Osmunda cinnamomea Delaware Valley Fern & Wildflower SocietyStewartia

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SATURDAY, MAR 17. at 10 AM   The spring meeting of DVFWS will be held at the MORRIS ARBORETUM - 9:40 for conversation and snacks - tell the gate person you are here to attend the Fern Society meeting. Jess Slade, our liason to Morris Arboretum, and the Natural Lands section leader, will lead a tour of the early spring ephemerals at the Arboretum.

Upcoming Field Trips

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, SHENKS FERRY at 10 am. Shenks Ferry is a premier spot for spring wildflowers near Conestoga, southern Lancaster County.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2. FERN WALK with Susan Munch at Monocacy Hill in Douglassville, PA. Susan is a retired botany professor and an expert on ferns and mosses.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 The Summer Meeting will be at Rockland Botanical Garden. Our president John Scott and his wife Margaret will host us and offer a tour of the grounds.

Latest Newsletter

Our fine Spring Newsletter by Janet Whitefield is available. Click HERE to read it in color.

Barnes Arboretum Volunteer Day

Summer Outing - We will enjoy a work morning this summer with John Scott and Curator Jacob Thomas in the restored Laura Barnes Fern Dell at the Barnes Arboretum in Merion, PA. On a Thursday morning we will convene at the Barnes Arboretum to transplant plants, clear ground covers and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds. After lunch we will tour the other plant collections in the early afternoon.


Removal of native plants from the wild is rarely a good idea as the entire community may no longer be unsustainable. Always vette your sources for native plants to insure sustainable collection practices are in place.

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.


Rick Reynolds has volunteered to chair the Outreach Committee. This currently involves a set up at plant sales to advertise the Society and get new members. Let Rick know if you can help with pupblicity in newspapers and social media.

We are seeking a Membership Coodinator to sign up prospective members at meetings and to correspond with new members of the Society.

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