If you’re looking for a beautiful backdrop for listening to jazz, than you’re in luck. The annual Summer Concert Series at kicks of this Thursday with “Groovin’ in the Garden,” held in collaboration with WRTI, the Philadelphia jazz radio station.
The Plan B Band will be playing in the arboretum’s scenic Azalea Meadow, starting at 7 p.m. Get there early for a free beer tasting from 6 – 7 p.m. courtesy of Flourtown Beverage.
“On a nice night, we’ve had upwards of 800 people. It is affected by the weather, but the garden is a beautiful place to hear music in,” said Susan Crane, director of marketing for Morris Arboretum.
The organizers of the series encourage attendees to bring a picnic dinner, along with wine or beer if they so choose.
The meadow is easy to find; from the parking lot there are paved paths past the Visitor’s Center and on to the garden. Because there is limited parking in the lot, the arboretum is not charging per-person admission, but a per-carload parking fee. For members the cost is $10 per car and for non-members the price is $30.
If you miss the “Groovin’ in the Garden” concert, there are still two more shows you can attend in August. Two Kids Corner concerts, held in collaboration with XPN, will take place Aug. 4 and 11, with a craft corner at 5:30 p.m. for young concert-goers to make their own musical instrument. The music for each of the kids’ concerts begins at 6:30 and cookies are supplied for the show by .
For those less inclined to attend a concert, the Azalea Meadow is open late on Thursdays throughout summer for picnics and unwinding after a hot day.
“There are a couple more weeks to enjoy the garden 8:30 p.m.,” Crane said.