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Spring Programs at PHS
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 - Tue May 1, 2012
SPRING PROGRAMS AT PHS
100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Workshop: Painting Flowers and Plants with Watercolor
Eight Tuesdays: March 13 – May 1, 10 am – 1 pm
If you feel challenged by the medium of watercolor or have wondered how botanical artists create the illusion of reality, this is the class for you. Presented by Eileen Rosen, this basic introduction will include mixing the colors of nature, making a color journal, exercises to create form and dimensionality, and discussion of brushes and paper. A materials list, including items needed for the first class, will be mailed upon registration. Instruction will be based on individual needs, and beginners are welcome.
Eileen Rosen has taught botanical drawing at the University of the Arts, New York Botanical Garden, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Rio Bravo Research Station in Belize. Limit: 15. Fee: $215 members, $230 non-members.
Workshop: Creating Miniature Garden Portraits in Colored Pencil
Two Thursdays: March 15 and 22, 10 am – 3 pm
Create a charming, intimate “portrait” of a garden you love. In this workshop, taught by Eileen Rosen, you will begin by learning and practicing specific colored-pencil techniques, then learn to reduce and eliminate extraneous details of the larger landscape. All levels of experience are welcome. A materials list, including items needed for the first class, will be mailed upon registration. Limit: 15. Fee: $90 members, $100 non-members.
TREE CARE UPDATE AT THE FLOWER SHOW
Tuesday, March 6, 8 am – 3 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Bartlett Tree Experts presents Tree Care Update at the Philadelphia International Flower Show, on Tuesday, March 6, from 8 am to 3 pm. Speakers include Ed Gilman, of the University of Florida, on root pruning to develop more storm-resistant trees; Tom Smiley and Bruce Fraedrich of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories on soil amendments and sustainable tree maintenance; and a panel discussion on top street trees with PHS and Bartlett staff. Visit www.pennhort.net/Bartlett to register online, or call Carol Dutill at 215-988-8869. Participants receive admission to the Flower Show at 3 pm.
Wesley United Methodist Church
Evening Lecture: New Perennial Introductions—From the Breeder to Your Garden
Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm
As you think about your garden this winter, mail-order catalogs featuring new plants will excite your horticultural fantasies. Undoubtedly you will be tempted with glamorous photographs and sumptuous descriptions, but how do you know if these plants will truly perform in your garden? This lecture by Kevin Staso will take a tantalizing look at a variety of newly introduced perennials as well as proven favorites.
Kevin Staso is sales director of North Creek Nurseries. He travels widely in search of new, unusual, native, and non-native cultivars for submission into North Creek’s new plant introduction program. He is a board member of the Ecological Landscape Association, a member of the Perennial Plant Association’s Environmental Committee, and a member of Pennsylvania’s Storm Water Technical Review Council’s Vegetation Advisory Committee.
This lecture is co-sponsored by PHS and the Hardy Plant Society. Directions will be mailed with confirmation letters. The lecture will be followed by light refreshments. Fee: $10 members of the co-sponsoring organizations, $20 non-members.
PROGRAM AT THE UNION LEAGUE
Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Evening Lecture: Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden
Monday, March 12, 6:30 pm
One of the most important garden designers of the twentieth century, Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932) was a prolific writer and influential horticulturist. Her writings delve into the themes of Home and Garden, Gardens Old and New, Gardens for Small Country Houses, Color in the Flower Garden, and Garden Ornament, which will be highlighted in this lecture. Landscape historian and author Judith Tankard will explore Jekyll’s legendary theories on color, planting, and design, as well as a wonderful selection of some of her famous garden commissions. We will discover Jekyll’s most important collaboration, with Sir Edwin Lutyens, spanning more than forty years and producing such masterpieces of the Arts and Crafts movement as Hestercombe, Folly Farm, and Deanery Gardens.
Judith B. Tankard is a distinguished landscape historian, author, and preservation consultant. In 2000 she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Hortus, Apollo, and Country Life.
This program is co-sponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation and the Union League of Philadelphia. There will be a reception sponsored by Freeman’s Auctioneers at 6 pm, followed by an optional dinner. Dinner reservations are non-refundable and must be made by March 7. Formal business attire required. Fee: lecture only: $25 members and non-members. Lecture and dinner: $75 members and guests. Registration is required through the Royal Oak Foundation. Call 212-480-2889, ext. 201 or visit www.royal-oak.org.
FREE LECTURE SERIES
PHS Auditorium, 100 N. 20th Street
PHS and the Wagner Free Institute of Science will co-sponsor a multi-session course, Agricultural Science and Policy. The course is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Registered students will receive a syllabus and reading list as part of their registration acknowledgement. For information on pre-registration, please visit the Wagner Institute website (wagnerfreeinstitute.org/adulteducation) or call 215-763-6529 ext. 23.
Agricultural Science and Policy
Six Mondays: March 26 – April 30, 6:30 pm
Taught by Dr. David Hewitt, this course will provide scientific background to understand current issues in agricultural and food policy. Subjects will include ecology, physiology (plant and animal), genetics, and molecular/cell biology. It will also include discussion of fertilizer production, nutrient management, seed production, and biotechnology, as well as other topics.
Dr. David Hewitt is a botany research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. His work has included botanical surveys, mycological studies, and the history of botany, among other areas.
PECO GREEN ROOF TOURS
2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
April through October, 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5 pm
Want to learn about exciting green roof technology and how it can help the environment? PHS’s popular monthly tours of the green roof at the downtown headquarters of PECO will resume on Tuesday, April 17 at 5 pm. At more than 45,000 square feet, the PECO green roof features an observation deck and stunning views of downtown Philadelphia. Space is limited to 25 people per tour, and pre-registration at least two business days before the tour is required. Tour participants must be at least 18 years of age. Fee: $5 PHS members, $10 non-members.
For more information
Chela Kleiber, PHS Senior Education Programs Manager 215-988-8775 (Direct) firstname.lastname@example.org