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April 2019

Storms, Sewers, and Streams: Practical Garden Tips for Reducing Pollution and Retaining Rain

April 4 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Water has played a significant role in the history and development of the Greater Philadelphia Area and continues to shape our communities today. Chelsea Heck of the Lower Merion Conservancy will explore the rich history of the rivers in our region and discuss the current state of local waterways that supply drinking water to millions. She will then discuss ways to make affordable property modifications to manage stormwater and improve the water quality of local creeks and rivers.

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March 2019

Insect Identification: Is This a Good Guy or a Pest?

March 7 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Insects are everywhere, and they are very important to the functioning of our ecosystems. Unfortunately, they are often unnoticed or unappreciated, partly because they are misunderstood. In this fascinating program presented by Samantha Nestory, a horticulturist at Stoneleigh in Villanova, we will learn how to identify important groups of insects and the general ecology of these groups. We will also learn about different beneficial and pest species in each of these groups, so that your garden ecosystem becomes a little less mysterious!

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February 2019

Body-Smart Gardening

February 7 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Learn how to make gardening more comfortable and enjoyable using body-smart techniques so you can stay active in the garden for years to come.  Dr. Aron McConnell, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, will present a series of strategies to reduce your risk of pain and injury regardless of your age or level of fitness.

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January 2019

The Cradle of  American Gardening: 300 Years of Philadelphia Horticultural History

January 10 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Narberth Community Hall, 2nd Floor,
100 Conway Ave, Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Gardening has been part of the regional identity of Philadelphia since its inception more than three centuries ago. This talk, by Nicole Juday of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,  examines some of the factors that have contributed to the development of world-class horticultural institutions in our region and the elevation of gardening to its highest form by professionals and home gardeners

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December 2018

Experimenting with Native Plants in the Home Landscape

December 6, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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