Temple Ambler in Bloom raises $21,500 for Ambler Arboretum

More than 100 people — longtime friends and many new faces — joined together to celebrate the past, present and future of the arboretum and the campus at Temple Ambler in Bloom

The fall semester is off to an exciting start! New and returning students are settling in; faculty are engaged in new and exciting research; and plans are underway for several new events and programs designed to highlight the unique resources available at Temple Ambler. 

The success of Temple Ambler and the Ambler Arboretum has always been dependent on the support of the campus community and valued friends. That was certainly evident by everyone who visited campus for Temple Ambler in Bloom!

“More than 100 people — longtime friends and many new faces — joined together to celebrate the past, present and future of the arboretum and the campus. We were very glad to have JoAnne Epps, Temple Executive Vice President and Provost, and Susan Cahan, Dean of the Tyler School of Art help us start things off,” said Dr. Vicki Lewis McGarvey, Temple University Vice Provost for University College. “Special guests Jerry Leva, Vice President of Planning and Capital Projects and Laura Siminoff, Dean of the College of Public Health, also joined us, which I think shows how important Temple Ambler is to the University community as a whole.”

Thanks to the generosity of Ambler Campus in Bloom supporters and sponsors, $21,500 was raised for the Ambler Arboretum!

About $8,000 of the total was raised during a rousing live auction that included several highly sought after Temple treasures, including dinner for 10 with Temple University President Richard Englert in Ambler Borough; lunch for six with Provost JoAnne Epps; a six-person tour of exemplary plantsman and Ambler Arboretum supporter Michael Colibraro’s home garden in Willow Grove; tickets to Cirque du Soleil at the Liacouras Center; tickets and field experience passes to the Owls Homecoming game against UConn on October 14, and more.

“I think In Bloom this year was a tremendous success. As someone who is still relatively new to the Temple family, for me it was wonderful to see the wide array of people — faculty, staff, residents, alumni — who came here with a common goal; supporting our efforts to the make the Ambler Arboretum the best that it can be,” said Kathy Salisbury, Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. “I hope our visitors had the opportunity to truly enjoy the beauty of this place, meet new people with similar interests and learn something new about the campus and its gardens. I hope they left knowing that we will be good stewards of their support.”

During Temple Ambler in Bloom, visitors had the opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the Ambler Arboretum and Ambler Campus, taking tours of the Hilda Justice Artifacts, Collection, a repository of items from the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women and the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association. In Bloom supporters also learned about the Temple Ambler Aquaponics Lab and Temple Ambler EarthFest, both of which are expanding in the coming years.

“One of the things that I love about Temple Ambler is how much the campus and the gardens influence, impact and inspire what is taking place within the classroom! In our classrooms and in our gardens today, students are learning by doing, designing and building landscape architecture projects, and learning plant science with the latest technology,” said Provost Epps. “That technology and talent is leading the way toward a future where anyone can create sustainable food systems and researchers have a better understanding of how the natural and built environment can succeed and thrive.”

Temple Ambler serves as “a model for biodiversity,” said Susan Cahan, Dean of the Tyler School of Art.

“The entire campus is a thriving lab for our students who become committed to enhancing biodiversity as a whole. The Arboretum is also an excellent space to help teachers learn how to teach sustainability and utilize outdoor environments in any curriculum,” she said. “The Division of Architecture and Environmental Design has quickly become a vital part of the Tyler School of Art, opening up avenues for multidisciplinary collaboration and access to resources and hands-on learning opportunities that weren’t readily available to our students and faculty before. Temple Ambler’s gardens are a critical part of that — many of our Landscape Architecture and Horticulture courses would be impossible to offer without the readily available resources of the campus.” 

Save the Date: Temple Ambler in Bloom 2018 will be Saturday, September 15!

For more information about the Ambler Arboretum, visit ambler.temple.edu/arboretum. For more information on how to support the Arboretum and Ambler Campus, contact Angela Davis at angela.davis@temple.edu or 267-530-2933 or Eric Rivera at 267-468-8011 or rivera.eric@temple.edu.

We’d like to thank all of our dedicated supporters and friends!

2018 Event Sponsors


The Schiel Family Foundation


Philip Albright and Barbara Albright
Lewis Klein and Janet Klein
New Moon Nursery


Mary Scott Claghorn and Frederic Claghorn
Vicki Lewis McGarvey and Michael McGarvey
Kelli Ross Mulligan and Dennis Mulligan
Michael Reynolds
Anonymous - Ambler Class of 2007 Alumnus
Prudential Matching Gift


Carter van Dyke Associates
Michael and Janet Bavas
Karen Borski and Robert Borski
Evergreen Lane Farm
Grace Chapman Elton
Paul F. Engstrom
James Hilty and Kathleen Hilty
Saul Katzman and Faye Katzman
Gary Koller
Robert Kuper and Carly Kuper
Pauline Hurley-Kurtz
Kevin Ruth and Georgette Ruth
Frederick Schroeder
James Searing and Gayle Goodman
Louise Spottswood
Jody Sprague and Gary Sprague
Tannery Run Brew Works
Quentin White
Clarence Wurts and Patricia Wurts
Wesley Wolf and Catherine Hunt