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Summer 2022 Newsletter

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2022 Field Trips


Please note that field trips usually begin at 10 am at the appointed meeting place, unless otherwise stated in the description. Most trips last approximately 2 hours. If it is a nice day, you might want to bring your lunch. Notify the trip leader if you plan on attending. Please feel free to share ideas that may enhance our offerings with David Lauer at 610-293-0693 or

Sep 10 Barnes Arboretum Summer Picnic and Project

SATURDAY, September 10th at 10:30 AM

Summer Picnic and Meeting at the Barnes Arboretum. 50 Lapsley Lane, Merion Station, PA

We will tour the Laura Barnes Fern Dell at the Barnes Arboretum, and share ideas with the director on ways to make it a teaching garden for the university and the public. Parking is available on-site. Bring your lunch and optionally a food to share as we discuss ways that we could contribute to the fern garden going forward.

Sep 24 Pennsauken Trip

SEPTEMBER 24 at 10:30 A.M.

Petty’s Island Preserve, Pennsauken NJ Leader: David Lauer

Sound the trumpet! Beat the drum! Petty’s Island in the Delaware River has been preserved by a Conservation Easement given by CITCO to the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust. At 500 acres in size and in a wonderful location close to Penn’s Landing and Center City Philadelphia, the restoration of this jewel is verges on the miraculous. GPS Coordinates: 39.971026, -75.089718


Friday October 14 Trip to Chester County

FRIDAY, October 21 10:30 AM

The Laurels Preserve, Chester Co., PA Leader: Marice Bezdek

Occupying over 700 acres and maintained by the Brandywine Conservancy, this preserve occupies land formerly included in the over 5000 acre King Ranch. GPS coordinates: 39.907159, -75.799290


2023 Flower Show

The Flower Show will return to the Convention Center in March 2023. 


Dues are $10 a year or $12 for a couple. Click on the Membership tab to the left to see the categories of membership and the mailing address of the treasurer. Please consider joining us.  All with an interest in learning about ferns and wildflowers, and educating others are welcome.

We hold meetings twice a year in late fall and early spring, a summer picnic, and trips through noteworthy natural areas and formal gardens in between. We often staff an exhibit of native ferns and wildflowers to reach prospective members and to educate visitors at the Philadelphia Flower Show and native plant sales and conferences.     

About Us: Mission

The Delaware Valley Fern & Wildflower Society welcomes all people with an interest in discovering and identifying ferns and native plants in their natural habitat and sharing it with others of like minds.