Area college restores original estate garden

March 1, 2008 1:33:15 PM PST
Cabrini College in Radnor is in the midst of a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. The campus sits on the grounds of the original Woodcrest Estate. Once owned by John Dorrance, founder and president of the Campbell Soup Company and the father of longtime flower show patron and exhibitor, and Mrs. Samuel M.V. Hamilton. In honor of this anniversary, the college restored one of the original estate gardens, complete with pond and elaborate pergola.

Howard Holden, Cabrini College/Radnor: "We dedicated this garden in the beginning of the college's 50th anniversary on campus and we decided the flower show was a good venue to represent that garden in miniature."

For the flower show, a replica of the original pergola was built.

"We'll also see a very bold display of color. The theme of the show this year is "Jazz It Up," and we're going to be using oranges and reds, and blacks, and yellows to create a very vibrant landscape. We're also going to highlight it with some elements of mardi gras in celebration of the "Jazz It Up" theme."

"The estate itself is very populated with rhododendrons so the background of the exhibit will be lots of rhododendrons. Also, we have significant size trees to represent what we call the cathedral of trees that our campus is known for. Then we drop down into the shrub layers. We'll be using lots of azaleas and also on the platform itself we'll be doing a lot of tropical plants with a lot vibrant colors."

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