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.

April 2021

Celebrating the Earth
Now Thrugh May 21
Online

Earth Day isn’t just a day, it’s an idea. Everyone at every age has the power to effect change. You can leave the world a better place than you found it! In 2021, EarthFest Presents will continue to provide virtual experiences that are educational, informative and fun! Celebrating the Earth will include World Water Day on March 22, Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 30. Learn from Temple University and Ambler Arboretum experts while also exploring dozens of event partners and content contributors who are on the front lines of protecting and preserving our planet.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: See A Flower, Draw a Flower — Hands-On Virtual Botanical Drawing Workshop
Wednesday, April 14, 3 to 6 p.m., This Event will Be Hosted Online
Register Online
This program is a pay-what-you can event

Ever want to know the name of a flower and describe it to an “expert” only to have them respond with a blank stare? Ever try to draw a flower and think, “that doesn’t look anything like it?” Then this class will put you on the right path. Register online.

In this three-hour virtual class, students will be exposed to the botanical terms used to describe a plant; learn to how to look closely at a flower and be able to describe it in their own terminology; and translate that knowledge into a simple drawing of a flower.

Carol Ashton-Hergenhan received her bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and went on to study at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture, earning a master’s degree in media from Temple. She privately studied Chinese watercolor techniques with Phoebe Shih (Shih Hwei-Yueh) for several years and has also studied botanical watercolors at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. A Master Gardener, plants have always been central to her art.

As with our other Arboretum Speaker Series lectures, this program is a pay-what-you can event. Inviting people to pay what they can allows us to ensure our programs are accessible to as many people as possible and being able to afford to attend is not a barrier. After you register, a confirmation email will be sent with a Zoom link to the event.

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: PA Big Trees — The Process of Finding and Documenting State Champion Trees
Thursday, April 29, 6 to 7 p.m., This Event will Be Hosted Online
Register Online
This program is a pay-what-you can event

Just in time for Arbor Day, the Ambler Arboretum welcomes Aaron Greenberg of the Pennsylvania Champion Tree Program to explain the process of finding and documenting the state’s largest trees. Register online.

Pennsylvania, or “Penn’s Woods,” is a commonwealth defined by iconic trees and forests. Large, old trees are all around us if we know where to look, in parks, gardens and forests. Although much of the old-growth forest is gone, Pennsylvania is still home to many huge and impressive trees. We’ll discuss the ecological, economic and cultural benefits of big trees and highlight some of Pennsylvania’s most interesting and impressive specimens. We’ll also look at how champion trees are found, how they’re measured, and how a true champion is crowned.

Aaron Greenberg is the state coordinator for the Pennsylvania Champion Tree Program, a register of the largest trees of each species in the Commonwealth. He’s an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and the arboretum manager for Laurel Hill and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries. He lives in West Philadelphia and is passionate about big trees, old-growth forests and the connections between people and the trees that surround them.

As with our other Arboretum Speaker Series lectures, this program is a pay-what-you can event. Inviting people to pay what they can allows us to ensure our programs are accessible to as many people as possible and being able to afford to attend is not a barrier. After you register, a confirmation email will be sent with a Zoom link to the event.

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.

May 2021

May Day in the Garden: Our Japanese Connections
Saturday, May 1, 6 to 7 p.m.

This program is a pay-what-you-can-event

May Day has been a tradition on the Ambler Campus since it was the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women. This year we celebrate that tradition with a live-streamed taiko drumming performance from KyoDaiko of Philadelphia. This special program will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. A rain date scheduled for Saturday, May 8.

KyoDaiko is a Philadelphia-based, community taiko group founded in 2005. All members are volunteers who perform for the love of the art and the energy that the great drums give them. The group performs regularly at a wide range of venues from school and community events, to Phillies games, Japanese festivals and more unusual settings like roller derbies! KyoDaiko offers regular taiko classes and can be hired for events, workshops and team-building activities.

This program is part of the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series and is offered in a pay-what-you-can format to work toward creating equitable access to all of our programs. You will receive the Zoom link to virtually attend this concert if you donate to the Ambler Arboretum or any Ambler Campus fundraiser between now and Friday, April 30.  

Nature Journaling: A Virtual Workshop
Tuesdays, May 11 and May 18, 4 to 5 p.m., This Event will Be Hosted Online
Register Online
This program is a pay-what-you-can-event

Discover the art of nature journaling. This two-part program is designed to inspire you to look more deeply into the natural world, and record your discoveries with words and drawings. The first part begins with the basics. After exploring on our own, we’ll share journal pages in the second part. Through observation and investigation, we can discover nature’s stories together.

Our speaker, Pam Ruch, is a horticulturist and writer based in Emmaus, PA. She managed the grounds at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ, for 19 years. She writes for several online and print organizations, including the Home Garden Seed Association. She holds a BS in Horticulture from Temple University and an MS in Environmental Science from Green Mountain College.

Please note this is a two-part workshop. Part one will be held on May 11 and part two will be held on May 18. After you register, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a Zoom link to the event. The Zoom link should be used for both workshops.

This program is part of the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series and is offered in a pay-what-you-can format to work toward creating equitable access to all of our programs. Thank you for paying what you can so we can continue this series. If you’d like to sponsor the Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series, contact Arboretum Director Kathy Salisbury.

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.