green thumb festival is being held
this spring in the Philadelphia region. Throughout May, the city
and its environs will play host to this event, billed as the
"world's largest garden party."
Gardens Collaborative, a group representing 26 public gardens
and historical homes, is coordinating the festivities.
In Philadelphia, members include
Historic Bartram's Garden, the Japanese House and Garden, Morris
Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Awbury Arboretum and
Other area gardens include Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve in
New Hope, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore and
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., and the Camden Children's
Garden in Camden, N.J.
The group will work with operators to develop private tours and
arrange lunches, according to Gardens Collaborative project
director Barbara Klaczynska.
Events are designed to appeal to a diverse audience, including
The Spring Blossom Festival is set for May 20 at Tyler Arboretum
in Media, Pa., with live music, games and crafts for kids, tours
and a gardening workshop.
On tap for May 19 is Children's Day at Japanese House and
A martial arts demonstration, traditional music and dance,a Hira
Doll display and tours of the house and garden are highlights.
Footprints in the Gardens takes place May 5 and 6 and May 12 and
13 at Historic Bartram's Garden with a dance routine performed by
teen-agers from north Philadelphia's Art Sanctuary.
For additional information, contact Gardens Collaborative at
(215) 247-5777, Ext. 207.