Burpee’s Fordhook Farm Day Trips Info and giveaway

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Spring has sprung. The April showers are bringing May flowers and the start of the vegetable planting season. I’ve mentioned before that I have a black thumb. I got an e-mail from Burpee letting me know about an event taking place in my area on May 8 and 9. Has word of my notoriety with plants spread outside the New Jersey border?

I remember taking my own kids out to local farms several times. We had fun picking strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, broccoli, eggplant, squash, potatoes, yams, and more. AND the kids learned a lot in the process.

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I recently received information about an upcoming vegetable garden festival at W. Atlee Burpee’s home, the historic Fordhook Farm, 105 New Britain Road, Doylestown, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). All the grounds will be open to the public.

Burpee was a pioneer in introducing vegetable greats like iceberg lettuce, yellow sweet corn, and the Fordhook lima bean to growers. Guests will be able to tour his estate’s 19th Century buildings registered on the National Registry of Historic Places. They will be able to see for themselves how people lived before the world entered into this age of technology. They will also be able to go through eight specialty gardens with 3,000+ different species of ornamental and edible garden produce on display. People just don’t realize that every garden begins with seeds.

Here’s the specifics of the event.

Root Camp Workshop — Our vegetable garden workshop is going to be very unique. Because the name of the event is Root Camp, we are going to conduct the vegetable garden workshops in a “boot camp” style format. The workshop will be directed by our horticulturalists, but it will include direction from a Garden Drill Sergeant. The man serving as the drill sergeant is retired from the Army and will be dressed in his old uniform. All of the participants will be given camouflage hats. We think this will help to bring the theme full circle and we think it will make the workshop more fun for participants. Anyone visiting the farm that day can sign up upon arrival.

Lectures — Graham Rice will give a lecture at 11 am on Friday and Saturday. The topic is Plants for Small Spaces. Rosalind Creasy will give a lecture on Edible Theme Gardens at 1:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Book Signing — Rosalind will conduct a book signing on Friday and Saturday immediately following her lecture. We will have a few of her books for sale for folks to have autographed. These titles include: The Edible Herb Garden, The Edible Flower Garden, Blue Potatoes – Orange Tomatoes – How to Grow a Rainbow.

Garden Sale — We will have a variety of seeds, plants and planters on sale in a garden shop area during the event. These will include ornamentals and of course edibles.

Guided Tours — Burpee horticulturalists will offer guided garden tours on both Friday and Saturday. During the tours, the horticulturalists will point out some of the more than 3,000 species growing in Fordhook trial and display gardens.

Gifts to Mother’s — Since our event falls on Mother’s Day weekend, free planters will be given out to all mothers who attend.

General Information for the Public: Event details, online registration for the lecture series and directions to Fordhook Farm (located at 105 New Britain Rd, Doylestown, PA) are available online at www.burpee.com and www.heronswood.com. There will be a $5 admission fee for the event, and a portion of the fee will be donated to The Garden Conservancy (www.gardenconservancy.org). Food and beverages can be purchased on-site.

Pre-Registration for the Lecture: For more information or to pre-register for the lecture, folks can log on to http://www.burpee.com/contentarticle.do?itemID=100125

This is the opportunity for a great day out for the garden hobbyist or for the family. If you can’t make it to this event, perhaps you’d be interested in visiting on one of the other open days at Fordhook Farm this year.

Other 2009 Fordhook Farm Open Days

Midsummer Garden Party
Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11
10 am to 4 pm

The Midsummer Garden Party event will offer visitors a sneak peak at Fordhook Farm and its gardens during the peak blooming season for most shrubs, perennials and annuals. Hydrangeas will be the focus of the event during guided garden tours and during a lecture given by internationally acclaimed plant researcher Dr. Mike Dirr.

Burpee’s Harvest Festival
Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22
10 am to 4 pm

Visitors who attend Burpee’s Harvest Festival will have a chance to experience Fordhook’s gardens with all five senses. The event will include a tomato tasting, lecture, guided tours and a sneak peak at 2010 Burpee varieties. Gardener and cook book author Laura Schenone will be the featured speaker.

Autumn Garden Tour
Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26
10 am to 4 pm

Those attending The Autumn Garden Tour will enjoy “summer’s second number” with a first-ever look at Fordhook Farm’s gardens during the fall season. The autumn-themed event will include guided tours, a fall bulb/plant sale, a fall garden workshop and lectures. The featured speakers for this event are Bill Miller and Jerry Fritz.

If you’re interested in growing plants and vegetables and live in the area or will be traveling through it be sure to add these to your schedule.


Burpee has graciously offered to send six Burpee seed packets to each of the two winners of this giveaway.


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78 thoughts on “Burpee’s Fordhook Farm Day Trips Info and giveaway

  1. Dear Carol,

          I picked my first tomato at about seven.  I liked them but not the peppers though.


  2. Dear Lisa,

           Tomato sandwiches, tomato salad, fried tomatoes, three favorites.


  3. tomatoe, tomatos, tomatos. Also peas, green beans, squash, carrots, lettuce, chard and collards. But if I could only grow one thing it would be tomatos.

  4. Dear Tiffani,

           My first crop of tomatoes were a big success.  Hope your succeed.


  5. Dear Rajee,

          The cilantro and mint sound like warm weather southern crops.


  6. Dear Bebemiqui,

         I tried a herb garden once.  No surprise to me–it never grew.  I now get all my seasonings from the store.


  7. I’m a master at growing herbs, corn and beans! We’re attempting spinach and squash this year.

  8. Dear Renee,

           I bought one once but never made it.  I understand that it is healthy and diet friendly.


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