Rare Plants, Accessories, Up for Grabs at 2017 Garden Marketplace

Hosted by the Penn State Master Gardeners, the free event, which includes the local daffodil society’s annual show, features exclusive and hard-to-find flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetable plants and other garden accessories from a variety of vendors.

photo by chris condello

You see them every weekend, usually carting a bag or two of fertilizer or wielding a rake.

Now that the warm weather here, people are arriving in droves to Lowe’s Home Improvement, Home Depot and other garden centers to stock up on flowers, trees and other shrubbery for their landscapes.

There are plenty of plants in those places, of course, but if you have something a little more unique in on your radar, head down to Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school’s ice ink, the Penn State Master Gardeners will host a Garden Marketplace featuring new, exclusive and hard-to-find perennials, annuals, fruit and vegetable plants and shrubs, garden books, tools and accessories from more than 15 vendors.

Part of the program’s annual Garden & Landscape Symposium and Marketplace, the free, indoor event’s featured vendors include:

•  Meadowsweet Apiary, whose owner and Master Beekeeper, Steve Repasky, will be selling honey.
•  Green Heron Tools with Liz Brensinger, who will be selling tools ergonomically designed for women.
•  Locust Spring Nursery owner John Totten, who will be selling unique plant varieties that he has bred.
•  DJ’s Greenhouse owner Dennis James.

The Daffodil and Hosta Society of Western Pennsylvania also will be hosting its annual daffodil show at the event, which showcases some of the best blooms of the region. The show includes entries from local members to be judged and awarded during the marketplace.

(Shady Side Academy Senior School Campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel; extension.psu.edu)


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