Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden opened in November with a new large-scale attraction, America’s Garden Capital Maze, to celebrate the horticultural heritage of the region. The festive maze on Greenfield Lawn, designed for both children and adults, features willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs and topiary sculptures from 32 area gardens. On Saturdays and weekdays around lunchtime, the Rothman Institute Cabin will host free garden programs.
Now through Feb. 26
Both of Greensgrow’s locations will be stocked with fresh-cut holiday trees, wreaths, greens and gifts, Dec. 2–4 and 9–11. Entertainment includes live music and activities for kids.
Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St; Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave.
Start a new holiday tradition and come enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours, Fridays till Dec. 30. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings. Advanced ticket purchase recommended.
Adult members $9, child members $3; adult nonmembers $16, child nonmembers $8
Learn to make beautiful, fragrant holiday wreaths to take home. Greensgrow will supply the frames, various greens and decorations such as pods, pinecones, bows and ornaments.
6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 & 9 at Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.;
Noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave.
Join the Institute of Contemporary Art for a special 30 percent off, two-day holiday sale of exhibition catalogs and ephemera from the archive, including past ICA holiday cards designed by exhibiting artists. The pop up will be hosted in ICA’s main lobby with festive treats, coffee, holiday music and a wide range of books available for sale.
Pay as you go
Germantown Kitchen Garden’s market includes horticultural-themed gifts, workshops, letterpress goods, handmade wreaths and woodwork, with a bonfire for guests to enjoy. The Christmas tree sale will run every weekend through Dec. 24.
Pay as you go
The Clay Studio’s second installment of its festive day of tastings, hands-on activities, talks and demonstrations is intended to spark creative ideas for holiday decorating and entertaining. Activities include clay ornament making, a holiday cocktail demonstration and more.
Learn about different types of leather and get hands-on experience with traditional tools and techniques as you make your own small leather goods.
This class will introduce you to the skills and methods needed for more advanced classes. You will learn about various leathers, how to construct, cut, rivet, dye, condition, edge and hand stitch. Tools and materials are provided. Basic tool kits can be ordered after class.
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse hosts its annual Winter Wonderland celebration. Children 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited for festivities that include holiday lights, messy arts, an ice-carving demonstration, gingerbread house building, s’mores and live music.
$10; free for members
This LGBTQ vocal ensemble perform its first holiday concert, featuring two special guest performers. The program will include secular seasonal favorites as well as classic Christmas carols and audience sing-alongs.
$25; students $10; VIP $40
Hazon Philadelphia’s day of learning, food and Jewish culture is themed “Waste Not, Want Not: Exploring Our Food Choices” and centers around the concept of bal tashchit—minimizing food waste.
People of all religious denominations and affiliations are welcome to take part in the community-building discussions, browse the market and dance to the madcap klezmer of West Philadelphia Orchestra. More than 20 workshops will offer insight into different elements of food, cooking, Jewish life, social justice, sustainability and community.
Please bring your own lunch or buy a $5 meal voucher to purchase a meal from the vendors.
From the website: “The word hazon means vision. We work to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.”
$10 to $50
Can the stars help you find where you are and where you’re going? What are compasses and what do they have to do with magnets? Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring human and animal navigation with Bartram’s Garden’s program for homeschooled students, ages 5 to 13. This group meets monthly with morning and afternoon sessions.
10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
$12; free for members
Interact with each other in new ways—through story circles and instant improvisations about injustices you want to change, facilitated by the Just Act Ensemble.
People's Jam on Justice will offer a participatory “refuel zone” to creatively pause and attend to tension and fractured relations around race, culture and socioeconomic disparities to reweave connections and grow empathy, understanding and action plans.
Danielle Conyers will lead an embroidery workshop in United By Blue’s flagship store. Attendees will be guided through basic stitching techniques to create their first piece on a wood hoop canvas. No previous stitching knowledge is necessary and all experience levels are welcome.
Imbue your dining room with the aroma of freshly gathered evergreen boughs using this classic winter centerpiece. Embellish it with assorted accents of magnolia, holly, pinecones and berry-filled branches. Finish it with a decorative bow for added holiday elegance.
$50 (materials included)
Hosted by the Bingo Verifying Divas, GayBINGO raises funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region. This event is open to anyone who enjoys campy humor. Cash prizes will be awarded. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. aidsfundphilly.org
Balcony $25; floor seats $30
See the special exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed on a flashlight tour, then roll out your sleeping bag under the dinosaurs and get some shut-eye before breakfast.
Members $50; nonmembers $55; VIP $80
This art exhibit features small works from members of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, a group of artists who have exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show for several years. Runs through April 13.
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn how to turn your designs into physical formations with just the click of a button. This workshop is appropriate for adults and children over the age of 15. Children ages 11 to 14 may come if paired with a supervising adult. Participants may bring their own laptop or rent a laptop for $20. To register, please call 215-448-1200 (option 4).
Members $40, $25 for an additional member participant; nonmembers $50, $30 for an additional participant
Many birds make migratory stops at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on their way south. Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin and birders Chris and Gerry Dewaghe will guide the group as they look for brants, teal, scaup, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and winter sparrows along Wildlife Drive. Spotting scopes and snacks will be provided.
Members $25; nonmembers $30
In her study “Illness or Deviance?” Jennifer Murphy, associate professor of criminal justice at Penn State Berks, investigates society’s various perspectives on addiction. She will speak about the myriad ways American courts handle addiction—incarcerating some drug users while putting others in treatment. This event is part of Eastern State Penitentiary’s ongoing Searchlight Series, which takes place the first Tuesday of every month.
Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy and others explore the history of Black Lives Matter and its parallels with past civil rights movements.
Members, teachers and students $10; nonmembers $15; free for 1787 members
International transit consultant Jarrett Walker will give a lecture on what he believes is public transit’s core power: to give people freedom. Walker is the author of the blog humantransit.org and the book “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.” Registration is requested.
Attendees will learn how to make a gorgeous swag to hang on their door or use in planters and window boxes using fresh, locally sourced greens and plant materials complete with ribbon and holiday-themed ornaments. All materials will be provided, and other garden-themed items will be available for purchase. Advanced registration is required.
Facebook: Chester County Master Gardeners
Families, adults and groups with members on the autism spectrum as well as other differing needs are invited to explore the museum in their own way and at their own pace. This Sunday’s activity: Diggin’ Dinos.
Adults $12.50; children $9.50; ACCESS cardholders $2 per person, up to four people per group
Enjoy free light refreshments, holiday music, kids’ crafts and more while shopping for holiday greens and gifts. Proceeds support Awbury Arboretum’s mission to preserve the historic house and landscape and provide the community with free access to nature and history.
Pay as you go
The sixth annual Feed the Body/Feed the Soul Empty Bowls fundraiser helps fight hunger in the community. In exchange for the meal and handmade bowl, guests contribute a minimum donation of $15. All proceeds will be divided equally between the Food Bank of South New Jersey and the Perkins Center Scholarship Fund.
Join thought leaders, intellectuals, on-the-ground activists and others working to build a sustainable economy. This conference will include plenary sessions with speakers, open forum discussions, workshops and group sessions.
Check-in starts at 4 p.m. Thursday
Sliding scale, $300–$600
Professors Menachem Lorberbaum of Tel Aviv University, Mark Silk of Trinity College and Suzanne Last Stone of Cardozo School of Law discuss the development and context of the Constitution to explore its relationship to the Jewish and Christian traditions.
Paul Schmelzer, arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, will discuss and demonstrate sustainable practices for young trees including pruning, tools, mulching and soil care. Learn to identify and correct problems and develop a long-lasting, healthy tree.
Gorgeous harvest season produce for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes at both of Greensgrow’s locations. If you would like to preorder from Greensgrow’s Thanksgiving menu, shop online here to pick up on Nov. 22. The deadline to preorder for Thanksgiving is Nov. 11.
Pay as you go
Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.
Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave.
Aromatic plants are used in smudge sticks for spiritual and medicinal means, to clear the air, dispel insects and create lovely aromas. Participants will learn to identify and harvest native and non-native plants and assemble a smudge stick. Register by emailing email@example.com