Germantown: Wyck House Hosts Gardening Lecture

Jennie Love speaks to those in attendance.
Jennie Love speaks to those in attendance.

Perhaps dreaming of warmer days, a group of garden enthusiasts, amateur and experienced alike, recently met in the Education Center at the Wyck Historic House and Garden to listen to a presentation on how to grow the best flower garden this upcoming spring and summer, and beyond.

Jennie Love, the owner and head designer of Love ʼn Fresh Flowers, outlined some of the best gardening practices in a lecture dubbed “Backyard Bouquets” to the 17 in attendance.

Love gave a lecture on the most important aspects of gardening, from site selection to plant selection. She took the time to suggest a wide variety of flowers, from ageratum to the popular zinnia.

Love, a Philadelphia native, began her company because she has “such a passion for locally grown flowers,” she said. Love ʼn Fresh Flowers is “one of the few urban flower farms in the country,” she added.

The Wyck Historic House sits on Germantown Avenue.

The Wyck site, owned by the Quaker family from 1690 until 1973, “has the oldest rose garden in the country,” said Nicole Juday, Wyck’s landscape curator. Planted in the 1820s, it still blooms to this day, usually in late May or early June.

Although slower in the winter, Wyck, located at 6026 Germantown Ave., runs programs similar to Backyard Bouquets at least a few times a month. “We have some historical programming, we have a lot of gardening programming, we do a lot with sustainability topics,” Juday said. “We try to teach people a lot of traditional skills that are completely applicable to living in the 21st century.”

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