Warminster, PA - May 2011 - Burpee's first garden open of 2011 drew a spirited crowd of gardening enthusiasts to Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, Pa.


The Spring into Summer event, held last weekend, May 21st and 22nd, included garden and house tours, planting demonstrations and a standing-room-only talk by George Ball, Burpee's chairman and CEO. His talk highlighted the extraordinary impact on American horticulture of W. Atlee Burpee, who founded his namesake company 135 years ago.


Over the weekend--Saturday a sparkling sunny day out of a story book, Sunday a grey, overcast day of the kind familiar to East Coasters this spring--Ball and his staff personally welcomed more than 1,200 visitors to Fordhook, the landmark former residence of the Burpee family, and the site of the company's test gardens.


While the event garnered a record-breaking attendance, Ball says the visitors' interest and avidity were the true measure of success.


"It's not often that a company can open its doors to the public and experience the incredible enthusiasm and kindness from the crowds we saw on Saturday and Sunday," says Ball. "This kind of engagement and enthusiasm reminds us how much our work means to our customers and the public."


Burpee is already at work preparing events and attractions for the August Open Days at Fordhook Farm, slated for August 19th, 20th and 21st.  Ball says details on the August event are forthcoming, and interested attendees should stay tuned to Burpee's event page:




ABOUT BURPEE: W. Atlee Burpee & Co. was founded in 1876 and is based in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Today, Burpee is the largest, most progressive seed company in the United States, offering seeds, garden plants and gardening supplies through the Burpee Web site at, direct-mail catalogs, and via its15,000 retail garden center customers throughout the country. The company leads the industry in vegetable and flower introductions, and is credited for introducing the world to numerous ornamental and edible breakthrough varieties. Burpee's historic Fordhook Farm offers 15 display gardens containing more than 3,000 different species of unique ornamental and edible garden gems.

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