The Disappearance of Butter and Eggs

On the evening of Thursday the 26th of May, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Ken Frank, author of “Ecology of Center City, Philadelphia“, will talk about a botanical puzzle of urban ecology , in a lecture titled “The Disappearance of Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris) from Center City”.

For more information, see here:


Andorra Nursery

Andorra Nursery was one of the major nurseries in the US, and it was situated in Philadelphia, at the northwestern end of Fairmount Park along the Wissahickon, and extending into Montgomery County, as well.

Starting in the 19th century and extending up to 1961, they grew and sold thousands upon thousands of plants there – and its history is still readily visible if you go there now.  There are Japanese maples in plantation rows right near Northwestern Avenue; there are European beeches towering over the canopy; there are clusters of holly, and evodia, and cedrela.  Walking through the forest that has grown up and around it, you can still the nursery that once was.

A comprehensive history of the nursery was written in 1974, by John Swartley (and published in the Bulletin of the Morris Arboretum), and Janet Evans, librarian at PHS, has posted a pdf of it here: