At Meadowbrook Farm, walking approximately 1/2 mile indoors and out; fairly even terrain along pebble paths. At Morris Arboretumn, walking up to a mile including moderate slopes with uneven terrain.
At the hotel.
Today we head north of the city to Abingtown Township and Meadowbrook Farm, formerly the residence of J. Liddon Pennock (1913-2003), an outstanding horticulturalist and past president of The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. In his bequest, he made the estate an affiliate of the Society, with much of the land to be “lightly-managed” and preserved in its natural state. The remainder of 7 acres contains the private house, display gardens, and the garden center Mr. Pennock developed. Here we’ll focus on the creation of indoor and outdoor garden rooms.
Lunch under the tent at Morris Arboretum.
A brief drive west from Meadowbrook Farm brings us to the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. It has been described as “a romantic Victorian landscape garden” but the Morris Arboretum is much more. It began in 1887 as the summer home of a wealthy family. Brother and sister John and Lydia Morris took a barren spot with poor soil and gradually transformed it with landscaping and plants they collected in travels through America, Europe, and Asia. The Morrisses believed in the ideals of beauty, knowledge, education, and stewardship. When the University of Pennsylvania acquired the property in 1932, it became the Morris Arboretum and is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The arboretum continues to advance the ideals of its progenitors as an interdisciplinary center integrating art, science and the humanities. The 92 acres of gardens, pathways, and streams encompass thousands of plants including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest and largest trees. Our educator will point out highlights from all over the world. We will also have an opportunity to view the only remaining freestanding Victorian fernery in North America, built in 1899. Filled with ferns, trickling waterfalls, and reflecting pools, it bears the name of the donor who funded its renovation, Dorrance H. Hamilton.
Dinner in not included
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