January 18, 2013
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events. A Nurseryman's Miscellany: What You Aren't Getting From the Typical Garden Center Presentation by Rhode Island nursery owner Ed Bowen. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-628-8025. 1/20. 2 pm. African Violet Club of Burlington County Meeting Leaf swap & plant clinic. Mount Laurel Library, 100 Walt Whitman Ave., Mount Laurel; 856-488-6190. avcbc.pbworks.com. 1/18. 6:30 pm. All About Honey Bees Learn about the role bees play in the environment, play a bee-themed game & sample some honey.
June 27, 2012 |
When devoted gardeners run out space in their backyards, they often tear up the old plantings to make room for the new. But Andrew Bunting, a horticulturist with a magazine-worthy ornamental garden behind his ivy-covered stone cottage in Swarthmore, had a different idea. In January, he asked neighbors Clair and Rob Oaks, with whom he had a cordial but not close relationship, if he could use a section of their backyard for a vegetable garden that they would share. He would design, install, and cultivate the plot, and even pay them $100 a month in rent.
May 5, 2012 |
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events: A Walk With the Curator Provides an in-depth look at the collections, gardens and plant selections at the Arboretum. Swarthmore College - Scott Arboretum, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore; 610-328-8025. 5/9. 2:30-3:30 pm. Annual Herb Sale Herbs, scented geraniums, salvias, native plants, & garden gifts. Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Rd., Chester Springs; 610-827-7414. 5/10. 10 am-1:30 pm. Annual Plant Sale One of the largest public garden plant sales in the area.
April 20, 2012 |
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events: 5K Run for Clean Air Cash prizes, contests, food. Martin Luther King Dr.; 5krunforcleanair.org. 4/21. 9 am-12 pm. Bird Walks Sat. Call 215-345-7860 for more information. Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Rd., Doylestown. Donation suggested: $2. 4/21. Birding With Ruth Bird walk led by experienced area birdwatcher Ruth Pfeffer. Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown; 610-270-0215.
April 6, 2012 |
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events: Bird Walks Sat. Call 215-345-7860 for more info. Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Rd., Doylestown. Donation suggested: $2. 4/7. "Delaware Valley Branch American Begonia Society Meeting This month's speaker will be John Boggan, staff member of the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian National Museum, who will give a presentation on begonias and gesneriads grown during winter months. Huntingdon Valley Library, 625 Red Lion Rd., Huntingdon Valley.
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.
September 3, 2009 |
William Jay Peters, 69, of Kennett Square, a horticulturist and retired marketing manager, died of an intracerebellar hemorrhage Aug. 25. Mr. Peters died at West Chester United Methodist Church, where he had become ill while attending a Stephen's Ministry class to train lay people to counsel church members having difficulties. He served on several church committees, was a Sunday school teacher and youth ministry leader, and planted and maintained the church garden. Mr. Peters also worked with young people as chairman of a Lions Club district exchange program, organizing exchange trips with the Nishio Lions Club in Japan.
April 4, 2008
Tomorrow Best Methods of Growing Begonias , program and plant clinic at a meeting of the American Begonia Society's Delaware Valley Branch; 10 a.m. Free. Huntingdon Valley Library, Community Room (second floor), 625 Red Lion Rd., Huntingdon Valley; 610-446-2160; email@example.com . Japanese Garden Elements Tour , part of the Cherry Blossom Celebration, highlights Japanese influence in various areas of Morris Arboretum; 2 p.m. Free with admission: $10; $8 ages 65 and over; $5 ages 3 to 18. Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777; www.morrisarboreum.
December 28, 2007 |
Home gardener or professional horticulturist, doesn't matter: When you ask why they love digging in the dirt, they all get that look in their eyes. They smile a certain way, like they can't believe you'd ask such a dumb question. Then comes the grin, and major teeth. And they blurt out what Claire Sawyers does: "Because . . . because . . . it feels like you're playing!" Not even Sawyers, director of Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College, is playing right now. Over the winter, we can only plan, mentally, for our grandest garden yet: the next one. And for 2008, Sawyers offers much to think about in a new book called The Authentic Garden: Five Principles For Cultivating a Sense of Place (Timber Press, $34.95)
September 28, 2007 |
Martha Stewart puts hydrangeas on the cover of her magazine, and bingo, people are lusting after the old blue mop heads like never before. What about viburnums? Does anyone even know what they are? They're shrubs, they're trees, they're so many things, but mostly they're handsome and productive year-round and feeling no need to shout about it. Hydrangeas are beautiful in summer, all right, parading their big fat puffballs all over the place. And, true, those blossoms of blue and violet, pink and white are fetching even as they fade into fall.