Join us for a party in the garden as we celebrate one of summer’s favorite crops—the heirloom tomato—with a day of festivities.
Sample entries from the staff salsa competition, browse a market of local vendors, enjoy savory treats, shop custom plantings from Design by Terrain, and bring the little ones for summertime crafts and face painting.
Special guests Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of the Beekman Boys will be on hand for a book signing and dinner to close out the day.
As the peak of tomato season approaches, we’ve been envisioning salads filled with heirlooms of all shapes and colors.
Why do we love heirlooms so much?
These old-fashioned varieties are sweeter, more flavorful, and more diverse than their hybrid cousins, and they represent an important part of American garden heritage.
What defines an heirloom vegetable? Though there has long been debate in the horticultural community about heirloom traits, a few qualities are generally agreed upon.
One of the more contested characteristics is age—as the year that saw the widespread introduction of hybrid crops, 1951 is the latest cutoff for heirloom cultivars, though some schools of thought argue that heirlooms must be at least 100 years old.
Heirlooms must be open pollinated; an heirloom cultivar can be grown from seed and the next generation will be just like its parent. Heirlooms must also bear true seed, meaning that their seeds can be saved for the next planting season.
Finally, heirloom varieties must have a generational background, having been grown for more than two generations.
The 2014 Terrain Heirloom Tomato Festival is held every year in August, the peak of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Heirloom Tomato Season.
Following are the date, times and location of the 2014 Terrain Heirloom Tomato Festival
FESTIVAL DATES: Saturday, August 23, 2014
TIME: 2014 Festival Hours 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Vegetable Gardening with Tyler Arboretum, 1–6 p.m.
Bloody Mary Bar, 1–6 p.m.
Landscape Consultations, 1–6 p.m.
Heirloom Tomato History, 2–3 p.m.
Beekman Boys Book Signing, 3–5 p.m.
Bridal Open House, 1–4 p.m.
Vegetable Stamped Tea Towels, 1–2 p.m.
Typographic Sun Printing, 2–3:30 p.m.
Summer Garden Party Tablescapes, 1–4 p.m.
Farmers & Makers Marketplace, 1–6 p.m.
Cocktail Hour & Garden Party with the Beekman Boys, 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free. +Free Parking
914 Baltimore Pike
Glenn Mills, Pa
phone: (610) 459-2400
While exploring the history of American horticulture this month, we couldn’t resist including Styer’s Nursery, the century-old garden center that became terrain at Styer’s in 2008.
Founded in 1890 by Jacob Styer, the nursery was expanded by his son, J. Franklin Styer, who took over in 1924. The business actually began as a mushroom farm-- located near the “Mushroom Capital of the World” in Kennett Square, PA-- but soon became known for its peonies, including several varieties cultivated by Styer himself.
Though many people grew peonies in their home gardens, they weren’t yet common in florist’s selections; Styer marketed the eye-catching blooms to New York's top florists, and their popularity quickly grew.
On farms from New York to North Carolina, he grew the unique varieties of peonies developed in his Pennsylvania nursery, using different locations and climates to lengthen the selling season.
His hard work paid off and his flowers became famous; today, Styer’s peonies remain a signature flower at White House State Dinners, have been delivered as far away as Saudi Arabia, and once arrived at a Cold War summit on Air Force One with President Reagan.
For more information go to the Terrain Website.
Drive there!, Fly there, Just get there!
The 2014 Terrain Heirloom Tomato Festival is located 30 minutes from the Philadelphia Airport.
Flying in? A rental car is necessary, but will open up the scope of your adventure.
If You're flying into Philly and you're a little hungry, while in the airport definitely stop by the King of Pizza.
No matter where you are coming from there are quality Hotels, guest houses and B&B's everywhere. Staying in the Delaware County or Philadelphia area is the best choice.
Both offer great accommodations. Be sure to check the hotel map to assure best proximity to the Festival.
A trip in to the 2014 Terrain Heirloom Tomato Festival opens up some interesting ideas for a weekender trip.
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