This Mother's Day: Don't just give flowers, give a greenhouse at Morven Museum & Garden

Moms, Friends, and Family receive discount to attend Symposium - only $60.00 for lectures, tours, catered luncheon, and more in gorgeous historic garden surroundings. To register call 609.924.8144 ext 106 or email
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Princeton - New Jersey - US

PRINCETON, N.J. - April 29, 2018 - PRLog -- Those who love gardens, grand houses, greenhouses and botanical gardens are invited to journey back in time to a genteel era of Princeton, and American life, in the 1850's, at Morven's day-long symposium on the American Greenhouse, Saturday, May 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ.

This exciting day-long program has presentations of interest to all, from the Mom who loves flowers and gardens to the experienced horticulturist. Morven's Symposium features expert and entertaining lecturers, a catered luncheon, as well as a Curator-led tour of Morven's special exhibition A Gentleman's Pursuit: The Commodore's Greenhouse.

Research conducted at Morven in the 2000's revealed Commodore Robert F. Stockton (1795-1866) had built a  greenhouse between 1852-1854 during the era in which he and his family occupied one of Princeton's grandest homes.   Little was known about the greenhouse until a 2013 archaeological dig conducted by Hunter Research, Inc. uncovered the brick and stone foundation of the structure.  This greenhouse revealed the refined gentleman's pastime of the Commodore, reflecting his stature and financial standing to enjoy such a hobby. Maintaining the structure and the plants within would have likely involved a trained gardener with help from farm hands. Based on the archeological findings, it is believed that the greenhouse fell out of use in the 1880s.

Mr. Joel Fry, long-time Curator of Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, Dr. Victoria Johnson of Hunter College and author of the soon-to-be-released American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, and Ms. Arete Warren, author of the classic work on the subject Glass Houses: A History of Greenhouses, Orangeries and Conservatories come together to present a day-long symposium celebrating A Gentleman's Pursuit: The Commodore's Greenhouse.

The topics include:

• Plants for Winter's Diversion: Greenhouse History and Greenhouse Plants at Bartram's Garden presented by Joel Fry, Curator of Bartram's Garden.

• American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic presented by Dr. Victoria Johnson, Hunter College Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning.
• More Glass than Wall: Cultivating Eden presented by Arete Warren, author of Glass Houses.

Light refreshments following lectures and tours in the afternoon, as well as a catered luncheon are all included in the fee. Click this link to register or call 609.924.8144 ext 113 . Moms receive the Friend of Morven fee of $60.00. For more information email



Situated on five pristine acres in this university town, Morven is a short walk from the Princeton University campus.  The museum boasts a growing collection of fine and decorative arts, including loans from the Boudinot Collection at the Princeton University Art Museum. Morven's second floor galleries serve as a changing exhibit space with new shows opening every few months celebrating New Jersey's cultural  heritage.

For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation. Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it became the site of the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead into the 20th century, Morven was also home to Robert Wood Johnson and his family, and eventually five New Jersey governors.  In 1982, the New Jersey Governor's Mansion was relocated to nearby Drumthwacket and Morven began its conversion to a museum and opened to the public in 2004.

Debi Lampert-Rudman, Curator of Education
609.924.8144 ext 106
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Location:Princeton - New Jersey - United States
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