Awbury Arboretum, an oasis of green amidst the sometimes harsh urban landscape of Germantown, will host an Arbor Day garden fair on Saturday April 27 at its 55-acre site at Washington Lane and Chew Avenue in East Germantown. The fair, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include games, face painting, story telling planting, raffles, food, live music and walking tours.
Baskets containing gift certificates and other items from local businesses and restaurants will be raffled off to support the arboretum and its partner, My Place Germantown, a non-profit group that provides permanent housing for homeless men.
“Both the arboretum and My Place Germantown are hidden treasures of the community; we go unnoticed,” said Mary Ellen Graham, president and executive director at My Place Germantown. “This is a great opportunity to turn that around.” She added: “We are calling it a friend-raiser rather than a fundraiser.”
My Place Germantown sits on an acre of land in the 200 block of East Price Street, part of which is dedicated to growing fruits, vegetables and plants. “At My Place we put a lot of time into gardening and planting, which is an interest we share with the arboretum,” Graham explained.
Awbury Arboretum includes a public landscape and historic house. Its aims to connect urban Philadelphia with nature and history. Arbor Day – traditionally the last Friday of April – began in Nebraska in 1872, but is now recognized in every state. It is day when people traditionally plant trees.