Arborist's Angle: The Specimen Trees of Laurel Hill

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Laurel Hill cemetery is more than a burial ground – it is a historic landscape and public garden that has provided Philadelphian’s an unmatched horticultural retreat from the city for the last 183 years. John Jay smith, one of the founders of Laurel Hill, was an avid horticulturalist and hired John Notman to design a cemetery that featured rolling lawns and specimen trees and shrubs. The legacy of Smith’s vision can be seen today in trees that likely date back to the original plantings, as well as new plantings designed to emulate the original historic landscape design.

Arborist’s Angle, a walking tour through Laurel Hill Cemetery, will highlight some of the most impressive and interesting trees of the cemetery. Join Aaron Greenberg, Arborist of Laurel and West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, in a discussion of some of his favorite specimens. Special attention will be given to trees with historical significance to Laurel Hill and Philadelphia horticulture, as well as well as summer-flowering trees and stately shade trees! Aaron is a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture, and will be available to answer questions about any of the beautiful trees of Laurel Hill Cemetery.

The tour will take place on Thursday, June 13 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

The cost is $20/person; $18/students and seniors; or $17/members. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

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