Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Garden Fun

New Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

Lemon Hill Mansion is a federal-style architectural design built between 1799 and 1800 by Henry Pratt, a wealthy Philadelphia merchant.  For $14,654 he purchased the 43 acres of land, with a large and elegant greenhouse, hot houses and pleasure gardens. Pratt named his showplace after the median lemon, a variety of citrus grown in the greenhouse.  Through the years, Lemon Hill became part of new Fairmount Park, was a beer garden, a restaurant, and home to Fiske Kimball, the first director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, from 1926-1955 during which he and his wife had the mansion restored.

Pratt’s gardening achievements of Lemon Hill between 1799 and 1836 made it attractive for events. His elaborate system of paths, with arboretum-type planting, classical statues, and numerous fishponds and grottoes, contained approximately 3,000 plants.  As a beer garden under the City of Philadelphia, it hosted the First National Sangerfest in 1850 and then the Seventh National Sangerfest.  This four day festival included a parade, concert, and a joyful march from center city to Lemon Hill for the "great Jubilee picnic" which included singing, instrumental music, athletic games, dancing, eating and much flowing lager.  Some 8,000-10,000 people attended the Sangerfest festivals.

Today's "Garden"
Today's "Garden"

Lemon Hill Mansion. (n.d.). Lemon Hill Mansion. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from

Lemon Hill Mansion. (n.d.). Lemon Hill Mansion. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall Oh

 Couple? Friends? Co-workers?

 Casual Starbucks date?

 Left Starbucks on a different route

 Coffee Park date?




Running in circles

 Option 1: Co-workers

More or less the route

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How Would You Define...

Definition: Familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures.

My Definition:
.     Dense area of diverse people living among and interacting with one another.
.     Popular drink among females.

Definition: A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

My Definition:
.     System of government where civilians have the opportunity to choose their basic civil liberties based on the representatives they elect.
.     Freedom
.     Social tolerance and acceptance

Green Public Space
My Definition: Natural environment where civilians may roam about freely and enjoy it as they wish according to the laws of the present location and the unwritten rules of society.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fairmount/Art Museum, Philadelphia

Skate Park on Schuylkill River Trail

UPenn Campus, off 36th and Walnut