Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Plant Sale

Saturday, May 30, 10 AM to 1 PM

At the park: corner of Ellect and McCallum Streets

Hundreds of plants for sun and shade, including perennials, shrubs and some annuals, will be on sale. Proceeds support the work of the Friends of Ned Wolf Park.

We're still accepting donations of plants for the sale. For more info, contact Eric Sternfels at

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wedding #2

Believe it or not, just a few weeks after Ned Wolf Park's first wedding came the second couple to select our park as the site for their marital union, 
Delia Raab-Snyder and James Lewis. 

 Delia wanted her wedding ceremony to be free and clear of most traditions but she & James were married under a canopy.  She's shown here "breaking the glass", another Jewish tradition, though usually performed by the groom.

After the late afternoon ceremony was concluded, the happy couple paraded to their reception with guests and a Dixieland band in tow.  As you can see in the background of this photo, the chairs set up in the park's central terrace were quickly removed within a few minutes of the wedding party's departure.  We sure hope that more folks will think of Ned Wolf Park as a place to celebrate special moments in their lives!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Newly Wed @ NWP

Anthony Saint-Preux and Clint'a Johnson     

Ned Wolf Park hosted its first wedding in August as Clint'a and Anthony declared their vows before friends and family in the newly updated central terrace.  [Looks like our new wall served as a perfect perch for a photographer taking intimate images of the nuptuals.

Afterward, the photographers took some pictures of the wedding party including the bride's attendants wearing coral and groomsmen in black suits.  Then on to some special shots of just the newlyweds.  Only difficulty for the beaming bride was walking through the lawn with her ultra-high black stiletto heels as the couple moved from being framed by the shed doors........... the a spot behind the planted island bed where a collection of late summer blooming flowers helped show off the happy couple.   Overcast skies did not dampen the warm spirit of this joyous occasion. We sure hope Clint'a & Anthony will keep visiting & let the beauty of our gardens remind them of this memorable milestone....for them and for Ned Wolf Park.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

More donor bricks installed

Just a few weeks ago, another 16 bricks were added to the corners of the brick insert at Ned Wolf Park's central terrace.  Brick donor Laurel Harrish recently brought her two daughters to see the brick which she had engraved for them as a lasting marker of their connection to their beloved first home in Mt. Airy.    It's no accident that this is such an appealing photograph.  Check out this professional local photographer's website: 

You, too, can commemorate a loved one, publicly say thank you to someone in the community, or just support the Friends of Ned Wolf Park's efforts to improve the park for the community by donating $100 for a personally inscribed brick.  Pick up one of the brochure/order forms in the park's information boxes.  Or you can scroll back through past posts to find a printable copy of our order form.  And, you can even pay via Paypal using the link on the righthand margins of this blog.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sultry Summer

Late July in Ned Wolf Park is perhaps not the most colorful but the richness of plantings keeps the gardens interesting.  Here's a view from the McCallum Street entrance into the park, showing the array of groundcovers with different textures winding between the trees.
If you look closely in the center of the shade gardens, you'll find some newly planted plants which bear red flowers with yellow tips.  It's called Spigelia and it's actually a native plant which we hope will grow to add some sparks with it's firecracker-like flowers.
On the sunny side of the gardens, there are some blue pansies still holding their own since being planting last October.  This photo shows the dusky pink blooms of Eupatorium 'Baby Joe', which is a dwarf version of the plant commonly called Joe Pye Weed.  Our trio of 'Baby Joes' is blooming at four feet tall , rather than the 7 or 8 feet of the original native plant.   It's a magnet for pollinators, including butterflies.  You'll also see some long purple flower stalks of Liatrus which is sometimes called Gayfeather. And our fragrant Agastaches, have begun blooming with pink & orange flowers and will continue until frost.  Be sure to touch the leaves to smell the lovely anise scent. Peach Drift roses continue to bloom along with blue butterfly bush in the central island bed. 

We've filled a few holes in the garden with some annual plantings, like these Coleus 'Texas Driveway' located behind the central terrace seating wall.  We are already planning some new plantings to enrich the garden beds, but we'll hold off planting more until the weather cools a bit in September. 
Hope you'll visit and enjoy the gardens at Ned Wolf Park!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Plant Sale 2014

 On Saturday May 17th, 2014, after a day of flooding rain, the skies cleared for a perfect day for our Plant Sale!   Our newly installed stone wall, capped with thick reclaimed bluestone served as a perfect shelf for many of the donated plants being offered to raise funds for the Friends of Ned Wolf Park.

Volunteers started setting up at 7am while it was still chilly outside, to get plants organized into categories, labeled, and priced before the 10 am start time

Tables for information about the Friends of Ned Wolf Park, and for the 5 raffle prizes were set up in view of the newly laid brick pavers which features the first 24 bricks with custom inscriptions for our donors.

Raffle prizes were
A.  a pair of dwarf hollies, Ilex 'Serendipity'
B. a glazed ceramic planter for shade with a mix of annuals and perennials
C. a large pot of the much coveted 'Yellow-Striped' Lily-of-the-Valley grown and admired in the park
D. a large clump of the Chinese Ground Orchid, Bletilla striata with it's first magenta flower just starting to bloom
E. a framed print of a digital portrait of the Wissahickon's Thomas Mill covered bridge, by E.M.Sternfels

 With all the shady gardens in West Mt. Airy, there was lots of interest in the collection of donated shade plants that lined the new stone wall down to McCallum Street

With so many plants to choose from, decisions were hard to make.....

....but great advice was offered by our volunteer staff, most of whom are passionate gardeners, like Mark Klempner!

By the end of the sale at 1 pm, Eric Sternfels was able to add the crowning flower to our Trellis-o-meter, signalling we'd surpassed our fund-raising goal for Phase II of our Terrace Wall Campaign.  We'd also raised enough to meet the annual operating expenses to maintain the park for 2014.

Note: all photos are courtesy of Steve Donegan

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Garden Lecture

The second annual LOVE YOUR PARK WEEK garden lecture will take place tomorrow, Tuesday - May 13th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.   Janet Novak & Eric Sternfels will present: "More Groundcovers = Less Mulch".   We'll extoll the virtues of groundcovers in a garden from both a horticultural and aesthetic perspective.  And of course we'll stroll through our park and see the many thriving, less-known groundcovers that give Ned Wolf Park it's distinctive character.

In the photo above, you'll see the rare yellow-striped Lily of the Valley with the colorful accent of Primula sieboldii.  Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety", not yet in bloom is in the background.