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2020 Field Trips

Please note that field trips 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, and please feel free to provide feedback that may enhance our offerings to David Lauer at 610-293-0693 or dml.

We have a wonderful slate of field trips this year, some local, and some very interesting ones at a distance. Scroll down to see descriptions and directions.


Shenks Ferry is a premier spot for spring wildflowers near Conestoga, southern Lancaster County. This is an annual trip to one of the most extensive natural displays of native wildflowers in SE Pennsylvania. We will meet at the parking area at the foot of the trail and proceed upward at our own pace. https://www.lancasterconservancy.org/preserves/shenks-ferry-wildflower/ ;

Directions: Coordinates- 39.902012, -76.366648 Go to Google Maps, enter these coordinates and obtain directions to the Preserve from your home or departure point. Alternative: use your driving app on your cell phone or GPS in your car.


This is the garden of Jenny Rose Carey who spoke to us at our fall meeting regarding shade gardens. It will be lovely to see her garden creations! http://www.jennyrosecarey.com/northview-gardens/

Directions: 40.178081 -75.191786; 1650 E. Butler Pike, Ambler PA. Enter at the driveway for Twin Springs Farm. There is a sign at the entrance. On Google Maps this driveway as shown as Orchard Drive. Jenny’s phone number is 215-896-0204.
Please pre-register with David Lauer so that we can ensure adequate parking spaces. DML1000@comcast.net, 215-357-2646 A small donation is requested for either Northview Garden or the PA Horticultural Society.


This must-see garden is the home of the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research. “The Henry Botanic Garden is a historic garden created by Mary Gibson Henry (1884–1967), who was a noted 20th century horticulturalist, naturalist, and skilled field botanist. This garden provides a stunning untamed oasis in the heart of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. The garden is home to an impressive number of superb collections of prominent plant families. With a strong focus on woody plants. A visitor can expect to see Magnolias, Styrax, Hamamelis, Halesia, and Rhododendrons — as well as a notable collection of herbaceous plants. The garden features broadly varied terrain portraying a host of natural environments, from high rugged stony outcroppings and spare alpine sites, to lush dappled forests, to soothing riparian glens, to broad open meadowland.” (from their website https://www.henrybotanicgarden.org/visit/ ) Our guide will be Susan Treadway, President of the Henry Foundation.