The Fall Event 2021 Tour

This year’s tour day is jam-packed with garden retailing and horticulture at it's best! We’ve put together a full day tour of three of the Wilmington area's best retail garden centers, two of the industry's premier growers and a visit to Longwood Gardens – one of the world's premier horticultural display gardens.

So hop on board and be ready to enjoy a beautiful fall day of discovery! Buses depart curbside from Hotel Du Pont Lobby at 8:30am and will return at 8:30pm. It will be a long day but one you won't soon forget!

We will begin our 88-mile journey through the Brandywine Valley at Gateway Garden Center, followed by a stop at North Creek Nurseries. Then, we'll visit Star Roses and enjoy lunch. We will continue our trek with a stop at Mostardi Nursery and Terrain at Styers and end the day at Longwood Gardens for a leisurely tour with a private reception and a special Illuminated Fountain Performance – a spectacle unlike any other!

Click on the links below to learn more about each stop. A map of the area and stops can be found below (Coming soon!)


7277 Lancaster Pike
Hockessin, DE 19707


We will start the day with a short ride from our hotel to Gateway Garden Center. Founded in 1979 by the Castoroni family, Gateway focuses on the importance of ecological gardening offers a diverse plant selection combining native plants with vibrant annuals and non-invasive plants to provide shelter and food for local fauna. 

Learn more about our tour of Gateway Garden Center. Or visit their website.





388 North Creek Road
Landenberg, PA 19350

North Creek strives to promote sustainable outdoor environments. As a wholesale propagation nursery, they specialize in growing starter plants or plugs of perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns, vines and shrubs with an emphasis on Eastern US native plants. Their plants are used by wholesale growers and landscape contractors. Landscape Plugs™ provide planting solutions for ecological projects including storm water management, soil stabilization, landscape restoration and habitat establishment. Their vision is to be a leader in the development and practice of sustainable horticultural systems while delighting our customers.

Learn more about our tour of North Creek NurseriesOr visit their website.





25 Lewis Road
Cochranville, PA 19330


Lunch will be served during our visit to Star® Roses and Plants.

Star® Roses and Plants has been bringing great plants to the world’s gardens since 1897. Their long-standing relationships with breeders all over the world have allowed them to bring some of the most revolutionary plants to market. From the Peace Rose to the Knock Out® Rose, and from the Blue and China Girl Hollies to Akadama™ Hydrangea, their goal is to identify, develop and introduce plants that offer unique or notable features and performance.

Star® Roses and Plants is a family of brands, but they also have a family of co-workers and colleagues that share the collective vision of bringing breakthrough plants and programs to market so that the growing, sales, retail and gardening experience is one that we can all benefit from.

Learn more about our tour of Star Roses and Plants. Or visit their website.






4033 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073


Serving a growing community since 1976, Mostardi Nursery is a family owned business in Newtown Square, Delaware County, with one location convenient to the Main Line and western suburbs of Philadelphia. Dedicated gardeners as well as the full spectrum of homeowners depend upon Mostardi Nursery for the best plants in all seasons and for all reasons. They feature distinctive plants for the both indoors and out, along with home and garden accents inspired by nature. Their facility includes greenhouses where they grow many seasonal flowering plants that help to ensure the superior quality and selection that their customers have come to expect.

As an independent garden center, our mission is to provide you with plants, lawn and garden products, and friendly service that goes above and beyond your expectations.

Learn more about our tour of Mostardi Nursery. Or visit their website.





914 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342



In 2008, Terrain opened its doors in this Flagship location on the historic site of J. Franklin Styer's nursery, a Philadelphia landmark for over 100 years. With over five acres of ever-changing blooms and greenery combined with a variety of historic spaces. Guided by the idea of merging house and garden, their aim is to transform the local garden center into a celebration of nature, community, seasonality, and self-expression. With a focus on wellness, sustainability, and design, they constantly work to create a fresh experience for the senses. The nursery, café, and historic buildings provide a unique setting for private events of all varieties and sizes. Although the focus here is gardening, this location intertwines some of the Terrain retail products.



1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Making the impossible possible... this is the spirit that led Pierre S. du Pont to build his first conservatory so that he could enjoy fresh produce in the winter. Today, that same spirit inspires Longwood gardeners and researchers to excellence in growing, breeding, and curating our plant collections. When visiting Longwood Gardens, you are immersed not only in the breathtaking surroundings but in a rich history as well. The traditions and elegance of the gardens have evolved over decades to create the magnificence you see today.

From those first seedlings planted by Pierre S. du Pont in 1907, Longwood Gardens has grown into one of the premier botanical destinations of the world, with more than a thousand acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, woodlands, meadows and majestic fountain displays. Today, Longwood boasts more than 11,000 different types of plants and trees, hosts 800 horticultural and arts events each year, and welcomes more than 1 million visitors annually.

Our visit to Longwood Gardens will include a private reception and a special fountain show.

Learn more about our tour of Longwood Gardens. Or visit their website.


Wilmington Area Map with Tour Stops.

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