The annual Barclay Friends’ Festival of Gardens is a West Chester garden tour held each September that features the private gardens of the residents of West Chester Borough. During the tour, local artists can be found working in many of the gardens, and following the tour there is a plant sale at Barclay Friends. The Festival of Gardens benefits the horticultural programming at Barclay Friends and is supported by members of the West Chester community who help plan and host the annual event in different sections of the borough each year.
This year’s 9th Annual Festival of Gardens Tour will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature 12+ private gardens in the Southwest area of the borough of West Chester. Please visit http://bf.kendal.org or click here to purchase tickets. Tickets are priced at $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour. For questions or concerns, please contact the Development Office at 610-918-3433.
Wander through half a million twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias, and magnificent Christmas trees. Beautifully lit fountains dance in the starry holiday wonderland, and enjoy concerts presented daily! This season, enjoy A Longwood Christmas, the region’s most popular winter attraction, through January 6th. West Chester’s very own Hotel Warner will be offering a “special Hotel Warner Package” or you can visit Longwood Gardens webpage for ticket availability as timed admission tickets are required. There is no admittance to the Gardens without a timed admission ticket if you are not a Member. Make sure to purchase a timed tickets now to avoid disappointment! Remember tickets are limited and sell out quickly.
Experience Longwood Gardens in a whole new Light through the evocative and imaginative art of Bruce Munro, British artist and light designer. Never before seen in the United States, this exhibition illuminates the gardens with large-scale, site-specific light installations, this will be the final encore of the season, trust me you don’t want to miss this breathtaking event! Find out more by clicking here.
Tomorrow is the Fourth of July! Since we will be grilling and laying poolside with our families we wanted to say Happy Independence day to everyone! Remember tonight Longwood Gardens will be hosting fireworks as well as there “Light” feature throughout the gardens! “Wander through a field of light reminiscent of flowers, discover a meadow of glowing towers changing hues, and delight in a shower of cascading raindrops fashioned from delicate lights as you are immersed in a new and truly unique garden experience. Both indoors and outdoors, by day and by night, Light! will change the way you see gardens.” For more information visit www.longwoodgardens.org. I will leave you with a picture I recently shot in Black&White of our beautiful town of West Chester!
Main Fountain Garden, Longwood Gardens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This summer Longwood Gardens is hosting more than 40 performances, featuring big names in the most beautiful settings, these performances are sure to amaze! The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as well as Barbara Cook are just a few names expected to perform this summer, below are the concert dates and information. For a full list of upcoming summer performances visit www.longwoodgardens.org. While you’re enjoying a summer concert be sure to plan to stay to experience Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, Longwood’s big summer exhibit which is on view now through September 29. This US premiere illuminates 23 acres of the Gardens with large-scale, site-specific light installations.
Barbara Cook at Longwood Gardens
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Longwood Gardens
Image via Wikipedia
The Chester County Library will hold a two-part series, “Let’s Get Dirty: Learn to Love Gardening Organically,” on Monday, Feb. 20 and 27, at 6:30 p.m. Third-generation gardener Deborah Kates will share 35 years of organic practice to get you ready for spring growing. As part one of this series, she will discuss ordering seeds, including heirloom vs. hybrid seeds and plants, siting a garden, gardening zones, preparing the soil to plant in spring, sunlight vs. shade needs, and when and how early to start various vegetable seeds outdoors.
Part two of the series includes more information about organic gardening. Learn about starting seeds indoors under lights, transplanting them outside (how and when?), mulching plants and walkways, raised beds and using row covers for protecting plants from weather and insects. Registration is required. To register, visit www.ccls.org and click on “Find an Event,” or call 610-280-2642.