As proponents of gardening, greening, and learning for more than 185 years, PHS is pleased to announce its new line-up of evening events to help you hone your horticultural skills and pique your interest in all things outdoors. These six exciting programs will be held in the McLean Library at PHS headquarters (100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia), feature special guest presenters each night, and be served-up with a side of snacks and sips.
The series, which kicks-off on Wednesday, April 10, will offer three lectures/panel discussions and three workshops. Guests are encouraged to sign up in advance as these classes fill quickly! The McLean Library will have extended evening hours for each of the presentations, and all lectures will include a wine and cheese reception.
Private Edens: Lessons in Creating Your Own Garden Paradise, Wednesday, April 24, 6:00 pm
Garden writer and popular lecturer Jack Staub distills the important lessons in “Eden making” he learned while creating his new book Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens. Based on the interviews he conducted with the owners of the garden paradises featured in the book and using Rob Cardillo’s superb photograph, Jack identifies the key components of “heart, home, and horticulture” that elevate what is merely a house on a plot of land to a personal place of genuine respite, comfort, and beauty.
To Be or Not To Be Native: Is This Even the Right Question? Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 pm
Join us for an in-depth discussion about how we talk about plants. What do we actually mean when we use the terms “native plants” or “invasive plants?” Do we inadvertently assign value or blame to certain plants just by using these terms? We will hear from three distinguished experts in the field: Doug Tallamy, lecturer, professor at the University of Delaware and author of Bringing Nature Home; Peter Del Tredici, author of Wild Urban Plants and senior research scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; and Anthony S Aiello, avid plant collector and director of horticulture and curator at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. This engaging and interactive dialogue will be moderated by Nancy O’Donnell, PHS director of design. Members of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Audubon will offer comments in response to the panelists, followed by questions from the audience.
Gardening with Nature, Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 pm
This program, presented by Douglas Thomas, will highlight her fabulous garden, Twin Maples, which she and her husband purchased in Salisbury, Connecticut in 1996. They are only the third recorded owners of nearly 400 acres received by the original owner as a land grant from George II of England in 1740. On this historic property they have built a Georgian style house and a guest cottage, both designed by David Anthony Easton, and have developed 40 acres of wildflower meadows as well as formal gardens connected to the house. This property has been documented by the Millbrook Garden Club for the Archives of American Gardens at the Smithsonian Institution. The program shows the landscape in all seasons and describes the process of planting sustainable wildflower meadows.
Each class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and is $18 for PHS members, $23 for non-members. Register here, or for more information visit www.phsonline.org. Enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while you learn.
Terrariums: Landscapes under Glass, Wednesday, April 10
What could be better than brightening your home with a lush, green, miniature world under glass? Lori Hayes will offer practical tips on the design, plant and container selection, and maintenance of terrariums.
How to Compost at Home, Wednesday, May 8
Gardeners call compost “black gold,” because it is rich in nutrients that keep plants healthy. Join us to learn how to successfully start and maintain a compost pile anywhere–outdoors or even in an indoor worm bin. Paco Verin, environmental educator, will be the instructor.
Simple Tips for Gorgeous Garden Photos, Wednesday, June 12
Barbara Peterson, professional photographer and PHS staffer, will share tips and tricks collected in her years behind a camera. After a brief overview, Barbara will lead the group to nearby Logan Circle and demonstrate ways to truly capture the beauty of plants and garden design, regardless of the kind of camera you use. Please feel free to bring your own camera and dress for the weather.