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  • Griffith Hall, University of the Sciences 600 South 43rd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Gardens (and Houses) in Graveyards: The Regional Peculiarities of America's Rural Cemetery Movement & the Business of Horticulture in Philadelphia with Aaron Wunsch and Joel Fry

Location:  Lecture Hall C, Griffith Hall, University of the Sciences. 600 S 43rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Frequently discussed as a national movement, the push to establish "rural" cemeteries before the Civil War also drew on regional gardening traditions and ideals of country life. Here, Aaron Wunsch will put the Philadelphia story in context, paying special attention to The Woodlands. Then, Joel Fry will discuss Philadelphia's early horticultural economy and the city's role in shaping early horticulture in America. 

About Aaron: Aaron Wunsch holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College, an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Doctorate in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley.  His 2009 dissertation was entitled “Parceling the Picturesque: ‘Rural’ Cemeteries and Urban Context in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia.” He serves as vice president of Philadelphia’s Woodlands Cemetery and has been active on other nonprofit boards. 

About Joel: Joel Fry is the Curator of Historical Collections at Bartram's Garden.