5 Fun Things to Do in Chestnut Hill this Spring
1. Visit the Cherry Trees at Morris Arboretum
Located right in Chestnut Hill, Morris Arboretum is know for it’s beautiful landscapes and stunning gardens. In the Spring the Arboretum flourishes into a masterpiece of pastels and bright greenery, this must to see to locals and visitors. One of the biggest signs of Spring is always the blooming of the Japanese Cherry Trees. This year Morris Arboretum is offering a virtual class called, ” Japanese Flowering Cherries: “The Loveliest Trees.” Learn about the history of Japanese flowering trees and their introduction to the US over 100 years ago. Anthony Aiello will discuss his experience working with botanical gardens to identify rare species of flowering trees. Sign up for your Morris Arboretum Virtual Class Friday April 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm Members $10 and Non-Members $15 and Become a Member of Morris Arboretum.
2)Visit the Woodmere Art Museum for Tom Judd’s Subway Mural
Happening now through June 13, 2021 Woodmere Art Museum is featuring the preparatory work for the artistic transformation of SEPTA’s 5th Street Independence Hall Station. The station will include the permanent installation of portraits of 18th and 19th century Philadelphians. These portraits are of important people who had an impact on society such as the first African American woman to be published in the United States, Frances E.W. Harper. The artist, Tom Judd graduated from the Philadelphia College of Arts (now the University of the Arts) and his works are exhibited throughout the United States in many museums and galleries. Go visit the exhibition and get an inside look on how it was created. The Museum is free on Sundays and Regular Admission is only $10! Learn more about Tom Judd’s Subway Mural and Become a Member of Woodmere Art Museum.
3.Plan a DIY Brunch or Easter Brunch
With so many great options for food around Chestnut Hill the possibilities are endless for Brunch ideas. Get out there on a nice day and find a picnic table at Wissahickon Valley Park or plan a small indoor gathering with a Spring floral arrangement from Robertson’s Flowers to bring the outside in. The Fresh Market offers a great variety of grab and go items for Brunch such as Hot Cross Buns or Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins. They also have satisfying brunch recipes to try if your inner chef is calling you. Hop on over to the Chestnut Hill’s Farm to City Market Saturdays, 10am-12pm and beginning April 3rd 9am-12pm at Germantown Ave and Winston Lane to grab some farm fresh fruit and some local independent brews or distillery items for a perfect pairing with your brunch. Find delicious fresh foods and brunch items such as Barry’s Buns at Market at the Fareway and be sure to check their hours online with most vendors being open Thursday-Saturday. Bakery items are always a hit at Brunch so you definitely will want to stop by are grab some freshly baked bread and treats from Baker’s Street Bread and Night Kitchen Bakery and enjoy your brunch in Chestnut Hill!
4.Experience the Blooms along the Wissahickon Trail & Volunteer
Spot mayapples, trillium, blood roots and trout lily along the Wissahickon Trail. Volunteer with Friends of the Wissahickon’s “Earth day Creek Clean Up and Planting” on April 24th. This is the annual creek cleanup organized by Friends of the Wissahickon and Wissahickon Trails. Volunteers will also planting native shrubs to fill in a much needed beautiful section of the forest. Register by contacting Shawn Green at firstname.lastname@example.org More information about volunteering can be found at this link Volunteers at Friends of the Wissahickon
5) Attend a Virtual Earth Day Event
Sign up for the free, virtual program organized by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and co-sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Community Association called, “Earth Day Every Day: How to Bring Nature Back to the Neighborhood,” Thursday April 22, 2021 at 7pm-8pm via Zoom.
Making plans for your Spring garden? Rob Fleming and Christopher Sohnly are the experts on design, planting, restoration and techniques for maintaining your yard and garden. If you have questions about gardening and landscaping they have answers. This is a valuable program for anyone who wants a garden or has a garden as well as for those who want to learn more about landscaping!
Zoom link and details will be sent to registrants on the day of the event. Sign Up Here