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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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