Rare Plant Auction® at Longwood Gardens

38th Annual Rare Plant Auction® at Longwood Gardens

A benefit that enriches urban neighborhoods through the power of plants.


SAVE THE DATE and join us at the 38th Annual Rare Plant Auction® on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Longwood Gardens with Celebrated Plant Expert Bill Thomas of Chanticleer. Through the amazing generosity of our host sponsor Longwood Gardens, 2018 RPA guests will also be treated to an exclusive after-hours Main Fountain Garden performance.

Staged in the incomparable Longwood Gardens East Conservatory, the 2018 Rare Plant Auction® is an exquisite evening fundraiser featuring:

  • Legacy Trees and Chanticleer Favorites selected by Bill Thomas
  • Unique troughs and planted container displays
  • Access to hundreds of rare, beautiful, and exceptional plants in the evening’s three silent auctions, including the Collector’s Auction
  • Day-of-event tickets to Longwood Gardens
  • Open bar and fine food throughout the night
  • Valet parking
  • First Timer (New attendees) and Young Collector (40 & Under) discounts

Click here to buy your 2018 RPA tickets today!


For those traveling from out of town to attend RPA, DCH has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square, PA. Mention the Delaware Center for Horticulture when reserving your room to receive the discounted block room rate. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event and the event catalog. Please contact Marcia Stephenson at (302) 658-6262 ext.105 for more information.


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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