Bill Baker, a retired sixth grade teacher at Upper Dublin, walked around the garden with his mother, Ruth, of Ambler.
"I wanted to see some of the plants I know and learn about the ones I don't know about," he said.
Also enjoying the formal gardens were Ruth Fitzpatrick of Willow Grove; Alice Krewson, Doylestown; Doreen and George Foust Jr. of Huntingdon Valley, and Sunny David of Philadelphia, whose son, S. Edgar David, is a professor of horticulture and design at Ambler.
Meandering through the yet-to-be completed Native Plant Garden were Eleanor Wistar Crampton, Mary Taylor and Barbara Arnold, all of Germantown; Heather, Lois and Ernest Cupo, all of Villanova; Temple 1971 horticultural graduate Douglas Gabel of Jeffersonville, and Michael Colibraro of Willow Grove.
As party favors, the department gave away potted native American plants.
Looking over the plants were Temple University horticultural students Joan Lynch of Hatboro, Julie Monasky of Upper Dublin and Ralph Carp of Doylestown, there with his wife, Mary Anne.
"This is the best place to study," said Ralph Carp, reflecting on the garden and its quiet atmosphere.
DRIVING AGAINST LEUKEMIA
* More than 100 women from the Philadelphia area swung their golf clubs to help fight leukemia in the 10th annual Helen Sigel Wilson's Drive Against Leukemia golf outing at Huntingdon Valley Country Club Monday.
In addition to golf, the women-only tournament featured a brunch, an hors d'oeuvres reception and a silent auction, which raised about $40,000 for the society.
Proceeds will benefit local research and patient-aid programs of the Leukemia Society of America. Eleven researchers from area institutions receive grants from the society to seek the cause and eventual cure for leukemia and its related diseases.
On the committee in addition to Helen Sigel Wilson of Gladwyne and her husband, Charlie, were Mary Joyce of Haverford; Isabel Mansfield, Bryn Mawr; Molly Markle, West Chester; Judy McNamara, Malvern; Barbara Walsh, Gladwyne; Nancy Wasserman, Berwyn, and Antoinette Westphal, Media.
Among the winners were Barbara Gazdick, Souderton; Neva Cutler, Quakertown; Barbara Green, Carlisle; Patty Lebow, Royersford; Annette Russell, West Chester; Micki Rose and Renee Wynn, both of Rydal; Jean Paddison, Pat Welsh, Mary Gregor, Carol Stefanowicz, Jacquie Cardone, Barbara and Rachel Mignatti, all of Huntingdon Valley; Suzanne Jorden, Churchville; Arlyn Berlinghof, Abington; and Mari Peg and Kate Bruder, both of Broomall.
DOCK WOODS FESTIVAL
* A community festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Christopher Dock High School, 1000 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale.
More than 40 quilts will be auctioned beginning at 1 p.m at the festival, sponsored by the Dock Woods Community Auxiliary. The quilts will be displayed for inspection in the school auditorium from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
General merchandise, wall hangings and gift certificates will also be auctioned beginning at 10:30 a.m.
There will be entertainment, including the Give and Take Jugglers, and pony, horse and wagon rides. A roast beef dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 368-4438.
FROM JELLIES TO JEWELS
* A boutique, "Jellies to Jewels," will benefit the Philadelphia Orchestra from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Sanderling, the home of Dottebob Andes, 1746 Mount Pleasant Rd., Villanova.
Gourmet foods, jewelry, accessories, rugs, topiaries, pillows and other items will be for sale at the boutique, sponsored by the Central Committee for the Philadelphia Orchestra. About 25 percent of the receipts will go to the orchestra.
Neighbors welcomes news of your social events. Send information, a name and phone number for verification to Pauline Bogaert, Montgomery County Gatherings, Inquirer Neighbors, 919 Conestoga Rd., Building 2, Suite 106, Rosemont, Pa. 19010.