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“Celebrate the Fall Season” Floral Design Class with Jane Godshalk

Bring the colors and textures of autumn into your home with an easy to create flower arrangement using flowers and foliage from your garden. Jane will gather plant material from our fields and woods and teach you how to make a graceful, garden style design in the video presentation.

On October 7, Jane will host a Zoom session to answer your questions and discuss pictures of any designs you might want to share. Register to receive the Zoom link by calling (610) 525-2037 or email frederica@henrybotanicgarden.org.

Jane Godshalk teaches floral design at Longwood Gardens and lectures and presents workshops across the country. Her book, “Flower Arranging Secrets”, demystifies the art of flower arranging in an eco-friendly way. She received the prestigious Katharine Thomas Cary Medal from the Garden Club of America in 2017 for outstanding achievement in the field of floral design education. Visit Jane on her website at www.janegodshalk.com and Instagram: janegodshalk.

Message from the President

Message from the President

As our thunderous, steamy days give way to the sure signs of autumn and its soft Italian light, I am delighted to report that the summer so far has been a most productive and happy time at the Henry Botanic Garden.

Henry Ortmeyer, our new curator, has in a little over three months, put his touch on every aspect of the property.

He has created a 2,000 square foot farm plot between the garden nursery area and our eastern (lower) meadows. Most of that space this year has been devoted to a “three sisters” planting of corn, beans, and squash, with two varieties of corn, four varieties of squash, and two varieties of beans. There is also a plot for sunflowers and watermelons, a space for tomatoes, with over twenty varieties, and a section for amaranth.

In terms of other new endeavors, as curator, Henry has implemented a plant mapping, record keeping, and registry program that will make our collections available to any interested visitors.

He is also establishing a collections management policy with guidelines to manage new volunteers more effectively.

Invasive control is also well under way. Much of the weeding effort has been in the South Garden and Gibson Glen, two areas of the garden that were heavily overgrown. Those spots are now getting much cleaner, with new and old paths open for walking again. This effort is due in no small part to our employees and volunteers.

In terms of infrastructure, staff and volunteers have focused on rejuvenating some key facilities. One fenced-in structure called the lath house is being used again as a potting area and seedbed. The lower greenhouse has been rehabbed and the upper greenhouse is being reglassed and rebuilt (and the misting system is back in active operation). The Mary Henry Cabin restoration is nearly complete.

As fall fast approaches, we are also focusing on propagating seeds collected from the most important plants in the garden collection and establishing a replanting effort for various parts of the garden.

I’ve attached some stunning photographs of the property in full bloom, including the always gorgeous terrace garden.

Please stay safe and visit the garden during these last days of summer.

Susan Treadway 

Vernonia novaboracensis

Vernonia novaboracensis

Paeonia obovata seeds

Paeonia obovata seeds

Goldenrod & phlox

Goldenrod & phlox

Curator Henry Ortmeyer on cleanup detail

Curator Henry Ortmeyer on cleanup detail

Curator Henry Ortmeyer surveying tree damage at front gate

Curator Henry Ortmeyer surveying tree damage at front gate

Nyssa sylvatica leaves - signs of approaching autumn

Nyssa sylvatica leaves – signs of approaching autumn

Magnolia fraseri seed cones

Magnolia fraseri seed cones

Magnolia x loebneri

Magnolia x loebneri

Asarum canadense

Asarum canadense

Cyrilla racemiflora

Cyrilla racemiflora

Clethra alnifolia ‘Rosea’

Clethra alnifolia ‘Rosea’

Yucca baccata

Yucca baccata

Illicium floridanum

Illicium floridanum

Rhododendron seedling that sprouted in cedar log

Rhododendron seedling that sprouted in cedar log

Henry Gardens are ablaze with color, surprises

Henry Botanic Garden is ablaze

Every day this Spring, it seems, The Henry Botanic Garden comes alive anew with magnificent plants.As Matthew Ross, the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens, puts it: "This is one of the most incredible collections of botanical curiosities. So many specimens at the Henry are from the plant collection of Mary Henry!!!"Here is Henry Botanic Garden President Susan Treadway's take on the bloom timing this year."The Camassias in the Rock Garden are spectacular. Never have I seen so many. As are the Halesia Diptera v. Magniflora. Plus the “Texas” halesia. Aesculus is blooming all over! And Magnolia fraseri have prospered in the Southern Garden."

Posted by Henry Botanic Garden on Thursday, May 28, 2020

Every day this Spring, it seems, The Henry Botanic Garden comes alive anew with magnificent plants.

As Matthew Ross, the Director of Continuing Education at Longwood Gardens, puts it: “This is one of the most incredible collections of botanical curiosities. So many specimens at the Henry are from the plant collection of Mary Henry!!!”

Here is Henry Botanic Garden President Susan Treadway’s take on the bloom timing this year.

“The Camassias in the Rock Garden are spectacular. Never have I seen so many. As are the Halesia Diptera v. Magniflora. Plus the “Texas” halesia. Aesculus is blooming all over! And Magnolia fraseri have prospered in the Southern Garden.”

Message from the President

Greetings!
We’ve had a tremendous response to our on-line plant sale. So many of our members have written special notes of thanks, and we’ve had eager renewals and a few new members. All the plant sale deliveries have taken place even in the midst of what seemed like gale-force winds, and the plants look fabulous. Even the tomato plants are responding well to their reclaimed greenhouse space.

Of particular note is a letter + donation from a past visitor who wrote with effusive praise for the decision to hire Henry Ortmeyer as curator for this “magical place.”

It’s been an astoundingly beautiful spring with some extraordinary blooms – gorgeous purple phlox, I think a self-sown Trillium catesbei, & a phlox I’ve never seen. Even some day-lilies MGH named “Port”.

This week’s video features a walk around the area where Mary Henry’s writing cabin is situated. We also visit with curator Henry Ortmeyer as he conducts a plant survey and census.

Enjoy the film and bests regards,

Susan Treadway

A new look at an old collection

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTGreetings!We've had a tremendous response to our on-line plant sale. So many of our members have written special notes of thanks, and we've had eager renewals and a few new members. All the plant sale deliveries have taken place even in the midst of what seemed like gale-force winds, and the plants look fabulous. Even the tomato plants are responding well to their reclaimed greenhouse space.Of particular note is a letter + donation from a past visitor who wrote with effusive praise for the decision to hire Henry Ortmeyer as curator for this "magical place."It's been an astoundingly beautiful spring with some extraordinary blooms – gorgeous purple phlox, I think a self-sown Trillium catesbei, & a phlox I've never seen. Even some day-lilies MGH named "Port".This week's video features a walk around the area where Mary Henry's writing cabin is situated. We also visit with curator Henry Ortmeyer as he conducts a plant survey and census.Enjoy the film and bests regards,Susan Treadway

Posted by Henry Botanic Garden on Saturday, May 23, 2020

How to get your Henry Spring sale plants

Plant Sale Update

Sale plants are now arriving at the Henry Botanic Garden.While our sale will offer the same great, garden-worthy plants we had planned to sell to you in person, you will not be able to browse the collection at the Henry Foundation. The sale catalog will be accessible only from our website, along with an order form.https://www.henrybotanicgarden.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/PLANT-SALE-FORM-1.pdfReview the catalog, make your selections by filling out the order form and then print and mail the order form to Henry Foundation, P.O. Box 7, Gladwyne, PA 19035. Keep a copy for your records.https://www.henrybotanicgarden.org/2020/04/23/henry-botanic-garden-spring-plant-sale-catalog/Please do not send payment with the form. We will contact you by phone or email when the order has been filled with the total due and to schedule your individual “curbside” pickup to comply with current health safety restrictions.Please have a check payable to Henry Foundation ready to drop off at the time of pickup.We will do our very best to fill your request. We’ve ordered lots of plants! Priority will be given to current Henry Foundation members at the $100 level and above. Current members will be given preference over non-members. Current members will receive a 10% discount on plant material. Renew your membership or join on our website.

Posted by Henry Botanic Garden on Thursday, April 30, 2020

PLANT SALE ORDER FORM

Because of the current pandemic, the Henry Spring Plant sale will have a different format this year.

While our sale will offer the same great, garden-worthy plants we had planned to sell to you in person, you will not be able to browse the collection at the Henry Foundation. The sale catalog will be accessible only from our website, along with an order form.

Review the catalog, make your selections by filling out the order form and then print and mail the order form to Henry Foundation, P.O. Box 7, Gladwyne, PA 19035. Keep a copy for your records.

Please do not send payment with the form. We will contact you by phone or email when the order has been filled with the total due and to schedule your individual “curbside” pickup to comply with current health safety restrictions. Please have a check payable to Henry Foundation ready to drop off at the time of pickup.

We will do our very best to fill your request. We’ve ordered lots of plants! Priority will be given to current Henry Foundation members at the $100 level and above. Current members will be given preference over non-members. Current  members will receive a 10% discount on plant material. Renew your membership or join on our website.

We would like to take this opportunity to make sure we have the most up-to-date contact information on our membership. Please fill out the PLANT SALE ORDER FORM completely.

A message from the President

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT“What is a garden without people?” someone asked recently.What happens in a garden with sunshine, fresh air, the sounds of birds & wind & rains when no one is looking or listening?We miss all of you who would under normal circumstances be coming to experience the garden in spring-time. Each day new flowers open. Each chance to meander brings opportunities to see & hear & experience something new – a fallen tree, an overflowing creek rippling over rocks, small hailstones on the greenhouse, self-sown seedlings popping up sometimes where least expected, all amid the chatter of birds vying for nesting sites & the sight of bees awakening from their winter hives.As we try to adapt to new protocols, we’ve started a virtual “show & tell” series of walks in & around the garden. Just as you would if you were visiting, you’ll have a chance to learn about some of the plants here and see some in flower. You might even hear some birds & see some bees.See you soon,Susan Treadway

Posted by Henry Botanic Garden on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

“What is a garden without people?” someone asked recently.

What happens in a garden with sunshine, fresh air, the sounds of birds & wind & rains when no one is looking or listening?

We miss all of you who would under normal circumstances be coming to experience the garden in spring-time.  Each day new flowers open.  Each chance to meander brings opportunities to see & hear & experience something new – a fallen tree, an overflowing creek rippling over rocks,  small hailstones on the greenhouse, self-sown seedlings popping up  sometimes where least expected, all amid the chatter of birds vying for nesting sites & the sight of bees awakening from their winter hives.

As we try to adapt to new protocols, we’ve started a virtual “show & tell” series of walks in & around the garden.  Just as you would if you were visiting, you’ll have a chance to learn about some of the plants here and see some in flower. You might even hear some birds & see some bees.

See you soon,

Susan Treadway

Website Sale Announcement

Repairs on Greenhouse and Portico columns proceed apace

The first phase of the Greenhouse repairs are nearly complete with only cosmetic issues outstanding. Renovators Doug Wolffe and Matt Golas are now looking at restoring the greenhouse entrance facing the terrace, which is in desperate need of attention. The Henry board has agreed that the work should continue on that section. We expect the work to be completed by mid April.  The four Portico columns, which had lost structural integrity due to rot on the bases are being pulled and rebuilt. Two rebuilt columns have been set back in place with pins and the remaining two will be rebuilt and set back in place by the third week of March. The Mary Henry writing cabin exterior work is nearly complete, including structural repairs on the left front corner, new window glass and new steps and a railing system. The interior of the cabin will be restored as a living museum.