Begonia Bonanza at PHS McLean Library

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The arts are alive in Philadelphia, and we are all eagerly anticipating the opening of the Barnes Foundation’s newest campus!

To celebrate art and horticulture, PHS presents The Art of Begonias, now through June 1.* Located in the McLean Library on the first floor of PHS headquarters at 20th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia, the exhibition will feature a selection of spectacular begonias from the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Begonia Society and from Meadowbrook Farm.

Also on display will be some beautiful paintings and drawings from the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, some of which will be for sale. The exhibition will culminate with a begonia sale on June 1. Admission is free and the event is open to the public; Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5pm. To complement this exhibition, the following lectures will be held in the library:

Caring for Begonias, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 6 – 7 pm
Begonia care is very straightforward and rewarding.  Begonia enthusiast Ed MacFarland will demonstrate that by adhering to a few simple rules, one can be rewarded with some extremely attractive flowers, foliage, or both.

The Art of Garden Photography, Thursday, May 31, 2012, 12 – 1 pm
Tired of over-exposed, under-exposed, or unfocused photos of your garden and plants?  Improve your  picture-taking skills with a few tips and tricks from PHS Publications Director Pete Prown.

Painted Leaf Begonias, Thursday, May 31, 2012, 6 – 7 pm
Among the various types of begonias, the B. Rex are some of the most beautiful and stunning plants. Sometimes called painted-leaf begonias or fancy-leaf begonias, these plants are known for their showy leaf colors.  Join us as Meadowbrook Farm staffer Brandon Huber discusses how to grow and maintain these breathtaking plants.

Plant Sale, May 31 & June 1, 9 am – 5 pm
Purchase beautiful begonias and other must-have plants from Meadowbrook Farm. While supplies last.

For more information about the lectures, call Marilyn Reynolds at 215-988-8872.

The McLean Library has a circulating collection of 15,000 books and DVDs on gardening and plant care, botany, urban greening, and more, as well as research collections consisting of rare gardening books, a vintage seed catalog collection, and the PHS archives, including those from the Philadelphia International Flower Show.

*the exhibit will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28

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