Category Archives: Plants

Origin and Symbolism of the Beloved Camellia

By Grace Harbison, Former Ambler Arboretum Student Gardener Camellias are a beautiful plant to admire. Whether it is a planted back against a hedge, or situated along the outside edge of a garden bed, it is sure to attract attention … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Grace Harbison on Magnificent Magnolias

While the Arboretum is closed, Grace, a Horticulture Major in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture as well as an Ambler Arboretum Student Worker, is sharing some information about various plants that can be found around the Arboretum and … Continue reading

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Pink Flags of Progress

This fall pinks flags have been popping up around the Arboretum. The infestation began towards the end of summer in early September and just recently came to an end. This was an infestation of some pink flags of progress. Each … Continue reading

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Arboretum as Habitat

Seems to be a bumper crop of butterflies around this summer. Have you noticed this too? Feels like everywhere I look I find Lepidoptera in various stages of development. When I find one of these, or participate in our annual … Continue reading

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April Showers Bring…. May Showers

I love a good puddle jump as much as the next person. I am also fully aware, as I am sure you are too, that we need rain for the flowers to grow and for our trees to thrive. But … Continue reading

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Tough Decisions

  In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own … Continue reading

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A Late Winter Walk

Each season I offer a mid-week walk around the arboretum for anyone interested in seeing what is going on.  From interesting seed pods and galls to flowers in all colors, here are the finds from today’s March 1, 2018 late-winter … Continue reading

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Autumn in the Arboretum

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According to the calendar fall is here. But when you look outside it is still a bit difficult to tell. With temperatures in the 80s and high humidity it certainly doesn’t feel like fall. Though the bright jewel-tones of autumn … Continue reading

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The other day I was asked to identify a plant by a verbal description. Now as a horticulturist and an educator, this is nothing new. Sometimes I am lucky enough to be able to decipher the clues and come up … Continue reading

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