Burpee's Fordhook Open Day


You are Invited!

Burpee Fest – Big Ideas Under A Big Tent.
An American Gardening Rally

Save The Date- Saturday, August 15, 2015

Burpee August Garden Open Invitation

Where: Burpee’s Historic Fordhook Farm
105 New Britain Road Doylestown, PA 18901

When: Saturday, August 15th.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Admission Is Free
Gardens and grounds will be open for self-guided tours.
Burpee experts will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions.


Special Events Schedule:
Under The Big Tent Symposium

9:30 – Welcome and Introduction by George Ball, Burpee CEO

9:40 – Rallying Address by Barbara Damrosch, Author, farmer and Washington Post columnist

10:15 – Issues Alert For All Gardeners:  Award-winning journalist and Mother Jones writer and  blogger Tom Philpott tackles tough issues for gardeners, from GMOs to hybrids to pollinator population decline

10:35 – In Search Of The Perfect Tomato: Simon Crawford, Burpee's Britain-based horticulturist provides his insider's secrets.

10:55 – Insider's View At Creating Flower Breeds: Henk van der Velde, Burpee's expert plant breeder, travels from his native Holland to reveal new flower varieties.

11:15 – Open questions with audience "Big Ideas Under Big Tent".


12:00 –Go Explore Fordhook Farm's many gardens and demonstrations. (listed below)

12:30 – Chefs from the Food Network Test Kitchen share their most delicious tomato recipes and tips.

12:30 & 2:30pm – Cooking Green & Easy with Chef Gabe Kennedy, 2015 winner of "The Taste" TV show.
12:30 & 2:30pm – Save the bees and butterflies, plus local honey tasting. With Burpee's Venelin Dimitrov.
12:30 & 2:30pm – Learn how to take great photos with any camera from photographer Rob Cardillo.
12:30 & 2:30pm – Vegetable Innovation Table. Taste and learn with Burpee vegetable expert Chelsey Fields.

1:30 – Radio Host Mike McGrath of beloved "You Bet Your Garden" on WHYY dishes on his latest favorite gardening ideas and answers all your questions. 

Gardens and grounds will be open for self-guided tours.

Burpee experts will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions.

For Directions Click Here

Note: Some of the gardens are not Handicap-accessible.
Event held rain or shine.



Fordhook Open Speakers

George Ball - Burpee Chairman & CEO

Barbara Damrosch - Author and Organic farmer, Washington Post columnist

Gabe Kennedy- 2015 Season Three winner ABC's "The Taste" TV Show

Tom Philpott - Journalist farmer, blogger Mother Jones writer

Mike McGrath - "You Bet Your Garden" show

Rob Cardillo - Nationally recognized horticulture photographer

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