Morven Museum & Garden "In Bloom" this Summer

Barbara DiLorenzo's Plein Air in Morven's Gardens
Barbara DiLorenzo's Plein Air in Morven's Gardens
PRINCETON, N.J. - July 18, 2018 - PRLog -- "This summer, we're blooming in more ways than one," Morven Museum & Garden's Executive Director Jill Barry noted recently.
         "Our historic gardens are undergoing major renovations, our new first floor permanent exhibition, Morven: A Window into America's Past, is being readied for its September 7 Grand Reopening, and we're hosting our first 'Camp Morven'."
       While the first floor galleries inside Morven are closed until September 7, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the many outdoor programs and walking tours created for this special time in Morven's history. "Our second floor galleries featuring A Gentleman's Pursuit: The Commodore's Greenhouse remain open and Morven's Archaeology Day with Hunter Research takes place on Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 p.m.," Barry noted.
         Archaeologists from Hunter Research, Inc., who unearthed Morven's 1850's greenhouse and its artifacts, will lead an archaeology walk and talk.
         "Take a tour of the exhibition and visit our Carriage House to pot your own plants," Barry added.

Summertime Tours: Day & Twilight

"Princeton is renowned for wonderful walking tours and for the first time, Morven's visitors have a chance to join our docents and Curator of Education for outdoor walking tours," Barry said. "Our summertime tours cover the highlights and features of the museum's history and grounds.  It's a great opportunity for families to enjoy time here - bring a picnic, take a tour - a perfect oasis in the middle of Princeton."

Morven's architecture, gardens, outbuildings will be discussed.  Tours are $5.00 per person, free for Friends of Morven, and take place on July 27, 28, August 1, 8, 14, 21, and 19.

Children's Storytimes in the Garden

Children's activities are a focus at Morven with bi-weekly storytimes for ages 3 through 7 on select Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. featuring seasonal themes, imaginative take-home crafts, and (weather permitting) flower gathering in the garden.

Morven hosts a Teddy Bear Picnic Storytime on August 9 and on August 23, welcomes author/illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo with two of her new picture books: Renato and the Lion and Quincy: The Chameleon Who Couldn't Blend In.  Children will visit Morven's lion garden statues and Ms. DiLorenzo will lead hands-on watercolor painting session following her readings.   All art materials included and books available for purchase in Morven's Museum Shop.

"Camp Morven"

Beginning August 6, Morven hosts a different themed day camp each week in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton.

"From Architectural Drawing, to the Art of Nature, and 'Encampment' on the anniversary of the week Rochambeau led the French expeditionary forces through Princeton during the Revolution, we are excited about offering these quality artistic and historic camp programs," Barry added.

Morven's spray pool, located beside its historic Pool House built by former Morven resident Robert Wood Johnson, III, is expected to "splash" on campers' last day, each week.  Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton at

Tours, Yoga, Archaeology, and Art in the Garden

"Wendy Hollender's last Botanical Illustration workshop at Morven sold out in a week," Barry noted.  "We are looking forward to Wendy's next 2-day Workshop and evening lecture on September 27 and 28, with registration starting August 1." Register at this link:

On August 8, 15, 22, and 29, plein air artists are invited to set up their easels from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and explore the changing effects of natural light on Morven and its gardens. Free registration is required with artists supplying their own materials.

Gemma Farrell of Gratitude Yoga leads her free monthly yoga session for all ages and levels on August 25 at noon; registration not required.

Morven's Horticulturist and Gardeners present tours of "what's in bloom" on August 10 and 24 at 11:00 a.m.  Exploring both the restoration of Morven's early 20th century garden and examining this year's demonstration garden of heirloom and contemporary plants, the garden tour is $10.oo per person, free for Friends of Morven.

For more information or to register for programs visit or email

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