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October 23, 2014: "One Tank Trip" Features Jelly Belly Exhibition
WFMZ-TV's Karin Mallett presented her "One Tank Trip" feature on our current exhibition, "Jelly Belly - Endangered Species Series." Check it out here. Thanks, Karin!

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November 28, 2014: November 28 Planetarium Shows Cancelled
Due to the Indie Girls Craft Show (private rental) in the Neag Planetarium on Thanksgiving weekend, the shows on Friday, November 28 have been cancelled (both the 4 p.m. Star Shows and all of the Floyd Final Friday Music Shows).

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November 21, 2014: Perennial Garden Selected as a "Garden of Distinction"
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has selected the Garden Club of Reading's work on the Reading Public Museum's Perennial Garden as a "Garden of Distinction" as a result of their 2014 PHS Gardening and Greening Contest. The PHS recognizes that neighborhoods are greatly enhanced by greening and beautifying efforts, and will celebrate the local Garden Club's accomplishments at an Awards Ceremony that will be held at the 2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, "Celebrate the Movies" (February 28 - March 8).

The Reading Garden Club's work was selected from over 350 entries, and recognizes the Club's accomplishment for motivating people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture — specifically in the category of "Public Spaces – Gardens." A commemorative garden sign recognizing their achievement will eventually be placed in the Perennial Garden.

The Garden Club of Reading (celebrating its 50th anniversary on September 14, 2015) was assembled in 1965 by Mary Lawrence, a plant-growing enthusiast. In September 1983, The Museum's Director at the time presented the idea of installing a garden at The Museum and a year later, the proposal was a success. These aesthetically beautiful gardens, located on the North side of the Arboretum, are collectively call the "Perennial Garden" and are enjoyed by visitors daily. The gardens have become a location for celebrations such as baptisms and weddings, providing a colorful backdrop to capture photographic memories.

Throughout the years, club members have worked hard to maintain their award-winning gardens and the positive feedback from Museum visitors motivates them to keep working. The local club holds different programs for junior gardeners and senior citizens, including flower shows and design classes held at the nearby Wyomissing Library. Fundraisers are also a big part of the club. One of them, "Gardens on Parade," is a tour of area gardens held every two years. The next tour will be June 13, 2015.

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November 27, 2014: Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
On Thursday, November 27, The Museum, Neag Planetarium, and offices will be closed in honor of the holiday. We'll be open and ready to see you again on Friday, November 28, as well as this weekend with regular hours. Bring the family and see some great exhibitions, Star Shows (sorry, no Floyd Final Friday shows or afternoon Star Shows on Friday), purchase one of our home-grown poinsettia plants, check out gifts from The Museum Shop, and take a walk through the Arboretum (with the new-fallen snow)! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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