Monday, March 14, 2011

April Plans in the Park

Already, some spring bulbs and early perennials are bursting into bloom at Ned Wolf Park and tender foliage is emerging through the mulch. Please enjoy the show in NWP as you shake off the long winter and get some fresh air.

This year, you can “LOVE your park” along with Philadelphians across the city, as NWP participates in a citywide spring clean-up event on Saturday, April 16th, from 9 am to 1 pm.  You can meet some neighbors and burn some calories, all the while examining the early progress of the perennial gardens that merited a first prize (small community park category) in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2010 City Garden Contest. Not a gardener?  Fear not! All hands will be put to good use, as some experienced Friends of NWP gardeners will be on hand with tools to welcome you and to answer your gardening questions (about the park and about your own garden too). For more info about this event contact Janet ( or 215.248.2642).

As we begin tending our yards in earnest this April, it will soon be evident if January’s nitrogen-rich blanket of snow has yielded some bonuses in the garden.  Perhaps it’s time to divide the perennials, as many garden plants are invigorated by some thinning at this time of the year.  Or maybe it’s time to replace plants that are no longer suited to their too-shady or too-sunny location. And perhaps you plan some changes just to keep the garden exciting? That’s OK too!   April is the month to take stock and to take action to ensure glorious years ahead for our gardens.

Save the date! The annual Ned Wolf Park Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 21. More details coming soon!

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