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Cherry Blossoms, Cedar Grove & Shofuso: the Japanese House
Anthony Aiello - The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator, Morris Arboretum

Join Arboretum curator Tony Aiello on a trip into the Morris family past with a visit to Cedar Grove, one of the oldest houses open to the public in Fairmount Park and the summer home for five generations of the Morris family. Originally situated on fifteen acres in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, it was built in 1748 and donated to the City of Philadelphia by Lydia Morris in 1926. It was meticulously taken apart and reassembled at its present location in the Park. Cedar Grove provides a rare opportunity to see furniture from early Pennsylvania through Neoclassical styles and a wide range of Morris Family heirlooms and household articles displayed in their own historic context. We will also visit a beautiful Philadelphia gem, Shofuso, often known as the Japanese House in Fairmount Park. Shofuso is a 17th century-style Japanese house with a teahouse, flowering cherry trees, garden, koi pond and island. It was built in Japan in 1953 using traditional building techniques and exhibited in the courtyard at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was moved to Fairmount Park in 1958. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. We will travel by bus. Wear socks as you will be asked to remove your shoes at Shofuso. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time listed to allow for a prompt departure.

Thursday, April 6
9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 9:15 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

Brooklyn Bridge Park & Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Jessica Slade - Natural Areas Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

On this trip we will explore Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre park on the Brooklyn side of the East River in New York City. The park has revitalized more than a mile of Brooklyn’s postindustrial waterfront, which includes Brooklyn Piers and the historic Fulton Ferry Landing. Park construction began in 2008, and the first six acres of the park opened in 2010 at Pier 1, including a waterfront promenade, lawns, a playground, and the Granite Prospect. Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 52-acre garden that includes a number of specialty gardens, plant collections, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses three climate-themed plant pavilions. Founded in 1910, the garden contains more than 10,000 taxa of plants. Some of the specialty gardens include the Japanese Hilland-Pond Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, and the Shakespeare Garden. We will leave by coach bus from the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. The cost of the trip includes coach bus transportation, admission, and lunch. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time listed to allow for a prompt departure.

Thursday, May 4
7:15 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 7:15 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 100.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 110.00 ea.

Reclaiming Industrial and Maritime Philadelpia: Reading Viaduct and the Independence Seaport Museum
Aaron Goldblatt -Executive Member, Friends of Rail Park

Join us for a street-level walking tour along the proposed three-mile Rail Park site. Learn more about Philadelphia’s historic Reading Viaduct and plans for creating an elevated park. The Viaduct, which carried trains into the city for almost 100 years, transects diverse and rapidly redeveloping neighborhoods just north of Center City. Redevelopment of the Viaduct into a park is underway, with great views of local neighborhoods and the Philadelphia skyline. We will have a picnic lunch at
Pier 68. At the Independence Seaport Museum we will tour the historic 1892 Cruiser, Olympia, the oldest steel warship afloat in the world and the only surviving naval ship from the Spanish-American War and the Becuna, a submarine launched in 1944 that patrolled the Pacific Ocean. The museum is also the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Delaware Valley. We will leave by bus from the Morris Arboretum. Park in
the meadow next to the entrance kiosk. The cost of the trip includes bus or van transportation, admission, and lunch. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time listed to allow for a prompt departure.

Wednesday, May 17
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 95.00 ea.

Architecture & Landscape of Chestnut Hill: A Walking Tour
Barry Jeffries - Landscape Architect and Morris Arboretum Guide

Join us for a tour of the unique landscape and historic architecture of the St. Martin’s area of Chestnut Hill. Adjacent to the natural treasures of the Wissahickon Valley, this community continues to be blessed with many uniquely designed areas with historic homes and gardens, earning it the title of Philadelphia’s "Garden Suburb." There are fascinating connections that exist between the history and development of the St. Martin’s area, landscape gardening, and the Morris Arboretum. We will examine this community’s rich architectural and landscape design legacy that has contributed to making this a very desirable suburban enclave in the Philadelphia area. Be prepared to walk. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Meet in front of Building 10 at Chestnut Hill Academy/Springside School, 500 West Willow Grove Avenue.

Saturday, May 20
1:00 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Exploring Houston Meadows
Ken LeRoy - Certified Arborist, John B. Ward Tree Experts

Houston Meadows, which is part of Fairmount Park, is the most biologically diverse ecosystem in the Wissahickon Valley. The upland sandy deposit of soil gives the vegetation a unique open meadow character. Native grasses and herbaceous plants (Andropogon and Eupatorium species) form a matrix of sod that stabilizes the meadow Ericacious shrubs (Vaccinium and Gaylussacia species) that thrive in the acidic barren-like soils. Colonizing trees (Betula and Populus species) border the meadow. Many bird and insect species thrive in this diverse and open meadow. We will explore the geographical boundaries and the plants, animals, and insects of this wonderful little world. Be prepared to walk. Bring a snack and something to drink. Meet at the Houston Playground. Directions to Houston Playground: From the Arboretum, turn left onto East Northwestern Avenue to Germantown Avenue; turn left and go ½ mile up the hill to W. Bells Mill Road. Turn right on W. Bells Mill, cross Forbidden Drive and follow to first left at Lykens Lane. Go 0.2 miles to Manatawna Avenue and turn left. Take the 1st right onto Wissahickon Avenue. Cross Clyde and turn left onto Grakyn Lane (one-way street). Park along Grakyn and meet in front of the Houston Playground pavilion.

Saturday, June 3
10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 36.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

Fantastic Philadelphia: Mt. Moriah Cemetery and Bartram’s Garden
Mount Moriah Cemetery in southwest Philly is a grand rural cemetery and with 380 acres, it is the largest cemetery in Pennsylvania. Incorporated in 1855, for many years it suffered from neglect and mismanagement. It has two military plots dating back to the Civil War, and an ornate brownstone gatehouse. We will learn about the history and future of Mt. Moriah and tour the gravesites, many with beautiful stone carvings, of some of the well-known Philadelphians buried there. We will then head to Bartram’s Garden, the home of plantsman, John Bartram, for lunch and a tour. The 1728 house and the garden in front have just undergone large-scale restoration. The "Carr Garden" has been restored to reflect its early 19th-century peak as a nursery for then-new species from Asia. We will tour the house and learn about the recently completed restoration project. Meet at the Arboretum. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. We will travel by van. The fee includes admissions that help support Mt. Moriah and Bartram’s, lunch, and van transportation. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start time listed to allow for a prompt departure.

Tuesday, June 6
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 8:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 85.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 95.00 ea.

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