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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two years ago the artwork of the Barnes Foundation moved down to the Parkway, but back at 300 North Latch’s Lane in Merion, PA, there’s still a very special place well worth visiting; the Arboretum.

That’s where I went to school to learn more about plants and, starting this Friday, May 9th, through the end of August, you can visit the Barnes Arboretum every weekend.

The Barnes Arboretum is a great size, just 12 acres, making it easy to see in a leisurely stroll. Along with formal gardens, a tea house, and a fern wall, you’ll see a myriad of specimen trees, including an impressive grove of magnolias, remarkable Stewartias, and their famous Monkey Puzzle tree, as well as stunning shrubs and perennials like camellias, peonies, and a huge variety of lilacs just bursting into bloom, along with the lavender wisteria. You can also learn a lot at the Barnes, either by taking classes on a regular basis, or just signing up for a one-day workshop or event at The BarnesFoundation.org.

The gates at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm through August 31st. The entry fee is only $5 (or free if you’re a Barnes member), and you don’t need a reservation, you can just drop by.

What a nice way to spend Mother’s Day!

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