Events: Tanger Arboretum

Discovering A Gentleman’s Farm: A History of the Wheatland Grounds

  • August 10, 2024
  • LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster
  • 10am
  • FREE\LH & Tanger Members | $5/Adults (18+) | $3/Students (17 & Under or College ID)
A black and white photograph of Wheatland from the 1870s.
A black and white photograph of Wheatland from the 1870s.
A c. 1870 reprint of a cabinet card of the front facade of Wheatland. (James Buchanan Foundation Photograph Collection, LancasterHistory.)

James Buchanan is best-known as our nation’s 15th President, but he was also a gentleman farmer. From 1848-1868, Buchanan lived at Wheatland, which sat upon 22.5 acres of meadows, orchards, gardens, and more. Join Museum Associate Stephanie Celiberti for a presentation on how the grounds of Wheatland functioned as a farm and green space over the course of Buchanan’s life.

The first part of the program will take place in Ryder Hall with a 40-minute presentation. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. The second part of the program is an optional, outdoor tour of the places on the Wheatland grounds previously discussed in the presentation.

The event, “Discovering A Gentleman’s Farm: A History of the Wheatland Grounds,” will take place on Saturday, August 10 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets to attend the program are $5 for Adults (18+), $3 for Students (11-17 or College ID), and free for LancasterHistory and Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Members. Members are still encouraged to register in advance to guarantee their seat at the program. To get tickets, please register online or by calling (717) 392-4633.

Featured Event Family-Friendly In-Person Event Lecture Outdoor Program Tour

Nature Series: Pollinators & Butterflies

Graphic features a color photograph of an adult woman with light skin. She wears a deep green colored t-shirt and a baseball cap.Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum on Saturday, July 27 at 10am for our final Nature Series program of 2024: “Pollinators & Butterflies!” We welcome back presenter Lisa Sanchez, a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Environmental Center, will discuss the different species of pollinators, such as butterflies, moths, and bees, who are buzzing about in the heat of summer. Attendees will join Lisa for a walk about the Arboretum’s Pollinator Gardens to observe and learn about these vital summer insects and what they can do (and grow) to help local pollinators and butterflies in their yards or green spaces!

Lisa J. Sanchez has been a naturalist at the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation Environmental Center for 30 years. Teaching students of all ages to explore and value the wonders of nature is her passion. She enjoys helping people reconnect with the earth through education and observation. Lisa can often be found in her garden or kayaking on the river.

HOW TO REGISTER
The event, “Pollinators & Butterflies,” will take place on Saturday, July 27 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+) and $3/Child. Friends of the Tanger Arboretum members receive complimentary admission, but should still register for the program. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance tickets recommended as the program has limited capacity. The program will begin indoors before going outdoors to explore the grounds. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members may register for tickets in advance and must show a valid membership card upon checking in. AHS Members should contact Emily Miller, emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org, with any questions or to register for tickets in advance.


This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Nature Series Outdoor Program

July 27, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave, Lancaster 10am $5/Adults | $3/Children (17 & Under) | FREE Friends of Tanger Arboretum Members

2024 Wine & Cheese and A Walk in the Trees

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for a delightful, late summer social on Friday, September 6 at LancasterHistory! Enjoying refreshing drinks and light bites while taking a leisurely stroll through the many stately trees in the Tanger Arboretum.

More information to come! Please check back at a later date.

In-Person Event Outdoor Reception

September 6, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster 5-7pm

2024 Fall Seasonal Gathering Tour

The Black Maple starting to change colors in October 2022.
The Black Maple starting to change colors in October 2022.

Join the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum for their Fall Seasonal Gathering Tour on Saturday, September 14 at 10am. Horticulturist Jeffrey (Jeff) Hazlett will lead attendees on a walking tour through the Arboretum to take in the changing of the seasons through vibrant fall colors, ornamental trees, and the pollinator gardens in the Tanger Arboretum.

Jeff Hazlett is the current Vice President of the Board of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum and past president of the organization. He studied horticulture at Penn State University and is currently the president of Ever Green Tree & Lawn Care in Lancaster, PA. Jeff is a nature lover and an active volunteer for the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum and LancasterHistory.

HOW TO REGISTER
The event, “Fall Seasonal Gathering Tour,” will take place on Saturday, September 14 at 10am at LancasterHistory. Tickets are $5/Adult (18+) and $3/Child. Friends of the Tanger Arboretum members receive complimentary admission, but should still register for the program. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (717) 392-4633. Advance tickets recommended as the program has limited capacity. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you would like to attend but have questions or concerns about the accessibility of the walking route, please contact Emily Miller at (717) 392-4633, ext. 133 or emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org for more information.

The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum is a member of the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admission Program. AHS Reciprocal Admission Program members may register for tickets in advance and must show a valid membership card upon checking in. AHS Members should contact Emily Miller, emily.miller@lancasterhistory.org, with any questions or to register for tickets in advance.


This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Outdoor Tour

September 14, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster 10am $5/Adults (18+) | $3/Children | FREE for Friends of the Tanger Arboretum Members

The Astonishing Dawn Redwood

Photo of the speaker, Len Eiserer, wearing a baseball cap and a blue collared shirt. The photo on the right is of a very tall but barren dawn redwood tree in winter.
(left) Len Eiserer. (right) A Dawn Redwood tree in winter in the Tanger Arboretum. Photo by Len Eiserer.

Finding a remnant population of supposedly extinct Dawn Redwoods in a remote Chinese valley was one of the most important botanical discoveries of the 20th century. Join tree hobbyist Len Eiserer for a presentation on Saturday, November 2 at 10am about the incredible past, thriving present, and sparkling future of the Dawn Redwood, a living fossil.

Len Eiserer received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and his doctorate in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. He has taught for 38 years and currently teaches at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). He maintains the website, Tree Treasures of Lancaster County, and serves on the board of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum.

HOW TO REGISTER

The Astonishing Dawn Redwood will take place on Saturday, November 2 at 10am at LancasterHistory, 230 North President Avenue. Tickets are $5/Adults (18+) and $3/Children (17 & Under). Friends of the Tanger Arboretum receive complimentary admission, but advance reservations are highly recommended. (Walk-in tickets are not guaranteed.) Ticketholders should check-in at LancasterHistory’s museum before proceeding into the auditorium in Ryder Hall.

*Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older.


This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Lecture

November 2, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster 10am