Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening Work Day

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Catch up on some Grave Gardening! PLEASE NOTE: This work day is during the annual Trolley Blitz. The trolley tunnel will be closed, and no trolleys will be running to the 40th street portal. Walking and vehicular access to The Woodlands will still be possible!

In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop 4: RAIN DATE

Location: The Woodlands

This is the scheduled back up date for the 4th Workshop: Garden Prep Day.

The Woodlands staff and returning Grave Gardeners will be on site at The Woodlands to share tips on getting your beds ready for planting success. We will do a hands on demonstration on how to prep your garden with fresh soil and then we’ll start digging and prepping the beds for planting. Soil and some tools will be provided. This is the day you start to get your hands dirty, so dress accordingly!

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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop 4: Seeds and Soil: Prepping Your Cradle Graves at The Woodlands

Location: The Woodlands

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The Woodlands staff and returning Grave Gardeners will be on site at The Woodlands to share tips on getting your beds ready for planting success. We will do a hands on demonstration on how to prep your garden with fresh soil and then we’ll start digging and prepping the beds for planting. Soil and some tools will be provided. This is the day you start to get your hands dirty, so dress accordingly!

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Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

Workshop 3: Planning Your Garden for Year-Round Blooms with Classic Cemetery Plants

Presented by: Joshua Darfler and Robin Rick
Location: Philadelphia Horticultural Society, Library/Town Hall

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Gardening is not just for the warm months. While the ground is still frozen, and plants are aren’t growing, it’s time to do some plant palate preparation. With pre-planning, and creative thinking, you can achieve more with your garden. In this workshop we will discuss how to select plants and plan your garden for the maximum amount of interest and “wow factor” through the entire growing season…and beyond. After the talk, you'll get your grave assignment.

About Joshua: Joshua holds an M.S. in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware, where he studied the phylogenetic relationships of ornamental camellia species housed at Longwood Gardens. He is the Biology Department Manager for the University of Pennsylvania where he oversees plant research facilities and the botanical garden.

About Robin: Robin is the Facilities and Landscape Manager of The Woodlands, and has been a Grave Gardener since its inaugural year.

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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Workshop 2: Researching Genealogy and Horticulture at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Presented by: Lee Arnold Senior Director of the Library and Collections, and Chief Operating Officer

Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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Senior Director of the Library and Collections, Lee Arnold, will provide an introduction to conducting research in HSP’s library. Returning Grave Gardeners will give short presentations on their research process and findings.

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Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Workshop 1: Gardens (and Houses) in Graveyards: The Regional Peculiarities of America's Rural Cemetery Movement & the Business of Horticulture in Philadelphia

Presented by Aaron Wunsch and Joel Fry
Location: University of the Sciences, Griffith Hall Room A, please enter side door facing Whitecar Hall

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Frequently discussed as a national movement, the push to establish "rural" cemeteries before the Civil War also drew on regional gardening traditions and ideals of country life. Here, Aaron Wunsch will put the Philadelphia story in context, paying special attention to The Woodlands. Then, Joel Fry will discuss Philadelphia's early horticultural economy and the city's role in shaping early horticulture in America. 

About Aaron: Aaron Wunsch holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College, an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Doctorate in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley.  His 2009 dissertation was entitled “Parceling the Picturesque: ‘Rural’ Cemeteries and Urban Context in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia.” He serves as vice president of Philadelphia’s Woodlands Cemetery and has been active on other nonprofit boards. 

About Joel: Joel Fry is the Curator of Historical Collections at Bartram's Garden.

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Grave Garden Fête
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Grave Garden Fête

Pack a picnic, come out to have a look at the beautiful grave gardens and enjoy The Woodlands Victorian-style.  The Grave Garden Fete is a day of botanically-themed workshops, demonstrations and fun make-and-takes with a Victorian twist. 

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Seeds and Soil: Prepping Your Graves with Sally McCabe of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Seeds and Soil: Prepping Your Graves with Sally McCabe of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

RAIN DATE: April 1, 2017

Location: This workshop will be held at The Woodlands.  

Sally McCabe is back, and will share tips on getting your beds ready for planting success. Bring your planting plan, and we'll help you think through your design. Sally will do a hands-on demonstration and then we’ll start digging and prepping the beds for planting. This is the day you start to get your hands dirty, so dress accordingly. 

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Gardens (and Houses) in Graveyards: The Regional Peculiarities of America's Rural Cemetery Movement with Aaron Wunsch
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Gardens (and Houses) in Graveyards: The Regional Peculiarities of America's Rural Cemetery Movement with Aaron Wunsch

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Location: This workshop will be held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Frequently discussed as a national movement, the push to establish "rural" cemeteries before the Civil War also drew on regional gardening traditions and ideals of country life. Here, Aaron Wunsch will put the Philadelphia story in context, paying special attention to The Woodlands. After Aaron’s talk, Lee Arnold, Senior Director of the Library and Collections of the Historical Society will show you how to do research so that you can learn about the person whose graveyou're tending! All gardeners will receive a free day-pass to the Historical Society to return and do their own research. 

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