Looking Back and Looking Forward: What We Learn from a Garden

A Lecture and Reception with David Culp | May 23, 2021 | 3pm – 6pm

Explore the intersections of memory, faith, and the strong tradition of horticulture in the Delaware Valley. Learn how these elements have informed David Culp’s own 1790’s farmhouse, Brandywine Cottage, and also gardens such as Wyck, where the oldest rose garden in the country was cared for by the same family for centuries. David will discuss how a sensitivity and respect for the rhythms of time and nature allows gardens to be an endless source of delight, learning, and an enriched life.


3pm – 4pm: Lecture
4pm-6pm: Reception
Enjoy savories, wine, our signature cocktail, and desserts made from historic Haines family recipes all while strolling Wyck’s beautiful heritage rose garden during peak season.

6026 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Rain or Shine

We are actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and we will be referring to guidelines and protocol provided by the CDC and local health officials to ensure we provide a safe setting for this event. Be aware that temperature checks and masks may be required for entry. To learn more, please review Wyck’s Covid-19 guidelines here. Thank you!

David Culp

David Culp is the creator of the gardens at the Brandywine cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and the author of A Year at Brandywine Cottage (Timber Press, 2020) and The Layered Garden (Timber Press, 2012), which won a Gold Medal from the Garden Writers Association for the Best Overall Book of the Year.

Photo by Rob Cardillo

All proceeds from this event benefit Wyck, a National Historic Landmark. Seats are limited so get your tickets today!

Tickets are $60; Friends of Wyck pay $55. For any questions about the program, or to purchase tickets over the phone, please contact Tess Frydman, Director of Interpretation and Public Outreach, at 215.848.1690 or at tfrydman@wyck.org.

Please email kstaub@wyck.org or leave a message at (215) 848-1690 for ticket availability!

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Elizabeth & Steve Bitterman*
Rob and Susan Fleming*
Susan and Bob Peck*

Janet S. Klein*
Jay & Nan Flaherty
Dagmar McGill
Lucy Bell Sellers

Emily Lind & D. James Baker*
Betsy McCoy*
Diane Newbury*
Laurie D. Olin & Victoria Steiger*
Nicole Juday & Samuel Rhoads*
Hal & Emily Salmons*
Robert G. Smith
Coleman & Susan Townsend*
Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Vernick
Elizabeth McLean
Ted & Stevie Wolf

Additional Support Provided by Laura Haines Belman*, Louisa Spottswood*, Eva Monheim, Joanne B. Ford, Edward Barnard & Pauline Gray, and Eric & Joan Thompson

*indicates sponsorship in 2021 and 2020.