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/.