Millbrook Marsh Restoration Tour -
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Come and see a restoration project in the works! PNPS is sponsoring a "Walk and Talk" on the invasive removal and native plantings at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College on Sunday, June 23 from 1:00-3:00. Millbrook Marsh is a protected wetland and is also home to a calciferous fen. Several organizations are involved with this long term restoration. We will discuss the most environmentally safe methods of invasive removal for large areas as well as for residential homes.
The program is free for PNPS members, and a suggested donation of $5 for people who are not PNPS members. A donation jar will be at the program. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/millbrook-marsh-restoration-tickets-62086737102.
Photo: Dogwood stick plantings along Thompson Run for Millbrook Marsh restoration project
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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Lindera benzoin or Northern spicebush, is a deciduous shrub growing 6-12 ft. tall. In early spring – typically April/May, dense clusters of tiny, pale yellow flowers bloom along the twigs before the leaves appear. Bright red fruits ripen from July through October on female plants, but are only showy once the foliage falls off. High in fat content in the berries are quickly eaten by various species of birds. Both the fruit and foliage have an aromatic, spicy smell when crushed – hence it’s name. Leaves turn a colorful golden-yellow in fall. The leaves, buds, and new growth twigs can be made into a tea. The Spicebush is also the host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly, which has a very unique caterpillar with big eye spots on the back of its head.
The spicebush is very adaptable and can tolerate shade to full sun. Due to its size, rounded shape and early spring flowers, it is a nice alternative to forsythia in the home garden.
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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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