Woodlands Garden Gravetenders
Tuesday, 11/12, 7p
Brought to you by Maple Glen Garden Club and the Upper Dublin Public Library
The Woodlands is the former country seat of William Hamilton, an amateur botanist and avid plant collector who made the site his home from 1770 to 1813. The Schuylkill River site was designed by Hamilton to reflect a picturesque English landscape and his greenhouse was unrivaled in its size and collection.
In 1840, local investors purchased the estate and transformed the grounds into a rural cemetery. When The Woodlands was established it was very common for people to maintain gardens in their family cemetery plots and to spend time there enjoying peaceful green space outside of the city. The Woodlands Grave Gardeners are reintroducing this practice by pairing volunteer gardeners with flowerless graves.
Still active today, The Woodlands Cemetery was named a National Historic Landmark District and provides an oasis of nature amid the bustling University City neighborhood. The Woodlands staff will talk about the site’s unique history from the Eighteenth century to the present, and take you on a visual tour of the grave gardens of today.