April 27, 2013 |
Volunteers make the world go 'round - or so it seems when Pamela Sodi is the volunteer and the "world" is the Horticulture Center in West Fairmount Park. With help from a handful of others - one regular volunteer and occasional others - Sodi is working to restore nine small, neglected gardens behind the center and fill the pots and a flower bed at the entrance. And she wants to do it all by May 10, which is National Public Gardens Day, a tradition that dates to 2009 and is intended to raise awareness about the importance of the nation's botanical gardens and arboretums.
December 1, 2012 |
The worksheet is two full pages of questions - about likes and dislikes, pets, dining habits and entertaining style, favorite seasons and vacation spots. There's even this one: "Do you have any personality quirks we should know about?" Sounds like an online dating service laying the groundwork for a possible relationship. And, in a very real sense, that's true. This is about ground work - the making, and long-term maintenance, of a garden, something many of us spend less time thinking about than what to serve at a holiday dinner.
May 31, 2012 |
Barnes' quirky restrictions Art critic Edward Sozanski faults the Barnes museum for failing to display the best of what it owns to maximum effectiveness ("Disdainful Albert Barnes and his daunting collection," Sunday). Other art critics concur in more insistent terms. As an illustration, Matisse's "The Red Madras Headdress" is confined warehouse-fashion among a wall of miscellaneous canvases. Years ago, when the court permitted selected paintings to travel to earn money for the bankrupt Barnes Foundation, that dramatic masterpiece was featured and captured world attention.
March 30, 2012
Anyone familiar with the gardening scene today knows that women are a huge presence, and influence, in almost every stratum. So it was instructive, if disheartening, to read Ball Publishing's new book Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today by Catherine Horwood. It's been a long slog. Today, gardening may be the great equalizer along fault lines of gender, class and age, but historically, horticulture was like any other discipline - very discriminating, in the worst sense.
December 19, 2011 |
Margaret Wright Schneidman Tilghman, 85, a former fashion model and volunteer with cultural and horticultural organizations, died of heart failure Sunday, Dec. 4, at Beaumont, a retirement community in Bryn Mawr. Mrs. Tilghman was a member of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than 40 years and was a volunteer guide at the museum for several years. In 1977, she cofounded the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. Now in its 35th year, the annual show features expert craftsmen selected through a competitive jury process.
December 16, 2011 |
Charles Holman, 83, formerly of Rittenhouse Square, a retired lumber company executive and horticulturist, died of cancer Monday, Dec. 12, at Northeast Regional Hospice in Scranton. Mr. Holman volunteered and donated trees for the colonial garden maintained by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Society Hill. He was a volunteer at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park, and a volunteer at Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. "Charlie has been a friend, a hardworking horticulture volunteer, and supporter for over 30 years," said Paul W. Meyer, director of the Morris Arboretum.
August 28, 2011 |
After it closed on July 3, the Barnes Foundation in Merion locked down tighter than Guantanamo. Until the new building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway opens next summer, the fabled art collection is inaccessible. This doesn't mean, however, that the entire Barnes organism will hibernate during the hiatus. The education program, the foundation's raison d'etre, will continue through the 2011-12 academic year, albeit in a modified form. In fact, fall classes begin in just nine days, on Sept.
August 8, 2011 |
G. STOCKTON Strawbridge looked out of the front window of his department store on East Market Street, regarded the banging pile-drivers, the grinding trucks, the dust, the torn-up asphalt and smiled. He was a happy man because the project of converting East Market Street from the dreary, shabby thoroughfare it had become was the dream of a lifetime. And who better to make that dream come true than John F. Collins? John Collins, a landscape architect, urban planner and a man who didn't hesitate to get on his knees in the dirt and plant flowers, was the head of Delta Group, which had the contract in the late '80s to restore a commercial street that had once been Philadelphia's major thoroughfare.
August 2, 2011
A story Friday about horticulture careers wrongly described Sara Levin's program of study. Levin, who taught high school Latin for four years, is studying for a master's degree in public horticulture through the Longwood Gardens Graduate Program. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail email@example.com .
August 1, 2011 |
Doug Croft grew up in rural Virginia, a hobby gardener who studied finance at Virginia Tech and later took a job budgeting and forecasting for defense contractors. He had all the trappings of success. Then one day - epiphany. He was outside his Alexandria, Va., home, "correcting the mistakes of a landscaping company hired by the condo association, when it suddenly dawned on me that this could be a career. I could get paid to do this," recalls Croft, who decided to return to Virginia Tech to study horticulture.