SOURCE: W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

W. Atlee Burpee & Co.

September 21, 2009 09:07 ET

Burpee Debuts Its Version of the White House Vegetable Garden to the Public at Fordhook Farm September 25 and September 26

WARMINSTER, PA--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - W. Atlee Burpee & Co., America's most-trusted plant and seed purveyor, will unveil the firm's own interpretation of the White House vegetable garden during the Autumn Garden Tour event at Fordhook Farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Open to the public, the annual event will take place on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. For event details, please visit

"We recreated the White House Garden at Fordhook to pay homage to the Obamas. The First Family has done an extraordinary job of creating awareness about the benefits of vegetable gardening. We also want to honor the other 43 million American gardeners who grew their own fruits and vegetables this season," says George Ball, Burpee chairman and proprietor of Fordhook Farm.

Burpee's own version of the White House Garden will be the highlight of the Autumn Garden Tour event. Mr. Ball hopes it will inspire visitors to plant their own vegetable garden next season.

In addition to the garden unveiling, the Autumn Garden Tour will showcase events to bring attention to the rewards of fall planting. The two-day event will include a garlic and fall bulb planting workshop led by Burpee's expert horticulturalists, guided garden tours of Burpee's extraordinary display gardens, a farmer's market featuring locally grown fall produce and a fall garden sale featuring fall bulbs, plants and hard goods.

Featured speakers during the event are garden authorities Bill Miller and Jerry Fritz. Cornell bulb expert Miller will speak about "The Science and Art of Gardening with Bulbs" while Mr. Fritz, a noted garden designer, will lecture on "The Art of Using Perennials in Your Garden."

The Autumn Garden Tour is Fordhook's final open event of the season, the last opportunity for the public to enjoy Burpee's eight specialty gardens with more than 3,000 different species of unique ornamental and edible garden gems.

There is a daily $5 admission fee for the event. Admission for children is free. Tickets for the lectures are $15 a session.

To register online for the lectures or to obtain directions to Fordhook Farm, visit us online at and click on our Burpee's Garden Opens link.

Contact Information

  • For interviews or to set-up a tour of the garden, please contact:
    Kristin Grilli