Monday, April 27, 2015

A Spring Evening of Brew Sampling!

Morris Arboretum has joined up with Weyerbacher Brewing Company for an awesome spring evening of beer tasting!  

We'll sample five beers that represent the breadth of styles and richness in flavor the brewery has to offer. Enjoy and learn more about their wildly popular and award-winning Belgian-style triple, Merry Monks. Then take this unique opportunity to be among the first to try a brand new, soon to be released, tart style beer. These brews will be paired with complementary food designed to play off of the flavors of the beer, from refreshingly light to full-bodied and complex. Bring your friends and explore a world of unique and exciting beer!

Beer Tasting at Morris Arboretum
Wednesday, May 20
6:30 - 8:30pm
Register Now!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Natural Fashionista: Gowns Inspired by Spring Blooms

We recently spotted some very familiar sights in unfamiliar territory: a high-fashion shop in Center City. We're excited to see Philadelphia-headquartered Anthropologie rolling out some fabulous dress designs inspired by some of our favorite blooming trees - cherries and magnolias! Check it out...

Magnolia Grove Gown, Anthropologie

Cherry Blossom Gown, Anthropologie

Sakura Blossoms Gown, Anthropologie

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weekend Picks: Enjoy the Height of Spring

Morris Arboretum is bursting with spring blooms. From strength training to a leisurely stroll, we've got a variety of ways to enjoy the scenes.

  • Friday, April 24 - Get Outside with Stroller Strides®!

    10:00 - 11:00am; Registration and payment required. 
    Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies - it includes power walking, strength-training intervals, and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller, and the environment. Taught by a certified and specially trained instructor, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser.
  • Saturday, April 25 - Arbor Day Family Day  

    11:00am - 3:00pm; Free with garden admission, takes place throughout the garden.
    Branch out as a naturalist and dig into learning about trees. Design a tree house, make a “tree map” with five different types of trees, create a street landscape with trees, learn how to “read” the life of a tree, and shadow an arborist to learn what’s involved in caring for trees.
  • Sunday, April 26 - Enjoy the Magnificent Trees of Spring 

    Throughout the garden. Come see the diversity of our ornamental trees in bloom. A stunning array of cherries, magnolias, and dogwoods are now flowering.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5 Fast Facts About Cherry Blossoms

There is nothing quite like the show of small petals covering flowering cherry trees on a clear spring day; their flowers are beautiful at all stages – from first bud break through emergence into full flower… and even as the petals shower onto the ground.  The ephemeral nature of ornamental cherries is what makes them all the more special.

Here are a few facts about cherry blossoms:
  1. Flowering cherry trees are small to medium-sized plants and they are one of the most diverse groups of ornamental trees in our area.
  2. Cherry trees are members of the rose family, and like all its members, they require full sun and good drainage.  
  3. Their small delicate petals come in colors ranging from white to light pink, and even some darker pink-reds.   
  4. As part of the Sesquicentennial celebration of 1926, the Japanese government gifted flowering cherry trees to the city of Philadelphia and some of these original trees can still be seen in Fairmount Park.  
  5. Since 1998 the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia has planted more than 1000 cherry trees throughout the city.  
See Morris Arboretum's cherry blossom collection in bloom this April. Learn more.

Monday, April 20, 2015

3 Ways To See the Garden After Hours

Ever wonder what it's like to experience the garden after regular visiting hours? Luckily, we've got a handful of upcoming opportunities to go behind the garden gates (and no fence-hopping required)!
  • Full Moon Garden Stroll - May 4, 7:00 - 9:00pm
    Stroll the Arboretum, go out on the tree canopy, and enjoy the garden in the glow of the full moon.
    Register Now
  • Kickin' Off Summer Concert - May 28, 7:00 - 8:00pm
    Enjoy the infectious beats and electrifying 70s-era showmanship of Philly band,
    You Do You. Get Tickets Now
  • Yoga in the Garden: Ten Enchanted Evenings - June 2 - August 4, 7:00 - 8:15pm
    The incredible beauty of summer nights at the Morris Arboretum provides the backdrop for this unique opportunity to study inspirational Vinyasa (flow style) yoga.
    Register Now

Or host your own after hours event! See our rentals page for more information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

5 Cherry Trees for Gardeners

Cherry Trees have a very fine texture and even in autumn they reward gardeners with excellent fall color.  There are an immense number of varieties but the main ones for gardeners to consider are:
  • Prunus ‘Okame’: the Okame cherry is one of the most commonly planted cherries and the first to bloom in Philadelphia - usually in late March or early April.  It has dark pink flowers that fade to pale pink as they open.  It grows to 25 feet at maturity.  Okame was introduced to the United States through the Morris Arboretum in the 1940s.
  • Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’: the weeping Higan cherry is the most common of the weeping cherries and one of the most graceful garden trees.  Its small April-blooming flowers are pale pink and cover the branches, giving the plants a beautiful overall look.  These plants grow to 25-30 feet.
  • Prunus ‘Snofozam’:  SNOW FOUNTAINS weeping cherry is a slower growing and smaller weeping tree, making it useful in smaller spaces.  Its branches are held more stiffly than the weeping Higan cherry, but the overall effect is very attractive.  Its small white flowers completely cover the branches, making a fantastic display.
  • Prunus x yedoensis, the Yoshino cherry is probably the best known flowering cherry, famous for the display surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.  This is a medium-sized tree that will grow to 40 feet.  Its flowers are pink in bud, opening to a pale pink-white at full flower.  A common variety of Yoshino cherry is Daybreak (‘Akebono’) known for its soft-pink, semi-double flowers that cover the branches. 
  • Prunus sargentii: Sargent cherry is native to northern Japan and is among the hardiest and largest of the flowering cherries. Its single rose-pink flowers emerge in mid April before the foliage and at the same time as the Yoshino cherries. The deep red-brown lustrous bark of Sargent cherry adds interest throughout the year.
Come explore Morris Arboretum's cherry blossom collection in bloom this April. Learn More

Monday, April 13, 2015

Grow Your Own Lettuce Bowl!

Need inspiration for a quick, easy spring gardening project? Grow your own lettuce bowl!
This  project is easy-peasy and fun to do with budding gardeners.

Hanging baskets with coco fiber liners are easy to come by at garden centers and big box stores. Add some soil-less potting mix, sow lettuce seeds and cover, water and wait. You won't wait long, as lettuce will quickly germinate in cool spring weather. By snipping the outer leaves and leaving the central ones, lettuce plants will continue to grow, giving you a longer harvest. If you want to prolong your growing season, look for heat tolerant varieties that take longer to bolt- flower and go to seed. If you have lettuce seeds left over from previous years, sow thickly, as germination of old seed is reduced.

Basket culture for lettuce or spinach is ideal, as you can position your basket close to your kitchen door, or easily move it to a sunny spot for best growth. Elevating your crop keeps uninvited four-footed garden guests away from your succulent greens.

So, now what to do with all that lettuce? Check out our upcoming culinary class, Savory Summer Soups and Salads on May 28! Register Here  

Article by Louise D. Clarke, Bloomfield Farm Section Leader at Morris Arboretum