All About Green at This Spring’s Valley Talks

Conservation // February 27, 2017

Join FOW this spring as we learn the history of Philadelphia’s parks and where in the Delaware Valley to find the best trees. It’s happening at our popular Valley Talks at Valley Green Inn at 6 p.m. Valley Talks are sponsored by Univest and are free for FOW members (check your e-mail for your registration link or e-mail and $10 for non-members. Registration is recommended as seating is limited. Complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered.

Celebrating Trees in America’s Garden Capital
Paul W. Meyer, Edward Sibley Barnard, & Catriona Bull Briger
Thursday, April 13

In this 30-minute preview of their forthcoming book, Philadelphia Trees: A Field Guide to the City and the Surrounding Delaware Valley, the authors will discuss the best places to see trees in and around Philadelphia. This 280-page, pocket-sized guide with over 1,000 illustrations describes the 50 best locations for seeing trees in the Delaware Valley, and includes detailed maps that pinpoint the locations of over 250 outstanding specimen trees. Non-members can register here.

Paul W. Meyer has been the Director of the Morris Arboretum since 1991. He has traveled on a number of plant expeditions to Korea, China, and Taiwan and is a founding member of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium.

Edward Sibley Barnard has written and edited dozens of illustrated books on natural history during a career of more than 50 years in publishing.

Catriona Bull Briger has a Masters in Landscape Architecture and currently works as a designer, editor, and writer in Philadelphia.


Old and New Along the Wissahickon, 1776-1876
Elizabeth Milroy
Tuesday, May 16

Professor Elizabeth Milroy of Drexel University will examine how and why the Wissahickon was added to Fairmount Park and share some new discoveries she made while writing her new book on the history of Philadelphia’s parks, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876 (Penn State University Press, 2016). Milroy is Professor and Department Head of Art & Art History in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at Drexel University. Her current research focuses on the history of cultural spaces, specifically public parks and historic sites in Philadelphia. The Grid and the River has been awarded the David Coffin Publication Grant from the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, and a Furthermore Publication Grant from the Kaplan Foundation. Non-members can register here.


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