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The Lost Landscapes of Philadelphia: Lemon Hill and Stenton
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Thu, Apr 26, 2012, 10a.m. - 1p.m.
Tickets: Members: $65; Non-members: $75
Historic landscapes almost always have a complex and interesting history of use that may not be visible at first glance. Horticulturist and writer Nicole Juday will lead a trip to two such local sites, each with multiple layers of landscape features reaching back for several centuries. Lemon Hill began as a vineyard in the 1680s before evolving into one of the great private gardens in America in the early 1800s. Owned by the city since the mid 1800s the grounds have served a number of public purposes as part of the Fairmount Park System. The garden at Germantown's Stenton was once part of the extensive landholdings of the Logan family, early Philadelphia botanists and horticulturists. While very little trace remains of this era, a partially intact Colonial Revival garden survives as an example of the strong interest in romanticizing American history in the early 1900s.Participants on this tour will learn how to "read" a landscape for environmental clues as to how a historic site may have functioned in different eras, and will get an understanding of the impact of factors such as development and urbanization on landscapes over time.
100 East Northwestern Avenue
Philaelphia, PA 19118
In the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia
For more information
Continuing Education Department 215-247-5777, ext. 125 firstname.lastname@example.org