2016 Field Trip Schedule - Delaware Valley Fern and Wildflower Society

Field trips are a vital component of our Fern and Wildflower Society. We enjoy meeting with each other and discovering wildflowers and ferns in their wild habitats, gardens, and conservatories. There is always some-thing new to learn and places to visit that perhaps you did not know existed.

Field Trips: A Preview

T he committee is busy arranging some interesting field trips for this year. A list will be ready in time to publish on our Membership Flyer to hand out at the Flower Show and present at the March 19th meeting. Here are two to whet your appetite.

Hemlock Haven

Bernie and Terry Cabana have graciously invited us to their six-acre property, Hemlock Haven, on Saturday, April 30th. We welcome all members of DVFWS to visit "Hemlock Haven" on Saturday, April 30th. Hemlock Haven is situated at 260 Boyds Hollow Road, Biglerville PA 17307 and is readily accessible via the PA Turnpike. It is about 2 1/2 hours from Philadelphia area, southwest of Harrisburg. Detailed directions will appear in the April Newsletter.

Flowers you will see include a great variety of trillium, rue anemone, round leave hepatica, bleeding hearts, wild oats, spring beauty, marsh marigold, polygala, shooting stars, iris versicolor, trout lilies, wild geranium, showy orchid and many more depending on the weather. Most of the property is easy walking, but depending on the weather, it may be wet and slippery near the creek. I recommend that members wear sturdy shoes or boots. Bring a lunch. Plan to arrive around 10AM. We will provide beverage and dessert on our covered porch. Bernie and Terry

Laura L. Barnes Fern Dell

During this recent restoration, John Scott grouped European, Asian, and American ferns based on their geographic origins; European ferns now grow along the main footpath in the southeast corner, Asian ferns are planted around the pond and the teahouse, and the American ferns grow around a bog and stone wall.

John Scott, who has volunteered countless hours to restore the Fern Dell at The Barnes Arboretum in Merion, will be leading a tour there in June 19, 1PM. Barnes also has a wonderful hosta collection which we will explore as well. http://www.barnesfoundation.org/collections/ plant-collections-i/laura-barnes-fern-dell

Let’s make these field trips a priority this year.


Pilgrimage: Spring Wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Members Bernie and Terry Cabana have brought to our attention a wonderful gathering of experts and wildflower enthusiasts in what is sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park.” This spring it is being held April 19th to 23rd, based out of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. http://www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org/

The Pilgrimage offers 146 programs over four days during the peak of the spring flowering season. Professionally guided walks and indoor presentations explore the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. Most programs are conducted on the trails in the Park, while indoor programs are presented in the Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg. Last year our good friend Larry Klotz led some of the walks.

The brochure for this year is not available at this printing, but go to the link above to be on their e-mail list for notification. Prior registration fees were $50 for one day, $75 for the entire 5 days. Who would not go for multiple days! Tom and Janet Whitefield, Lois and Michael Brooks, and Bernie and Terry Cabana plan to attend. For the birders among us, many walks concentrate on birds and photography. Won’t you join us? http://www.springwildflowerpilgrimage.org/