If you want to attract dragonflies to your garden, there are several ways to create a habitat to bring these brightly colored creatures zooming, hovering and darting across your landscape. Two involve smart planning; the third requires a bit of luck.
Birdhouses make lovely additions to a yard or garden. They can be aesthetically pleasing and, depending on the type and placement of the birdhouse, can attract a variety of different birds. While the primary consideration when putting up a birdhouse is the birds, there are a few other organisms you should consider, too.
For millions of years, flowering plants have engaged in an intricate ecological dance, evolving to protect themselves from predators and pathogens while, at the same time, developing ways to attract potential pollinators–both important parts of the plant’s life cycle. Pollinators, too, have been tied up in this tango, a back and forth of creating and overcoming attraction and resistance, access and exclusion, which, over time, has pushed each other to be perfect partners in their biological ballet. Here, we explore the intimate connections plants and pollinators depend on for survival and how this understanding can enhance our own efforts when gardening for wildlife.
As you explore wildlife landscaping recommendations, you will find a common theme around mowing. Conservationists are always encouraging people to mow their lawns less often or not to mow their fields from May to August. What is that all about?
Whether we identify as birders or photographers or both, we are always looking for ways to get closer to birds, or to bring them closer to us. Offering food—sating the hunger that is such a primal drive for all of us—is an easy way to do that. But knowing what kind of food is okay to supply, and when, and where, can be confusing.
Take a guided tour of Radnor Township’s legendary property which dates back to 1881 when Judge John Innes Clark Hare built his Furness-designed summer home which is now the Creutzburg Center. See outstanding examples of trees and artifacts which still survive on the 30 acre property which was given to the Township by the Hare family as part of the open space program.
Dates: June 6, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 10:00 AM to 12 N
Location: Creutzburg Center Porch
Instructor: John Hosbach, Jr
$16.00 Course Fee
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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.
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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Mosses, plants in the Bryophyta division, have been around for more than 400 million years making them old enough to have predated dinosaurs and tough enough to have survived being walked around on by all kinds of large, prehistoric creatures. Dinosaurs have since gone extinct, while moss is still thriving! If you are a habitat enthusiast, fed up with fussing over a high-maintenance lawn, explore the benefits of moss as an alternative for turf lawn.
Birds hit windows. Why, you might wonder? Because they see like us. If you stand outside a window and see a beautiful blue sky with billowing clouds and tree tops reflected back at you, birds see that, too. They, unfortunately, are not able to discern that they are looking at a window and not wide open space, making them prone to fly into the window.
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.
Dates: May 22, 2018
Meets: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Creutzburg Center Porch
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$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