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This spring, the Morris Arboretum will once again host its annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Celebration, in partnership with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.
In the early 20th century, John and Lydia Morris (founders of the Morris Arboretum) established a collection of Japanese plants and gardens at their home, Compton, which would later become the Morris Arboretum. To commemorate this heritage, the Morris Arboretum celebrates the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival with a variety of activities this April. The events are for both children and adults, and will celebrate the art, culture and gardens inspired by the 35 varieties of cherry trees that grace the arboretum with their blossoms each spring.
Here’s a look at what’s planned:
Saturday, April 16
Cherry Walk: 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., meet at Garden Rail entrance
Visitors are invited to discover and appreciate the variety of cherry species planted throughout the Arboretum. This 45 minute walk will be led by Anthony Aiello, the Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator of the Living Collection. Limited space.
Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew: 10:30 a.m. and noon, Haha Wall
Taiko drumming has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years at festivals, battles, and as a means of communication over long distances. A combination of choreography and drumming, taiko drumming is physically demanding and visually compelling. Kyo Daiko, Philadelphia’s only Japanese-style drumming crew, is a community-based group, formed by collaboration between the Settlement Music School and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.
Kimono Dressing Demonstration: 11 a.m., Upper Gallery
Young and old alike can enjoy the unique kimonos exhibited by Fumiyo Batta. Since 1998, Batta has given numerous classes, demonstrations, and seminars on the art of kimono, traditional Japanese attire. As an extensive collector of kimonos, she will talk about the history of the kimono and demonstrate how to wear them. Participation from the audience will be welcomed.
Origami workshops: 1 and 2 p.m., Upper Gallery
Learn how to make an origami crane under the tutelage of local resident and Japanese native Yuki
Flores. This art form of paper folding has been practiced for centuries and become a lasting symbol of traditional Japanese culture.
Japanese Elements Tours: 2-3 p.m., meet at Garden Rail entrance
Led by an Arboretum docent, this tour will highlight the Arboretum’s Japanese style gardens.
For more information about any of these events, please call 215-247-5777 or visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Ave. in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Open weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April-October. Open late on Wednesdays in June, July, and August until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
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