Poppy Planting in Remembrance of Those Who Gave So Much....

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
From the Poem “Flanders Field”

The poem  “Flanders Field,” written in 1915 by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrea, was inspired by the death of a friend who died in the Great War, the poem “Flanders Field” quickly became an anthem for propaganda efforts, recruitment and the selling of war bonds during World War 1.

The poem and its image of the “red” poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers became one of the most recognizable memorial symbols of soldiers who have died in combat.

In conjunction with the event, packets of red poppy seeds provided FREE by the Destination Delco Tourist Bureau, will be distributed to homes, historic properties and gardens throughout Delaware County for planting in early spring for a summer and late-summer bloom. 

Some garden centers will be carrying "red" poppy plants suitable for small gardens. We will be providing a list of those gardens for your convenience:

So far, we know that Linvilla and Wolff's both WILL be carrying poppy plants in April and may.

Poppy Seed Packets and support material will arrive the week the week of February 19th. We will be distributing from various locations including:

Destination Delco Tourist Bureau
1501 N. Providence Road
Media, PA 19063                      610-565-3679

Master Gardeners of Delaware County
Penn State Extension Offices
20 Paper Mill Road
Springfield, PA 19064              610-690-2655

Aston Library
3270 Concord Rd.
Aston, PA                                  610-494-5877 

Collingdale Public Library
823 MacDade Blvd. 
Collingdale, PA 19023             (610) 583-2214

Haverford Library
1601 Darby Rd. 
Havertown, PA 19083              610-446-3082  
(as of March 9) 

Middletown Free Library
21 N. Pennell Road

Media, PA 19063                      610-566-7828

Newtown Library
201 Bishop Hollow Rd.
Newtown Square, PA 19073   610-353-1022

Primos Library
409 Ashland Ave.
Secane, PA 19018                    610-622-8091

Ridley Library                        610-583-0593
Ridley Township Public Library
100 MacDade Blvd, Folsom, PA 19033

Upper Darby Libraries 
Sellers Branch | 76 South State Road | Upper Darby , PA 19082
Municipal Branch | 501 Bywood Ave. | Upper Darby , PA 19082
Primos Branch | 409 Ashland Ave. | Primos , PA 19018

Yeadon Library
Longacre Blvd & Arbor Rd.
Yeadon, PA 19050                   610-623-4090

Clarion Philadelphia Airport Hotel
76 Industrial Hwy, Route 291, Essington, PA 19029
844-433-0851   (As of March 7)

Wolff’s Apple House & Garden Center
81 S Pennell Rd, Media, PA 19063
610) 566-1680  (As of March 6) 

Linvilla Orchards
137 Knowlton Rd., Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-7116

Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids 19087

Wayne Hotel
 139 E Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 687-5000

Please check back for more locations.

Note: You may request multiple packets or contact Destination Delco for bulk seeds for larger gardens: 610-565-3679 

Click here for poppy projects, growing instructions and gardens planning for a summer bloom of poppies.