The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University


About

In 2018, Saint Joseph’s University and the Barnes Foundation launched an educational partnership expanding opportunities for students and the surrounding community to engage in horticulture education and the arts.

The Barnes Horticulture Program has been educating students in the field of horticulture since it was created by Laura Leggett Barnes in 1940. Experienced instructors integrate a combination of classroom lectures, field study, hands-on practice and visits to other gardens in this comprehensive program incorporating science, design and plant knowledge. Upon successful completion of the three-year program that meets one day per week, students receive a certificate of merit in horticulture.

Workshops and Lectures:
Workshop and lectures include:

Make More Plants: A Propagation Workshop, Floral Design & Contemporary Botanical Illustration, Holiday Wreath Workshops and more. Learn more

Our three-year certificate program takes a comprehensive approach to horticultural science, methods, and design. Learn more

The Barnes Arboretum at Saint Joseph’s University campus in Lower Merion, originally purchased by Dr. Barnes and his wife Laura in 1922, features a Paul Philippe Cret designed home and gallery surrounded by a 12-acre Arboretum.

The entire arboretum can be easily walked in a visit. But its magnificent collection, astonishingly large and diverse for the size of the property, is worth lingering over: 2,500 taxa of woody plants, including collections of Stewartia, Aesculus, Clethra, Magnolia, Viburnum, Birch and Lilac, as well as 30+ PA champion trees. Other collections include roses, peonies, hostas, medicinal plants, and over 200 hardy ferns. Made up of her favorite types of plants, the collection was assembled by Mrs. Barnes specifically for teaching purposes. An herbarium of more than 10,000 specimens complements the living collection and is available to the Foundation's horticulture students and other scholars by appointment.

Year 1

Mondays, September 14, 2020 through May 10, 2021
Yearly Tuition: $2,750; members $2,475
The yearly tuition rate applies to students pursuing the full curriculum to earn the Horticulture Certificate. Courses may also be taken individually. See the full curriculum for individual class tuition.

Herbaceous Plants and Bulbs

  • Mondays, September 14, 2020 through May 10, 2021 (28 classes)
  • 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuition: $1,120; members $1,008

Discover over 200 herbaceous plants and bulbs. Learn the history, growth habits, cultural requirements, care and landscape value of a range of ornamental grasses, ferns, culinary and medicinal herbs, native and tender perennials, and long-blooming and unusual annuals. In lectures, in the arboretum, and on field trips, learn to identify, select and integrate herbaceous plants and bulbs into a variety of garden settings.

Instructor: Harriet Cramer, garden designer and lecturer, and Charles Cresson, horticulturist

Soil Science

  • Mondays, September 14 through November 16, 2020 (10 classes)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $300; members $270

Good soils are the foundation of plant health and sustainable horticulture. Learn about the physical, chemical and biological properties that create a dynamic relationship between plants, soils and water. Explore the role of soil amendments, fertilizers and compost, and perform an analysis of a soil sample.

Instructor: Scott Guiser, M.S. in horticulture

Elements of Art

  • Mondays, November 23 through December 14, 2020 (4 classes)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $120; members $108

Art is more enjoyable when you understand its visual language and more meaningful when you appreciate its relationship to everyday experiences. Explore the intersection of art and horticulture, discussing the ways painters interpret landscapes in terms of color while learning to look at gardens with a painter’s eye. Consider the principles that underlie all art, and discover art’s communicative power. The class culminates with a tour of the galleries at the Barnes Foundation’s Parkway campus.

Instructor: Christine Stoughton, Ph.D.

Ecology

  • Mondays, January 25 through May 10, 2021 (14 classes)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $420; members $378

This course introduces the major topics of ecology: the interactions of species with their physical environment and with other living things, including predation, herbivory, competition and mutualisms. Explore ecology’s relation to human health, agriculture and horticulture, with a focus on local plants and animals.

Instructor: Jonathan Fingerut, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Saint Joseph’s University

Botany

  • Mondays, September 14, 2020 through May 10, 2021 (28 classes)
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $840; members $756

Discover the general structure and function of higher plants through the study of typical morphology and physiology at the cell, tissue, organ and plant levels. Topics include cell division; the structure of basic food chains and webs; organisms both classified as plants and historically grouped with plants; the relevance of plants to humans; and the evolutionary advances of seed plants.

Instructor: Ann Mickle, Ph.D., professor of biology, La Salle University

Landscape Analysis: Field Study and Observation

  • Mondays, September 14, 2020 through May 10, 2021 (28 classes)
  • 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $840; members $756

In the arboretum and on private garden tours, learn to identify and assess the use of plants in the landscape by observing textures, colors, shapes, scents, growth habits and ornamental features. Become familiar with technical nomenclature, learn to select the best plant for the site and purpose, and identify plants by their family traits and Latin names. Maintain a blog that tracks the growth, seasonal changes and landscape value of plants. In the second semester, use the Barnes archives to conduct group research projects to be archived in the horticulture library.

Instructor: Paul D. Orpello, CPH, gardens and horticulture supervisor, Hagley Museum and Library

Year 2

Tuesdays, September 15, 2020 through May 4, 2021

Yearly Tuition: $2,750; members $2,475
The yearly tuition rate applies to students pursuing the full curriculum to earn the Horticulture Certificate. Courses may also be taken individually. See the full curriculum for individual class tuition.

Cultivated Trees and Shrubs

  • Tuesdays, September 15, 2020 through May 4, 2021 (28 classes)
  • 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuition: $1,120; members $1,008

Learn basic diagnostic tools to identify and compare woody trees, shrubs and vines in the Barnes Arboretum and on field trips to local botanical gardens. Become familiar with the cultural needs and landscape uses of trees, shrubs and vines. This course also includes an introduction to the identification of common plant families, plant taxonomy and nomenclature.

Instructor: Bill Barnes, horticulturist, propagator and nurseryman

History of Gardens and Landscape Architecture

  • Tuesdays, September 15 through December 15, 2020 (14 classes)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • $420; member $378

Study gardens throughout history to gain a comprehensive understanding of landscape design and horticulture. Focus on major developments in the history of gardens, from their Eastern and Western origins to contemporary design. Students take field trips to exemplary local gardens to discuss historical influences, special developments, design principles and horticulture.

Instructor: Harriet A. Henderson, RLA, principal, Cushing & Henderson

Introduction to Plant Taxonomy

  • Tuesdays, January 26 through May 4, 2021 (14 classes)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $420; member $378

Acquire skills for plant identification by studying the botanical characteristics that distinguish plant families. This course will enable students to understand the relationships between plants and their nomenclature. More than 50 common plant families will be covered, giving students the tools to identify most of the plants that they’ll come across.

Instructor: Jason Ksepka, curator, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Landscape Management: A Garden Practicum

  • Tuesdays, September 15 through October 27, 2020; March 16 through May 4, 2021 (14 classes)
  • 1 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $840; members $756

Learn hands-on sustainable gardening skills in planning, planting, propagating and maintaining various plants, landscape features, gardens, containers and garden tools. Learn how to write landscape management plans. Additionally, experience an introduction to a range of professional opportunities in the field.

Instructor: Eva Monheim, Principal at VEE - Verdant Earth Educators, ISA Certified Arborist, horticultural and environmental consultant

Landscape Design I

  • Tuesdays, November 3 through December 15, 2020 (7 classes)
  • 1 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $420; members $378

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of landscape design. Students learn to use graphic communication skills to study space and express design intent. Students develop the skills through hands-on exercises that illustrate specific design principles.

Instructor: Karen Steenhoudt, M.S. in landscape architecture

Landscape Design II

  • Tuesdays, January 26 through March 9, 2021 (7 classes)
  • 1 to 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuition: $420; member $378

The course builds on the skills developed in Landscape Design I. Students perform site analysis, research relevant case studies, and identify opportunities and constraints for a specific design site. The results of the analysis will be used to develop a landscape plan for the site. The course will include field trips and discussions with practitioners.
*Prerequisite: Landscape Design I

Instructor: Karen Steenhoudt, M.S. in landscape architecture

Year 3

Wednesdays, September 9, 2020 through May 5, 2021

Yearly Tuition: $2,750; members $2,475

The yearly tuition rate applies to students pursuing the full curriculum to earn the Horticulture Certificate. Courses may also be taken individually. See the full curriculum for individual class tuition.

Plant Propagation and Physiology of Landscape Plants

  • Wednesdays, September 9, 2020 through May 5, 2021 (28 classes)
  • 8:30 – 10:30 am
  • Tuition: $1,120; members $1,008

This will be a two-part course with the practical aspects of plant propagation coupled with a more in-depth look at the physiology of landscape plants. The two subjects are closely related and each will accentuate the other through mutual interaction. Since environmental parameters are a significant component of both subjects, particular emphasis will be given to urban environments, localized and commercial pruning practices, climate change and global warming.

Instructor: Bill Barnes, horticulturist, propagator, and nurseryman

Landscape Design III*

  • Wednesdays, September 9, 2020 through May 5, 2021 (28 classes)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Tuition: $1,120; members $1,008

Develop a style through the study of landscape design. Refine the knowledge and skills acquired in the beginning and intermediate design courses to take site analysis, planting design and graphic communications to a higher level. With an emphasis on problem solving, landscape design-specific challenges are explored through a small project and an individual landscape plan. In this advanced course, students gain a basic understanding of landscape construction and cost estimating.
*Prerequisites: Landscape Design I and II

Instructor: Michael J. De Vos, ecological landscape designer and public speaker

Plant Pathology

  • Wednesdays, September 9 through October 14, 2020 (6 classes)
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Tuition: $300; members $270

Learn to identify signs and symptoms of woody plant diseases, including the most common biotic and abiotic diseases in the Delaware Valley. This course emphasizes the diagnostic process, the importance of performing systematic assessment and the concepts of abiotic disorder and predisposing stresses. The most commonly observed and serious plant disorders, diseases, insect pests and more will be discussed and observed in the field.

Instructor: Kathryn Belville, master arborist and educator

Conifers

  • Wednesdays, October 21 through December 16, 2020 (8 classes)
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Tuition: $400; members $360

Learn to identify and classify a range of ornamental conifers, including the best species and cultivars for our region. This profusely illustrated course focuses on the major coniferous genera, highlighting identification, growth patterns and landscape uses, from dwarf specimens for containers to large trees for screening. The instructor's Pocket Guide to Conifers is a required text.

Instructor: Dr. Richard Bitner, horticulturist and author

Weed Science

  • Wednesdays, January 27 through March 10, 2021 (7 classes)
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $280; members $252

Weeds exist wherever plants are cultivated. This course addresses the biology and classification of these unwanted plants and covers management options using an integrated pest management approach. Learn about common weeds like crabgrass, poison ivy and ragweed, and recent invasive species like mile-a-minute, Japanese stiltgrass and giant knotweed.

Instructor: Scott Guiser, M.S. in horticulture

Entomology

  • Wednesdays, March 17 through May 5, 2021 (7 classes)
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuition: $280; members $252

Learn to identify and manage common arthropod pests of woody plants in the Delaware Valley. Investigate important facts regarding their life cycles, biology, habitat and preferred hosts. Pest population management will be presented using integrated pest management (IPM) protocols that utilize all suitable techniques: bio rational, chemical, cultural, monitoring with sex pheromone traps, resistant plant varieties, etc. Some of the beneficial insects along with their roles in agriculture, horticulture and ecosystem will also be introduced.

Instructor: Robert Conrow, Drexel University

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5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
United States of America

50 Lapsley Lane, Merion, PA 19066

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