July 31, 2009 |
Kathryn "Brooke" Baxter, 32, formerly of New Hope, a student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, died Sunday in a bus accident in Tanzania. Ms. Baxter was in Africa for the summer as a volunteer for the Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya, working with pregnant women infected with HIV and malaria. She was commissioned as an Army lieutenant last summer, and had completed her first year of medical school on an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship.
June 7, 1991 |
When you think of a swan song, "Happy Birthday" doesn't generally come to mind. But next weekend, the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill will sing happy birthday to three adorable baby cygnets. The latest additions to the resident Royal Swan family were born May 17. The two-day celebration will include guided tours of the arboretum - whose roses should be at peak bloom then - refreshments, and, for children, tales and myths about swans and a related craft program. Festivities will run from 1 to 4 p.m. June 15 and 16. The arboretum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
January 26, 1992 |
The sky was clear and there was barely a breath of wind when Paul Meyer and his wife, Debbie, said goodbye to the friends in Delaware they had visited for supper one evening last summer. But as they returned to Philadelphia, and approached the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania where Paul Meyer is director, they became alarmed. The streets were strewn with debris, large trees were piled in their path and the buzz of chainsaws was audible. Over a period of six minutes on Aug. 3, a tornado ripped through the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, causing millions of dollars worth of damage.
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.
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.
August 9, 1991 |
For the second extended sculptural presentation in its Butcher Sculpture Garden, the Morris Arboretum has chosen a three-part installation by Scott Sherk, who teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. The piece is based on the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne. Rejecting the proposal of the sun god, who pursues her, the nymph Daphne calls for help to her father, the river god, who changes her into a laurel tree. Each of the three sculptural groups is supposed to be animated by the passage of the sun across the sky. To observe these effects, assuming they exist to any meaningful degree, one would have to spend several hours with this installation, which the average visitor seems unlikely to do. Therefore, one receives his or her principal impression from the forms themselves, which are arranged in different areas of the garden.
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.
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.
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)
October 15, 2010 |
Perhaps as a measure of the economy's stranglehold on new construction, this year's winner of Philadelphia's top architecture award went not to a building, but to an open-air children's attraction at the Morris Arboretum, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced Wednesday at its annual meeting. Metcalfe Architecture & Design received the gold medal for Out on a Limb, a delightful elevated walkway that twists its way through the canopy of the arboretum's oldest trees.