are limited.  No advance orders.  This offer is exclusive to current PHS members, so don’t forget to bring your membership card.

We hope you enjoyed the Flower Show and we’ll see you March 19 at Meadowbrook Farm.


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