Community Events

Community Events at Temple Ambler

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.

August 2019

Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group Fall Gardeners’ Market
Saturday, August 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ambler Arboretum of Temple University

Fall is one of the best times of year to plant — the soil is still warm enough to allow root systems to establish and cooler temperatures reduce your need to water. Get a head start on your fall plant buying and enjoy one-stop shopping at the Hardy Plant Society Mid-Atlantic Group’s (HPS/MAG) annual Fall Gardeners Market. The Gardeners’ Market, co-hosted by the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, will feature 20 different vendors, including sellers of succulents, native plants, fancy weeds, trees and shrubs, and tons of unique specimens you won’t find elsewhere. Planters, tools and hypertufa are also for sale. In addition, the event will include special pricing will be offered on nitrile gardening gloves, a Raffle and two Food Trucks with delicious fare. A free guided tour of the Arboretum will be held at 11 a.m. A plant park is available to corral your purchases while you continue to shop. Learn more about the event online.

Ambler Campus Drive-in Movie
Saturday, August 24, 7:30 p.m., Ambler Campus Large Parking Lot
Register Online
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 summer 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 Disney's Aladdin (2019) 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.

Upper Dublin Summer Concert Series — ReD AngeL
Sunday, August 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Ambler Campus Learning Center Front Lawn

The Sunday Evening Summer Concert Series at Temple University Ambler concludes the 2019 season with ReD AngeL. Type of Music: Classic Rock. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a relaxed evening of free entertainment. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be played in the Learning Center Auditorium. This concert series is presented by Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation and hosted by Temple University Ambler. Learn more about the concert series. Information: 215-643-1600, ext. 3443.

September 2019

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 Sam Hoadley from the Mt. Cuba Center as he 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. Hoadley is the Horticultural Research Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. His work includes evaluating native plant species, old and new cultivars, as well as hybrids in Mt Cuba’s Trial Garden. Using data collected and analyzed over a three-year period a research report is published outlining top preforming plants for the Mid-Atlantic region. This information is designed to inform consumers and home gardeners as well as professionals in the horticultural and nursery industries about the ecological benefits and attributes of the native plants in our trials.  Current genera on trial include Carex, Echinacea, Hydrangea arborescens, and Helenium. Hoadley received his degree in Sustainable Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont and has always maintained a strong passion for plants and the horticultural world. 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.

WVWA: Butterfly ID Walk
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Meet at the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Visitor's Center
Online Registration Coming Soon!

Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies during this introductory workshop and nature walk! Join Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association naturalists to learn the basics of butterfly life cycles, identification and how to support them on your own property. We will take a walk around the Temple Ambler Arboretum gardens and meadows to search for these colorful and fascinating pollinators. Free for WVWA Members, Ambler Arboretum Association members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate) and children under 12. $10 for non-members. Information: kathy.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
Register Online

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 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.

WVWA: All About Owls
Friday, November 8, 7 to 9 p.m., Meet at the Woman's National Farm and Garden Association Visitor's Center
Online Registration Coming Soon!

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) naturalists for an evening learning all about the habits and adaptations of our nocturnal neighbors, followed by an owl-prowl through the twilight woods of Temple Ambler! Free for WVWA Members, Ambler Arboretum Association members (Learn how to become an Arboretum Associate) and children under 12. $10 for non-members. Information: kathy.salisbury@temple.edu or 267-468-8400.

Ambler Arboretum Speaker Series: Landscape Lighting Fundamentals
Wednesday, November 20, 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.

EarthFest Presents: Reach for the Stars
November, TBD, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Ambler Campus Large Parking Lot
Register Online

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.

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
Register Online

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.