Rare Plant Auction® at Longwood Gardens

37th Annual Rare Plant Auction® at Longwood Gardens

A benefit that enriches neighborhoods and supports urban green spaces in Wilmington.


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SAVE THE DATE and join us at the 37th Annual Rare Plant Auction® on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Longwood Gardens,
with Celebrated Plant Expert David Culp, renowned horticulturist and creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Staged in the incomparable Longwood Gardens East Conservatory, the 2017 Rare Plant Auction® is an exquisite evening fundraiser featuring:

  • Fine food and open bar throughout the night
  • Valet parking
  • Day-of-event tickets to Longwood Gardens
  • Access to see and purchase hundreds of rare, beautiful, and exceptional plants in the evening’s three silent auctions, including the new Collector’s Auction.


NEW FOR 2017… The Collector’s Auction

The evening’s 3rd silent auction features unique and extraordinary plant and non-plant items for the most selective collectors and plant enthusiasts. The Collector’s Auction includes a handpicked Brandywine Cottage collection and personal plant consultation by Celebrated Plant Expert David Culp, an exclusive experience for 4 people with Dan Hinkley and partner Robert Jones that includes dinner and breakfast with a tour and overnight stay at Windcliff and a tour of Heronswood, and our 2017 featured plant Cornus florida 'Pluribracteata,’ among much, much more. This special silent auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and closes at 9:00 p.m. Be sure to bid early and bid often to not miss these one-of-a-kind items. The Collector’s Auction replaces the live auction for 2017.


If you attended the 2017 Auction and are interested in the culture information for your purchases, click below for the RPA 2017 Plant Description PDF.

RPA 2017 Plant Descriptions


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