Wyck is proud to be part of America’s garden capital!

Did you know Philadelphia IS America’s Garden Capital and we’re a part of it all! With more than 30 public gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes all located within 30 miles, the Greater Philadelphia region has more gardens in close proximity than anywhere else on the continent! See all of the gardens that make this distinction possible here!

Our garden, of course, entails both the historic landscape and the rose garden, the oldest in America still in original plan. With the growing season over and next season’s planning underway, I reflect on the events of the 2014 season with feelings of joy and accomplishment. We have new labels and signage on all of our plants and new garden beds thanks to the Longwood Graduate Program, a change in the rose bed presentation evidenced by a difference in pruning methods and plant spacing, new programs underway, and the start of a new nursery and creation of a new propagation program for new rose plants thanks to Morris Arboretum.

As the winter turns our attentions inward and our efforts indoors, I am excited to continue planning out an exciting 2015 horticultural season. I continue to plug away at creating the database of our living collections in the hopes that we can make the records of our plant collections public sometime during the 2015 season! 2015 festival planning is underway, and lots of fun things are in store for new year!

So, as we come to a close for 2014, I encourage you to plan to visit all of Philadelphia’a gardens in 2015, and especially come by and see us here at Wyck to witness the debut of our new garden beds!

Wishing you and yours a safe, warm, festive, and joyful holiday season!



Rhymes & Calls

Is the rainy weather giving you cabin fever? Try a game! This copy of Games and Sports for Young Boys, published in London in 1859, provides its readers with hundreds of outdoor and indoor activities. Some games call for special equipment, while others use props, such as handkerchiefs, that would have been easily at hand. It is inscribed “Robby Haines–from Pa and Ma on his 5th birth day–4 mo. [April] 10, 1862.”

One of my favorite chapters is called “Rhymes & Calls.” It provides its readers with rhymes for counting out participants (our equivalent of “Thirty Horses in a Stable” or “Eenie, Meenie, Miny Mo”) and with jingles for games with players who alternate sides (tug-of-war, see-saw). Here are a few of my favorites:


“One-ery, two-ery ziccary seven;
Hollow bone, crack a bone, ten or eleven;
Spin spon, it must be done;
Twiddledum, twaddledum, twenty-one.
O-U-T, spells out,
A nasty dirty dish-clout;
Out boys out!”


“Tit, tat, toe, my first go;
Three jolly butcher boys all in a row;
Stick one up, stick one down,
Stick one on the old man’s crown.”


“Multiplication is a vexation,
Division is as bad;
The Rule of Three, it puzzles me,
And Practice drives me mad.”