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Private Gardens of Philadelphia

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Private Gardens of Philadelphia:

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Book Talk & Signing

Nicole Juday, Author; Garden Writer & Speaker

Join us for a celebratory launch of the first-ever coffee table book on Philadelphia's private gardens! Author Nicole Juday will give us a look inside of this gorgeous new publication, in which inspiring photos and expert writing spotlight select private gardens. Together we will take a virtual peek into 21 private gardens behind tall hedges, down quiet lanes, or tucked into bustling neighborhoods. Here, gardening knowledge and plants themselves have been passed down through generations, culminating in a wonderful depth of expression from the artists, designers, writers, conservators, and other experts whose gardens are included. The gardens Nicole will showcase will inspire anyone who loves beauty to create more of it in their lives.

Nicole Juday’s career has encompassed her own garden design business, working as landscape curator at Wyck Historic Garden, and running the renowned Arboretum School at the Barnes Foundation. She then served as director of audience engagement at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. She has published numerous articles, winning a silver medal for her writing by the Garden Writers Association. She serves as board chair for the IDEAL Industries Foundation.

Registrants will gain access to the virtual book talk on Thursday, April 25, and have the additional option to purchase a book and pick it up at the in-person book signing at the Morris on Saturday, April 27, between 10 am and noon. After you pick up your copy of the publication and have Nicole sign it, you are invited to stay for a mug of tea or glass of lemonade and take it with you as you explore the gardens here at the Morris!

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Book Talk: ONLINE

Thursday, April 25
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Members: $30 / Non-members: $35
Complimentary for Collector’s Circle Members

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Book Purchase & Signing 

Saturday, April 27
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fee: $60 (includes a signed copy of the publication and garden admission)

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Private Gardens of Philadelphia: Garden Tours

In celebration of the launch of Private Gardens of Philadelphia, three area gardeners whose home landscapes are profiled in the publication are opening their home gardens for the below behind-the-scenes springtime tours. Register for each tour separately.

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Private Gardens of Philadelphia: Brandywine Cottage

David Culp, Gardener, Author, Lecturer, and Designer

Meet at historic Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, PA, for a personal tour of David Culp’s famous layered garden. You can look forward to seeing Galanthus (snow drops), other spring ephemerals, and hellebores.

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, PA. He has been lecturing about gardens nationwide for more than 25 years. David is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and served as chairperson of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society. David is vice president for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut. He is the author of the book The Layered Garden published by Timber Press. We will meet at Brandywine Cottage (exact location will be emailed to all registrants).

Friday, April 19
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Members: $40 / Non-members: $45

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Private Gardens of Philadelphia:
Richard & Alice Farley’s Home Garden, Chestnut Hill

Richard Farley, Architect
Alice Farley, Landscape Architect

Join us for a personal tour of this stunning garden, lovingly tended since its purchase in 1978. Richard Farley is the architect of the house; Alice Farley is the landscape architect. The couple first planted 1,000 daffodils before breaking ground on the house, which occurred the same day their first child was born. We will hear from Alice about her commitment to ecologically sound gardening techniques, while also ensuring that her designs are practical, and that aesthetics are never compromised.

Friday, May 3
10:00 – 11:30 am

Members: $40 / Non-members: $45

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Private Gardens of Philadelphia:
Syd Carpenter’s Home Garden, Mt. Airy

Syd Carpenter, Artist, Gardener

Join us for a private tour of this urban gem, tucked into the corner of a leafy block in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Mt. Airy. The two practices on which Syd Carpenter has focused much of her adult life—creating art and designing gardens—are related expressions for a visual communicator. We will hear from Syd about her understanding of gardening as a collaborative process between the gardener and nature, with the gardener trying to anticipate how a plant will behave while remaining open to the likelihood that what nature actually has in store will be unexpected. We will meet at Syd Carpenter’s home (exact location will be emailed to all registrants).

Wednesday, May 22
10:00 – 11:30 am

Members: $40 / Non-members: $45

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The Five Japanese Gardens of Compton and Their Creators

Joyce H. Munro, Essayist; Former Dean of Graduate Studies, Chestnut Hill College

Early in the 20th century, when the Morris was the private estate of John and Lydia Morris, five Japanese gardens were prominent features of the landscape. Three of these gardens live on, while vestiges of the other two gardens remain. Although the five gardens are distinctly different, the same ancient principles of design guided the landscapers.

Until recently, we had very few clues about the identity of the garden designers, other than they were from Japan and their expertise is self-evident. Today, thanks to archival records plus documents discovered at a mountain lodge in the Catskills, we know more about who these designers were, how they carried out their work, and where else they constructed gardens. Join us for tea as we talk of these venerable gardens and their elusive creators.

Wednesday, April 3
4:30 – 6:00 pm

Members: $30 / Non-members: $35

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