“In the early years, the flowers were tended by four generations of women from the homeowning family; the garden still contains plants from the nineteenth century design. Wyck horticulturist Martha Keen describes the garden as “resistant to change,” noting that all the cultivars are old garden varieties. Old garden roses are exceptionally fragrant and double flowering; however, they only bloom once per year. Their strong fragrance and fleeting flowers set them apart from modern cultivars, and make their blooms especially treasured.”
Founded in 2008, Terrain transforms the local garden center into a celebration of nature. Their lifestyle offerings are inspired by the idea of merging house and garden to create an experience for the senses, catering to their customer with a curated assortment of plants for all seasons, as well as inspired items for the home and garden. Situated in a luxurious indoor-outdoor environment, their on-site nurseries are flanked by cafe and garden terrace, providing the ideal environment to host events and workshops.
“In Philly, the opportunity to live rent-free in a 300-year-old house doesn’t come around very often. When it does, it gets snatched up fast. Last month, a resident caretaker position became available at Germantown’s Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm, one of the oldest houses in the city. For this live-work position, abatement of rent was offered for performing a four-page list of duties, including: changing light bulbs, serving as a back-up tour guide, and feeding the chickens daily. Oh, and collecting their eggs.
Sound like an unreasonable exchange? The position was filled within five days.”