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The Morris Legacy: Art Museum Collections and the Waterworks (March 27, 9:15am-3pm) (Class is Full)
Anthony Aiello
The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture, Morris Arboretum

Along with creating the Morris Arboretum, John and Lydia Morris were benefactors to many cultural institutions. One of these was the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where John and Lydia are considered among the earliest and leading benefactors. The best known of their gifts is their treasured collection of 18th century Philadelphia furniture, but they also donated pottery, glassware, and sculpture, from their world travels, not to mention the family home, Cedar Grove. Members of a distinguished Philadelphia family, much of John and Lydia's wealth came from their family business, I. P. Morris & Company, among the nation's leaders in iron manufacturing, supplying engine and infrastructure components. Their company built much of the equipment used in the Philadelphia Water Works. Join us on a private tour of the Morris objects in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The tour will focus on objects in the American art galleries, but we will also view items on display elsewhere in the Museum. Following lunch at Granite Hill, the Museum's premier restaurant, we will visit the Water Works to tour this fascinating piece of Philadelphia history and gain an understanding of the Morris contribution to Philadelphia's manufacturing past. Meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance road. We will travel by small bus. Lunch and admission is included in the cost of the trip.

Friday, March 27
9:15 a.m.-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/27/2015 at 9:15AM
 
Attendees: 1 $90.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $95.00 ea.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge & Fort Mifflin (April 22, 9am-3:30pm) (Class is Full)
Bob Gutowski
Public Programs Director, Morris Arboretum

Join us as we visit two nationally significant Philadelphia sites. We will explore the 1,000-acre John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and learn about the important role the refuge plays in providing wildlife habitat. Despite its urban location, birdwatchers have recorded over 300 species in the Refuge. As we stroll through the refuge we will see a variety of ducks, raptors, and resident birds and may even see a bald eagle that has been nesting at the Refuge. After a picnic lunch at the refuge we will visit Fort Mifflin, a National Historic Landmark, one of the only remaining intact Revolutionary War battlefields and the only fort in Philadelphia. During the Revolution, the valiant efforts of the men at Fort Mifflin held the mighty British Navy at bay providing George Washington and his troops time to arrive safely at Valley Forge. We will travel by small bus. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Picnic lunch is included. Bring binoculars or you can borrow a pair at the Refuge.

Wednesday, April 22
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/22/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $75.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.

Behind the Scenes at the American Philosophical Society's Jefferson Exhibit (May 12, 9am-12:45pm)
The American Philosophical Society is the nation's oldest learned society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. On this trip to Center City, we will see APS's current exhibit, Jefferson, Science, and Exploration and take a behind the scenes tour of the Library to see some of their vast and historic collections that complement this exhibit. Thomas Jefferson is best known as the author of the Declaration of Independence and as the third president of the United States. What is not so well known is his lifelong passion for science. His expansive interests ranged from paleontology to botany to climate science. Jefferson, Science, and Exploration highlights objects from the APS collections that place Jefferson within the scientific community of his time, including his portable polygraph, bones of a mammoth excavated in 1806, and natural history watercolors by William Bartram and Titian Ramsey Peale. We will meet at the Arboretum and take a small bus. Park your car in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk.

Tuesday, May 12
9 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/12/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

Architecture and Landscape of Chestnut Hill: A Walking Tour (May 16, 1-3pm)
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. Meet in front of the Chestnut Hill Academy parking lot at 500 West Willow Grove Avenue.

Saturday, May 16
1-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/16/2015 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Paxson Hill Farm Garden Trip (May 21, 9am-3pm) (Class is Full)
On this trip we will visit Paxson Hill Farm, a 10-acre private estate garden and nursery in beautiful Solebury, Pennsylvania. This Bucks County garden features a pair of 330-foot double perennial borders, a formal parterre garden with a knot garden, and a weeping Tupelo tunnel. There is also a yellow garden and an intimate courting garden. We will have a guided tour with the garden's owner, plantsman, Bruce Gangawar. We will have lunch at the garden and have the opportunity to shop in the greenhouse and nursery that features a diverse offering of unusual specimens not commonly found at the average garden center. We will meet at the Arbortum and travel by small bus. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Lunch is included.

Thursday, May 21
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/21/2015 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $80.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $85.00 ea.

Fascinating Philadelphia: The Ryerss Museum (May 29, 9:30am-1:30pm (Class is Full)
Leslie Morris-Smith
Archivist, Morris Arboretum

On this trip we will visit Burholme mansion, which houses the Ryerss Museum. Burholme was built in 1859 as the summer retreat of Joseph Waln Ryerss, a descendant of Nicholas Waln, one of the original settlers to come to Philadelphia with William Penn. Joseph's business involved trade with China, Japan, and England and he became an avid collector of objects from the Orient. His son Robert, a Quaker in the Victorian era, continued collecting after his father's death. Located in Burholme Park, the Ryerss Museum has an extraordinary and eclectic collection that includes generations of family heirlooms, paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and a vast array of Asian art and artifacts. The opulent home was given to the City of Philadelphia in 1905 and opened as a museum under the Fairmont Park Commission in 1910. New galleries were added in 1923 to display a substantial amount of art and artifacts from many countries, including a large number from China, Japan, and India. Meet at the Arboretum. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. We will have a picnic lunch, included in the cost of the trip, after our visit.

Friday, May 29
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 5/29/2015 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.

Visit a Nurseryman's Private Garden (June 11, 10am-1pm) (Class is Full)
Michael Colibraro
Co-owner, Colibraro Landscaping & Nursery, Inc.

This trip will take us to the garden of nurseryman Michael Colibraro, located in nearby Willow Grove. In this cosmopolitan garden that incorporates plants from around the world and takes advantage of every square foot, scale is important and the imagination flourishes. Garden rooms divide the space and stone and wooden details blend together with plants to create a garden that is truly a work of art. Michael's garden is an extraordinary landscape in a small space and contains many great ideas for urban and suburban gardeners. A highlight of the visit is to have a tour of the garden with its creator, Michael Colibraro, a knowledgeable and enthusiastic plantsman. A picnic lunch will be provided. We will leave from the Arboretum in a small bus. Park in the meadow next to the entrance kiosk.

Thursday, June 11
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/11/2015 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.

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