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2010Guide to SpectacularDisplays for the HolidaysCoordinated byLouise R. EliasonGreater Philadelphia Gardens11/22/2010


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!The most festive time of the year is here! Over 60 beautiful holiday special events andaffordable traditions at 12 participating Greater Philadelphia Gardens, there’s somethinghere are sure to dazzle you and everyone on your list .Enjoy the true beauty of the holiday season in “America’s Garden Capital”!Table of ContentsIntroduction……………….…………………………………………………….3I. Bartram’s Garden……………………………………………………………………4II. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve ..........................................................................5III. Brandywine Conservancy .......................................................................................5IV. Hagley Museum and Gardens..................................................................................6V. Longwood Gardens .....................................................................................................8VI. Mt Cuba Center .....................................................................................................13VII. Morris Arboretum at University of Pennsylvania ...............................................14VIII. Nemours Mansion and Garden ........................................................................15IX. Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College…………………………………….…16X. Tyler Arboretum .......................................................................................................17XI. Winterthur…………………………………………………………………….…..19XII. Wyck Historic Home and Garden ............................................................……….19Prior to attending events, please check information at each of the above listed public gardensand arboreta, all conveniently listed on www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.orgwww.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 2


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!Hey Kids!Can You Matchthese Pictures to theHoliday Green Sales, Displaysand Christmas Tours Inside?Not a kid? Come dream like one. Treat yourself, your family, friends, or clients to abeautiful and memorable holiday this year. Select from more than 60 special holidayevents in our 2010 Holiday Guide.Go early for the best possible visit, and to take your family’s holiday card photo. Be sureto stop in the garden gift shop for that special holiday gift or to ask about a 2011membership to enjoy a nearby public garden and arboreta all year long!www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 3


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!I. Bartram’s Garden54 th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard , Philadelphia , PA 19147Visitor Information (telephone): 215-729-5281Holiday Greens Sale at Bartram's GardenDates & Times : Friday, December 3, 5 - 7:30pm – Members’ PrevieSaturday, December 4, 10am – 4pm – Opening DaySunday, December 5, noon – 3pm – Closing DayBartram‘s Garden is hosting a festive Holiday Celebration and Green Sale. Visitors to thegarden will get the chance to take home fresh, premium loose greens to deck the halls.This year‘s event will feature Bartram Garden's signature selection of beautiful boughsand freshly cut evergreens, as well as a stunning array of designer wreaths andcenterpieces plus extended holiday shopping in the Bartram Garden Shop! Opening Dayof the Sale will also feature live music, tasty treats offered by local vendors, as well asguided tours of the National Historic Landmark Bartram house. All proceeds from thisyear‘s Gifts & Greens sale support horticulture and community programs at Bartram‘sGarden.Bartram‘s Garden is offering a new holiday tour on the Bartrams and the poinsettias.Learn the connections between the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico , Joel RobertPoinsett, a brilliant red Latin American plant, the first Philadelphia Flower Show and theBartrams. Visitors can learn this and tour the Bartram house, which is decorated for thewinter and holiday season.Bartram’s Homeschooler DaysDate: December 8Time: 10 am to noonAdmission: $10 per child, $2 discount for additional siblings, $8 for members, or freewith Bartram member's Program Pass.Description: Join us for an engaging morning of hands-on, seasonal learning at the Garden!Bartram's Garden's homeschoolers program is targeted for children ages 5-13. Register tolgale@bartramsgarden.org. Upon reservation, a pre-learning backet will be sent to families tohelp you prepare for your visit.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 4


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!II.Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve1635 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938-0685Visitor Event Contact (telephone): 215.862.2924Trim a Tree for Wildlife - Fun for Families!Date: Friday, Dec. 10 thTime: 4:30 – 6 p.m.Cost: Members: $5 adult/$3 child, $15 families;Non-members: $8 adult/$5 child, $25 families.Pre-registration required by Wednesday, December 8Registration Contact Amy Hoffman: hoffmann@bhwp.org or 215.862. 2924Program Description: Spread holiday cheer outdoors! Come make edibleornaments for the wildlife in your life. We'll learn how animals survive the harshestseason, read a story and then make several holiday treats out of natural material todecorate our trees or bring home. Dress warm for a short walk, and then come in forcookies and cider. Bring a sandwich-size plastic container and a bag to bring homeyour goodies.III.Brandywine ConservancyU.S. Route. 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317Phone: 610.388.2700Annual “Critter” Ornaments Sale at Brandywine RiverMuseumDate: December 4 & 5Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.mCost: Free entry!Description: Handcrafted ―critter‖ ornaments made by the museum volunteers are forsale in the museum‘s lecture room. These charming creations, made using materialsfound only in nature were once featured in the White House.Nearly 9,000 critter ornaments and table top decorations have been made by volunteers.The critters will decorate the live trees throughout the Brandywine River Museum andwill also be part of the critter sale on December 4 & 5. The annual critter sale, whichraises money for the Volunteers‘ Art Purchase Fund is usually a sell-out!www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 5


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!In addition to the critters, the volunteers decorated the large building wreath, 10 thirtyinchwreaths and 2 wagon wheels, which are all on display this Holiday SeasonIV.Hagley Museum and Gardens298 Buck Road East, Wilmington, DE 19807(Main Entrance Location: Hagley is located on Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.)Phone: (302) 658-2400 weekdaysChristmas at HagleyDates: November 26, 2010, through January 2,2011Times: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The first bus leaves for the Residence at 10 a.m.,the last bus at 3:30 p.m.Cost: Holiday exhibit included with regularmuseum admission. Free for Hagley members.Adults - $11.00Students and senior citizens - $9.00Children ages six to fourteen - $4.00Children under six – FreeLocation: Use Hagley's main entranceDescription: Hagley, located in the beautiful Brandywine Valley, is where the du Pont storybegins and features the original du Pont mills, estate, and gardens.Visiting Eleutherian Mills for the ―Christmas at Hagley‖ exhibit provides an intimate look intothe common winter activities of the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.During the winter, adults and children spent a lot of time on indoor pursuits. Children engaged inactivities that would prepare themselves for their adult lives but they also had time for playing.These activities are represented in this year‘s holiday display.Celebrate the holiday season with festive traditional decorations, music, and displays.This year's special focus is "Winter Pastimes."Eleutherian Mills will once again be elaborately decorated in the warm and cozy ColonialRevival style using natural materials including flowers, greens, fruit and vegetablesheavily incorporated into the decorations. In addition, displays for the winter pastimes offamily entertaining and holiday celebrations as well as the more private pastimes ofcooking, sewing, reading, and drawing will be featured.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 6


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!The Gibbons House (home of the gunpowder yards' foreman) will be decorated forChristmas based on oral histories of past powder workers. Most decorations werehandmade and this year visitors can make a paper link in the Brandywine Manufacturers'Sunday School and then place it on the Gibbons House Christmas tree. Other activitiesinclude cutting out ornaments, games, and sampling some of the yummy baked goodsmade in the woodburning stove.Holiday Caroling at HagleyNew this year to the Workers' Hill area is the sound of holiday music. Sixteen communityand school choirs will be performing on weekends.The choirs will be singing in the Sunday School and the Visitor Center. Their schedule isas follows:Saturday, November 2711 a.m, 12 p.m. - Chester County Choral Society1 p.m., 2 p.m. - Diamond State ChorusSunday, November 281 p.m., 2 p.m. - Opus OneSaturday, December 411 a.m. - St. Paul's Choir12 p.m. - The Boys1 p.m., 2 p.m. - Wilmington Christian SchoolSunday, December 51 p.m. - St. Mary of the Assumption2 p.m. - Brandywine Valley ChoraleSaturday, December 1111 a.m. - Zion Lutheran Church12 p.m. - Jubilate Deo1 p.m. - Ursuline Academy Chapel Choir Singers2 p.m. St. Mark's High SchoolSunday, December 121 p.m., 2 p.m. - Centreville SingersSaturday, December 1811 a.m. - Delaware Children's Choruswww.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 7


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Concord Christian Academy12 p.m. - Cab Calloway School of the Arts1 p.m, 2 p.m. - Sanford Vocal EnsembleSunday, December 191 p.m., 2 p.m. - Concord High SchoolHoliday Brunches at HagleyLocation: Belin House Organic CafeDates: Saturdays and Sundays November 27 through January 2Times: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Cost: Menu Varies. No Reservations NecessaryDescription: Enjoy our holiday brunches as a delicious addition to a festive holiday tourof Hagley! Our special Holiday Brunch Menu is prepared using farm-fresh, locallygrown, sustainable & organic products whenever possible. Our focus is to make simple,healthy food--simply delicious.V. Longwood Gardens1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square PA 19348Phone:610-388-1000General Admission: $18 for adults; $15 forseniors (age 62+), $8 for students (ages 5-18)free age 4 and under. Some events requirespecial tickets that include garden admission.For ticket price and information, please call 610-388-1000Holiday Admission is by Timed Ticket only. Timed tickets go on sale October 1 and can bepurchased online at www.longwoodgardens.org, by calling 610-388-5200, or in person atLongwood. In anticipation of the popularity of A Longwood Gardens Christmas, admissionwill be by Timed Ticket only, with tickets issued for specific dates and times. TimedTickets limit the number of people in the Gardens at any given time, and enable guests toenjoy minimal lines and a better viewing experience.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 8


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!A Longwood Gardens ChristmasDates: November 25–January 9Please note Longwood will host special Garden Pass Member-only HolidayEvenings on Monday, December 6 and Monday, December 13 from 6-10 pm.Only Garden Pass Members will be admitted on these exclusive evenings.Times: 9 am to 9 pm. Timed Tickets allow entry during half-hour intervals throughoutthe day, from 9 am -8:30 pm.Longwood will remain open until 10 pm on Saturdays and December 26-31.Cost: Timed Tickets as per above.Description: A Christmas fantasy awaits guests to Longwood Gardens. Dazzling floraldisplays, stunning trees, holiday music, 500,000 outdoor lights, and dancing fountainsunder the stars are just a few of the highlights of the popular display A LongwoodGardens Christmas. Admission will be by Timed Ticket onlyTowering Trees and MoreDescription: Inside Longwood‘s 4.5-acreheated Conservatory thousands of poinsettiasaccented with amaryllis, Narcissus, begonias,cyclamen, and tulips flourish. Elegantlydecorated trees shimmer and sparkle withfestive flair. In Longwood‘s Exhibition Hall,dramatic gold draping accented with lightshang from the vaulted glass ceiling over anornate art nouveau tapestry fashioned frompink poinsettias and ferns. The vista iscomplete with a towering 25-foot DouglasFir positioned in the center of the flooded Fern Flooradorned in raspberry and pink ornaments, preserved pink roses and gilded cones.The Orangery‘s center walkway is resplendent in pink poinsettias and blue coleusaccented with paper whites, alyssum and bay laurel.The East Conservatory hosts traditional red, green and silver Christmas hues,featuring red cyclamen, begonias, Artemisia, Serbian spruce, lilies and more. Awww.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 9


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!towering 28-foot Fraser fir, the largest indoor tree in the display, draws all eyes tothe Patio of Oranges where it is dressed with begonias and red glass ornaments.More horticultural finery, including swags of exotic plants, Christmas cactusbaskets, living wreaths, and decorated trees flourish throughout the Conservatory.Outdoor Christmas Light Extravaganza at Longwood GardensLongwood works its holiday magic outdoors, too. More than 500,000 outdoorlights adorning 74 trees in classical and free-style form styles enchant both youngand old. The lighting extravaganza includes the illumination of two ofLongwood‘s Treehouses. Fountains dance day and night to holiday music in theOpen Air Theatre (weather permitting) beneath glimmering starry snowflakes.Young and old will delight in Longwood‘s outdoor train display nestled near theIdea Garden. Natural edible ornaments adorn the Wildlife Tree created especiallyfor Longwood‘s feathered and furry friends. The Gardener‘s Tree featuresornaments crafted from garden findings, including gourds, seedpods, and cones.Music is a seasonal highlight as holiday concerts in the ornate Ballroom includeorgan sing-alongs on Longwood‘s newly renovated 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ,and evening choral and bell choir performances by area groups. In Longwood‘shistoric Chimes Tower, the 62-bell carillon plays holiday music every half hour.Strolling performances fill the gardens with holiday music at every turn onweekends.The Sounds of the SeasonDates: November 26 through December 23Times: Evening choral and bell choir concerts at 7 pm and 8 pmDescription: Longwood captures the magic of the season—and the music—withholiday concerts, organ sing-alongs and carillon performances. The ornateBallroom is the setting for daily organ sing-alongs on Longwood‘s renovated10,010-pipe Aeolian organ. Evening choral and bell choir concerts featurefavorite area groups, including:Unified November 26, 2010www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 10


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!Jersey Sound Chorus of Sweet Adelines International November 27, 2010The Valley Forge Chorus of Sweet Adelines International November 28, 2010St. Mark's High School Concert Choir November 29, 2010Temple University Concert Choir November 30, 2010Clearview Regional High School Vocale Ensemble December 1, 2010Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Chorale December 2, 2010Inspirational Choir of St. Paul's Baptist Church December 3, 2010Vox Ama Deus December 4, 2010The Chopped Liver River Band December 5, 2010Main Line Ringers December 6, 2010Lincoln University Concert Choir December 7,2010Calvary Lutheran Church Chancel and Adult Handbell Choirs December 8Curtis Brass Quintet (7:30 pm—special ticket required.) December 9, 2010ChildrenSong of New Jersey December 10, 2010The Bel Canto Children's Chorus December 11, 2010A Cappella Pops December 12, 2010Concord High School Chorale and Madrigal Singers December 13, 2010Chester County Choral Society December 14, 2010The Haverford School Notables December 15, 2010Westminster Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir December 16, 2010Upper Darby High School Encore Singers December 17, 2010www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 11


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!Wheatland Chorale December 18, 2010The Wilmington Handbell Ensemble December 19, 2010The Forty Niners Chorus December 20, 2010Cherry Hill High School West Chamber Singers December 21, 2010The Madrigal Singers & Belles of Cherry Hill High School East Dec. 22Haddonfield Memorial High School Madrigal Singers December 23, 2010Enjoy the First Mobile Carillon Ever Constructed in the United Statesat Longwood GardensDates: December 3, 4, 5 and 9Times: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm Local carilloneurs will perform in the afternoons,and at 5:30 and 6:30 pm a masked Della Penna will enchant guests with eveningperformances.Description: Guests will also get the chance to enjoy Cast in Bronze creatorFrank DellaPenna, as he inaugurates the first mobile carillon ever to beconstructed in the United States at Longwood Gardens‘ Main Fountain GardenThe new 35-bell mobile Carillon will capture the magic of the season by ringingiconic holiday music for garden guests.The Nutcracker at Longwood GardensDates & Times: November 27-28 at 1 pm and 3:30 pm;December 17 at 7 pm; December 18-19 at 1 pm and 3:30 pmCost: Special tickets are required and include Gardens admission.Adults are $27, children are $15. To purchase tickets, call 610-388-5200.Description: New this year, Longwood welcomes the Rock School for Dance Education,which will be performing vignettes from the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker.Enjoy a special Nutcracker novelty cookie and bring your camera to take pictures withthe Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends after the performance.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 12


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!Curtis Brass Quintet at Longwood GardensDate: December 9Time: 7:30 pmCost: Special tickets are required and include Longwood Gardens admission Ticketsare $30 and are available by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999.Description: The Curtis Brass Quintet from the Curtis Institute of Music performschamber works. Hear these stars of tomorrow perform in the intimate setting ofLongwood‘s Ballroom.New Year’s Eve at Longwood GardensDate: December 31Time: Activities begin at 3 pm. Fireworks at 8:30 pm. Open until 10 pmDescription: New Years Eve at Longwood brings special festive activities for the entirefamily. Find fun around every corner with strolling performances by carolers, and abarbershop quartet. Families will enjoy a balloon artist, a kids‘ craft station and more! Aspectacular 5-minute fireworks display tops off the fun at 8:30 pm.Savor a Thanksgiving feast! at Longwood GardensDate: Thursday, November 25Time: 11:30 am-7:30 pmCost: Reservations and special tickets are required and include Gardens admission.Tickets are $59 for adults and $33 for children (ages 5-11). Pricing for Garden Pass Members is$47 for adults and $27 for children (ages 5-11).Description: Savor a Thanksgiving feast at Longwood Gardens on Held in Longwood‘s elegantBallroom, enjoy a bountiful buffet with the entire family.Breakfast with Santa! at Longwood GardensDates: December 11, 12, 18 and 19 in Longwood‘s BallroomTimes: 8:00 and 9:30 am. Reservations are required and being accepted now.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 13


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!Cost: Reservations and special tickets are required and include Gardens admission.Ages 12 & over $40, ages 5-11 $22; Ages 4 and under, free. Pricing for Garden PassMembers are ages 12 and older: $32; ages 5-11: $18.Description: Enjoy an array of breakfast items that are sure to please the entire family.VI.Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania100 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118Visitor Information: 215.247.5777 (operator on duty 9-4 Mon.-Fri.; 10-5 Sat. & SunA Garden Railway Holiday Tradition!(Photo credit: Paul Meyer)Dates: November 26 -December 31 (ClosedChristmas Eve and Day)Time: Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm,Sat. & Sun. 10am-5pmCost: free with Morris Arboretum admission$14 adults, $12 for seniors, students and youth (13-18) $7, children under age three and members free.Description: This year, send your friends and relatives a snapshot of your own familyfun at Morris Arboretum‘s Holiday Garden Railway. Bring your camera and pose infront of the bustling model trains and buildings adorned with twinkle lights and holidaydécor.The Morris Arboretum‘s popular Garden Railway Displayreturns the day after Thanksgiving as the Holiday GardenRailway display. Visitors of all ages will be wow-ed by aquarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnelswith fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, ninebridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under),and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely wintergarden of the Morris Arboretum.The buildings are all meticulously decorated for the holidays with lights thattwinkle along the tracks and around the surrounding landscape. The Garden RailwayDisplay has become one of the Arboretum‘s most beloved attractions since it opened in1998, and the Holiday Garden Railway is quickly becoming a favorite holiday traditionfor many families.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 14


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!VII.Mt Cuba Center3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707Visitor phone: (302) 239-4244Natural Holiday Wreaths Birds Will Love -Instructor: Eileen BoyleDate 12/1 WednesdayTime: 1-3 pmCost: $50.00 Registration required: 302-239-4244 or info@mtcubacenter.orgDescription: Decorate a circle of greens with dried flowers, nuts, seed pods, berries,popcorn, and cranberries to make an attractive holiday present for our feathered friends.All the materials necessary for your wreath will be provided. Please bring hand prunersand gloves.Tableau Vivant Workshop - Instructor: Trish PetersonDate: 12/15 WednesdayTime: 10am-12noonCost: $30.00 Pre registration required: 302-239-4244Description: Create a living picture indoors for the holidays! Elegant, whimsical, orserene…create the mood you wish with a living table top scene. This workshop willenable you to combine seasonally available native materials with a beloved personaltreasure. Your tableau vivant will beautifully enhance a holiday buffet. Bring a favoritefigurine (no more than 4‖ high), a non-breakable platter or tray with lipped sides (nolarger than 14‘‘x 18‖), and pruners. A list of additional supplies will be sent to allstudents.VIII.Nemours Mansion & Gardens1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803Location: Alapocas Road & Rt. 141Phone: 302.651.6912 or 800.651.6912Holiday Tours at Nemours Mansion & GardensDate: November 5 th through December 31 st .www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 15


2010 Guide to Spectacular Displays for the Holidays!Holiday Greens Sale at Scott ArboretumDate: Saturday 12/4Time: 10am-2pmCost: Entrance is free and the public is welcome!Event Location: Wister Center, Scott ArboretumContact: scott@swarthmore.eduDescription: Gorgeous greens, holiday accents, andlong-lasting wreaths are all availableat the Holiday Greens Sale.Finished wreaths designed by the talented andexperienced volunteers and staff at the Scott Arboretumwill also be available for purchase. Our wreaths are fresh and have beencreated using damp sphagnum moss. This technique has been selected to ensure a longlastingwreath. Customers have expressed delight and satisfaction upon finding that theirwreaths have remained attractive well into January.X. Tyler Arboretum515 Painter Road, Media, Pa. 19063Telephone: 610-566-9134Professional Holiday Family Photos with SantaDate: Saturday, December 4, 2010Time: 11: a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Cost: Varies. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday,December 1. Please call the Visitor Center at 610-566-9134 x 212. The Visitor Center willreserve half hour time slots and the balance of the payment will be due on the day of theevent, at which time you will select your photography package. Free admission to theArboretum for all registered guests.Description: Amid traditional holiday music, the Arboretum overflows with the warm andwonderful spirit of the holiday season, a beautiful time of year at Tyler. An aroma of hotcocoa and cookies fills the air as children and families, all dressed for the holiday, await theirturn for that special portrait with Santa Claus on Tyler‘s beautiful antique sleigh.www.GreaterPhiladelphiaGardens.org Page | 17

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