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Community Events at Temple Ambler

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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 2018

EarthFest Presents: Ambler Arboretum BioBlitz 2018
12 p.m. Saturday, June 23 to 12 p.m. Sunday, June 24, Temple University Ambler
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What will you discover? At Temple Ambler, there is more than students and faculty on campus! Visit campus at any time during 24 hours of discovery in the Ambler Arboretum’s woodlands and meadows 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 2018 will be held in conjunction with the Great American Campout (see below). Spend an evening under the stars on campus and reconnect with the world around you! Register online for BioBlitz 2018! Register here for the Great American Campout! Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

EarthFest and Ambler Arboretum Present: The Great American Campout
2 p.m. Saturday, June 23 to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24, Temple University Ambler
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Discount Codes available for Ambler Arboretum Members and event volunteers. Contact ncregistrar@temple.edu for more information. 

Join us under the stars for a night of camping, tours, s’mores and more! 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 promote happiness and good health. Temple University Ambler EarthFest and the Ambler Arboretum are excited to host this 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 Ambler and the Arboretum. 

What’s included?

Tent site: 15’ x 15’ (bring your own tent)

BBQ Picnic Dinner (hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chips and water)

Outdoor Pool swim hours available on Saturday

A variety of guided walks including a Bird Walk and Garden Tour

Learn about insects with the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

Campfire and s’mores

Don’t to want to camp out? Join us on Saturday, June 23 for the barbeque and join in the evening activities! Discounted rates available. Register by calling 267-468-8500.

Temple University Ambler will also hold BioBlitz 2018, a 24-hour event promoting biodiversity and citizen science on June 23 and 24. Participants attending the Great American Campout are invited to participate in BioBlitz. Learn more about BioBlitz here. If you are interested in attending the event but don’t have a tent, please contact us at ncregistrar@temple.edu. The campout will be held rain or shine. Pets, alcohol and smoking are prohibited. Space is limited so register early! Register here for the Great American CampoutGeneral information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

July 2018

Plants for Birds: Amanda Beisch
Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$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. 

Are you hoping to attract birds to your backyard garden? Learn which plants attract the birds you’d like to see! We’ll share all the tools you need to bring the birds right to you, including a tour of the brand new Audubon website, which allows visitors to match plants to the birds they’d like to attract. We’ll also send you home with a seed pod to get started! Amanda Beisch, Education Coordinator at the John James Audubon Center, has her Master’s in Museum Education and has been working in the environmental education field since 2011. She came to Audubon Pennsyania in 2016 and learns something new about birds every day! Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, 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.

Director’s Seasonal Arboretum Walk — Summer
Thursday, July 26, 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.

Moth Night at the Ambler Arboretum
Friday, July 27, 8 to 10 p.m., Dixon Hall Terrace
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Often maligned as the little brown moths flying things that flutter around your porch lights at night as you trying to get inside, we will encourage visitors to think of moths as the butterflies of the night! There are hundreds of species of moths native to Pennsylvania. We will try to attract them and identify which we find using night lighting and field guides. Moths are important pollinators and food for other animals. We will additionally learn how we can provide moth habitat. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

August 2018

Fashion Night!: Bridget Huzar and Taylor Johnston
Wednesday, August 8, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$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. 

Get ready for an evening of high fashion and horticulture with Bridget Huzar and Taylor Johnston! How did palace gardens influence the length of dresses? Why did embroidery patterns dictate landscape design? When did a war change what we wore and what we planted? In her presentation, “Fashion and Gardens: The Mutual Influence and Inspiration,” Huzar will start in the 16th century and explore how fashion and gardens have been closely connected through the ages — and how they’ll influence our future! Huzar has been designing and consulting for 27 years, creating unique, hand-drawn plans for small cottages and large estates as well as breathtaking container displays. Her designs, installed by the premier landscape company French Gardens, can be seen all around the Lehigh Valley and recently as far as Los Angeles.

From the 16th century to the present, in her talk, “Garden Clothing,” Johnston will examine how her dual passions — fashion and gardens — inform one another and how the rich history and tradition of gardeners from all over the globe keep her inspired to make better workwear. After more than a decade of dodging pink, sparkly workwear, Johnston was serendipitously photographed at work by one of the most influential fashion photographers in world. Seeing those photographs of herself in the New York Times made her realize it was high time to address the problem of women's workwear. Inspired by gardeners of the past and being mentored by a pattern maker at Levi’s, she found time outside the garden to create her answer to the problem. Applying logic and tools gleaned from working in the garden, Taylor's workwear line immediately struck a chord with an audience of inspiring, hardworking women all over the globe and has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Boston Globe, Modern Farmer, and the DIY Network. Johnston’s work with plants ranges from tending kiku and species tropical orchid, to growing food and building meadows. Together with Ed Bowen, she is one half of the design studio and nano nursery, Issima. Her current work combines an analog approach to selecting unusual hardy plants and designing singular gardens for both public and private clients. Informed by being covered in grime for almost 20 years, Taylor also designs and produces women's workwear through her label, Gamine. She is also the horticulturalist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, 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.

WVWA: Butterfly Workshop
Saturday, August 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Visitor’s Center
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$10 for WVWA Members, Ambler Arboretum Association members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate) and children under 12
$15 for Non-members
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies during this introductory workshop and nature walk! Join Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) naturalist Kristy Morley to learn the basics of butterfly life cycles, identification and how to support them on your own property. Following the indoor session, we will take a walk around the Temple Ambler Arboretum gardens and meadows to search for these colorful and fascinating pollinators. Bring binoculars (some loaners will be available), a notebook and pen or pencil. Feel free to bring a camera. Bring a butterfly field guide if you have a favorite. We will be discussing field guide options during the workshop, so don’t run out and buy one if you don’t already own one. Dress for the weather. Please limit the use of insect repellent (apply well away from the gardens) as butterflies are insects too! Don’t forget your sunscreen! Information and registration: http://www.wvwa.org/calendar/.

September 2018

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars
Friday, September 7 (inclement weather date September 14), 8 to 10 p.m., Student Parking Lot, Meetinghouse Road
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Join us under dark skies to celebrate the stars and the moon! 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. Don’t know your Big Dipper from Orion’s Belt? Never heard of the Pleiades Star Cluster (also known as the Seven Sisters)? That’s all right! Temple Ambler is hosting this special stargazing event in cooperation with the Bucks Mont Astronomical Association and the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers. All skill levels are welcome! Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

Transitioning Your Containers into the Cooler Months: Tina Sottolano-Cain
Wednesday, September 12, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$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.

Transitioning your container gardens from fading summer blooms to fall, winter plantings can be easily achieved without sacrificing annuals that are peaking late summer and fall. Adding cold tolerant annuals, hardy perennials and evergreens can breathe new life into tired container gardens that will last through the winter months. Tina Sottolano-Cain has served as a consultant in the garden center industry for more than 19 years. While earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture at Temple University, she developed a strong passion for small garden design, especially container gardening. After cultivating her craft at select Bucks County-area garden centers, she began Gardens on the Go. Her company specializes in indoor and outdoor container gardens for your home or office using beautiful mixed plantings designed to the clients' needs and taste. As she always tells her clients, “As long as you have a spot for a pot you can have a garden!” Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, 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.

Temple Ambler In Bloom
Saturday, September 15, 4 to 6 p.m., Louise Bush-Brown Formal Perennial Gardens

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Everyone has a memory to share, a story to tell. At Temple Ambler In Bloom, we want you to share yours! The Ambler Arboretum is a place of learning, growing and sharing experiences. We are collecting and recording those experiences for the new Ambler Arboretum Podcast! Stop by the recording booth to share your story on video or audio. Learn more about Temple Ambler's history with the Philadelphia Flower Show and how those hands-on learning experiences have helped to teach students and develop new Arboretum garden spaces. Hear the story of the Arboretum as a diverse habitat and view some of the insects and animals that call the Arboretum home. Proceeds from Temple Ambler in Bloom 2018 will go to help tell the story of the Ambler Arboretum's past, present and future through educational signage and technology. All proceeds to Temple Ambler in Bloom 2018 are worth double this year! Thanks to a generous matching gift donation from Barbara and Philip Albright, all proceeds to the Ambler Arboretum general operating fund will be matched up to $25,000! Information: Contact Eric Rivera at 267-468-8011 or rivera.eric@temple.edu.

October 2018

Living the Aromatic Life: Linda Shanahan and Eric VanderHyde, Barefoot Botanicals
Wednesday, October 10, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$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. 

Explore how to incorporate and use aromatic plants in your garden, your kitchen and throughout your home with Linda Shanahan and Eric VanderHyde of Barefoot Botanicals. Barefoot Botanicals is a labor of love for VanderHyde and Shanahan, bringing together their combined years of experience in herbalism, nursing, engineering and agriculture. Having grown vegetables, flowers and herbs for over a decade, they now specialize in certified organically grown medicinal and culinary herbs. Barefoot Botanicals provides herbal medicine makers, manufacturers, chefs, brewers and bartenders with fresh, dried and freshly distilled aromatic and medicinal plants as well as herbal cocktail syrups. Find their products online at www.barefootbotanicals.net, retail natural food stores and at area farmers markets in Philadelphia, Ottsville, Doylestown, Wrightstown and Yardley. Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, 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.

Sustainability Action Day: Edible Plant Walk
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Meet at Bright Hall Circle
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Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury and the Food Forest Club for a walk on the edible side of the Ambler Arboretum! Learn about the edible plants and herbs that inhabit the Arboretum’s diverse gardens and help commemorate World Food Day (October 16). World Food Day, established in 1945 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is a global celebration, asserting that the right to food is a basic human right. The celebration also encourages in sustainable food systems and some of the major global challenges. Learn what edible plants and herbs would be good in your garden and what is great for wildlife. Bring your walking shoes and your questions. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108. 

EarthFest Presents: The Science of Scary
Sunday, October 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Ambler Campus Meadows (Behind the Learning Center)
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Let’s face it, some things in nature are just plain scary…or at least kind of icky. But just because something seems scary, doesn’t mean that it is! All animals and insects, no matter how creepy or crawly, serve an essential purpose in their ecosystems and increase biodiversity! Celebrate the Halloween season in a different way by learning about the science behind the things that may scare you — skunks, spiders, flies, rotten logs, bats, predatory birds and snakes just to name a few! The Science of Scary is being held in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion and the Barn Nature Center. Information: duffyj@temple.edu or 267-468-8108.

November 2018

WVWA: All About Owls
Friday, November 2, 7 to 9 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association Visitor’s Center
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Free for WVWA Members, Ambler Arboretum Association members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate) and children under 12: free
$10 for Non-members
Discount Codes available for students and Ambler Arboretum Members. Contact kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu for more information. 

Fall is one of the best times of the year to see and hear owls — and what could be a better way to take advantage of autumn’s beautiful, quiet nights than to go in search of those nocturnal wonders at the suburban home of the Temple Owls! Join Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) naturalist Kristy Morley for an evening learning all about the habits and adaptations of our nocturnal neighbors, followed by an owl-prowl through the twilight woods! Dress for the weather as we may be standing quietly in one place for a prolonged period. Bring binoculars (some loaners will be available). Bring a flashlight or headlamp for use during the walk. Information and registration: http://www.wvwa.org/calendar/.

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Visitor’s Center
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Join Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Director Kathy Salisbury for 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.

Japanese Garden Design — The Stroll Garden: Sharee Solow
Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$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 designer Sharee Solow as she presents "Japanese Garden Design: The Stroll Garden (Edo Period 1600-1868)." Finally, a design lecture that will clarify the complex topic of Japanese gardens using language and images everyone can grasp! Through demonstration photos from Solow’s study in Japan and visits to Japanese-style gardens in the United States, audiences will develop a fresh perspective on gardens that are too often presented as being beyond comprehension, even elitist. An extensive handout will have all the notes you need to put down the pencil and get immersed in the subject, celebrating Japan's holiday Culture Day. One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most respected certified horticulturists and landscape designers, Solow blends a lifetime of accomplishments and international travel to offer uniquely sophisticated landscape designs and garden design lectures. A popular speaker and writer for professional landscape organizations, garden societies and arboretums, she is known for visionary ideas but also practical and realistic applications, often incorporating recent discoveries and trends from her international travels. Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, 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.

December 2018

Ambler Arboretum Presents: Bark Walk
Saturday, December 1, 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.

Pollinators and Wildflowers — Observations from the Field: Tom Knezick
Wednesday, December 12, 7 p.m., Learning Center Auditorium
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$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. 

Pinelands Nursery currently dedicates nearly 60 acres to growing native plants; half of those acres use for wildflower seed production.  Pollinators and Wildflowers will highlight some of Pineland’s observations of the wildflowers, pollinators and predatory insects that call their fields home. What plants attract the most honeybees? Which milkweed is best for monarchs? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Tom Knezick is the Production Analyst at Pinelands Nursery & Supply, a wholesale native plant nursery in Columbus, NJ. Knezick also owns and operates Pinelands Direct Native Plants, an online native plant retailer offering plants and seeds grown at the nursery. Designed for the home and hobby gardeners as well as horticultural professionals, the Ambler Arboretum Horticulture Lecture Series, presented by regional experts, 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.