Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

Temple University is focused on ensuring the health and safety of our community members and campus and Arboretum visitors. The University is taking several measures to keep everyone safe amid the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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

January 2021

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: The Story of Bonsai — Virtual Event
Wednesday, January 13, 6 to 7 p.m., This Event will Be Hosted Online
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Registration is Free. Donate what you wish to the arboretum to support our programs and mission.

Bonsai means “tray planting” in Japanese. Many examples of the form are hundreds of years old, passed down from generation to generation. Some of the specimens we have growing in the Colibraro Conifer Garden could have been trained into ancient miniatures. Learn how this is possible with expert Robert Mahler, owner of Kifu Bonsai in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. Mahler will talk us through the art and science basics of bonsai.

Bob Mahler discovered his passion for bonsai at an early age. As a teen, he was fortunate enough to apprentice under the direction of Chase Rosade of Rosade Bonsai Studios in New Hope, Pennsylvania. From there he traveled to Tochigi-Ken Japan where he would spend the next 4 years under the exclusive direction of world renowned bonsai artist Susumo Sudo. He returned to the states in 1993 and soon thereafter became the curator of bonsai at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. He left Brooklyn in 2005 to pursue a lifelong dream of working with individual collectors via lectures, classes, private collection maintenance and tours abroad. Bob opened Kifu Bonsai (studio) in 2017.

After you register, a confirmation email will be sent with a Zoom link to the event. During this time of economic hardship for many and in a time when our eyes have been opened to the systemic inequities that allow others to participate in programs like this while others may not, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series is now instituting a pay what you can system for registration. Typically, these programs are $10 and help us pay the speaker honorarium and cover the time it takes to organize, manage and implement the programs. If you have the means we ask that you consider contributing something. This will help us ensure we are able to continue to offer programming such as this as well as our other free and low-cost programs throughout the year. Thank you for your support and participation. 

Join us for talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Attracting and Identifying Feeder Birds — Virtual Event
Wednesday, January 27, 6 to 7 p.m., This Event will Be Hosted Online
Register Online
Registration is Free. Donate what you wish to the arboretum to support our programs and mission.

Just in time for the Great Backyard Bird Count and Project Feederwatch, naturalist Kelly Joslin will explore the world of birds at your backyard feeders. Joslin will share tips on attracting a wide variety of birds year-round, what you may see and how to identify them. We’ll also talk about plants you can include in your landscape to attract different birds. Joslin will additionally share some of her favorite places to birdwatch and guidance on how you can contribute to two citizen science projects with your newfound knowledge. This program is being offered in conjunction with the Temple Ambler Field Station, Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents and the Longwood Gardens Community Read Program.

Kelly Joslin has worked in the field of environmental education for more than 20 years and has a Master of Science in education from Northern Illinois University with a specialization in environmental education. Her diverse skills include successful teaching and supervisory experience with a reputation for creative program development, passionate instruction, staff leadership and professional interpretive skills.

After you register, a confirmation email will be sent with a Zoom link to the event. During this time of economic hardship for many and in a time when our eyes have been opened to the systemic inequities that allow others to participate in programs like this while others may not, the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series is now instituting a pay what you can system for registration.

Join us for talks and workshops highlighting sustainability, women’s influence in horticulture and the healing power of plants during this monthly speaker series. Information: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.