Programs: Calendar

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Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach

Designing a garden can be overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you'll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.

Thursdays, January 15-29 (3 classes)
9:30 am–noon Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $105; members $94

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Soils Boot Camp

Instructor: Scott Guiser, MS in horticulture
Good soils are the foundation of plant health. Learn about the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils that promote optimum plant growth. Topics include soil amendments, fertilizers, compost, and soil testing.

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 20-21 (2 classes)
1–4:30 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $90; members $81

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Weed Science

Instructor: Scott Guiser, MS in horticulture
Weeds grow wherever we cultivate plants. This course addresses the biology of weeds and discusses integrated pest management. Learn about common weeds like crabgrass, poison ivy, and ragweed and recent invasive species like giant knotweed, Japanese stiltgrass, and mile-a-minute.

Wednesdays, January 28-March 11 (7 classes)
1:30–3:30 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $210; members $189

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Antique Genius and Dramatic Romantics: Drawing, Color, and Modern Painting

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
In 19th-century France, artists were challenged to choose between two schools of thought. Some maintained an allegiance to drawing and the academic training of the École des Beaux-Arts, while others pursued emerging theories about color and new pigments. Focusing on David, Corot, and Manet, this workshop examines the evolution of modern painting from the tensions between old and new.

Mondays, February 2–March 2 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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Contemporary Botanical Illustration

Instructor: Marylyn Waltzer, certified botanical illustrator
Develop line drawing and watercolor skills to create highly detailed and accurate botanical paintings. Learn how colors interact in watercolor and explore floral structure, form, and elements of composition. All levels welcome.

Thursdays, February 5–March 26 (8 classes)
1–4 pm Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $360; members $324

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtKids Workshop: Family is...

Consider what family is when you meet some intriguing members of artists’ families on the walls of the Collection Gallery. After exploring the work of Horace Pippin and others, collage a portrait of your favorite family.

February 22, 2015
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20. Collection admission and art materials included.

Register: 215.278.7200.

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Ingres, Delacroix, and the Battle of Line and Color

Instructor: Michael Rossman, MFA
Focusing on Ingres and Delacroix, examine the tensions that energized painting in 19th-century Paris. While some artists advocated for classical motifs and focused on line and drawing, a new generation emphasized color as the most important compositional element. Study these artists’ works and learn how they gave rise to a more modern style.

Mondays, March 9-April 6 (4 classes)
6:30–8:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $300; members $270

Collection admission included.

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

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Gardening for Beginners

Instructor: Kathy Salisbury, MS in horticulture
Designed for those who are new to gardening or have dabbled a bit but can’t seem to get it right. Learning the basic functions of plants; how to test your soil; and the fundamentals of plant selection, installation, and maintenance gets you on your way to a greener thumb.

Saturdays, March 21–28 (2 classes)
9:30 am–noon Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066 $60; members $54

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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ArtKids Workshop: Blue

From denim jeans and flags to artists’ painted skies and oceans, blue is a power color! After exploring how artists like Van Gogh use blue, ArtKids try out different media to make a personal statement with this inspiring color.

March 22, 2015
1–3 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20. Collection admission and art materials included.

Register: 215.278.7200.