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.
December 3, 1997 |
Evelyn Jacoby Hett, 82, formerly of Springfield, a horticulturist who for many years helped plan the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, died of a stroke Saturday at Granite Farms Estates in Wawa, where she resided. Mrs. Hett was instrumental in establishing roadside gardens in Pennsylvania. In 1982, as chairwoman of wildflowers for the Pennsylvania Garden Club Federation and as a member of the Springfield Garden Club, she sought PennDot permission to plant native wildflowers and grasses along Route 1 and the State Road exit near Media.
September 28, 1997 |
The newest badge of honor in Woodbury public schools is shaped like a butterfly, laminated, and bears two simple words: butterfly reporter. Worn with pride every day by two select students at the Walnut Street School - whose names are drawn out of a special box every day - the badges are symbolic, not just for the new butterfly garden those butterfly reporters attend to for the day, but for the science curriculum in Woodbury. "The excitement I have seen when I walk through the halls is just unbelievable," said Christine Smith, the curriculum director for Woodbury's three elementary schools and principal of Walnut Street School.
June 16, 1997 |
In the 22 years since the corner of 49th and Aspen Streets grew from trash to triumph, the folks working in the dirt have not toiled in anonymity. They have chatted with Charles Kuralt and appeared on Good Morning America and in the glossy pages of National Geographic for turning a half-block of the Mill Creek section of West Philadelphia into one of the city's first - and most successful - community gardens, with everything from berries to basil, peppers to pansies. The accolades have always been nice, mind you, but what gardeners always need more of - besides good weather - are tools of the trade.