Rare Plants for a Common Ground

Get ready for the greatest garden party that TheDCH has ever thrown. Garden party attire is encouraged, so ladies and gents: dust off that hatbox to find your favorite spring hat, and treat yourself to a new dress, blouse, tie or dress shirt in a glorious shade of coral pink to celebrate the 35th Rare Plant Auction® and this year's exquisite featured plant: Abutilon 'Fairy Coral Queen.'


Rare Plants for a Common Ground, staged in the idyllic Longwood Gardens East Conservatory on April 25 (6:30 - 10 p.m.), is a fantastic opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to enjoy Longwood Gardens for the day, chat with horticulture's finest plantsmen including TV personality Tovah Martin, see (and take home) hundreds of amazing specimens -- and live your highest values by helping raise money for greening programs that support under-served communities.


Tovah Martin is a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions, and an expert in tropicals, especially begonias. Her books include a dozen titles, including: The Unexpected Houseplant (Timber Press, 2012), The New Terrarium (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2009), and Tasha Tudor's Garden (Houghton Mifflin, 1994). A frequent contributor to magazines like Country Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, At Home magazine, Flower magazine, Horticulture, Coastal Living, Coastal Home, Old House Interiors, This Old House Magazine, and more, Martin has appeared on television, most recently on the CBS Sunday Early Show, Martha Stewart Show, and PBS television gardening series "Cultivating Life." An Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America and the Litchfield Garden Club, Martin has garnered GCA's medal for outstanding literary achievement and the Gustav Mehlquist Award-the Connecticut Horticultural Society's highest honor.


Admission is $125 - $600 per person and includes:

  • Open bar and food  throughout the night
  • Valet parking
  • Music
  • Day-of-event tickets to Longwood Gardens
  • Abutilon ‘Fairy Coral Queen’ specimen to take home
  • Access to see and purchase hundreds of rare, beautiful, not-yet-introduced, and difficult to propagate species in the 35th annual Rare Plant Auction®, which includes three silent auctions and an engaging live auction.

Click here to purchase tickets for the 2015 event.


SPECIAL NOTE: Clivia level guests ($600) will also have an exclusive opportunity to enjoy Tovah Martin's company at the Clivia Luncheon on Saturday, April 25 at the Greenville Country Club, and exclusive day of event plant preview at 5:30 p.m. at Longwood Gardens.


If you attended the 2014 Auction and are interested in the culture information for your purchases, click below for a pdf file with the information on all the plants that were at auction.


RPA 2015 Catalog


RPA 2015 Plant Descriptions

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Get your tickets for The Rare Plant Auction at Longwood Gardens on April 25th