Burpee Invites Visitors to Explore Its Famous Gardens in April


WARMINSTER, PA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2009) - W. Atlee Burpee & Co., America's most trusted name in gardening, announces a series of five garden festival events in 2009, arranged in conjunction with the Garden Conservancy's Open Days program. The first event, the "Awakening of the Garden" Celebration, will take place Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burpee's historic Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Visit for details.


"Our first Open Day will allow visitors to see our extensive gardens in early spring form," says Burpee chairman George Ball. "We are thrilled to have this chance to share our eight specialty gardens and more than 3,000 different species of unique ornamental and edible plant varieties in our gardens with passionate gardeners."


The "Awakening of the Garden" Celebration will also offer a seed-sowing workshop, two guest lectures and the opportunity to purchase plants and seeds. Highlighted in the lectures and tours will be Fordhook's extraordinary collection of spring-blooming hellebores, the glorious springtime perennial.


Mr. Ball says that he expects the seed-sowing workshop will be of especial interest this year, in view of the vast increase in the number of families gardening from seed in this era of belt-tightening.


George Ball, Burpee's Chairman and CEO, widely quoted in the press recently on the boom in vegetable gardening, will speak about "New Plant Frontiers." He will discuss the extensive process involved in developing and introducing new ornamental and edible plant varieties.


Simon Crawford, plant explorer and Royal Horticulture Society judge, will also speak at the April event. Mr. Crawford's lecture, "Hellebores, A Reassessment," will address the history of hellebore propagation and the newest developments in hellebore breeding developments and discoveries.


Visitors to Fordhook Farm will have full access to the grounds, and may explore the estate's 19th century buildings, which are registered on the National Registry of Historic Places.


For details on all five of the scheduled events, to register online for the lecture series and directions to Fordhook Farm, visit us online at and click on our Burpee's Fordhook Farm Garden Opens link.


There is a $5 admission fee for each event, with a portion of the fee donated to The Garden Conservancy There is a $10 admission fee for each lecture.


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