News and Announcements

Grace Manning: Doing the Work

High on the wall of the Landscape Architecture Junior Design Studio, two sentences have been immortalized. “The work is hard. Do the work.” It’s a call to action that has certainly resonated with Landscape Architecture graduate Grace Manning, 23, of Hatboro, PA.

Vivien Wise: Exploring Relationships and Trees Through Art

Vivien Wise’s latest art project — The Tree Connection — is bringing her to Temple University Ambler for a decidedly visual, and arboreal, aspect to an installation exploring how people are social, how they are romantic, and how that might relate to trees.

Ambler Campus Gets Ready For EarthFest 2019

Temple University Ambler EarthFest 2018 will be held on Friday, April 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine!

The larvae of the Redheaded Pine Sawfly

Clustered at the ends of the branches of a Mungo Pine are black and green “caterpillars” with russet heads. These creatures are the larvae of the Redheaded Pine Sawfly. Sawfly, not moth or butterfly, this means these are not actually caterpillars at all, despite the striking resemblance.

Elizabeth Hall: The First Horticulture Therapist was a Woman

Elizabeth Hall, a 1924 graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women (PSHW), which became Temple University Ambler in 1958, went on to become a world-respected librarian for the New York Botanical Garden. Her first position after graduating, however, was as a Horticulture Therapist.

Curiouser and Curiouser - Skunk Cabbage

If you happen to take a walk into damp shaded woods, perhaps next to a creek or stream or along a boardwalk, you may encounter Skunk Cabbages (Symplocarpus foetidus).

Fleabane in the Ambler Arboretum

What's in a name? Perhaps as you have been exploring the natural areas around you and learning the names of plants you have encountered some strange names. All plants have a scientific name. This is the name written in italics and it is the same all over the world. There is only one plant with this scientific name. Plants also have common names. These are names given to the plants regionally by the people who use the plant or grow the plant. While the scientific names of plants can be interesting in their own way, common names are often interesting too. 

Waved Sphinx Moth in the Ambler Arboretum

Did you know there is National Moth Week! Moths range in size from smaller than your pinky nail like tube moths and fairy moths to the large sphinx and silkworm moths like the Waved Sphinx (gray above) and the Polyphemus (brown below). Both of these were found on the Arboretum grounds last summer.

Preventing Bird Collisions: What You Can Do at Home

The Audubon Society has made recommendations and provides guidelines for what you can do to your windows to help prevent bird collisions. You can place curtains or blinds in the windows and close them whenever possible, fasten screens to the outside of the window, affix decals to the outside of windows (no, not a hawk or owl silhouette, those will not work), or install a specific bird-strike window treatment.

Collin Wood appointed Associate Director for Operations

Temple Ambler has become such an important part of Collin Wood's life that it was only natural to seek a way to expand his support and advocacy for the campus and the unique role it plays within Temple University. As Temple Ambler’s new Associate Director for Operations, he’ll certainly have that opportunity.