"More to do" at Morven Museum & Garden in May and June

Walking tours, Story times, plein air artists and various art classes through the Arts Council of Princeton, Marta McDowell and Jane Hurwitz exclusive author events, are just some of the happenings at Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton, NJ
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Visit Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton - New Jersey's History for Everyone
Visit Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton - New Jersey's History for Everyone
PRINCETON, N.J. - May 21, 2018 - PRLog -- "There is so much more to do than ever before at Morven Museum & Garden," Executive Director Jill Barry shared recently.  "These are exciting times."

Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ recently held the ribbon cutting for its new Stockton Education Center, opening the doors to greater opportunities for programming and events.

Walking Tours and Garden Tours

In light of Morven's history as the homestead of the Stockton family, Morven is hosting a unique walking tour led by Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours on Wednesday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m.  This tour, departing from Morven's front lawn,  travels through Princeton's historic Mercer Hill neighborhood featuring Stockton family landmarks.

For those wondering about Morven's historic garden renovations, the opportunity to tour with one of Morven's horticulturists Garden Tours occurs every other Friday, beginning on June 15 at 11:00 a.m.  "Explore the restoration of Helen Hamilton Shield Stockton's Colonial Revival early 20th century garden, and examine this year's demonstration garden featuring heirloom flowers and their contemporary counterparts," Barry noted.

Children's Storytimes in the Garden

Children's activities are a focus at Morven with bi-weekly storytimes for ages 2 through 6 on select Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. featuring changing themes, imaginative take-home craft activities, and (weather permitting) garden tours.

Read by Morven's Curator of Education and Public Programs Debra Lampert-Rudman or one of Morven's docents, upcoming themes include worms on May 31 beginning with a reading of Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer by Carol Brendler  followed by an earthworm walk in Morven's garden, butterflies on June 14 beginning with a reading of Dennis Rockhill's Meadow Dance and followed by creating butterfly wings, and birdwatching on June 28 starting with a reading of Have You Heard the Nesting Bird by Rita Gray followed by searching for birds' nests and creating a take-home nest.

Distinctive Authors and Artists

"We are excited to be hosting two garden and nature authors of distinction in June at Morven," Barry added.  "As well as a wide variety of plein air artists."

Marta McDowell, bestselling author of All the Presidents' Gardens is featured on Saturday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. for a lecture, Q&A, and book signing.  At 2:00 p.m., attendees are also invited to a private tour of The Commodore's Greenhouse and the opportunity to meet the exhibition's curators from both Morven and Archaeology firm Hunter Research.

Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide author Jane Hurwitz,  former director of the Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program for the North American Butterfly Association,visits Morven on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. for an illustrated lecture, Q&A, and book signing.  This just-released Princeton University Press book is being called the definitive guide to both butterfly gardening and identification.

Plein air artists in all media are invited to be inspired by Morven's grounds and architecture on Thursdays, June 14 through August 2, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  This is an "open studio" - all levels of artists are welcome. Registration is free by registering at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plein-air-painting-at-morven-museum-garden-tickets-46284479123
Artists must supply their own materials, canvas, easel, rags, stool, garbage bags, umbrellas, hats, and sunscreen.

For more info and registration visit http://morven.org/programs/ or email dlampertrudman@morven.org.


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