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Grave Garden Fête

September 11, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

Make an afternoon of it! The Grave Garden Fête is a perfect event for you and your plant-loving pal, crafty friend, mom or grandma, wacky aunt, dog, or tapophile friend! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and come enjoy the grave gardens that are brightening the cemetery, planted by our famous volunteer group, the Grave Gardeners!

We have teamed up with PHS : Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to organize a day of botanically-themed workshops, demonstrations, and fun make-and-takes! Workshops are ongoing throughout the day and all materials are included in the cost of admission. 

Build Your Own Terrarium with PHS’s Sally McCabe: Participants will be provided with all the materials they need to create a custom terrarium to bring home. Go classic Victorian with Ferns, prehistoric with succulents and mini dinos, or take some macabre inspiration from the surroundings and adorn your terrarium with mini headstones!

Natural Dye Processes and Techniques with Sydney Hernandez, creative dye specialist at Free People: Learn how to prepare natural dye from plants harvested at The Woodlands and then dye your own cotton bandana! Sydney will demonstrate the process of making natural plant dyes and cover a variety of different techniques. Participants can experiment and dye their own cotton bandana to take home.

Secrets of Plant Propagation with Josh Darfler, Greenhouse and Garden Manager for the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania: Make your plants multiply! A series of rotating workshops will cover methods of plant propagation including propagating cuttings from woody and herbaceous plants, seed harvesting, drying and starting, and propagating succulents.

Medicinal Plant Walks with Kelly McCarthy from Attic Apothecary: Tour the cemetery and learn about medicinal plants that grow in grave gardens and around the site!

Plants in Early Medicine with the Mütter Museum: Learn about early medicinal uses of plants with representatives from the Mütter Museum at the grave of Dr. David Jayne, a druggist who made proprietary medicines in Philadelphia in the early 19th century!

Bulb Planting with the Woodlands Grave Gardeners: Seasoned grave gardeners will demonstrate how to plant bulbs for spring while executing a vibrant planting scheme at the family lot of Henry Dreer, a 19th century Philadelphia seedsman. Join in to learn and help, then come back in the spring to see the display!

Grave Garden Tours: Take a tour of the grave gardens with a grave gardener and learn about the history of horticulture in cemeteries! Tours will be offered every hour, on the hour.

Food and drink will be available for purchase to supplement home-made picnics. 
Sponsored by: PHS, Mütter Museum, Lil Pop Shop, 13th Street Cocktails, and Valley Milkhouse
Admission to the Fête is $30, and $20 for members of The Woodlands or PHS (contact for membership info)

All proceeds support the Grave Gardener program. For more information on The Woodlands Grave Gardening Program, visit:

Please note: There will be no vehicular traffic or parking allowed on the grounds for this event. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. Walking, biking, and use of public transportation are highly recommended.


September 11, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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