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Art of Beekeeping

Learn about the rewarding and important art of beekeeping on the beautiful grounds of historic Harriton House. Visit the onsite hives in appropriate apiary costume (provided). See how a hive is constructed of frames and wax and how the bees are installed.

Code: HG61111
Dates: April 21, 2018
Meets: 9:30 AM to 12 N
Location: Harriton House
Instructor: I Harriton House
$45.00 Course Fee

The 19th Annual Chanticleer Lecture:
Claudia West presents Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap Between Great Garden Design and Ecology

Sunday, April 29 at 3 PM
Location: Radnorshire Room at Radnor Township Building,
301 Iven Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087

Our planet is rapidly losing its foundation of life—the very plants that sustain us and most other creatures on earth. We know planting more na­tive plants in our gardens is an important part of the solution. However, many native plant gardens that focus on ecological benefits often suffer for aesthetic challenges and fail to inspire. Great plant­ing design is an essential part of the solution. Join us as we dig deeper into inspiring design principles derived from wild plant communities that resonate deeply within us and trigger stunning emotional re­sponses. We will analyze archetypal landscapes and translate their principles into smaller garden spac­es to help you create the native plant oasis of your dreams that will blow you away with stunning beau­ty!

Claudia West is a leading voice in the emerging field of ecological planting design. She has worked on all sides of the green industry—as a designer, a grower, installer, and land manager—grounding her innovative work in pragmatic solutions that address the realities of our urbanizing world. She is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Planting in a Post-Wild World.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden.

Birding with MLSN & Radnor Conservancy – May 17, 2018

Experience the exciting hobby of bird watching. Find out what you need and what’s new in field guides and electronic gadgets. Discuss the art and science of bird identification, as well as the best times and places to go. Walk will include birding basics and binocular training. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a trail. We will walk rain or shine. Any skill level welcome.

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18STT41066

Code: TT41066
Dates: May 17, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Ithan Valley Park
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$16.00 Course Fee
Save $6 with a MLSN Membership

Birding with MLSN & Radnor Conservancy – May 10, 2018

Experience the exciting hobby of bird watching. Find out what you need and what’s new in field guides and electronic gadgets. Discuss the art and science of bird identification, as well as the best times and places to go. Walk will include birding basics and binocular training. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a trail. We will walk rain or shine. Any skill level welcome.

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18STT41067

Code: TT41067
Dates: May 10, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location: Jenkins Arboretum
Instructor: Phil Witmer
$16.00 Course Fee
Save $6 with a MLSN Membership

A Yard Full Of Native Plants Is A Yard Full Of Well-Fed Birds

Taking in the beautiful purple blossoms as the scent of lilac floats on the air seems like a pretty idyllic backyard setting, but new research shows that not all plants are equal. That pretty lilac, porcelain berry, fragrant bush honeysuckle, and ruby red Japanese maple in your yard might look nice, but non-native plants like these consistently have fewer caterpillars than native plants, according to new research published in July in Biological Conservation. And that means less food for birds.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/its-true-a-yard-full-of-native-plants-is-a-yard-full-of-well-fed-birds/

Creating Gardens that Attract Birds and Butterflies – April 13, 2018

Create a bird and butterfly friendly garden sanctuary by learning about which plants are most likely to entice them. The principles are simple. Flowers provide nectar and seeds, trees and shrubs provide nuts, berries, nesting sites and shelter. These flowers, shrubs and trees have the added benefit of providing interesting textures and bright colors to your landscape. With tips on choosing the right plants you’ll see how easy it is to have a yard that welcomes wildlife.

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=18SHG51096

Code: HG51096
Dates: April 13, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Location: Creutzburg Center 201
Instructor: Andrea Hallmark
$39.00 Course Fee
Save $9 with a MLSN Membership

Removing Lawn to Make Way for More Habitat

Habitat Network, The Nature Conservancy and The Cornell Lab

“This article discusses several tried and true ways people remove lawn. From small patches to whole lawns–these techniques will get you started down the path to less lawn and more…pollinator flower beds? Trees? Shrubs? Veggie Garden? Your imagination is your only limit.”

http://content.yardmap.org/learn/removing-lawn-to-make-way-for-more-habitat/