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Planting in Small Spaces: Inspiration from Woodlands’ Cradle Graves


As part of Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture and Design Classes, please join us for
Planting in Small Spaces: Inspiration from Woodlands’ Cradle Graves
with Robin Rick Facilities and Landscape Manager, The Woodlands
Saturday, May 4th from 10AM - 12PM

In this Morris Arboretum spring class, offered at The Woodlands in West Philadelphia, we will focus on creating colorful gardens in small spaces.  It is perfect for people in the city with limited gardening space. We will use the cemetery’s cradle graves, which are similar to raised garden beds, as our inspiration.  Robin will cover general topics such as plant choices for small spaces and how to maintain blooms all summer.  She will provide specific information about the history of the grave garden form and will discuss using historic plants, and how to grow them from seed.  The Woodlands’ many cradle graves are tended by volunteers as part of their nationally recognized Grave Gardener program.  The Woodlands is the former country seat of William Hamilton from 1770 to 1813. Its Schuylkill River site was designed by Hamilton to reflect a picturesque English landscape.  In 1840, local investors purchased the estate and transformed the grounds into a rural cemetery.  Still active today, The Woodlands Cemetery was named a National Historic Landmark District and provides an oasis of nature amid the bustling University City neighborhood.

This class meets at The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, 19104 across the street from the 40th Street Trolley Portal.  Upon entering The Woodlands gate, take a right and follow the curve of the asphalt road to the mansion.   You may park on the internal roads of The Woodlands near the mansion.

Price: $30 | $25 for members of Morris Arboretum and The Woodlands*.

Member of The Woodlands, use code “Woodlands” at checkout.