Briefly Noted . . .

Last week one of the afternoon classes from Swarthmore Friends Nursery School had the pleasure of visiting the Swarthmore College List Gallery to view the work of Donald Teskey. The gallery director, Andrea Packard, talked to our children about Mr. Teskey’s work, and how he created his paintings. The children then sketched their favorite piece, and later in the week created their own landscapes, emulating the style of Donald Teskey. The photo attached shows some of the children listening to Ms. Packard’s description of the work. Parent, Quincy Carpenter, arranged the tour.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has awarded Michael Petrie of Swarthmore the organization’s highest honor, the PHS Distinguished Achievement Award. Michael may be best known for his wildly beautiful and unconventional award-winning exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show, many of which have won Best in Show. In 2017, after 22 consecutive years and many ribbons and awards, Michael retired as a main exhibitor at the Flower Show. This award recognizes Michael for his many years of devotion to the Philadelphia Flower Show, for the mentorship and guidance he has provided to other exhibitors, and for his success in delighting the millions of Flower Show visitors who have been educated and inspired by his work.

Joy Clauss of Wallingford, chairperson of The Nether Providence Shade Tree Commission (STC) reports that eight bare root shade trees, supplied by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, were planted in four area parks on Saturday, November 18. Nether Providence personnel delivered the trees and helped with the heavy lifting parts of the project. Also participating were STC members Tyler Bozzuto and Lisa Jacobs, and Cub Scout Pack 145, along with their parents. The STC members dug the holes and situated the trees in place. Then the scouts with the help of their parents filled in the holes and topped off each with black mulch, spread by the children’s little hands. You may visit the trees at Summit School, Wilson Park, Sapovits Park, and Bullen’s Lane Park. Joy remarked, “A great learning experience was enjoyed by all.”

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