Welcome to Lehigh Valley and Northwest Chapters!
We are very excited to have two chapters now up and running and offering events in their areas.
We have also had interest expressed in a few other locations, but additional people are needed to help them. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping to start up a local chapter. We will connect you with anyone else in your area who has also expressed interest.
Our Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale on May was a success this year, with the weather cooperating, music to add to the atmosphere, and over 1200 attendees! Lots of native plants found homes. The educational presentations were well attended too. For those of you who sat in on Shari Edelson's presentation, she has provided a copy of her slides for reference. Click here: Concept Spring Summer Fall and Winter
What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, require less maintenance such as watering, and are less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten to crowd out our native plant species. Incorporating native plants in your home landscape will encourage birds, pollinators, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
Because native plants are adapted to the growing conditions where you live, they are often easier to grow, and less susceptible to challenging conditions than non-native plants. Many Non-native plants are also invasive, and threaten out our native plant species.
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Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is the official Pennsylvania State Flower and it blooms for the first half of June depending on location. Although it is not legal to dig the plant in Pennsylvania, nursery plants are available to purchase and oftentimes have been bred for more striking flowers like the one shown. It is native to much of the East coast states from Southern Maine to Northern Florida where it can be found in clearings of the woods, mountain tops with rock outcroppings, and other areas with spotty sunlight creeping through the canopy. It is a favorite of hikers to search out and is sometimes accompanied by other wildflowers that like the same environmental conditions, such as the pink lady’s slippers, Cypripedium acaule. With its pale pink to darker pink flowers that resemble tiny umbrellas, it is an evergreen broad-leafed plant worthy of any garden. Plant it in acidic soil that drains well in filtered light for best results.
If you have a favorite plant or photo, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for a future publication.
Photo and article by Keppy Arnoldsen
Plant sales are winding down, but there are other events cropping up all over the state. Check our Complete Calendar for other upcoming events. And check out our listing of Native Plant Sales to find ones in your area. If your event isn't listed, let us know and we can add them to our Calendar - email email@example.com.
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There are always opportunities to help, regardless of your level of expertise. Click the button to see what volunteer opportunities area available.
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