Fall Arboretum Events Announced

Aug 12, 2008

The Henry Schmieder Arboretum of Delaware Valley College will host a series of events this fall. Events are free to members and DelVal students and $5 for non-members. Membership information is available by emailing

The first event is titled "Great and Ancient Trees," and will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 in Mandell 114 and features a reception just before at 6:45 p.m. Attendees will learn about temperate tree species that grow into giants and live for centuries. Paul Meyer will be the guest lecturer for the evening. Meyer is the F. Otto Haas Director of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and a leader in the field of plant exploration and evaluation.

Meyer teaches urban horticulture in the University of Pennsylvania's Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department and is an honorary member of the Garden Club of America. Following the event there will be a "Garden Passions" plant raffle of nearly 30 different species. For ticket information, call Sharon Haddon at 215-489-2283.

Four additional lectures will be offered in the fall and spring terms as part of the Arboretum Founders Lecture Series.

The first is "Plants that Pop," with guest lecturer Karl Gercens, Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m., at Mandell 114. Attendees will learn about plants that can enhance gardens with bold colors. Gercens has served as conservatory horticulturist at Longwood Gardens for the past 10 years  and is responsible for curating the displays in their conservator complex. He lectures at major flower shows across the US and has visited public gardens in all 50 states.

The next event is titled "Green Spaces: Connectors to Community," with guest lecturer Louise Turan on Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., at Mandell 114. During this presentation, Turan, executive director of Bartram's Garden, America's first botanic garden, established in 1728, will explore how Bartram's has survived for centuries in spite of the landscape that is changing around it and how it uses its 45 acre on the banks of the Schuylkill to connect to community.

"Green Roofs" with guest lecturer Jeff Jabco, is scheduled for Wednesday, December 10, 7:30 p.m., at Mandell 114.  Jabco is director of grounds for Swarthmore College and coordinator of horticulture for their Scott Arboretum since 1990. During his presentation, he will discuss why adding green or vegetated roofs to new or existing buildings may be a necessary wave of the future and will teach attendees what they need to know to begin considering a green roof for a home, office or outbuilding.

The last lecture of the season is titled "Hardy Groundcovers," with guest lecturer Dan Benarcik, on Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m., at Mandell 114. Attendees will get an introduction to the use of groundcovers in garden designs and landscapes as Benarcik, a horticulturist at Chanticleer, an innovative garden in Wayne, PA, discusses the woody and herbaceous plants known for their ability to colonize in specific sites or perform a specific aesthetic task in a garden.

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