Grave Garden Fête

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and come out to The Woodlands to enjoy the grave gardens that are brightening the cemetery, planted by our newest volunteer group, the Grave Gardeners! We have teamed up with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to organize a day of botanically-themed workshops and demonstrations with a Victorian twist, fun make-and-takes, and will be offering a special selection of hard-to-find heirloom bulbs for sale. 

Admission to the Fête is FREE for members of The Woodlands and $10 for non-members.
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BULB PLANTING WORKSHOP
1:15pm, 2:15pm, and 3:15pm
Invest in the future…or at least next spring.   Learn the best ways to plant bulbs for spring bloom.  All supplies provided. Period appropriate bulb varieties will also be available for sale for home planting. 
About the Presenter: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 that offers programs, activities, workshops, and publications for gardeners of all levels and interests.

BUILD A TERRARIUM WORKSHOP
Ongoing throughout event

Learn the best way to make your own desktop terrarium using low-maintenance succulents.  Bring your preferred container or jar (half-gallon size or less;) all other supplies provided. 
Note: we will have some containers available, but bring your own just in case as supplies are limited. 
About the PresenterThe Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1827 that offers programs, activities, workshops, and publications for gardeners of all levels and interests.

NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP
1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

Explore natural dye processes for making creative fabrics and yarns using botanical materials gathered on-site.
About the Presenter: Sydney Hernandez is a Philadelphia-based designer with a BS in textile design and passion for natural dye. She is the owner of WorthWild, an accessories line that aims to balance natural and forged materials by combining copper with a variety of hard and soft woods. Her work can be found on Esty at WorthWild.

MEDICINAL PLANT WORKSHOP
1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Learn about the diseases prevalent in Victorian Era Philadelphia, and talk about some of the plants that would have been used to treat these conditions. There will be samples of these plants for visitors to smell and touch, as well as historical medical photographs of medicinal plants to color.
About the Presenter: America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century "cabinet museum" setting. The goal of the Museum is to help visitors understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.

ABOUT THE GRAVE GARDENERS
The Grave Gardeners is a volunteer program that pairs volunteer gardeners with cradle graves that they then plant in Victorian fashion, reconnecting users with the site's history and recalling a time in which cemetery lots were lushly planted and gardened. 
Learn more about the Grave Gardeners here.

Thank you to our event partners. 

Please note: There will be no vehicular traffic or parking allowed on the grounds for this event. Please see the visit page of our website for more information about transit options. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Walking, biking, and use of public transportation are highly recommended.