Winter Lecture Series

Explore connections between people and plants in these four inspiring presentations. Special thanks to the Garden Club of Wilmington, Delaware Grounds Management Association, and Gateway Garden Center for sponsoring our speakers, and to Whole Foods Market for providing this year’s refreshments. Individual lecture pricing: Members $20; Non-members $30. For more information, contact Mackenzie Knight-Fochs at (302) 658-6262, ext. 117.

 

Register for all 4 lectures and receive a $10 discount off the entire series!

 

Winter Lecture Series #1

Thursday, February 1, 7 – 8 p.m.
Join Michael Garden, Vice Chair of Friends of the Rail Park, on a journey to learn about The Rail Park, a proposed 3-Mile linear park and multi-modal transportation corridor on former Reading Railroad lines connecting 10 neighborhoods to Fairmount Park, Center City, and some of Philadelphia’s most important cultural institutions. Don’t miss this chance to see what is coming Spring 2018, when Phase 1, a ¼ mile section in the Callowhill neighborhood, opens!
 
Winter Lecture Series #2
Brie Arthur: The Foodscape Revolution
Thursday, February 8, 7 – 8 p.m.
Brie Arthur, author and horticulturist, has fine-tuned her signature design technique of Foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that embraces  beauty and utility. Encouraging everyone to "think outside of the box," learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases bio-diversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. She features the best edible and ornamental planting combinations to inspire you to create purposeful landscapes that engage people of all ages. Arthur will highlight scenes from her next book, Gardening with Grains (January 2019) and show how beautiful, ecologically sustainable and easy it is to grow your own carbohydrates! Books will be available for purchasing and signing.
 
Thursday, February 15, 7 – 8 p.m.
Author and historian Jill Jonnes tells the story of urban trees and the Americans — presidents, plant explorers, citizen activists, scientists, and nurserymen — who have passionately promoted the greening of our cities. Ranging from Jefferson’s day through the postwar devastation of magnificent American elm canopies from Dutch elm disease to the present, Jonnes celebrates the nation’s arboreal advocates, who engage technology to illuminate the value of trees as green infrastructure and their importance to public health. Books will be available for purchasing and signing.
 
Thursday, February 22, 7 - 8 p.m.
From the temple gardens of Mesopotamia to the household gardens at Pompeii, archaeologists have uncovered exciting evidence for ancient gardens  and the plant species they once contained. Dr. Chantel White, archaeobotanist at the Penn Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, will discuss how plant remains are preserved in garden contexts . She will discuss her work in the 1,500-year-old gardens of Istanbul, Turkey, as well as her recent archaeobotanical work in the nineteenth-century gardens of American poet Emily Dickinson located in Amherst, MA.

 

It was great to see TheDCH honor the sacrifice of WWI vets by planting cherry trees. It’s beautiful when they are all blooming.

— Andrew Dinsmore
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