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April  2015

 

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All are welcome to these events . See our website for more details, or email MWGC@ymail.com
 www.marthawashingtongardenclub.org

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UPCOMING GARDEN CLUB EVENTS

April 22,  Spring cleanup at the Yardley Publick Burial Grounds , Main St,

Wed April 22 Interactive Container Gardening , please your ideas and success stories to share

Sat May 9 - PLANT SALE at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall

Wed May 27 - lecture to be announced

June 10 Annual Luncheon and Plant Exchange

June 23 - Garden Walk

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Other Community Garden Events



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 Churchville Nature Center Butterfly House

is looking for volunteers who love butterflies. Stommy Blauth, director of the Butterfly House, is asking for volunteers interested in caring for, raising , feeding, and working with these delightful creatures. If you have some time in June- Sept, call or Email Stommy for details.

slblauth@co.bucks.pa.us   917 923 8558

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UPCOMING GARDEN CLUB EVENTS
April 22 Spring cleanup at the Yardley Publick Burial Grounds , Main St,
Wed April 22 Container Gardening
April 27, shopping trip for plants for our May Plant sale call Ruth if you want to join in the shopping spree 215 493 8148
Sat May 9 - PLANT SALE at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall
Wed May 27 - lecture to be announced
June 10 Annual Luncheon and Plant Exchange
June 23 - Garden Walk
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 Bucks County Audubon Bird Town – Backyard Stewardship Workshop
A roadmap to backyard design and ecological stewardship
Any homeowner, gardener, teacher or land owner is interested in helping the environment can benefit from this training about restoring ecology to backyards and other properties.
Class 1: Saturday, April 4 10:00am to 3:00pm. Classroom setting includes companion cd, notebook, light morning fare and lunch
Class 2: Date to be determined by attendees. Site visits with full assessment demonstration and practice
Cost: $55
Location: Bucks County Audubon Society Visitor Center 2877 Creamery Rd, Solebury
Registration: Contact BCAS at 215.297.5880
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"The DuPont influence on American Gardening"
featuring Chris Strand, Director Winterthur Garden and Museum and Co-curator of 'Costumes of Downton Abbey" at Winterthur
in the 8th annual "Tyler Gardens & Landscape" lecture
Main campus of Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
April25,  9 AM in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center
215 504 8500 x 6007
rosenbel@bucks.edu
$15  general admission
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 The Garden State African Violet Club presents its 64th Annual Show and Sale on May 2 (12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.) and May 3 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at the Mercer County Community College Student Center, West Windsor, New Jersey. 
 
This year’s spectacular show, themed “Violets Tour The World,” will feature America’s favorite houseplants—African violets—in horticulture form and flower arrangements, displayed as international cities or natural wonders of the world.
 
Don’t miss the opportunity to see hundreds of judged plants on display, grown by local club enthusiasts and prominent growers. No reservations required.  Experts will be on hand to answers your questions.  Workshops on many topics will be available, including:
 
May 2
African Violets Basic Care: 1:00 p.m.
Plant Propagation Using Leaf Cuttings: 2:15 p.m.
 
May 3
Streptocarpus Basic Care: 12:00 p.m.
Dish and Natural Garden Design demonstrations: 1:15 p.m.
 
 
There will be drawings for plant giveaways and award-winning plants from commercial and club members are available for sale. Remember, plants make great Mother’s Day gifts.
 
Enjoy viewing award-winning African violet plants, creative designs and educational displays to help you grow beautiful African violets.
 
Admission is free! For directions to Mercer County Community College, click MCCC directions.
For more information, please visit the Garden State African Violet club website:
Garden State African Violet Club
Our Facebook page; Garden State African Violet Club
 
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John Rodgers will be provide a Designing With Natives “Backyard Conservation Design Basic Training "on March 28th at Newtown’s Township Building. Autumn Thomas at  amt27@comcast.net is coordination the training. 
 
  The class lasts from 9:30 to 2:00 and costs $55.
 ( I have taken this training  and found it wonderful and educational )
 
Backyard Conservation Design Training
A roadmap to backyard conservation design and stewardship using native plants
 
Backyard Conservation Design is an environmentally-sensitive, low-impact and restorative approach to backyard and open space design.  It results in good habitat for birds, improved air and water quality, reduced stormwater and flood damage and it saves money on energy, water and lawn care costs.  A healthy yard helps improve your quality of life and health and lowers your cost of living.
During training, you will receive a copy of Designing With Natives on CD.  A workbook is provided to help you design your own yard.  It contains steps, charts of bloom times and tolerances of plants, and stewardship ideas. The training will show you how to create great habitat, save money, limit runoff and create beautiful curb appeal and a beautiful back yard.
Cost of training and materials:  $55
 
“In Designing With Natives, John Rogers has compiled the most comprehensive guide to sustainable landscaping I have seen to date. He could just as easily have called it “Managing Water with Natives,”  “Sequestering Carbon with Natives,” “Conserving Biodiversity with Natives,” or “Saving Energy with Natives,” since his new book discusses all of these ecosystem services and more.   Even a quick read will convince you that our properties and neighborhoods are more than just places to live. They provide ideal opportunities to encourage the essential earth functions that support us.  Designing With Natives will be a useful and timely reference for years to come.” 
Doug Tallamy
Co-sponsored by the Wyncote Audubon Society
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Are you longing to get outside and into your garden after this frigid, snowy winter? If you are, this series of workshops is for you!  Penn State Extension Bucks County is here to help both novice and seasoned gardeners with a series of four short gardening courses.
 
Classes are 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm and cost $5 per session which includes handouts and light refreshments.  Doors open at 6:45pm.
Register and pay at the door, cash or check only. Space is limited; first-come, first-served basis.
 
Workshops are held in the auditorium at Penn State Extension Bucks County, Neshaminy Manor Center – Health Building, 1282 Almshouse Road, Doylestown, PA 18901
 
Map : http://goo.gl/maps/Kd0ac
 
For more information please call 215-345-3283.
 
#1 - Wednesday, March 25, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm — Seed Starting
 Have you tried starting plants from seeds only to end up with spindly seedlings that don’t thrive? Join Master Gardener Bonnie Olliver as she shares the secrets for successful seed starting.
 
#2 – Wednesday, April 1, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm — Container Gardening Workshop
Discover the magic and ease of container gardening! If you can grow it, you can probably grow it in any beautiful, zany, repurposed or just plain ol’ practical container on your deck, patio or landscape. Join Master Gardener Jeanne Mantell to learn about soil, light, feeding and watering requirements as well as choosing the right plants for your specific conditions.
 
#3 - Wednesday, April 8, 7:00pm – 9:00 pm — Grow Your Own Veggies
How can you eat well and save money at the same time? Grow your favorite veggie varieties at home! Join Master Gardener Mike Gordon as he offers important information about growing traditional and unusual vegetables in your own backyard.
 
#4 - Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm — Creating Compost - Garden Gold!
Turn your yard waste and kitchen scraps into valuable organic matter that will help your garden flourish! Master Gardener Donna DiMella teaches you the fine art of home composting.
 
 
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Kathleen Connally
Master Gardener Coordinator
Penn State Extension-Bucks County
Neshaminy Manor Center
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA  18901
 
215-345-3283   
kxc30@psu.edu
http://extension.psu.edu/bucks

Save the date: our next Master Gardener Plant Sale is Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. Your purchases directly support our programs!
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 Scholarships
The Martha Washington Garden Club is offering 2 educational scholarships, the MWGC scholarship and the  Jane Parr Memorial Scholarship, given in her memory by her husband. They are each for $2,000.00. They are open to both  high school and college students. High School students must include a copy of the college acceptance letter. Among other items, everyone must include up to date grade transcripts, 4 references: 2 character and 2 scholastic: a list of volunteer activities, and work experience. A written essay on why the applicant is interested in his or her chosen field and possible career plans is also obligatory. It is open to any student in the area majoring in the following fields,
Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and related fields. All material must be received by April 30, 2015. For more complete information you may contact your local HS guidance office or  College Financial Aid office, www.Marthawashingtongardenclub.org,  or email kkuffel@verizon.net
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"Enhance Your Landscape With Small Native Trees"
Southern Bucks GArden CLub invites you to their May lecture at Silver Lake Nature Center
 
Learn which small native trees are right for your landscape, how they provide food and shelter for wild life (and people) AND increase property values, too. It all adds up to easy care beauty and economy  Speaker Pam Herceg. master gardener
May 27 @ 6:30 PM ,2501 Bath Rd,Bristol Township 19007--
 
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 Autumn was a great time to apply lime to your lawn or garden, but it’s never too late.  Don’t waste your time or money guessing about soil amendments this spring.  Find out how much lime and/or fertilizer your soil actually needs (or does not need) by getting a Soil Test Kit at the Extension office.  It will be the best $9 you have ever spent on your garden!  Pick one up during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the Ag Services Building, Suite 102, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA  or visit http://www.aasl.psu.edu/ssft.htm
For additional information about soils, please visit http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uj234.pdf to view and download Penn State’s document Soil Management in Home Gardens and Landscapes.
Select disease resistant plant varieties for success.  Penn State offers Pennsylvania Vegetable Variety Recommendations for the Home Gardener http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/uj250.pdf
Do you have questions about gardening projects?  Use Penn State’s 64-page publication for home gardeners, Vegetable Gardening, ARGS-115.  It is available as FREE .pdf download from:  http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/freepubs/pdfs/agrs115.pdf  
Interested in Beekeeping?  Investigate Penn State’s nationally recognized Beekeeping 101 course -- http://beekeeping101.psu.edu/  The cost is discounted at this time – Code:  SPRING15.
Penn State offers many FREE eBooks and Online Guides for homeowners.  Visit these websites for more information and a list of publications.
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/free-ebooks
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/on-line-guides
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  If you have any interesting horticulture related events you would like to share, please email them to  sah215@yahoo.com
 

  
 
 


We could use some help at the Arts and Crafts on Tuesday ( Nov 11)  for the residents of Langhorne Gardens Nursing Home. Can you come out at 2:30 for an hour or so to help us make some turkey crafts. We meet at 2:30 at the Langhorne gardens Nursing Home , just off Lincoln Highway at 350 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047. Please call Betsy Miller if you can help us out this week at 215-493-5835. The volunteers meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month to help the residents with an arts and crafts program. Betsy is short of few of her regular volunteers this month so she is asking anyone available to come over to assist. The residents are a delightful group and appreciate all the fun we provide to them.

 



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                     "Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden" will be the featured PowerPoint program at the monthly meeting of the Trevose Horticultural Society on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00PM at the Bensalem Senior Center, 1850 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA.

                     Joann Cosgrove's PowerPoint presentation will feature a variety of  both sun and shade plants and shrubs that are the most successful in attracting and producing the nectar favored by the Ruby Throat.  The 'Hummers' are due to return to the local area from their winter vacation in Mexico and Central America, so now is the time to plan on including some of their favorites!  Cosgrove's love of hummingbirds began in childhood while observing their amazing antics in the garden.  A member of the Southern Bucks Garden Club for 10 years, Cosgrove served as Past President for three years and previously as Program Chair.   Handouts will be available.

                     All meetings are open to the public; a donation of $3 is requested from non-members.  For further information, please contact  Marie Cartwright

856-866-9163

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 The Garden State African Violet Club presents its 64th Annual Show and Sale on May 2 (12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.) and May 3 (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) at the Mercer County Community College Student Center, West Windsor, New Jersey. 

 

This year’s spectacular show, themed “Violets Tour The World,” will feature America’s favorite houseplants—African violets—in horticulture form and flower arrangements, displayed as international cities or natural wonders of the world.

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to see hundreds of judged plants on display, grown by local club enthusiasts and prominent growers. No reservations required.  Experts will be on hand to answers your questions.  Workshops on many topics will be available, including:

 

May 2

African Violets Basic Care: 1:00 p.m.

Plant Propagation Using Leaf Cuttings: 2:15 p.m.

 

May 3

Streptocarpus Basic Care: 12:00 p.m.

Dish and Natural Garden Design demonstrations: 1:15 p.m.

 

 

There will be drawings for plant giveaways and award-winning plants from commercial and club members are available for sale. Remember, plants make great Mother’s Day gifts.

 

Enjoy viewing award-winning African violet plants, creative designs and educational displays to help you grow beautiful African violets.

 

Admission is free! For directions to Mercer County Community College, click MCCC directions.

For more information, please visit the Garden State African Violet club website:

Garden State African Violet Club

Our Facebook page; Garden State African Violet Club

 

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John Rodgers will be provide a Designing With Natives “Backyard Conservation Design Basic Training on March 28th at Newtown’s Township Building. Autumn Thomas at  amt27@comcast.net is coordination the training. 

 

  The class lasts from 9:30 to 2:00 and costs $55.

 ( I have taken this training  and found it wonderful and educational )

 

Backyard Conservation Design Training

A roadmap to backyard conservation design and stewardship using native plants

 

Backyard Conservation Design is an environmentally-sensitive, low-impact and restorative approach to backyard and open space design.  It results in good habitat for birds, improved air and water quality, reduced stormwater and flood damage and it saves money on energy, water and lawn care costs.  A healthy yard helps improve your quality of life and health and lowers your cost of living.

During training, you will receive a copy of Designing With Natives on CD.  A workbook is provided to help you design your own yard.  It contains steps, charts of bloom times and tolerances of plants, and stewardship ideas. The training will show you how to create great habitat, save money, limit runoff and create beautiful curb appeal and a beautiful back yard.

Cost of training and materials:  $55

 

“In Designing With Natives, John Rogers has compiled the most comprehensive guide to sustainable landscaping I have seen to date. He could just as easily have called it “Managing Water with Natives,”  “Sequestering Carbon with Natives,” “Conserving Biodiversity with Natives,” or “Saving Energy with Natives,” since his new book discusses all of these ecosystem services and more.   Even a quick read will convince you that our properties and neighborhoods are more than just places to live. They provide ideal opportunities to encourage the essential earth functions that support us.  Designing With Natives will be a useful and timely reference for years to come.” 

Doug Tallamy

Co-sponsored by the Wyncote Audubon Society

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The Martha Washington Garden Club is offering 2 educational scholarships, the MWGC scholarship and the  Jane Parr Memorial Scholarship, given in her memory by her husband. They are each for $2,000.00. They are open to both  high school and college students. High School students must include a copy of the college acceptance letter. Among other items, everyone must include up to date grade transcripts, 4 references: 2 character and 2 scholastic: a list of volunteer activities, and work experience. A written essay on why the applicant is interested in his or her chosen field and possible career plans is also obligatory. It is open to any student in the area majoring in the following fields, Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and related fields. All material must be received by April 30, 2015. For more complete information you may contact your local HS guidance office or  College Financial Aid office, www.Marthawashingtongardenclub.org,  or email kkuffel@verizon.net

 

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 Our garden club  could use some help at the Arts and Crafts for the residents of Langhorne Gardens Nursing Home. Can you come out at 2:30 for an hour or so to help us make some  crafts? We meet at 2:30 at the Langhorne gardens Nursing Home , just off Lincoln Highway at
350 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047. Please call Betsy Miller if you can help us out at 215-493-5835. The volunteers meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month to help the residents with an arts and crafts program. The residents are a delightful group and appreciate all the fun we provide to them.

 


  If you have any interesting horticulture related events you would like to share, please email them to  sah215@yahoo.com

 

  












 

  If you have any interesting horticulture related events you would like to share, please email them to  sah215@yahoo.com

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 SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED

The Martha Washington Garden Club is offering 2 educational scholarships, the MWGC scholarship and the  Jane Parr Memorial Scholarship, given in her memory by her husband. They are each for $2,000.00. They are open to both  high school and college students. High School students must include a copy of the college acceptance letter. Among other items, everyone must include up to date grade transcripts, 4 references: 2 character and 2 scholastic: a list of volunteer activities, and work experience. A written essay on why the applicant is interested in his or her chosen field and possible career plans is also obligatory. It is open to any student in the area majoring in the following fields, Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and related fields. All material must be received by April 30, 2015. For more complete information you may contact your local HS guidance office or  College Financial Aid office, www.Marthawashingtongardenclub.org,  or email kkuffel@verizon.net




Langhorne Gardens Arts and Crafts

 We could use some help at the Arts and Crafts for the residents of Langhorne Gardens Nursing Home. Can you come out at 2:30 for an hour or so to help us make some  crafts? We meet at 2:30 at the Langhorne gardens Nursing Home , just off Lincoln Highway at 350 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047. Please call Betsy Miller if you can help us out at 215-493-5835. The volunteers meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month to help the residents with an arts and crafts program. The residents are a delightful group and appreciate all the fun we provide to them.
 

       Designing With Natives “Backyard Conservation Design Basic Training  Workshop " with author  John Rodgers  on March 28th at Newtown’s Township Building. Autumn Thomas at  amt27@comcast.net is coordination the training. 
 
  The class lasts from 9:30 to 2:00 and costs $55.
 ( I have taken this training  and found it wonderful and educational )
 
Backyard Conservation Design Training
A roadmap to backyard conservation design and stewardship using native plants
 
Backyard Conservation Design is an environmentally-sensitive, low-impact and restorative approach to backyard and open space design.  It results in good habitat for birds, improved air and water quality, reduced stormwater and flood damage and it saves money on energy, water and lawn care costs.  A healthy yard helps improve your quality of life and health and lowers your cost of living.
During training, you will receive a copy of Designing With Natives on CD.  A workbook is provided to help you design your own yard.  It contains steps, charts of bloom times and tolerances of plants, and stewardship ideas. The training will show you how to create great habitat, save money, limit runoff and create beautiful curb appeal and a beautiful back yard.
Cost of training and materials:  $55
 
“In Designing With Natives, John Rogers has compiled the most comprehensive guide to sustainable landscaping I have seen to date. He could just as easily have called it “Managing Water with Natives,”  “Sequestering Carbon with Natives,” “Conserving Biodiversity with Natives,” or “Saving Energy with Natives,” since his new book discusses all of these ecosystem services and more.   Even a quick read will convince you that our properties and neighborhoods are more than just places to live. They provide ideal opportunities to encourage the essential earth functions that support us.  Designing With Natives will be a useful and timely reference for years to come.” 
Doug Tallamy
Co-sponsored by the Wyncote Audubon Society

 

Naturalist Training Program Seeks Participants in the Philadelphia area

In the Spring of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Friends of the Wissahickon to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components: an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.


Building Volunteer Leadership for Community-based Conservation

Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations. Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers in Southeastern Pennsylvania have:

· engaged in more than 6,300 hours of conservation service

· contributed $140,700 in conservation value and impact to numerous regional partners

· reached over 9,000 people through education and outreach initiatives

· improved 330 acres of habitat through stewardship service

· dedicated themselves to 2,300 hours of continuing education in the natural sciences

 

Seeking New Applicants for Spring 2015

The Pennsylvania Master Naturalist natural history training includes 55 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field (Saturday) sessions and will be coordinated by the Friends of the Wissahickon in the spring of 2015. The training begins April 6, 2015 and ends May 28, 2015. Classroom sessions take place on most Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Field trips are scheduled on four Saturdays (4/11/15, 4/25/15, 5/9/15, 5/16/15) beginning at 9:00am and continuing through most of the day.

Individuals interested in the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Program in Philadelphia are invited to apply by February 17, 2015. Applications can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at www.pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist” and “2015 Training”.

Contact: Andrea Stevens, Program Coordinator progcoord@pamasternaturalist.org or (570) 764-7628


 
 


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Club President Ruth Logan
215 493 8148 for info on any of our events


 




 

CHURCHVILLE NATURE CENTER BUTTERFLY HOUSE is looking for volunteers who want to help work in the butterfly house, raising butterflies, caring for the plants in the butterfly house or helping to lead tours. We will train . info contact Stommy Blauth at butterfliesandmoths@comcast.net.


Explore the wonder of butterflies

at Churchville Nature Center’s Butterfly House

 

As Seen In The March 2014 Edition of the Yardley Voice

by June Portnoy

 

    Churchville Nature Center will celebrate the start of butterfly season by reopening its Janet V. Makiewicz Butterfly House on Sunday. The  second annual Grand Reopening, from 11:00am until 4:00pm, will offer a family-friendly day with games, face painting and fun activities, along with the Nature Center’s Annual Wildflower Sale, and of course all day tours of the Butterfly House. For this special event, admission price is $5.

“Over 2,000 guests visited our Butterfly House last year, and we’re expecting about 3,000 people this year,” says Stommy Blauth, Butterfly House Coordinator.

     The Butterfly House exhibits approximately 30 to 35 different types of native butterflies flying freely among host plants, nectaring plants and flowers at all different

eye levels within a 30’ by 40’ enclosed space. The large variety of butterflies range from the monarchs, black swallowtails, red admirals and tiger swallowtails to red

spotted purples, cabbage whites, commas and question marks, just to name a few. “What makes this butterfly house so unique is that it includes host plants,”

explains Stommy.  A female butterfly will only lay eggs on a specific host plant. Caterpillars eat only certain types of host plants, so the female butterfly  knows to lay her eggs on those plants so her offspring will survive. Most butterfly houses don’t include  host plants because caterpillars eat them, requiring a lot of upkeep. Therefore, at

most other butterfly houses, you won’t see butterflies laying eggs or young caterpillars, as you can here.  “As a result, Churchville Nature Center’s Butterfly House offers visitors the rare opportunity to observe every aspect of these  butterflies’ life cycle and development,” says Stommy.

    While here, you might be lucky enough to watch butterflies court, mate, and lay  eggs on one of the 15 to 20  native host plants available to them.

Also view a chrysalis up  close in the Butterfly House’s entrance vestibule.  “Once you’ve seen a butterfly emerge and spread its wings, you’ll be hooked,” says Stommy.

She adds, “It is the best hands-on exposure one can get to butterflies. You  don’t feel like you’re learning, even though  you truly are.” One of the Butterfly House’s goals is

to encourage people to fall in love with butterflies. According to Stommy, this is particularly important because so many people have an aversion to insects. “Many kids don’t consider butterflies to be insects, and few people have phobias to butterflies,” says Stommy. “Therefore, both children and adults gain an appreciation for other insects.”  Still another benefit of coming to the Butterfly House is that it takes kids away from electronics and brings them outside,  giving them exposure to nature. Knowledgeable docents explain interesting facts, while pointing out different  stages of the butterflies’ development.

   The Butterfly House depends on volunteers  to work as docents. “Our docents  are like mothers to these butterflies,” says  Stommy. “They find the eggs, help rear the

caterpillars, and ultimately, release the butterflies into the Butterfly House.”  There are plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved in virtually every aspect of maintaining the Buttery House, including giving tours, food plant propagation and rearing butterflies.

     Last year, Stommy  reared  20% of the butterflies in the house, and this year she hopes that with  additional volunteers she can increase that  number to 50%.

“Butterflies are expensive to buy, and  they only live about two weeks,” says Stommy. “In addition, very hot weather shortens their life span, so we’re constantly replenishing our Butterfly House with new ones.” The Butterfly House is currently recruiting volunteers for this year’s season, which will run from May until October.

Ideal volunteers are students 16 or older looking for community service hours for school, seniors, retired schoolteachers and Master Gardeners. Hours are very flexible, and volunteers can work in whatever role they prefer. For children ages nine through 13, the  Butterfly House will run a summer camp August 4th through August 8th where kids  will enjoy hands-on fun. Inquire about additional camps for different age groups all summer long.

   The Butterfly House hours will be Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00am to 4:00pm. General admission is $8; seniors (62 plus) pay $6; juniors (4 – 12) pay $5;

and children three and under are free. Churchville Nature Center members  pay just $6. All prices include a guided  tour. Call to arrange required reservations

at 215-357-4005

 

 






 

  

 

 

 

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