The Muhlenberg Botanical Society meets on the 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Spring from February to May and in the Fall from September to November at the North Museum of Science and Natural History in Lancaster PA.  Please enter via the front door.  A museum representative will be on duty.

Fall 2017 Meetings

September 21, 2017

Members' meeting and plant exchange  

Bring slides or photos in other formats to share, as well as copies of old magazines, and, of course, plants to exchange. Although the focus is on native plants, others are welcome. Take home more than you brought! New members are always encouraged to help themselves, whether or not they have brought any plants. Remember that we need to keep the Kinsey Room neat and tidy so we will be welcome in the future, so make sure they are properly potted.

October 19, 2017

Connie Schmotzer: Creating a Rain Garden  

Rain gardens are an easy and beautiful way to capture water that would otherwise run off, carrying sediment and pollution into our streams. Learn how rain gardens work, where to site them, and get some tips on construction. Also learn which plants will thrive in each rain garden zone and techniques for planting a successful rain garden. 

Connie Schmotzer is the Consumer Horticulture Educator for Penn State Extension, York County, where she also coordinates the Penn State York County Master Gardener Program. She co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Landscapes (MAEscapes) partnership and has been helping homeowners learn how to use native plants in home landscapes for over 20 years. 

November 16, 2017

Linda Ferich and Carol Welsh: Ecology Meets Landscape Design

Linda Ferich and Carol Welsh will explore the connection between ecological theory and the landscape design process which results in more resilient landscapes. This presentation is based on the Mt. Cuba Center course they have taken and Travis Beck's text, Principles of Ecological Landscape Design. They will provide examples of current projects which apply the principles to design work at a new Conservancy house and garden overlooking the Susquehanna River. 

Linda Ferich, a retired RN, is a certified PA Master Naturalist and volunteers at the Lancaster County Conservancy (LCC). She coordinates LCC’s steam testing group, helps remove invasives in preserves, and serves on several committees. She is currently studying native plants at the Mt. Cuba Center and is working on her certificate in Ecological Gardening. Along with two PA Master Naturalists, Linda is working with LCC’s Urban Greening to develop a program to increase habitat in Lancaster County. 

Carol Welsh, retired from the Education Dept. at Millersville University (MU), has developed Nature Journaling projects for both adults and children/families, for example, at the North Museum and Nolde Environmental Center. She studies botany and entomology at MU and volunteers at the MU herbarium. Like Linda, she is enrolled in the Ecological Gardening Certification program at Mt. Cuba. In addition to her many other activities, Carol serves on the Education Committee of the LCC.