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London, Linnaeus, and the Chelsea Flower Show

Please join John Whitenight on a tour of some of the lesser-known natural history institutions in London, such as the Grant Museum of Zoology, which was established in 1827, as well as the Linnean Society of London, founded in 1788.

Along with these hidden gems we will visit the famous British Museum for a look at their nature themed jewelry created from ivory, cameo shell, etc. that graced elegant women of the Victorian era.

Then on to the Victoria and Albert to take in an exhibit, the likes of which has never been seen. This exhibit entitled, “Fashioned from Nature,” takes us on a 300-year journey illustrating the many ways in which man has used natural materials to wear as well as to adorn. Rare and delicate articles of clothing fashioned from flax, fur, feathers, pineapple fibers, and yes, even exotic beetle wings show how man used and exploited the natural world for the sake of fashion and adornment.

The second part of the exhibit poignantly shows how designers of the 21st century have used the theme of nature in eco-appropriate fabric prints and materials such as faux fur.

The presentation culminates in a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show, the scope and beauty of which is simply indescribable. We will stroll through the Great Pavilion and see thousands of colorful tulips, daffodils, gladiolas, and primroses presented by commercial growers. There will also be competitive exhibits of bonsai, artistic floral displays, and a category entitled, “Design a Throne Chair.”

We conclude the visit with a look at the exterior garden displays that surround the Great Pavilion. So, calling all nature lovers -- tune in to John’s virtual presentation on June 29 at 2:00 pm.

This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register through our website by clicking the Register Now on the right. Directions for Self Registration can be found here. You can also register by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteers. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village.

Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
A Zoom meeting link is included in the confirmation and reminder emails.

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