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December 2018

Experimenting with Native Plants in the Home Landscape

December 6 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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John Janick cultivates plants native to the Mid-Atlantic.  As his experimental backyard projects grew, so did his need for transplants–leading to the creation of his nursery, Good Host Plants.  He will show how organic gardening methods, along with the right plant selection, light weeding and timing can lead to success without additional watering or fertilizer. Program is free to members, $5 for visitors.  Please pre-register on the Lower Merion Conservancy website.

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November 2018

Spray and Pray: Misguided Faith in Pesticides Isn’t the Answer to Our Mosquito and Tick Problems

November 1 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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As the public’s fears about Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Zika have increased, so has our use of pesticides to control mosquitoes and ticks.  However, there are questions we should be asking about the process.  What are we spraying and are these chemicals safe?  Dan Duran will answer these questions and discuss alternatives for pest control in this lecture.  Free to members, $5 for visitors.  Please pre-register on the Lower Merion Conservancy website.

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October 2018

The American Lawn: Where It Comes From, What It Costs, and Ways to Make It More Environmentally Friendly

October 4 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Maintaining grass around our homes is a traditional American pastime.  Why do we do it?  Studies show that homeowners feel pressured by peers and highly-effective marketing to maintain a uniform lawn free of “weeds.”  Karen Snetselaar will share the story of the American lawn, consider its economic and environmental costs, and discuss healthier alternatives.  Free to members, $5 for visitors.  Please preregister on the Lower Merion Conservancy website.

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May 2018

Healthy Habitats Contained! Container Gardens for Pollinators

May 3 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Interested in attracting birds, butterflies and beneficial insects to your garden but short on space or time? In this creative and ecologically-minded class conducted by Garden Coach Marcia Tate, you will learn techniques for designing a native plant container garden suited to your specific micro-climate. You’ll get lots of easy, take-home tips and helpful tools to assemble a healthy habitat for pollinators using low maintenance native plants for sun or shade.  Color, form, texture and placement are a few of the…

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April 2018

The Secret Life of the Amazing Honeybee

April 5 @ 7:15 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Noted honey bee expert Jim Bobb will present an edifying and entertaining program in which he reveals the fascinating life of the Italian Honey Bee.  He will discuss hive activity and hierarchy and talk about why so many garden plants rely on these amazing creatures for the pollination and development of quality seeds and fruits.  He will also give pointers on what it would take to raise honeybees in your own back yard.   If you’ve ever been curious about this…

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March 2018

The New Philadelphia Rail Park: Exciting Urban Greening

March 1 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Hal Weich, Senior Director of Capital Projects at the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, and Bryan Hanes, principal of landscape architecture firm Studio Bryan Hanes, will speak about the plans for the soon-to-open Philadelphia Rail Park.  This project will transform abandoned railway lines into a vibrant 3-mile long neighborhood park — comparable to the celebrated High Line in New York City. Pedestrians, bicyclists, neighbors, and visitors will all be welcome to enjoy this beautiful park which will enhance our city aesthetically, educationally,…

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February 2018

Horticulture as Agent for Social Change

February 1 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Gardening and greening can be powerful agents of social change.  This talk, presented by Nicole Juday Rhoads of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,  will highlight inspiring local examples that show how horticulture can be successfully used as a tool for community development, improving neighborhoods, providing educational opportunities, promoting health and well-being of citizens, and addressing food insecurity.  Free to members, $5 for visitors.

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January 2018

Great Ways to Use Ornamental Grasses in the Garden

January 11 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Harriet Cramer, one of our most popular speakers, joins us again to explore how you can successfully integrate ornamental grasses into your garden.  Grasses can be magical, revealing the power of light, movement and sound as important (and often overlooked) design elements. Many are an important source of food and cover for birds and small mammals. We’ll discuss which grasses work best in different environments (e.g. sun, shade, wet, dry, large and small spaces), which cultivars you should seek out, which…

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December 2017

Make & Take: Insect Hotel

December 7, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Sweet Mabel,
41 North Narberth Ave, Narberth, 19072 United States
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Lure important pollinators to your garden with an insect hotel built just for them by YOU!!!  Join us at a “make and take” event at Sweet Mabel’s Studio. We will serve festive refreshments and  enjoy creating a holiday gift for a favorite gardener or for your own garden.  Please register in advance  at the October or November meeting  or by contacting Linda Pitt  at  lspitt@msn.com, and note the change from our usual venue!

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November 2017

Philadelphia Trees: A Field Guide to the City and Surrounding Delaware Valley

November 2, 2017 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Book Shop,
221 Haverford Ave, Narberth, 19072
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Ned Barnard and Catriona Briger, co-authors of Philadelphia Trees: A Field Guide to the City and Surrounding Delaware Valley, will discuss their 6-year collaboration along with co-author Paul Meyer which produced this 280-page, pocket-sized guide book.  The book contains over 1,000 illustrations and describes the 50 best places to see trees in and around the city.  Using this field guide, nature lovers will be able to identify and locate the fantastic trees that this unique region, sometimes called “the cradle of American…

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