By Phran Novelli
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – While the artwork has moved down to the Parkway, the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation remains firmly planted on Latches Lane in Merion, where Laura Leggett Barnes nurtured a wonderland of plants for decades in the 20th century.
It’s also where she began educating people about horticulture and botany beginning back in 1940.
The Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation is where I went to learn more about horticulture – and you can too. Trying a class or two before you sign up for a longer program is a great way to get to know the place, and if you join this Saturday morning’s tour of ‘Remarkable Trees of the Barnes Arboretum,’ you’ll discover several huge Pennsylvania State Champions; trees planted for the 1876 Centennial, and unforgettable specimens hard to find anywhere else – including remarkable magnolias, Stewartias, and their memorable Monkey Puzzle Tree.
Go to BarnesFoundation.org/programs to reserve tickets ($20, or $18 for Barnes Foundation members) for this week’s tour, Saturday April 20, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:45am. And, go to BarnesFoundation.org/education for details of other classes at the Barnes Arboretum.