An annual series of lectures held from late fall to early spring that explore a wide variety of fascinating topics. Lectures are supported in part by the Klein Lecture Endowment given in memory of Dr. William M. Klein who served from 1977-1990 as the Arboretum’s first full-time director, the Laura L. Barnes Lecture Endowment of The Philadelphia Foundation, given in memory of Laura Barnes by students and alumni of her school of horticulture, and the Byron Lukens Lecture Endowment, given in memory of educator and Arboretum volunteer, Byron Lukens and his wife Elizabeth.
Dr. Richard Olsen, Director, U.S. National Arboretum
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 | 2:00 pm
From your old favorite azalea, to your new favorite hydrangea, the National Arboretum’s plant breeding and exploration programs have contributed to diverse and sustainable American landscapes. Our success comes from our comprehensive collections, and through collaboration and exchange with our peers, including the Morris Arboretum. Learn how these efforts as well as exciting new initiatives continue to expand the relevance and impact of the National Arboretum. Richard T. Olsen is currently the Director of the United States National Arboretum, a collections-based public garden. For the last decade, he has been a research geneticist guiding urban tree breeding and plant genetic resource programs at the National Arboretum.
Rich Wagner, Pennsylvania Brewery Historian
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 | 7:00 pm
Anthony Morris, ancestor of Arboretum founders, John and Lydia Morris, became Philadelphia’s second brewer in 1687. The Morris family founded several breweries to supply ship captains with necessary sustenance for their long voyages and serve the city’s thriving tavern culture that supplied the growing city with food, drink, and lodging. When Philadelphia was the second largest English-speaking city after London, and the largest seaport in the colonies, it produced more beer than the rest of the colonies combined. William Penn and later the founding fathers promoted the development of the brewing industry as a solid foundation for a temperate society and as an engine for promoting industry and technological innovation. Brewing gave agriculture production a boost since brewers needed barley and hops, which encouraged their cultivation. Rich Wagner began interpreting the brewing process in 1990 at William Penn’s home, Pennsbury Manor. Since then he has constructed his own brewing system to demonstrate the brewing technology of the late seventeenth century. Using this experience along with primary source material he gives us a view of the city's earliest breweries.