Philadelphia: The Woodlands Gardening Event

Sponsoring Yale Group: 
Yale Club of Philadelphia, Yale Black Alumni Association Philadelphia
Saturday, May 11, 2019
9:00am to 12:00pm
The Woodlands - University City See map
4000 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

• The site will have all necessary gardening tools and gloves. But bring your own favorite gloves if you wish.

• You will be asked to fill out a volunteer release form on site.

• Children of all ages are welcome as long as they have adult supervision.

• Because this is a natural area and cemetery, everyone should practice sensible safety. You may encounter ground hog holes, old stone walls and the like. Adults will be asked to help enforce the “no climbing on headstone” rule.

• There is plenty of parking on site, but there is another event that day. So, it’s recommended that folks park in the blue highlighted area on the Section Map for The Woodlands on their website. (Link to map will be emailed to registrants.) We will meet up in the Green Zone.

• There is no indoor YDOS option at The Woodlands. If we can’t go on as scheduled due to rain or for any other reason, we will email and call/text volunteers about a rain date or other options. Be sure to provide us your preferred weekend contact info—cellphone and/or email—so we can reach you to provide updates.


Join with us for an active morning of gardening to benefit The Woodlands and our neighbors who benefit from the services and beauty of this historic park.

The Woodlands, a 54-acre undulating landscape, is at once a one-of-a-kind 18th-century English pleasure garden, 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis for its neighbors in bustling University City and West Philadelphia. The Woodlands was designated a National Historic Landmark District in recognition of its unique history and rich resources. Actively used today, the cemetery, mansion, landscape, and programs are an educational resource for local school children, community residents, university students, as well as for a small, highly motivated cadre of scholars seeking further understanding of American architectural and botanical history, urban development, and the origin and growth of West Philadelphia. 

The Woodlands’ website informs us that “Today, our mission is to enrich the lives of area residents and visitors by serving as a hub for activities and educational programs that interpret, celebrate and make available to the public The Woodlands’ historic buildings and tranquil green space.” Learn more

Site Coordinator: 

Lisa Slade Martin ‘83