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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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.

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.

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.

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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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House Finch Eye Disease: Increased virulence as disease progresses

Usually, individual birds infected with a disease develop an “immune memory” that is used to help protect them from reinfection. It’s similar to when your body creates antibodies after you get sick or receive a vaccine. The antibodies help prevent reinfection by that same pathogen strain. However, since birds can’t walk into vaccine clinics, their immune memories are not always perfect, and we’re learning about this phenomenon from House Finch eye disease.

https://feederwatch.org/blog/house-finch-eye-disease-increased-virulence-disease-progresses/

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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