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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 (Class is Full)
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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