Spring Forward by Learning Something New at Morris Arboretum

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Media Contact:Susan Crane | cranesj@upenn.edu | 215-247-5777 x121February 4, 2013

PHILADELPHIA -- Morris Arboretum offers more than 75 classes each spring and fall with topics as varied as:
·         Culinary Adventures,
·         Behind the Scenes Tours & Trips,
·         Health & Wellness in the garden,
·         Growing Minds for kids and families,
·         Birding Excursions,
·         Creative Expressions,
·         the latest in Horticultural practices,
·         introduction to Botany,
·         plus, professional classes in landscape design and arboriculture
 
Clearly, it’s time to take a look at Morris Arboretum’s breadth of courses. Here are just a few to whet your learning appétit.
 
·         Coming up Roses!
Are you new to rose gardening or just want some one-on-one guidance to get your roses ready for
the new season? Join this informative spring rose care workshop that will provide an overview of
pruning, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, and composting.  Participants will have the opportunity to do
some hands on pruning in the Rose Garden and learn techniques that can be applied to their own roses.
·         Nature Photography Workshop (Ages 8-12 yr. old)
In this four-week series, children will use their creativity to capture the beautiful landscape of Morris
Arboretum through the camera’s lens. Children will learn tips and techniques to hone their
photography skills, concentrating on close-ups, textures, color, and landscape concepts.  In the last
session, students will celebrate and critique their classmates’ work.
 
·         Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness
Explore the practice of mindfulness mediation to tune in to your body and mind.  During four sessions, participants will practice mindfulness-based meditation through body scans, seated meditation, and expanded awareness.  Connect with your inner-most self and enjoy the many health benefits associated with meditation to promote your own general well-being.
 
Class times and costs vary, so check the website, www.morrisarboretum.org or call 215-247-5777 for more information.  You may also register online at online.morrisarboretum.org/classes.
 
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  The Morris Arboretum’s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

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