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Pop-Up Event: Helen Horstman Member Garden Tour
Saturday, May 08, 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: Pop-Up Events

Member Garden Tour: Helen Horstman, Bryn Mawr

Join us for a visit to Helen Horstman's Garden in Bryn Mawr, PA.

The visit is limited to 25 participants and is open only to HPS/MAG members. The cost is $5.00 per member. Only guests (who are on the same membership as the registrant) are permitted to attend. 

Important: Only online payment with credit card is accepted. If you cannot pay online, please contact [email protected] for assistance.

Click here to register. Registration will close on May 5th.  Rain date is May 11th - same times. The address will be provided to all registrants in the registration confirmation e-mail. 


"Come to Helen’s late spring garden. You can come expecting to see lots of allium, hostas, iris, sweet woodruff, spring ephemerals on a northern sloped garden on 3/4’s acre. The spring snowflakes Leucojum aestivum may be fading but the sundrops and celandine poppy will be having a field day.

As you come up the driveway note the yews which have been limbed up to show the sculptural interest of the trunks. Under the canopy is a spring bulb collection of trout lilies and muscari that morph into a hosta patch with peripheral small plantings. This is a favorite salad bar for the deer that are endemic to the area, hence, the low fences. On the east side of the drive are Canadian burnet (Sanguisorba), iris and white alliums, mostly Mount Everest, and Japanese fern.

Further up the drive to the left is the shade garden which has more light this year after several trees were blown down by storms. As the daffodils and leucojeum snowflakes recede, the Frances Williams hosta emerge with white bleeding hearts, Brunnera macrophylla, and sweet woodruff. The delicate shooting stars, Dodecatheon, may still be in bloom.

In the back and in front of the house are ferns and blue hosta, Krossa Regal or Halcyon.

In the fenced part of the back yard, a pool sits surrounded by grand Edith Bogue magnolias, hydrangea, variegated hostas as well as bluish hosta Elegans, daylilies, Japanese anemone, ironweed, lilies, camassia and sedum Autumn Joy.

As you return to the western side of the house you will pass an emerging early summer garden dotted with sundrops, nepeta, poppies and a hedge of hydrangea and magnolia sieboldi. Note the yellow or orange specimen rhododendrum.

The front garden fills with peonies, yarrow and Husker’s Red penstemon in the sunny area and acanthus in the shade. Tradescantia and aquilegia add pops of color. The fringe tree should be in full bloom in early May.

There are abundant sensory treats throughout the garden which continues to evolve through 35 years of tending.

I look forward to sharing this with you."

Helen Horstmann


Please note: As we get closer to this event, we will communicate the CDC guidelines for COVID-19. All current CDC measures in place will be strictly adhered to.

Additionally, every registrant must sign a Coronavirus Waiver prior to attending this event. Click here for the waiver. If possible, please download a copy of the waiver, sign it and bring it with you to the event. The event coordinator will have extra copies available for registrants that need them.

Contact: Dawn Freeman at [email protected]