Martha Washington Garden Club

All are welcome to our events, you do not have to be a member to join us.

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Please help support our scholarships and community services by joining our Garden Club, or renew your membership now . Dues give you free admission to our monthly meeting lectures. Membership runs from Sept 2019 to Aug 2020 and is due at this time.
$30 membership fee. Checks must be made out to Martha Washington Garden Club and spelled out fully , no abbreviations
.Send to: Anne Edwards, 48 Essex Place, Newtown, PA 18940 

Thank you for supporting our mission of horticultural education for a healthier planet.


All are welcome to our tours and lectures, you do not have to be a member . Guest fees

range from  $5 to $10 at the door. Lectures, unless otherwise noted,  are held at the

Lower Makefield Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley 

General meeting begins at 12:30 PM. , speakers begin approx. 1 PM 

Friday April 17,2020

Princeton University Campus Green Tour

Parking location TBD

Princeton, NJ 08540

Carpool leaving Masonic Hall: 8:45am, Tour start time: 10:00am (tentative)

Cost: $15 plus lunch at Panera Bread (pre-order required).

This is a 10am guided tour of Green Houses at Princeton University, followed by a 12:30pm guided tour of the Princeton Art Museum founded 1882. The museum has an extensive collection dating back to the 1750s but also includes Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography, Ancient Byzantine, Islamic and American art.

Tuesday May 12, 2020

The Gardens at Mill Fleurs

27 Cafferty Road

Point Pleasant, PA 18950

Carpool leaving Masonic Hall: 9:10am, Tour start time: 10:00am

Cost: $30 plus optional lunch Lumberville General Store (pre-order required).

A beautiful garden on the banks of the Tohickon Creek. Primarily a perennial garden, heavy on shade plants, on an impossible site with a gristmill and a sawmill on site. We will leave time to shop their collection of rare and unusual perennials. Pre-order can be sales can be done on-line and pick up your plants when you visit. www.thegardensatmillfleurs

Thursday June 18, 2020

Henry Schmieder Arboretum at Delaware Valley University
700 East Butler Ave.
Doylestown, PA 18901

Carpool leaving Masonic Hall: 9:30am, Tour start time: 10:30am

Cost: $10.00 plus BYO lunch on-site.

The Arboretum encompasses 40 acres of Delaware Valley University and serves as a “green resource” for the students, faculty and community. A guided tour will include the Gazebo Gardens, the Lake Gardens, the President’s House, and much more!!

2020 Guidelines for MWGC Trips & Tours

1. Payment in full is requested one week prior to tour date.

2. Payment is requested in cash for individuals., no personal checks.

3. Members can sign up one guest per tour initially, if space allows

additional guests may be added.

4. Guests must provide their own transportation.

5. For non-member guests, please contact Karen Papastrat directly.

You can sign up at the monthly meetings or call/text me directly at 215-630-6149.

Hope you can join us! Karen Papastrat

The easiest way to find out about tours is to check our Facebook Events page.

Why Native Plants Matter

Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals.

Over the past century, urbanization has taken intact, ecologically productive land and fragmented and transformed it with lawns and exotic ornamental plants. The continental U.S. lost a staggering 150 million acres of habitat and farmland to urban sprawl, and that trend isn’t slowing. The modern obsession with highly manicured “perfect” lawns alone has created a green, monoculture carpet across the country that covers over 40 million acres. The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems, and the remaining isolated natural areas are not large enough to support wildlife.

Native plants are those that occur naturally in a region in which they evolved. They are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including birds and people. Without them and the insects that co-evolved with them, local birds cannot survive. For example, research by the entomologist Doug Tallamy has shown that native oak trees support over 500 species of caterpillars whereas ginkgos, a commonly planted landscape tree from Asia, host only 5 species of caterpillars. When it takes over 6,000 caterpillars to raise one brood of chickadees, that is a significant difference.

Unfortunately, most of the landscaping plants available in nurseries are alien species from other countries. These exotic plants not only sever the food web, but many have become invasive pests, outcompeting native species and degrading habitat in remaining natural areas.

Landscaping choices have meaningful effects on the populations of birds and the insects they need to survive. The bottom line is this—homeowners, landscapers, and local policy makers can benefit birds and other wildlife by simply selecting native plants when making their landscaping decisions.