March 2021 Monthly Meeting

Member Carol Hassell, who is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust, was our speaker for the March 15 Zoom meeting.  She described their mission which includes the preservation of open and green space in the northern portion of Georgia; the protection of water quality in area streams and rivers, habitat, working land, historical and archeological features; and education about the values of and tools for land conservation.   She clarified how a land trust is becoming increasingly necessary as 95 to 98% of land has been modified for human use.  These 2200 fragmented acres throughout the Piedmont area conserve our woodlands, birds, wildlife, and pollinators and she explained the importance of ”Protecting Land for Today and Tomorrow” in the land trust, but also in our own yards and community.  It was an informative hour.

January 2021 Monthly Meeting

Via Zoom, our monthly meeting on January 18th featured Sam Landes sharing his lifelong interest – “Edible Mushrooms: Foraging, Identifying and Growing”.  Sam explained why fungi deserves such attention. He identified many mushrooms explaining the differences between them and shared stories of finding fungi all over the USA. Sam belongs to the educational organization, The Mushroom Club of Georgia.

October 2020 Zoom Meeting

Bestselling author and horticulturist, Brie Arthur was our speaker for our October Zoom meeting.   What a delightful presentation full of great information. Her enthusiasm for new ideas and practices with out of the box gardening advice was contagious! We shared her expertise as an advocate for consumer horticulture and home gardening. Some members benefited from forager wheat seed gifts as well as her latest book which were well received.

September 2020 Meeting

Our Zoom monthly meeting showcased the gardens that our own Lynda Pollock visited with husband Bob when she attended the International Master Gardeners Conference in Philadelphia in 2019. Philadelphia is known as America’s Garden Capital and Lynda details each garden they visited and added the links.

Chanticlear: A Pleasure Garden.

The Chanticleer Foundation owns 47 acres, 35 of which are open to the public. The remaining acreage is in agriculture, woodland, service areas, and staff housing. The main path is just under a mile in length. The garden has evolved greatly since the death of the owner in 1990. As the home of the Rosengartens, Chanticleer was beautiful and green with impressive trees and lawns.

Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation at St. Joseph’s University

Just eight miles from the Philadelphia campus of the Barnes Foundation, you’ll find the Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University, home to a horticulture school. The 12-acre arboretum is astonishingly diverse for its size, with more than 2,500 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants, many rare. The peony and lilac collections, which date from the early 1900s, are important genetic resources for conservation and study.

Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

Scott Arboretum at Swathmore College

The idyllic 425-acre arboretum that makes up the Swarthmore College campus is often named one of the most beautiful in the country. The Arboretum is a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott (Swarthmore Class of 1895). Mr. Scott’s family made a generous donation to found the Arboretum in 1929.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania began in 1887 as Compton, the summer home of John and Lydia Morris, brother and sister. The I.P. Morris Company, an iron-manufacturing firm founded by their father and later run by John Morris, was a source of family wealth.

The Highlands Mansion & Gardens

The Highlands’ 2-acre formal garden was first created in the 1840’s by George Sheaff. Today, The Highlands is recreating the spirit of the Sinkler garden based on letters, photographs, and the survey that Caroline Sinkler commissioned in 1917. This restoration is a multi-phase, multi-year project. The grounds are open from dawn to dusk year around.

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

In 1911 Jane Bowne Haines first opened the doors to the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, the school has been a student-centered learning center that remains a core principal at Ambler to this day. One of the three key focus areas for the Ambler Arboretum is the history of women in horticulture and design. The site at Ambler was founded as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1910.

PHS Meadowbrook Farm

This is the home of the Philadelphia Horticulture Society. The farm is a 25-acre property bequeathed to The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2004. Today, visitors enjoy formal and informal gardens and a specialized Plant Shop.

Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden

Stoneleigh is a young, public garden with a focus on native plants. The original home of 3 generations of the Haas family, they donated the property to Natural Lands to protects it for the future. Stoneleigh is also a showcase for blending the aesthetic beauty of designed gardens with the natural richness of native habitats that are essential to the health of our planet.

Natural Lands is a non-profit organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Beginning in the early 1950s up to the present nearly five million people live within five miles of lands under Natural Lands permanent protection.

Arboretum at Haverford College

Founded in 1833 by Welsh Quakers.  The following year William Carvill, an English gardener, was hired to transform the tilled fields, woodlots, and pastures into a campus landscape. Trees were planted to frame and complement open spaces, border the lanes in alleés and form grouped circles on open lawns, a reflection of the English landscape tradition of Sir Humphrey Repton. Today the pastoral landscape includes several original oaks on Founders Green.

Winterthur Museum Garden and Library

 Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty.

Next International Master Gardeners Conference is September 12-16, 2021 – we hope!

Registration will begin some time this fall.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society – sponsor of the Philadelphia Flower Show.   They have recently announced they are moving the show outside and at a new location. It will also be later in the year. Check their website for updates. It’s worth going.