October 10, 2005 |
As leaves drift down and sprinkle the tops of my patio planters and the last of the Jersey tomatoes hang green on the vine, I'm welcoming fall to my garden, still smiling over the mini-drama that unfolded there this summer. It began the previous year. With gifts of four kinds of bird feeders and a hefty supply of thistle seed, sunflower mix, suet and hummingbird nectar, I set out to make our suburban backyard a more welcoming place for local and migrating birds. At first everything went according to plan.
July 20, 2005 |
Even among this crowd of veteran wildlife watchers, in a place that experts say may attract more butterflies and hummingbirds than any other region in North America, the oohs and ahhs begin the very second the distinctive orange-and-black monarch flits into the garden. That it lands upon a deep green leaf of a milkweed - a weed - carefully cultivated by the garden's owner for the sole purpose of attracting this particular butterfly inspires yet another round of awe. And then it happens.
March 18, 2005 |
It has long been an unhappy marriage. Now it could be heading for divorce. Two Camden waterfront neighbors, the newly privatized Adventure Aquarium and the Camden Children's Garden, have been trying to work out an agreement to combine ticket sales and share marketing and maintenance. But in a March 10 letter, the aquarium said it was ending talks and would "take various measures to physically separate our now distinct operations. " This means that when the aquarium reopens in May, visitors may no longer have access to the garden without buying a separate ticket from another booth.
June 13, 2004 |
If you want to know how to spot the difference between a weed and a tomato plant, ask Joe Jennings. "Weeds have edges like steak knives," said Joe, 10, a fourth grader at Main Street Edison Academy in Upland, as he pulled a weed from the school's vegetable's garden. Joe is one of 15 third through fifth graders gardening under the direction of the Penn State Master Gardener program, which promotes horticultural education in the community. The Penn State Cooperative Extension started the Master Gardener program in 1982.
January 22, 2003 |
Smiling neighbors posed for newspaper photos that day 20 years ago when they placed a fancy plaque in Saddlertown, thrilled that their little corner of the world was finally in the limelight. The marker told the tale of the community founded by Joshua Saddler, a runaway slave helped to freedom by a Haddonfield Quaker; two blocks of small homes where roots go deep. But with yet another bow to the 21st century looming - this time it is soccer fields - resident Raymond Fussell is worried.
June 4, 2000 |
The mother who understands sorrow and grief surveys the garden. After a quick study of the line of heavy stones that forms an immense butterfly in the ground, she swoops toward a weed and tugs it from the earth. "The Butterfly Garden keeps alive the memories of our children. It is a living place to remember, for us and others," Fran Wohlenhaus-Munday says while tiptoeing around two pansy plants. Seventy-six bricks line the border of the butterfly silhouette. They bear names: Andrea, Diane, and Marlys Ann, Joey, Cathy, and Jack.
November 3, 1999 |
James Kingston McGrath, 80, of Lansdowne, an amateur naturalist and retired technical representative for the Nestle Co., died Sunday at Manchester House in Media after a long illness. Mr. McGrath was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., and attended City College of New York for three years. He had lived in Lansdowne for 22 years. He served in the Navy during World War II as a quartermaster first class. Mr. McGrath worked for Nestle for 42 years, retiring in 1983. His work as a technical representative involved buying cocoa beans and selling bulk chocolate to candymakers, said his wife of 46 years, Margaret Comstock McGrath.
January 6, 1999 |
When the Camden Children's Garden opens in the summer, children will be able to explore the habitats of dinosaurs, traverse boulders and earth mounds, and act out scenes from folktales and local history. Representatives from the New Jersey State Aquarium and the Camden City Garden Club were scheduled to break ground on the $7 million waterfront project this morning. The four-acre garden, which will lie just outside the aquarium, is scheduled to open on the Fourth of July weekend.
October 7, 1998 |
The garden that a Towamencin teenager built last month to attract butterflies to Fischer's Park features seven species of colorful, nectar-rich plants and lots of the warm sunlight these delicate creatures need to fly. Everything in Daniel Morris' garden is in place, it seems, except the butterflies themselves, who prefer warmer temperatures than the chilly winds that last weekend gave Southeastern Pennsylvania a taste of winter. After three months of copious research, detailed planning, and physical labor, the garden's completion on Sept.
August 21, 1998 |
What's slippery and creepy and is attracted equally to males and females? It's not a politician with a hyperactive libido. It's an earthworm. Earthworms are a gardener's friend. They help provide nutrients to the soil with their castings, and their burrowing loosens the earth, allowing water and oxygen to seep in. The Estate of George S. Snyder Inc., the Hatfield home center, will host the Great Snyder Earthworm Hunt on Saturday night. (Time out for a reality check.