May 5, 1991 |
The Scott Arboretum's biennial plant sale isn't until Sept. 14, but May 15 is the deadline for advance sale orders, so if you're looking for unusual plants - many not readily available in local nurseries - give the arboretum a call at 328-8025 to request a complimentary catalogue. The arboretum, on the campus of Swarthmore College in Delaware County, provides a display of the best ornamental plants recommended for Philadelphia- area gardens. More than 5,000 kinds of plants are there, all selected for their outstanding ornamental qualities, ease of maintenance and resistance to disease.
May 26, 1991 |
After a nationwide search, Springfield Township resident Paul Meyer has been appointed director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, which is in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia and Springfield Township. Meyer, a member of the search committee, twice declined invitations to be a candidate because he enjoyed his former position with the arboretum, he said. Meyer has been curator of the living collection since 1976 and chairman of the horticulture department for the last six years.
November 10, 1988 |
With the installation of a large kinetic sculpture and the opening of a temporary exhibition in the Butcher Sculpture Garden, the Morris Arboretum has completed the first phase of a program to develop the 166-acre garden as a major outdoor gallery. George Rickey's Two Lines is a stainless steel mast with two arms that move in the wind like clock hands. When they are vertical, the piece is 60 feet high. Two Lines has been installed on the hilltop where the mansion of John and Lydia Morris, founders of the arboretum, once stood.
January 20, 2012 |
Eavesdrop in a garden, and what do you hear? Not a lot of narrative. Mostly exclamations over the beauty of something and curiosity about what it is, in and around the absorbing silence. So it is that Paul W. Meyer has "written" a new book about the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill with no text, just photographs, most taken over the last eight years. Its title is a straightforward Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania Through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer. "It's meant to be a walk through the garden," explains Meyer, 59, a self-taught shutterbug who has worked at Morris for almost 36 years, the last 21 as director.
May 7, 1987 |
The Providence Garden Club will have its annual plant sale this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tyler Arboretum in Lima. The sale, which will take place in the arboretum's maintenance building at Painter and Forge Roads, will include annuals, hanging baskets, perennials and other items. Club member Elisabeth Hammons said many of the plants were grown by members of the club. "The sale is our main fund-raiser," Hammons said. "The main purpose of the sale is to turn the money over to horticultural-type charities.
November 14, 1990 |
William M. Klein, the ebullient director of the Morris Arboretum who is credited with transforming its rundown grounds into one of the leading arboretums in the country, has announced his resignation. Klein, 57, said he planned to become director of the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami in March. He also will join the faculties of the University of Miami and Florida International University. He announced his decision last week to the arboretum board and staff. His resignation was announced officially yesterday by the University of Pennsylvania, overseer of the arboretum in Chestnut Hill.
February 21, 1988 |
Some like to spend their winter time on the ski slopes and some beside the fire, but to Elinor Goff, plant recorder at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, February is the time to be out on the arboretum trails looking at winter flowers, tree bark and fuzzy winter buds. In late February, you do best to stick to the arboretum's paved loop, from which you might see snowdrops by the thousand, wonderful yellow winter aconite, witch hazels and their close relatives the hazels.
December 2, 1993 |
As part of its celebration of the "magic of evergreens," Tyler Arboretum will offer holiday wreath and centerpiece workshops, a Christmas greens sale and outdoor rambles. At 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, participants can create an unusual three-foot tabletop topiary using freshly cut evergreen boughs, holly sprigs and other plant material from the arboretum's collection. At 12:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a wreath and centerpiece workshop will be conducted by Tyler staff members.
January 25, 2000 |
A memorial service will be held April 9 for Gordon A. Brandes, 84, a retired botanist and former manager of the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum. The service will be held at the arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave. Mr. Brandes died Jan. 12 at the Springfield Residence retirement community in Wyndmoor. He had pulmonary disease and cancer. He was employed by Rohm & Haas Co. from the mid-1940s until 1972, when he retired as manager of agricultural product development.
June 16, 1989 |
In the years before World War II, F. Otto Haas, son of the founder of the Rohm & Haas Co., courted his wife, Dorothy, at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. "We'd sit under the trees and read Saturday Evening Post stories," he recalled the other day. "Those were simpler times. " The arboretum didn't really amount to much then. It was administered by the University of Pennsylvania, which had no money to spend on the place and plenty of problems of its own. Penn couldn't maintain Compton, the fine old Victorian home of Lydia Morris and her bachelor brother, John, a millionaire ironmaker.