Einstein Healthcare Network Promotes Healthy Living at the Flower Show

We’re proud to partner with Einstein Healthcare Network at the Flower Show! We all know that gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle, and the Einstein presenters in the Speakers Series are sure to have answers to your questions regarding how to be safe while tending to your flowers. Be sure to check out their offerings in Room 201B, including:

fotolia_1836805_XSTuesday, March 5 at 5:30 pm, Rosemarie Boehm, MD presenting “Gardening Without Aches and Pains.”
Thursday, March 7 at 2:30 pm, Anne T. Wieland presenting “Lighten Your Load with Adaptive Gardening Devices.”
Sunday, March 10 at 3:30 pm, Richard E. Grant, MD presenting “Gardening Without Aches and Pains.”

In addition to these speakers, Einstein is sponsoring the PHS Kids Zone in which a Mums Lounge will be a dedicated area for nursing mothers, or those who need some quiet time and comfortable seating with their little ones.

Thanks, Einstein Healthcare Network, for looking out for us. We’ll see you at the Show!

Gold Medal Plants with Winter Interest Featured at Longwood Gardens

hawthornSince its inception in 1978, the Gold Medal Plant Award program of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has recognized trees, shrubs, and woody vines of outstanding merit. The program was originally conceived by noted nurseryman Dr. J. Franklin Styer, who realized homeowners and gardeners needed to learn about superior woody plants for their landscapes. These plants are evaluated and chosen for their superb eye-appeal, performance, and hardiness in the growing region of Zones 5-7. Many winners are hardy in a much broader geographic range.

When a gardener acquires a plant designated a Gold Medal winner, he or she can be assured the plant will exhibit standards of excellence for pest and disease resistance, as well as ease of growing, when planted and maintained by recommended methods. Gold Medal Plants are also chosen for their beauty through many seasons, whether it be foliage, flower, form, or bark.

Gold Medal winners can be found at Longwood Gardens year round. Click here for the map of those winners that exhibit winter beauty in the garden; the list includes several varieties hollies, witch hazel, evergreens, and more. Enjoy them at their peak form now with a winter visit to Longwood!

Two Floral Design Classes to Inspire You!

floral-design-class-3There’s nothing more comforting than working with fresh, colorful flowers in the middle of winter. Join us in the McLean Library at 20th and Arch Street in Philadelphia with designer Cheryl Wilks for two workshops that are sure to inspire your inner florist.

“Creative Trends in Floral Design” will be held Monday, January 14 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing with fresh flowers! Cheryl will demonstrate the newest trends in floral design that will feature a variety of styles and techniques.

“Flower Arranging from the Heart” will be held on Monday, February 11 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The workshop is especially timely being so close to Valentine’s Day. Flowers have been scientifically proven to impact wellness and reduce stress. Cheryl will share great information about arranging fresh flowers to help our need for serenity, inspiration, wellness, gratitude, and love.

The workshops cost $18.00 each for members, $23 for nonmembers.  For information and to register, contact Marilyn Reynolds at mreynolds@pennhort.org or click here.

January Gardening Events & Family Fun

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in January discovering the natural world—and perhaps a new hobby in the process. Check the lists below for ideas, and consult the PHS calendar of events at PHSonline.org.

January List of Gardening & Greening Events

January Events for Kids & Families

PHS Pinterest Boards Offer Holiday Inspiration

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From strawberry Santas to elaborate tablescapes, Christmas trees made from broccoli to gifts available at PHS Meadowbrook Farm—our Pinterest boards are filled with ideas! Much more than just a virtual bulletin board of pretty pictures, Pinterest posts can be “clicked through” to get great tutorials on wreath making; beautifully photographed, step-by-step recipes; and even informative videos.

In addition to holiday inspiration, we have boards about greening your home, behind the scenes of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, family-friendly fun, and much more.

We’d love to share with you! Find us at http://pinterest.com/pahortsociety/.

What’s New in the McLean Library in November

It’s getting chilly outside—time to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book! The McLean Library at PHS headquarters at 20th and Arch in Philadelphia, open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, has these great new titles.

When planning your visit to the library, consider bringing your little ones for an hour of fun and learning! Children ages 3 to 6 (with their adults) are invited to the library to learn about gardening and the natural world through books read by storyteller Hasha Salaman. Storytime meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 am, November through June. (NOTE: January’s program is scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month and we skip March for the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.)

Upcoming dates include December 5; January 9; February 6; April 3; and May 1. For more information or to register for a Storytime session, please contact Priscilla Becroft at pbecroft@pennhort.org or 215-988-8772.

A Guide to Bearded Irises, Kelly D. Norris. The diversity of bearded irises rivals that of any other perennial grown in temperate climates. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent’s garden; for others, they’re a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns. In this comprehensive and definitive guide, iris expert Kelly Norris provides an accessible yet authoritative overview of these deservedly popular plants.

A Handful of Dirt, Raymond Bial (photographer). Soil may not be alive, but amazingly, multitudes of microscopic creatures live there, battling it out in an eat-or-be-eaten world. These tiny creatures, invisible to our eyes, provide food for the insects that in turn feed the reptiles and mammals that live in and above the soil. You’ll never look at the ground you walk on in the same way after Raymond Bial, an award-winning photo essayist, takes you on this eye-opening, down-and-dirty tour of one of the earth’s most precious resources.

A Rich Spot of Earth, Peter J. Hatch; Alice Waters (Foreword by). Graced with nearly 200 full-color illustrations, A Rich Spot of Earth is the first book devoted to all aspects of the Monticello vegetable garden. Hatch guides us from the asparagus and artichokes first planted in 1770 through the horticultural experiments of Jefferson’s retirement years (1809–1826). The garden is a living expression of Jefferson’s genius and his distinctly American attitudes. Its impact on the culinary, garden, and landscape history of the United States continues to the present day.

Agaves, Greg Starr. In Agaves, plant expert Greg Starr profiles 75 species, with additional cultivars and hybrids, best suited to gardens and landscapes. Each plant entry includes a detailed description of the plant, along with its cultural requirements and hardiness, sun exposure, water needs, soil requirements, and methods of propagation. Agaves can change dramatically as they age and this comprehensive guide includes photos showing each species from youth to maturity—a valuable feature unique to this book.

Herb Gardening from the Ground Up, Sal Gilbertie; Larry Sheehan; Akiko Aoyagi (Illustrator); Lauren Jarrett (Illustrator). Garden-fresh herbs impart flavor and fragrance that dried, packaged products simply can’t. Now, anyone with access to a few square yards of soil (or even a sunny patio or windowsill) can enjoy the punch and pungency that only come from fresh herbs hand-picked from the garden. Herb Gardening from the Ground Up demonstrates how to design, seed, and nurture 38 culinary herb gardens that are delightful to the eye as well the palate.

No Student Left Indoors, Jane Kirkland; Guy Kirkland (Editor); Melanie Palaisa (Editor); Dorothy Burke (Editor). No Student Left Indoors is your opportunity to learn and teach about our planet by helping your students to create a field guide to your schoolyard. Whether you’re a nature buff or nature-phobe, a literary genius or writing impaired, artistically talented or one who can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, and teaching gifted or challenged students in an urban, suburban, or rural school—you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of this before.

The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers, Teri Dunn Chace. The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers identifies the 100 most common gardening mistakes and gives gardeners the techniques to prevent them. Or, if it’s too late and they’ve already goofed, there are tips to fix the mistake.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan; Richie Chevat (Adapted by). “What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.

The Organic Backyard Vineyard, Tom Powers. In The Organic Backyard Vineyard, expert Tom Powers walks the small grower through the entire process of growing grapes, with a month-by-month maintenance guide covering all regions of the U.S. and Canada. He explains everything a beginning grape grower needs to know: how to design and build a vineyard, how to select grapes for each region, how to maximize yield using organic maintenance techniques, how to build a trellis, how to harvest at peak flavor, and how to store grapes for winemaking.

To borrow these books and DVDs, copy and paste the book titles into this request form. Be sure to include your contact information and PHS membership number.

Gourd-geous Exhibit Highlights the Fruits of the Season

Now through November 30, visit the PHS McLean Library at 20th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia to enjoy GOURD-geous! A PHS Plant Exhibition open Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.  This FREE exhibition features beautiful and exotic gourds, pumpkins, and other seasonal delights from PHS Meadowbrook Farm, and the work of local artisans–including one-of-a-kind gourd art created with pyrography and watercolor pencil.

Enjoy these FREE programs for kids and adults:

On Monday, November 12 from 11 am to 12:30 pm, Valerie McLaughlin, Susan Essick, and Patti Kelly will demonstrate Thanksgiving Floral Designs and make a hand-tied bouquet, table arrangement, and wreath.

On Wednesday, November 14 from 3:30 to 4:30pm, horticulturist Mona Gold shares creative, easy, inexpensive, and fun ideas at this free, family-friendly program, Gourd Crafts for Kids. Attendees of all ages will enjoy gourd craft activities such as silly faces, painted gourds, or gourd centerpieces for fall.

Join us for The Wonderful World of Gourds on Tuesday, November 27 from 6 to 7 pm. The gourd family includes hundreds of species of vines bearing coiled, climbing tendrils and some of the most unusual fruits in the world. Join us for this free presentation by PHS Meadowbrook Farm horticulturist Brandon Huber. He will discuss how to grow, use, and maintain these fascinating wonders!

Click here to register or contact Marilyn Reynolds for info.

Storytime at the McLean Library

Bring your little ones to the library for an hour of fun and learning! Beginning on Wednesday, November 7, PHS will feature storytime programs in the McLean Library located on the first floor at PHS headquarters, 100 North 20th Street in Philadelphia. Children ages 3 to 6 (with their adults) are invited to the library to learn about gardening and the natural world through books read by storyteller Hasha Salaman.

Storytime meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 am, November through June. (NOTE: January’s program is scheduled on the second Wednesday of the month and we skip March for the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.)

Upcoming dates include: November 7; December 5; January 9; February 6; April 3; and May 1. For more information or to register for a Storytime session, please contact Priscilla Becroft at pbecroft@pennhort.org or 215-988-8772.