Category Archives: Education

The Enjoyable Garden

All creative outlets should be enjoyable; gardening is no exception. Learn how a thoughtful, well-designed garden can enhance the enjoyment of all that interact with it. From the birds and bees and the soil microorganisms to you the gardener, the potential for a garden to enrich has no bounds. Wrap up the season at the Creutzburg Center garden with this reflective class on why we garden and how we can do it better.

Code: HG42003
Dates: September 27, 2018
Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center
Instructor: Chris Fehlhaber, Assistant Horticulturist, Chanticleer Garden
$39.00 Course Fee
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Hot Issues in the Delaware River Basin: How You Can Be Affected

The Delaware River Basin covers over 13,500 square miles and the Philadelphia region is near the bottom. Many actions and inactions upstream can affect your waters. Issues of water allocation, point and non-point source pollution, estuary issues, status of the natural gas drilling ban, value of headwaters and governance will be discussed. Learn how these issues affect the Delaware Watershed, how they impact you and what changes are needed to address climate change and other concerns of the future.

Code: LH22002
Dates: May 22, 2018
Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center Porch
Instructor: Instructor Information
$35.00 Course Fee
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Notes: Includes light appetizers/wine & beer. Schedule: Reception – 5:30 pm to 6 pm; Program 6 pm to 7:30 pm

The Nourishing Garden

Gardens are places of beauty. They are also places of rejuvenation for the mind, body and spirit. Learn how gardening smarter can help improve your time gardening and your well-being. Thoughtful planting with regard to the site and plants combined with strategic maintenance allows for a garden that nourishes the site as well as the gardener. Ecological maintenance practices, plant selection and site considerations will all be discussed.

Code: HG42002
Dates: July 26, 2018
Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center
Instructor: Chris Fehlhaber, Assistant Horticulturist, Chanticleer Garden
$39.00 Course Fee
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When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

Eastern United States

Over most of the eastern two-thirds of North America, from central Canada southward, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird reigns supreme. Predominantly a neotropical migrant, it winters from southern Mexico to Costa Rica. Each spring, this species arrives in numbers along the Gulf Coast by early March, filtering northward over the next two months until arriving in northern states and southern provinces by late April or early May. Migrating males usually arrive a week or so before females at any given location. Climate change is affecting the migration of Ruby-throats, though. As conditions warm on the wintering grounds, data indicate that they leave their winter homes earlier on their way to the Gulf Coast. Interestingly, it also appears that hummingbirds then hang around in the Gulf Coast for longer than normal, perhaps to recuperate from their trip across the Gulf of Mexico.

How to Help Preserve our Water Resources

Explore the rich history of the remarkable rivers and streams in our area and how they contribute to the quality of life in our local communities. Beginning in 1812 when Philadelphia became the first American city to provide fresh drinking water to citizens as a government service, water has played a significant role in the history of our region. Discuss the current state of our waterways and learn why water conservation and stormwater reduction management have become important issues. Learn about the affordable modifications, such as rain barrels, that you can do on your property and in everyday life to help improve water quality and preserve this precious resource.

Code: HG41001
Dates: May 17, 2018
Meets: 10:00 AM to 12 N
Location: Creutzburg Center
Instructor: Instructor Information
$39.00 Course Fee
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Come to Know the Plants

Plants are the foundation of any garden. Creating a successful, enjoyable space that works depends on choosing the right ones. Intimately knowing your plants makes gardening more rewarding, enjoyable and less work. Learn how great plants can come together to form a dynamic, self-reliant community. After a brief lecture, get ready to get your hands in the soil as we start to plant the new Creutzburg Center entrance garden.

Code: HG42001
Dates: May 3, 2018
Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center
Instructor: Chris Fehlhaber of Chanticleer Garden
$39.00 Course Fee
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Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators

Presented by Habitat Network, The Nature Conservancy, and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This spring, Pitch in a Patch for Pollinators. We know pollinators need habitat to thrive–can you commit just a little more space for a new pollinator patch? Each of us has a role we can play in stitching together vibrant, healthy habitat for our butterflies, bees, birds, bats, and various other pollinating wildlife.

http://content.yardmap.org/special-pages/pitch-patch-pollinators/

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

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/

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/