Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00-8:00PM

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.


Thursday, February 8th from 6-8 P.M.

Gardening for Beginners with Sally McCabe of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)

Location: This workshop will be held at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's McLean Library

The Gardening for beginners workshop will teach you just enough to be able to converse intelligently at cocktail parties, but not enough to grow flowers or food for the entire neighborhood. You will, however, walk away knowing the difference between annuals & perennials, woodies & tenders, and bulbs & roots, and have a basic understanding of soil and water needs and what it takes to make plants survive in a Philadelphia garden. 

About Sally: Sally has been gardening for more than 50 years, since her parents gave her the option of doing that or doing dishes. Since then she has grown many vegetables and done a few dishes. In 1995 she started the Garden Tenders program, which has since graduated 42 classes of community gardeners. She currently divides her time between Garden Tenders, Green City Teachers, the Flower Show, and other food-and garden-related issues. In her copious(!) spare time, she plays with power tools and grows her own winter vegetables. 


Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8 P.M.

Planning Your Garden for Year-Round Blooms with Joshua Darfler

Location: This workshop will be held at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Cafe

Gardening is not just for the warm months. While the ground is still frozen, and plants are aren’t growing, it’s time to do some plant palate preparation. With pre-planning, and creative thinking, you can achieve more with your garden. In this workshop we will discuss how to select plants and plan your garden for the maximum amount of interest and “wow factor” through the entire growing season…and beyond.

About Joshua: Joshua holds an M.S. in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware, where he studied the phylogenetic relationships of ornamental camellia species housed at Longwood Gardens. He is the Greenhouse and Garden Manager for the University of Pennsylvania where he oversees plant research facilities and the botanical garden.