November 7, 2015 |
In 1957, John A.H. Shober returned to his parents' home in Philadelphia after a harrowing stint in the Army during the Cold War, taking part in missions that would haunt him for years to come. "I saw things and had to do things and had some experiences that were just difficult for me," says the 82-year-old Shober, who confesses he hasn't had a good night's sleep since then. One place eased the distress he could not express: Morris Arboretum. Though neglected at the time, the Chestnut Hill public garden provided a haven from the very real, but little talked about, post-traumatic stress that followed Shober's military service.
August 5, 2015 |
The long: They're 2. They're 4. They're 6 . . . or thereabouts. Large-scale versions of TV-star steamies Percy, James, Emily and Toby, cheeky Thomas and coaches Annie and Clarabel make a Saturday-Sunday appearance at Morris Arboretum's train exhibit. The short: Really useful weekend diversion. The demo: All ages. Obsession with model trains and/or horticulture a plus. Garden Railway: Quarter-mile track has 15 lines, nine bridges, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars (all donated by Philly-founded Bachmann Industries)
May 23, 2015 |
Head over to Morris Arboretum as it begins the unofficial start of summer with its Garden Railway Grand Opening. This year's theme is "Art and Architecture," featuring familiar Philadelphia landmarks - all created from nature. Miniature trains roll on a quarter mile of track through the tiny enchanted town made from natural materials such as bark, leaves, acorns, and twigs on 15 different rail lines. There's even a trestle bridge you can walk under. Look out for some familiar landmarks such as Independence Hall.
April 4, 2015 |
For artist Patrick Dougherty, mistakes are always happy accidents. The sculptor works with natural elements to create grand, site-specific sculptures. For three weeks, Dougherty set up camp at the Morris Arboretum to create A Waltz in the Woods from willow branches. "It's a smooth waltz where these little towers use this meadow to celebrate," he said. Morris will mark the debut of Dougherty's most recent work with a grand-opening event Saturday, including a guided sculpture tour and a craft event for kids.
December 7, 2014 |
Richard Allen Colbert, 58, of Newark, Del., executive director of Tyler Arboretum in Media for 23 years, died Saturday, Nov. 29, of pancreatic cancer at his home. He had been diagnosed in 2012. A native of Delaware who specialized in horticulture and business, Mr. Colbert became the first horticulturist for Newark in 1978, and developed a program to beautify the city's traffic islands using low-maintenance plants. In 1991, he became the head of Tyler Arboretum. He helped make the arboretum a regional, family-oriented destination by expanding the educational outreach, increasing community programs, and upgrading the plant collections.
August 2, 2014 |
Do not get Allen Lacy going on the subject of Bradford pear trees or forsythia bushes unless you want to get an earful. He considers them common and overplanted, and you won't find a single one in the Linwood Arboretum in Linwood, N.J., which Lacy created five years ago and somehow manages to keep going with his septuagenarian wife, Hella, a half-dozen volunteers, a surfeit of optimism, and hardly any money. Lacy calls it "the smallest arboretum in the world," but its wish list may be the largest.
July 18, 2014 |
Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown, is about much more: Good work habits, interpersonal and leadership skills, possible job opportunities, and "green" enterprises, such as a farmer's market or herbal-products business. "It's about meaningful work and growing leaders," says Anna Herman, one of its founders.
June 24, 2014 |
Visiting the other Barnes icon - the arboretum, not the art museum - just got a whole lot easier. For the first time, the 12-acre landscape on North Latchs Lane in Merion is open to the public on weekends with none of the old constraints on visitation. No more reservations. You can just show up, pay $5 admission, as opposed to $15 when the art was there, and park free instead of shelling out another $15. More tours, more programming. You can even bring a picnic lunch. "Instead of being the place you keep people out of - which, in some ways, is part of our history - we want to be a place that welcomes you," said Margaret B. Zminda, acting director of the Barnes Foundation, which oversees the horticulture and the art that moved in 2012 to a new site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
June 20, 2014 |
After nine years as director of the Temple University Ambler Arboretum, Jenny Rose Carey announced her resignation Wednesday, effective June 30. In an interview, Carey, a garden historian, says she hoped to do research, writing, and lecturing around the country and overseas. She has two books in mind, both in search of publishers - one about early-20th-century gardens in the Philadelphia area and the extraordinary women who designed and cultivated them, and another about her own garden in Ambler.
April 3, 2014 |
Rachel Brudzinski got her first job with a tree-care company when she was 18. She liked the secretarial work, but deep down, she thought the guys were having all the real fun as they went out day after day to climb and trim the trees. So she worked her way up - literally. "I was always jealous watching the guys going out and doing tree work," Brudzinski said. "One spring, I said, 'I want to do it. Teach me how.' There was a little bit of resistance, because they said, 'No. This is a boy's job.' " Brudzinski eventually got her training and joined the men in the trees.