Community Events in the Ambler Arboretum

Community Events

Join us each month for a series of fun and educational programs designed to explore the world around you! Please note: While most events are free, some require a fee.

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For more information about our community events, check back often or contact 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

June 2019

PHS: Tropical Container Design: Incorporating Unusual Plants into Your Summer Containers
Wednesday, June 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Greenhouse Education and Research Complex
Register online
$10: Ambler Arboretum and PHS Members
$20: Non-members

Were last year's summer containers a little drab? Perhaps you are looking for a way to display your collection of houseplants in the summer. Either way, incorporating unusual tropical plants into your summer containers can heighten their visual interest, as well as become a great conversation piece. In this program, Benjamin Snyder, Manager of the Greenhouse Education and Research Complex at Temple University Ambler, will walk you through the steps of grouping appropriate species, where to site them, and how to maintain them throughout the season. A walk through the Ambler Campus Greenhouse will be included. Register online.

PHS: Screen with Green

Wednesday, June 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Learning Center Room 103
Register online

$10: Ambler Arboretum and PHS Members

$20: Non-members

Stockade fences have their place, but there’s a leafier way to block unwanted views while adding structure and interest to your outdoor space. Anne Brennan, Gardens Manager, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, will present inspiration for using hedges, trellises, and pruning to delineate spaces in your garden and delight your eye. A walk through several of the Ambler Arboretum’s gardens will follow the indoor presentation. Register online.

 

PHS: Native Plants for Cut Flowers
Wednesday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
Register online
$10: Ambler Arboretum and PHS Members
$20: Non-members

You have planted native plants for the butterflies, bees and birds – but how about bouquets? During this talk and walk through the Ambler Arboretum gardens with Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury, learn which native plants are great as cut flowers and how to plan a cutting garden featuring native plants that will benefit you and the wildlife. Register online.

 

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Insects in the Garden — Talk and Walk with Pam Ruch
Wednesday, June 26, 6 to 8 p.m. (stay for a garden walk to look for insects from 7 to 8 p.m.), Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

This is not about “good” and “bad” bugs. It’s about taking a close look at your garden and all of the fascinating creatures living in it. Predator and prey insects will usually find a balance if you let them. Plant a variety of flowers and vegetables and get to know your insects, and you’ll rarely need to spray. Temple University Ambler alumnus Pam Ruch is a horticulturist and writer based in Emmaus, PA. She manages the grounds at Morven Museum & Garden, in Princeton, NJ, and grows food and flowers for the Glasbern Inn, in Fogelsville, PA. In addition, she writes for several online and print organizations, including the Home Garden Seed Association. A presenter in the 2012 Art of Journaling series at the Nurturing Nature Center in Easton, PA, Pam offers journaling workshops throughout the region. She holds a BS in Horticulture from Temple University and an MS in Environmental Science from Green Mountain College. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

 

July 2019

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — Wild Edibles! Walk, Talk and Tasting
Wednesday, July 24, 6 to 8 p.m. p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall and Ambler Arboretum
Register Online
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Many people don’t realize that they are surrounded by edible plants! Join Debbie Naha-Koretzky, the Wild Edibles Lady, for a fun program to open your eyes to the world of wild edibles. We’ll begin with an indoor presentation, followed by a plant identification walk, and end with a wild tea tasting. Attendees may also take home a recipe or two. Naha-Koretzky will discuss plant identification, safety, look-alike plants, sustainable harvesting and more. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She is a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Rutgers Master Gardener and a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. Her advanced training in nutrition provides a unique approach to appreciating wild edibles. To learn more about The Wild Edibles Lady, visit www.wildediblesnjpa.com. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400. 

EarthFest Presents: The Great American Campout 2019
2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 to 10 a.m. Sunday, July 14, Temple University Ambler
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Break out your gear and join Temple University Ambler for the Great American Campout, the National Wildlife Federation’s celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. Spend an evening under the stars on campus and reconnect with the world around you!  The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Campout is a celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife. The benefits from outdoor play for mind, body and spirit are well-documented and help to create a lasting connection to nature and wildlife that help promote happiness and good health. Temple University Ambler is excited to host a campout for new and experienced campers. Spend the night tent camping, go on nature walks, and enjoy s’mores by the campfire. We look forward to helping people connect with nature and exposing them to the wonder of Temple University Ambler and The Ambler Arboretum. The Great American Campout will include: a Tent site, 15’ x 15’ (bring your own tent); BBQ Picnic Dinner (hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips and water), outdoor Pool swimming; a variety of guided walks, lightning bug evening walk; campfire, s’mores and more! Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

August 2019

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Healing Gardens Planning, Design and Purpose — Carter van Dyke
Wednesday, August 14, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online 
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Join Carter van Dyke, ASLA, AICP, founder of CVDA Landscape Architects/Planners, for an in-depth look at healing gardens. While gardens have always been a place of peace and relaxation, healing gardens entail specific planning and goals. Carter van Dyke has worked with organizations to create healing gardens and will walk us through the process of planning, design and implementation of some case studies. We will then take a walk into the Arboretum to learn more about the Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden. Carter van Dyke, a member of the Ambler Campus Board of Visitors, sees the world as a landscape that is interconnected to people —environmentally, economically and socially. His passion is finding ways to share his enthusiasm that ultimately engages the client and users into a meaningful relationship with the landscape around them. Designed to engage all levels of interest and knowledge, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Ambler Campus Drive-in Movie
Saturday, August 24, 7:30 p.m., Ambler Campus Large Parking Lot
Register Online (Coming Soon!)
Cost: $10 Per Car
Free for Temple University students, faculty, staff and alumni with pre-registration

Take a drive into the past and get ready for a big movie on the big screen during a beautiful spring evening outside! Join the Ambler Campus Office of Student Life and the Office of the Executive Director as they host a special drive-in movie presentation of Ralph Breaks the Internet in the large parking lot at Temple Ambler! Load up the car for a night of family fun, food trucks and nostalgia! Information: 267-468-8423 or megan.cranney@temple.edu.

September 2019

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars
Friday, September 6, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Ambler Campus Large Parking Lot
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Join us under dark skies to celebrate the stars and the planets! We will look for various objects in the sky and learn how to tell one from the other. We will also highlight the importance of dark skies to animals and the environment and learn how you can help keep the skies dark. Can't tell the difference between local neighbors Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from distant stars in the night sky? That’s all right! Temple Ambler is hosting this special stargazing event in cooperation with the Bucks-Mont Astronomical Association, the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers and Montgomery County Community College’s Astronomy program. All skill levels are welcome! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Temple Ambler In Bloom
Saturday, September 14, 4 to 6:30 p.m., Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Gardens
Register Online

How does our garden grow? With you of course! Join us in the gardens for our annual garden party to support the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University. Explore the gardens, enjoy light refreshments and live music. Shop our live and silent auctions featuring unique plants, stunning artwork and exceptional experiences. Proceeds from this event go towards the maintenance of the gardens and their infrastructure including new signage and plantings. Information: 267-468-8400 or kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series — Knockout Natives for Every Landscape
Wednesday, September 18, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

Join Temple University alumnus Denise Gilchrist from the Mt. Cuba Center as she highlights some of the best native plants for our region, including unique species and colorful cultivars selected from top performers in Mt. Cuba’s research trial including Coreopsis, Baptisia, Monarda and Phlox. Gilchrist, at Temple University Ambler alumnus will discuss their horticultural performance and will share important information on which varieties make beautiful additions to your garden. Gilchrist was Mt. Cuba Center's Trial Garden Assistant from 2016 to 2018 and is now the Plant Records Assistant. She has a BS in Horticulture from Temple University and a Certificate of Merit in Floral Design from Longwood Gardens. Designed to engage all levels of interest and knowledge, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

October 2019

EarthFest and Ambler Arboretum Present: Fall BioBlitz and Green Careers Fair
Friday, October 4, BioBlitz: 6 a.m. to Midnight, Ambler Arboretum/Green Careers Fair: 12 to 2 p.m., Learning Center Rooms 202 and 203

Register for BioBlitz Online
Register for the Green Careers Fair Online

What will you discover? Visit campus at any time during 18 hours of discovery in the Ambler Arboretum’s woodlands, meadows and more and help us find out what is living in your own backyard! Join experts in helping to increase the biodiversity on campus. Participants will learn how to identify plants, animals, fungi and more while noting what they find. These finds are added to an ever-accumulating account of the diversity in the Ambler Arboretum. Participants learn why diversity is important and can take their new-found skills home to their backyard or local park and start identifying what is there as well. BioBlitz will include a variety of tours highlighting mammals, reptiles, insects, plants, fireflies, moths, fungi, birds and more (tour information coming soon)! At the Green Careers Fair, which will be held in the Learning Center from 12 to 2 p.m. on October 4, students will have the opportunity to meet with and learn from representatives from a variety of green industry fields including conservation, horticulture, landscape architecture, planning, urban farming, aquaponics and much more! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Director’s Seasonal Arboretum Walk — Fall
Wednesday, October 9, 12:45 to 1:30 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle

Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a walk through a portion of the arboretum each season! Whether you join the walk to learn about plants, learn more about the campus or just to get those extra steps in, come along for a gentle ramble through the gardens of the Ambler Arboretum. Each season we will explore a different area. Learn what would be good in your garden and what is great for wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-8400.

EarthFest Presents: The Science of Scary
Sunday, October 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Bright Hall
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Some things in nature are just plain scary…or at least pretty icky. But just because something seems scary, doesn’t mean that it is! Celebrate the fall season in a different way by learning about the science behind the things in nature that may scare you but serve an important role in their environment. All animals and insects, no matter how creepy or crawly, serve an essential purpose in their ecosystems and increase biodiversity! Connect with the world around you by learning about skunks, spiders, predatory birds, snakes, sharks, storms, toads and carnivorous plants to name a few! The event will also include fall snacks, crafts and more! The Science of Scary is being held in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, Barn Nature Center, Elmwood Park Zoo, Franklin Institute, Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, Tyler School of Art and local falconer Tom Stanton. Part of Temple Ambler’s EarthFest Presents series of events, the Science of Scary is a family-friendly free event designed to help learners and citizen scientists of all ages gain a deeper understanding of the wonders of nature and the amazing things that may be found right in their own backyards. What will you discover? Information:  duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Josephine — The Empress Gardened
Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

Lesley Parness will discuss how French Empress Josephine's fine taste informed 18th and 19th-century style, from couture fashion to interior design. Likewise, she was influenced by her Caribbean heritage, her narrow escape from the guillotine, and her legendary love for flowers. When divorced from her husband, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, this powerful style-maker and lifelong fashionista focused her energies on her estate, Malmaison. There, Josephine's passion for plants grew and bloomed. Her legendary love of roses stopped a war, cost a fortune, set explorers to sail, and started a floral industry that endures today. Lesley Parness is the retired Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey's Morris County Park Commission where she oversaw programming at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center. She is a member of the Herb Society of America, The Council on Horticultural and Botanical Literature, and Garden State Gardens, a consortium of New Jersey's public gardens of which she is a Founding Member. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

November 2019

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
Register Online

Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a special celebration of the season in our campus gardens! Fall foliage and autumn flowers abound in the Arboretum this time of year. Learn why and how leaves change colors and what plants you can plant in your yard to feed those late season pollinators and migrating birds. Bring your walking shoes and your questions! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Landscape Lighting Fundamentals
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m., 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online 
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

We have all set our clocks back and now it is dark when we get home. Enjoy your landscape a little longer in the day or use lighting to really make it stand out with landscape lighting. How landscape lighting can transform your garden after the sun goes down. What’s the difference between halogen and LED? Presenter Lori Metz will emphasize on the effects and patterns that can be created to make the most of your landscape plants and architecture after dark. Designed to engage all levels of interest and knowledge, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

December 2019

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Bark Walk
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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The Ambler Arboretum is going to the dogs! Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for a special dog walking-friendly event in the Ambler Arboretum! The leaves have fallen from the trees and they may be hard to tell apart — until you look at the bark. Examine the intricate patterns and fascinating details of trees throughout the Ambler Arboretum on this Bark Walk. We will even bring materials to make bark rubbings and at the end of this adventure you will have your own colorful guide to tree bark! Bring your walking shoes, your questions, your four-legged friends and learn about the new Ambler Arboretum Dog Walkers Club! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Ask the Ambler Experts — A Panel Discussion
Presenters: Anne Brennan, Joe Imszennik, Benjamin Snyder
Wednesday, December 11, 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Lounge, Bright Hall
Register Online
$5 for members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate)
$10 for non-members
Students may attend for free (registration is required)
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members.

The gardening season is over and it is time to start planning for the next one. Learn how to solve landscape problems you’ve encountered and how to repeat any successes you may have had in your indoor and outdoor gardens. Perhaps you want to try something new but are just not sure where to begin. Bring questions to ask, samples to examine and stories to share with our experts. You will leave well prepared for next year! Our expert panel includes: Anne Brennan, Ambler Arboretum Gardens Manager — hardy plants and landscape management; Benjamin Snyder, Greenhouse Horticulturist for the Greenhouse Education and Research Complex of Temple University’s Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Department — tropical plants, plant forcing, vegetable and fruit growing; Joe Imszennik,  Facilities Manager at Temple University Ambler — lawn care. Designed to engage all levels of interest and knowledge, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series invites regional experts to discuss topics that will inspire participants while challenging their way of thinking about horticulture. Program registration begins at 6:30 p.m., the presentation begins at 7 p.m. and Q&A follow at 8 p.m. Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Information kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.