Witch Hazels (Hammamelis mollis) at Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

February 25, 2010

Witch Hazel at Morris Arboretum

Witch Hazel, Courtesy Morris Arboretum

Did you know that the Morris Arboretum has fabulous color and fragrance even in the middle of winter? Grab your family and head over to the Arboretum for a day of fun and exploration. Follow the treasure hunt to discover the many varieties of witchhazels growing at the Arboretum. Ranging in color from yellow and orange to pink and red, witchhazels are some of the first harbingers of spring. Compare their beautiful flowers and take in their heady scent. After your hunt, stop back at the Visitor Center and make a fun craft. Be sure to treat yourself to a snack at Bruno’s Café in the lower gallery.

Come and enjoy the Witchhazels all month. The treasure hunt map will be distributed at the Visitor’s Center every day in February

Courtesy Morris Arboretum

Courtesy Morris Arboretum

A collection of worldly and historic special guests will gather for the 2010 Philadelphia International Flower Show (February 27 to March 7th, 2010), when “Passport to the World” showcases plants descended from or representing those discovered in early expeditions and those exhibited in the very first Flower Show in 1829.

“Our visitors will have a unique experience this year when they enter the exhibition hall,” said Flower Show Designer Sam Lemheney. “They’ll be greeted by a display called the Explorer’s Garden that captures the spirit of adventure that led to great scientific advancements at the turn of the century. As guests wander through the exhibit, they’ll have the same thrilling feeling of discovery.”

Witch Hazel, Courtesy Morris Arboretum

Witch Hazel, Courtesy Morris Arboretum

The Explorer’s Garden will also include more recent finds from the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Aborteum, including several varieties of rhododendrons, the gorgeous Chinese shrub, the Hammamelis mollis, and the Korean flowering tree, the Cornus ‘Aurora’.




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