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Bringing Spring Wildflowers to Your Home Garden
Bess Trout
Horticulturist, Tyler Arboretum

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are the first, elusive flowers to bloom after the winter thaw. These hopeful little plants go through their whole growth and reproductive cycle in the time between when the snow melts and the trees leaf out for the year. Come learn about how to find these harbingers of the changing seasons in the woods, the important role they play for pollinators and people, and how to grow them in your home garden. The class will be both inside and outside. Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Saturday, April 21
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Great Native Trees and Shrubs for your Landscape
Dr. Will Ryan
Botanist/Restoration Ecologist

The popularity of landscaping with native plants continues to grow. Native species of trees and shrubs provide rich ecosystem services in our landscapes. They have evolved with the extremes of our climate, a wide array of insect pests, and a variety of soil and moisture types. They play an important role in supporting biodiversity, serving as food-source, host plant, and habitat to many insects, birds, and animals. Gardeners are also turning to native landscaping to reduce garden maintenance. Join botanist Will Ryan, who recently completed his Ph.D. studies under the tutelage of acclaimed scientist and native plant enthusiast Doug Tallamy, as he shows you many of his favorite native trees and shrubs and describes the conditions in which they prefer to grow.

Saturday, May 12
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Members: $30
Non-members: $35
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.

Wine, Cheese, and Spectacular Trees (Class is Full)
Paul Meyer
The F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum

Join this early evening walk with Arboretum Executive Director Paul Meyer focusing on ten outstanding plants in the Arboretum’s living museum. Each of these accessions has special genetic significance and tells an important conservation story. You will learn about the attributes of each species and how the individual plant became part of the Arboretum’s collection. This walking class will conclude with a glass of wine, snacks, and discussion on the Arboretum’s popular tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb. Rain or shine. In the event of rain, the class will be held with an illustrated lecture indoors. Wear good walking shoes.

Tuesday, May 15
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Members: $35
Non-members: $40
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

Container Gardening (Class is Full)
Julie Bare
PHS Meadowbrook Farm Estate Gardener

Join Julie Bare, PHS Meadowbrook Farm Estate Gardener, to learn about designing and maintaining a beautiful container for your garden, whether that is a front stoop or sprawling backyard. Julie will show you how to skillfully combine annuals, tropicals, perennials, herbs, and more for a container that will look good all season. Get tips on maintaining plantings, choosing a container, and learn about an interesting plant palette to try out.

Thursday, May 17
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Build-A-Bog Workshop
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Samantha Nestory
The Hay Honey Farm Endowed Natural Areas Intern, Morris Arboretum

Bogs are unique ecosystems that are host to a variety of weird and wonderful plants -- but did you know you can have one in your backyard? In this hands-on workshop, you will create your own small bog planter complete with edible cranberries, carnivorous pitcher plants and sundews, and a beautiful native orchid. These planters are compact, colorful, and winter-hardy, and will bring a fresh and unique element to your garden. Your instructor will provide information about the plants and their care, as well as step-by-step directions and individual attention from start to finish. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and don’t forget your gardening gloves. We will meet in the barn at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across from the main public garden entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Park in the lot and look for the red barn on your left.

Saturday, May 19
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Members: $70
Non-members: $80
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

Planting a Miniature Hosta Container
Nicky Beadle
Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist

Enjoy planting your own colorful and long-lasting container garden using specially selected miniature hostas. These hostas can have the same great characteristics as larger hostas, but their tiny size makes them more versatile. Nicky has chosen a number of these diminutive beauties, which are as varied as their full-size counterparts, to create a distinctive container garden that you can take home and enjoy for years. Learn how to design and maintain a this small garden, then plant your own unique container, perfect for a shady patio or back porch. We will meet in the barn at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across from the main public garden entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Park in the lot and look for the red barn on your left.

Saturday, June 16
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Members: $60
Non-members: $65
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

Gardening in Heat and Drought (Class is Full)
Nina Schneider
Garden Designer

As our summers get hotter and rainfall becomes sporadic, the resulting gardening challenges can be met with selection of the right plants that are adaptable for those conditions. The best way to combat a potential drought is to plant more drought-tolerant and even heat-resistant plants. We will look at shrubs, perennials and annuals in the instructor’s home garden and discuss the soil, watering, and pruning of these heat-tolerant plants.
We will meet at Nina’s private garden in Chestnut Hill. Directions will be e-mailed just prior to class.

Sunday, June 23
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

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