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Morris Arboretum’s Weekday Lecture Series,
Connections Beyond Our Garden – Talks on People, Plants and Place Returns this October
Now in its sixth year, Morris Arboretum’s Connections Beyond Our Garden – Talks on People, Plants and Place was designed to present wide ranging topics intended to create a deeper and broader understanding of our natural world beyond gardens. This fall, selected speakers will take guests on a journey to the forests of Costa Rica, a culinary adventure with award-winning, local cookbook authors, and into the public realm, where one of the most renowned landscape architects is creating inspiring spaces that help engage people with the natural world.
‘Connections’ kicks off on Wednesday, October 7 at 2pm with Daniel Janzen, DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology, University of Pennsylvania, as he presents Tropical Conservation via Biodiversity Development: a Real World Case from Costa Rica. Daniel Janzen divides his time between his professorship in Conservation Biology at Penn and field work in Costa Rica at Area de Conservacion, Guanacaste (www.acguanacaste.ac.cr), one of the oldest, largest and most successful habitat restoration projects in the world. Janzen and his wife, Dr. Winnie Hallwachs have spent decades constructing this World Heritage site. Their research has focused on the question…how can society utilize the biodiversity of tropical wildlands without destroying them? As quoted in New Yorker magazine, April 2015 issue, Janzen stated, “It’s like terrorism. We have to succeed every day, the terrorists have to succeed only once.” This lecture will present answers, applications, and insight – many of which were found through the research process itself.
For your next connection, join Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, Canal House, on Wednesday November 11 at 2pm for their talk, Getting and Giving—Tales of Cooking Seasonally and Eating Well for the Holidays. Christopher Hirsheimer was a founder and executive editor of Saveur magazine, where Melissa Hamilton was the test kitchen director and food editor. They now publish the award-winning series of seasonally inspired cookbooks, Canal House Cooking. Together in Frenchtown, NJ, they do all the writing, recipe development, photography, illustrations, design and production.
Hirsheimer and Hamilton will share stories from their travels all over the world and from their own beautiful corner of the Northeast where they use ingredients found in most markets, building relationships with the people who grow, craft, raise and sell the foods we eat.
The Connections Beyond Our Garden lecture series concludes on Wednesday, December 2 at 2pm with Laurie Olin, Partner, OLIN as she presents, Beauty, Craft and Creating Public Spaces in a City.
Bryant Park in NYC, the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington DC, the American Academy in Rome, US Embassy in London, and, closer to home, the Barnes Foundation, Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden, and Dilworth Park, are just a few of the projects from the portfolio of the internationally known firm OLIN. Dedicated to affecting positive change through landscape architecture, urban design and planning, the firm is known for creating iconic and vibrant landscapes.
Laurie Olin, winner of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, a distinguished teacher, author and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today, will speak about the sculpture gardens, parks and civic spaces the firm designed between 1975-2015, the challenges in designing these types of projects, and what makes for a successful public space.
The Connections Beyond Our Garden lectures are held at Morris Arboretum’s Widener Visitor Center at 2pm. A reception with refreshments will follow each talk. The cost for each lecture is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members, which includes admission to the garden. Advanced registration and payment are required. Please call 215-247-5777, ext 125 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. The arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also the official arboretum of Pennsylvania. A permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing. Open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-5pm (Apr-Oct). Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8:00pm. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.