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Spring Meeting

Hope you are all enjoying a snow day and keeping warm.  Don't forget our meeting this Saturday, March 18th 10AM at Morris Arboretum Widener Visitor Center, 100 East Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Gates open at 9:30 and coffee will be ready!  Directions can be found on their website http://www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/visit_directions.shtml

Our speaker,  Przemek Walczak, the horticulturalist who maintains Chanticleer’s stream and woodland gardens, will offer us a welcome touch of spring after all this snow as he previews the new Bell's Native Woodland Garden.

Spring Speaker

Przemek Walczak, also a craftsman, is responsible for the beautiful iron gates at the entrance and other built artifacts around the gardens. Most recently he has developed Bell’s Woods, a native plant garden full of wild flowers, ferns and mosses. The woodland garden’s main path wanders amidst azaleas, foam flowers and ferns. A sculpted bridge resembling a fallen beech tree crosses Bell’s Run Creek where you will find wetland plants including skunk cabbage, rushes and sedges.

A naturalist at heart and a horticulturist by profession, Przemek finds inspiration from nature for his planting design and garden art. Przemek holds a Masters degree in Economics and Agriculture from Academy of Life Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.

Current Newsletter

Our Winter 2017 Newsletter is out. Click here to read.

March Into Spring XXI

March Into Spring is Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:15am to 3:00pm

Hardy Plant Society Symposium for Gardeners is at the Delaware County Community College, Media, PA. Five interesting speakers, lunch, plant sale and book sale. Click here to register on-line. Click here for the information and registration brochure.

Upcoming Field Trip

Sat., April 8th - Mt. Cuba, near Wilmington DE Take an in-depth look at the gardens with an expert Docent, learn about notable native plants, and receive tips on sustainable gardening practices. Tour content will vary as the gardens are dynamic and ever-changing. Participants will take home a native plant. Tours are two hours in length and include walking over rolling terrain and mulched paths. Tickets include admission, so pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the gardens after your tour has ended. Groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate of $12 per person. We need a leader to receive reservations and order tickets.


The purpose of the Delaware Valley Fern & Wildflower Society shall be to encourage the enjoyment of native Ferns and Wildflowers by cultivating and propagating them in the home and garden; by studying them in their wild habitats, gardens and conservatories; by promoting their conservation and preservation; and by providing a forum for the exchange of information and expertise.


Membership in the DVFWS is open to anyone who is interested in native ferns and wildflowers and is willing to support the society. Three general membership meetings are held each year and many field trips are scheduled each weekend to areas rich in botanical interest. Membership is available for individuals or for a household for one year or three years. For additional information contact any of the officers.

Join us! Renew! Print and mail in the membership form.