Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum

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Lectures

Lectures & Talks

Morris Arboretum Lecture Series


An annual series of lectures held from late fall to early spring that explore a wide variety of fascinating topics. Lectures are supported in part by the Klein Lecture Endowment given in memory of Dr. William M. Klein who served from 1977-1990 as the Arboretum’s first full-time director, the Laura L. Barnes Lecture Endowment of The Philadelphia Foundation, given in memory of Laura Barnes by students and alumni of her school of horticulture, and the Byron Lukens Lecture Endowment, given in memory of educator and Arboretum volunteer, Byron Lukens and his wife Elizabeth.


What's Hot! What's Not! with The Perennial Diva

Stephanie Cohen, The Perennial Diva

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20

We've all witnessed trends in clothes, furniture and even movies. There are also trends in horticulture. Retro Flowers and vegetables become hot and new plants and garden techniques become passé. On Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m., Stephanie Cohen, The Perennial Diva, will dish the dirt on all kinds of trends waxing and waning in the garden. The diva doesn't mince words, so be prepared to learn and laugh at her presentation. Stephanie has a BS in horticulture and an MS in ecological studies. She was an instructor at Temple University for more than 20 years where she helped start the campus arboretum. She has received awards from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Perennial Plant Association, American Nursery and Landscape Association, and was named an Alumni Fellow by Temple University. A garden media magazine picked Stephanie as one of the 25 most well-known people in the perennial plant industry. She is also the co-author of "Perennial Gardens Design Primer, Fallscaping", and "The Non-Stop-Garden".


The Natural History of Edward Lear

Robert Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | 2:00pm
This program is being presented in partnership with Temple University Ambler and will be held at the Ambler Campus Learning Center Auditorium.
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20

Join us of Wednesday, November 15 at 2 p.m. for a fascinating lecture with Robert Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the author of a new book, "The Natural History of Edward Lear". Edward Lear (1812-1888) is best known and much loved for "The Owl and the Pussycat" and other nonsense poetry, but Lear was also a fine painter of birds, mammals, reptiles, and landscapes and an adventurous, worldwide traveler. Mr. Peck will detail the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this beloved children's writer, who abruptly and mysteriously abandoned his scientific work soon after he achieved preeminence in the field. Mr. Peck is the curator of art and artifacts at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and was a guest curator of a bicentennial exhibition of Edward Lear's natural history paintings at Harvard University's Houghton Library.

The Barnes Endowed Lecture is presented annually in memory of Laura L. Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation Arboretum. The lecture will be held at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA. Copies of "the Natural History of Edward Lear" will be available for purchase and Mr. Peck will be available for a book signing following the lecture.


The Living Forest - New Knowledge about the Forest

Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus, Salisbury University

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 | 2:00pm
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20

Scientists are hard at work uncovering fascinating new information about how forests function and the lives of the organisms that live within them. During this talk for tree lovers, ecologist and author Joan Maloof will share some of the latest findings from the forest. She will also share her passion and ideas about saving these complex ecosystems. Preserving oldgrowth forests enables us to learn more, enjoy more, and maintain biodiversity for the future. If you’ve ever felt the call to help save forests, but didn’t know where to begin, Maloof will help inspire and guide you. Joan Maloof is a writer, an ecologist and a conservationist. She has a doctorate in ecology and taught biological sciences and environmental studies. Her books include Teaching the Trees (2005), Among the Ancients (2011), and Nature’s Temples: the Complex World of Old-Growth Forests (2016). In addition to her research and writing, she founded the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization with the goal of creating a network of protected forests across the U.S.


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