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Claudia West Presentation

Radnor Memorial Library and Chanticleer Garden welcomed author and consultant Claudia West to the Radnor Township Building for a presentation about designing plant communities.

Drawing upon her 2015 book Planting In A Post-Wild World, West spoke about “bridging the gap between horticulture and ecology” by combining the dense and diverse beauty of wild plant communities with the orderly structure of ornamental plantings.

Planting In A Post-Wild-World
Planting In A Post-Wild-World

Ms. West shared 3 pillars of theory when contemplating a design:

  • Relating plants to people
  • Relating plants to place
  • Relating plants to other plants

“Plantings are under-vegetated,” she added, and a thoughtful design can yield positive ecological and practical results, benefitting insects and birds in addition to providing visual appeal or tackling issues such as storm water management.

For more information about Claudia West, her firm and work, please visit phytostudio.com.

Hiking with MLSN & Radnor Conservancy

Go ‘off the beaten path’ and hike hidden trails right in Radnor! Learn about wild plants along the way and explore some of the historic mill ruins along Darby Creek.

http://www.mainlineschoolnight.org/CourseStatus.awp?&Course=18STT71061

Code: TT71061
Dates: April 29, 2018 Check for other dates
Meets: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: The Willows
Instructor: Mary Coe
$16.00 Course Fee
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Notes: Meet at the upper parking lot near the Willows mansion.

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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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
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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
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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
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