Summer Soggies

While the month of June went in the history books as the wettest in Philadelphia history, the area accumulated 10.55 inches of liquid sunshine.  the average for June is 3.43 inches.  This total spilled over the previous mark of 10.06 inches set back in 1938.  When it wasn’t raining we were granted with many days of temperatures in the 90°s  and high humidity.    Quite soggy on both accounts.

An energetic group of students workers are busy assisting the Horticulturists this summer. This summer we are happy to have working with us Helen Wistman, Sociology, Class of 2014 and hailing from Belmont, MA.  Josh Servellon, Class of 2014 is a Russian major and joins us from Ontario, Canada. Splitting her time between the arboretum and a geology lab at Bryn Mawr is Abby Fullem, Class of 2016, from Albany, NY.  Finally, St. Joseph’s University and Manaynk, PA has on loan to the arboretum Joe Campbell, Class of 2015, a Food Marketing major.  Joe’s dad is Don Campbell, Director of Facilities at Haverford.  I’d like to thank all the students that spend their summer working with us, Grounds and all the other departments in Facilities.

Dodging rain, lightning and falling trees the college welcomed the arrival of our new President, Dr. Daniel Weiss and his family.  There were some violent storms that did cause damage to the collection.  Mother Nature does not discriminate.  She blew down a water logged 110 year old Quercus rubra red oak, along the nature trail and tore limbs off trees of all ages.

L-R Josh, Joe, Abby, Helen and Horticulturist, Carol

L-R Josh, Joe, Abby, Helen and Horticulturist, Carol

looking towards Railroad Ave along the nature trail

looking towards Railroad Ave along the nature trail