Garden me: Events to get your yard into shape

Take home your own bonsai after Shofuso Japanese House and Garden’s bonsai workshop on Sunday, May 18. (Photo by Cameron Whitman)

It’s not too late to get your garden ready for summer! Get inspired at these get-togethers, plant sales and workshops dedicated to the green thumbs we all have—secretly or not.

No matter what garden conditions you have—shaded, sunny, wet, dry—West Chester Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale has flora for you. Held at Landhope Farms in Kennett Square, PA, the sale, which kicks off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, will also offer gently used garden supplies and pots.

Bring your lunch to Haverford Township Free Library as master gardener Janae Alberts discusses maintaining a shade garden on Friday, May 16 at noon. She’ll be back at the Havertown, PA library on Friday, June 6 for a gardening basics workshop, too.

If you can’t get to Kennett Square, but still want some flowers, Sea Isle City Garden Club is throwing a flower sale from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on both Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18. Dealy Field Recreation Complex in Sea Isle City, NJ will be packed with begonias, pansies and other plants for purchase.

If you’re tired of little critters eating away at your plants and produce, find out a solution at Rutgers Master Gardener’s spring fair. Held the third Saturday of the month from Saturday, May 17 until Saturday, September 20, experts will be on-hand to help aid your garden woes starting at 9 a.m. at Cherry Hill, NJ’s Camden County Environmental Center. Also at each fair will be plants and herbs for purchase.

Harvesting your own vegetables from a garden you’ve maintained yourself can be a rewarding experience. If the act of making food appear from dirt seems a little daunting, attend the Planting Your Vegetable Garden workshop at Media, PA’s Linvilla Orchards. Get tips from expert gardeners starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Greensgrow Farms in Kensington is hosting two community garden days this month on Sundays, May 18 and May 25. Stock up on supplies and seeds for your garden (or pick up additional mulch even though you knew you should’ve bought more initially). If you’re prepping to prune a community garden, just pre-register and you’ll get 10% off of your purchase. Get there between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Every home could use a bonsai. Start your collection at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 18 at Fairmount Park’s Shofuso Japanese House and Garden’s bonsai workshop. Every attendee will leave with his or her own little tree and knowledge on how to care for it.

Start a contained herb garden on Wednesday, May 21 at Medford Leas in Lumberton, NJ. At this 10 a.m. class, horticulturalist Debbie Lux will guide you in selecting the best herbs and container for your garden. Leave your herbs at home, all materials will be provided.

The folks at Triple Oaks Nursery, Florist & Herb Garden are serious when it comes to herbs. They’ll have experts discussing their upkeep, demonstrations on how to grow herbs and all the zesty greens you could ever want for sale during their Herb Weekend Celebration. If you find yourself near Franklinville, NJ, stop by the nursery during business hours on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.