News & Events

First stage of Henry Greenhouse renovation nearly complete

A complete tear-down, rehabilitation and rebuild of the Henry Botanic Garden’s historically significant Lord & Burnham greenhouse is well underway, with a third of the structure re-glassed. With 180 hours of labor logged, Doug Wolffe and Matt Golas to date have replaced 42 panes of plate glass with new tempered glass, restored all the cypress framing and aluminum caps to factory fresh condition, rebuilt the vent windows and primed and painted and glazed the interior and exterior portions of the structure. The arduous work requires the skills of a carpenter, glazier, mason, welder, sheet-metal worker, plumber and electrician. Accompanying photos show the greenhouse section prior to the rebuilding as well as portions that remain to be addressed.

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2019-2020 Winter work: Mary Henry cabin rebuild under way, barn doors and wall redone, dead trees removed, back porch entrance rehab started

In late 2019, Doug Wolffe and Matt Golas shored up the Mary Henry cabin. We are happy to report that after the structure was stabilized under the entrance, all other engineering aspects passed muster. Broken windows were also replaced and parts of the siding that have insect damage will be replaced in 2020.

In the Fall of 2019, Highline Construction replaced the failing siding and main door material on the barn. The firm also shored up the structural support on west facing side of the barn and rehabbed that concrete aspects of the barn floor.

Also in the Fall of 2019, John B. Ward and Co. removed two dangerous trees over the driveway, a 100-year-old Hickory and a 60-year-old Cherry. The foundation thanks the Wards for their generous work.

In the Winter of 2019, Mack Oil Co. put a new, energy efficient heating system in the cottage that is attached to the barn.

In conjunction with the greenhouse renovation, Doug and Matt are also rehabbing the patio porch supports and gable on the east facing side of the house.

Lastly, the iconic Mary Henry Jeep is now back in service thanks to the repair skills of Billy Wolffe.

 

 

Henry Spring Plant sale is staged

The Spring Plant Sale is staged! Will you volunteer for a couple of hours? Work with friendly plant lovers, sell amazing plants, and welcome newcomers to the sale. You don’t need to be a plant expert to help. All volunteers will receive a Thank-You! plant.
Choose the job and time that suit you.

Assist with sales: write up orders
Offer horticultural advice and answer questions
Help carry or wheel plants and load into cars
Bring refreshments for Opening reception or Members’ morning
SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Opening Reception for members at the $100 level and above
Friday, April 26, 9 a.m.-Noon, Members’ morning
Friday, April 26, Noon-4 p.m., Open to All
Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Open to All
Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Open to All
If you are interested in helping, please call the office at 610 525 2037 or email frederica@henrybotanicgarden.org. We greatly appreciate your time and interest.

Spring Plant Sale (April 25-28): “Native, New and Noteworthy”

Spring Plant Sale (April 25-28): “Native, New and Noteworthy”

Will you volunteer at the Spring Plant Sale for a couple of hours? Work with friendly plant lovers, sell amazing plants, and welcome newcomers to the sale. You don’t need to be a plant expert to help. All volunteers will receive a Thank-You! plant.

Choose the job and time that suit you.

  • Pre-sales help: transplant seedlings, unload trucks, set up the sale
  • Assist with sales: write up orders
  • Offer horticultural advice and answer questions
  • Help carry or wheel plants and load into cars
  • Bring refreshments for Opening reception or Members’ morning

Thursday, April 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Opening Reception for members at the $100 level and above

Friday, April 26, 9 a.m.-Noon, Members’ morning

Friday, April 26, Noon-4 p.m., Open to All

Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Open to All

Sunday, April 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Open to All

If you are interested in helping, please call the office at 610 525 2037 or email frederica@henrybotanicgarden.org. We greatly appreciate your time and interest.

Tropical Valley Expedition, British Columbia

Documentary showing an expedition through northeastern British Columbia by Mary Gibson Henry, Pennsylvania botanist and plants woman. Mrs. Henry was interested in the legendary “Tropical Valley” of northern B.C., where the warmth of hot springs supposedly fostered vegetation not otherwise found in the region. The film was shot in the summer of 1931, during the first of four such journeys she made in the period 1931-1935. Mrs. Henry was accompanied by her husband, Dr. J. Norman Henry; four of her children; topographer Knox McCusker (of the Dominion Topographical Surveys Branch); Dr. B.H. Chandler, a surgeon friend; and outfitter S. Clark, as well as various wranglers. The second and third reels of this three-reel film show the party of 16 travelling by pack-train, crossing rivers, caching food, and fishing, as well as some camp scenes. At an encampment of “Grand Lake Indians” on the Tetsa River, they engage Charlie Macdonald, the chief’s son, to guide them to Toad Hot Springs on the Toad River, but they do not proceed north to Liard Hot Springs. On the return trip south, stops include St. Paul’s Lake, Henry River, and Lake Mary and Lake Josephine [named after the Henry’s daughters]; these place names do not seem to have become official. Following the Peace River, they arrive at Hudson’s Hope (having travelled 800 miles in 79 days), and continue down river to Taylor Flats.