Fall weather and the idea of harvest have fast approached. Leaves have begun to turn colors, as pumpkins have been set out in the fronts of homes.
The Awbury Arboretum in Germantown is also capturing the spirit of harvest.
The 55-acres of green space recently held its first ever Harvest Festival in conjunction with the Philadelphia Orchard Project‘s citywide Orchard Day. The seven-hour long festival allowed attendees to make applesauce, learn to cider press, learn about beekeeping, enjoy hayrides and more.
Awbury’s Agricultural Village has two farms that grow a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables among other plants. Beekeeper Jeff Bullard appreciates that Awbury provides for beekeeping.
“This is a unique place to do beekeeping,” Bullard said. “Because the grounds are so clean and open to the public, people can come and learn how bees live.”
The Awbury Arboretum is open 365 days per year and is free to the public.
The arboretum’s Director of Communication and Development, Beth Miner, believes that enabling free access every day of the year to the community is one of the most important and unique aspects of the space.
“My favorite part of the arboretum is working with the community and neighborhood,” Miner said. “It’s really important for us to have these events because community members need to know that there is this resource in their neighborhood and it is free for them to enjoy.
The Arboretum partnered with local organizations including Zea Mays, G-Town Radio, Weavers Way Co-op and Penn State Extension Philadelphia to provide a bit of harvest for the residents of Germantown.