Some thoughts abouts plants in Pennsylvania and anywhere else we travel

PA Plantings Blog Home

Including the new home for news and reports of the
Muhlenberg Botanic Club of Lancaster, PA

Pa Plantings Web Web Site Home
including other information about plants

All photographs copyright by Mike Slater unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Muhlenberg Botanic Society July and August Field Trips

Saturday, July 19: Middle Creek

Meet at 10:00 am at the visitor’s center at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Center.

Trip leader: Fred Habegger (717-859-2521 or suissefred@yahoo.com).

Saturday, August 16: Brunner Island

This is a combined trip with Mason-Dixon Chapter of NARGS. Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the boat launch off Wago Road (just south of York Haven, York Co.). The river’s edge in a very disturbed habitat; this will be an easy walk. Trip leader: Joan King (717-284-5239 or jsking1@lycos.com).

Muhlenberg Botanical Society Newsletter, May 2008

Muhlenberg Botanical Society
May Newsletter


Better uploaded late than never!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bryophyte Walk Report



Mosses and Liverworts report from the Muhlenberg Botanic Club walk at Steinman Run and Trout Run Preserves of the Lancaster County Conservancy on June 7th, 2008 right :Steinman Run






Six Muhlenberg Botanical Club members came and we saw 15 species of outstanding mosses and five outstanding liverworts. It was a very satisfying outing for those who came out on a hot day and enjoyed the slow walk down into the cooler valley. The rain a day or two before had the bryophytes in fine condition.

Here are a few pictures of mosses and liverworts that I took that day. More pictures and descriptions are on the plant list page for the bryophyte walk.

above: Dicranium sp.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bryophyte Walk at Steinman Preserve/Trout Run Preserve Saturday June 7, 2008. Meet at the preserve at 10 am (Or at the North Museum at 9:30 am)



Dr. Susan Munch, Tim Draude and I did some scouting for mosses and liverworts a few weeks ago and we found a nice variety of easily accessible species at along Steinman Run and Trout Run in Southern Lancaster Co..

Photo of Mnium species by Mike Slater

We all agreed this would be an excellent place for interested Muhlenberg members and guests to learn about mosses and liverworts on a Bryophyte Walk. Therefore Dr. Susan Munch, who gave us an excellent presentation on mosses and liverworts based on her book "Outsatnding Mosses and Liverworts of Pennsylvania", will take us down the valley at Stienman Run Preserve and Trout Run Preserve, which are owned by the Lancaster County Conservancy, on Saturday June 7, 2008.

We will meet ether at the North Museum at F&M University at 9:30am and car pool from there OR at the Steinman Run Preserve Parking lot on Stump Road at 10am. Directions to the Steinman Run Preserve parking are below. The walking is easy and we will be going slowly looking for bryophytes (mosses and liverworts.) in this nice little valley. In case anyone is late late we will be going downstream (on the opposite side of the road from from the parking area). The trail starts as an old road blocked by a cable. We will take the trail down along Steinman to the confluence with Trout Run and maybe follow the trail down along trout run if we have time. We will be coming back up the same trail.

Susan Munch's book "Outstanding Mosses and Liverworts of Pennsylvania" will be helpful, if you own a copy bring it along otherwise Susan will have a few loaner copies available as well as new copies to sell.

I hope to see many of yout on Saturday.

_______________________________________________________________________

Directions from Lancaster to the Steinman Run Preserve Parking Area:

(Note that my directions are different from the ones on the Lancaster Conservancy's web site. Both will get you there but mine are shorter.)

From Lancaster city go south on Rte. 272 across the Conestoga River proceed about 7 miles .

Turn RIGHT on Pennsy Road . (WEST) This is just before the highway goes through the tunnel under the Railroad.

Go miles 1.0 mile.

Turn LEFT on Kreider Rd. (If you miss this turn make the next left on Rawlinsville Road.)

Go 0.1 mile (1/10 mile) to intersection with Rawlinsville Rd and go straight (South) on Rawlinsville Rd.)

Go 0.85 miles on Rawlinsville Road to where Rawlinsville Road turns RIGHT. Stay on Rawlinsville Road. (DO NOT go Straight on Clearfield Road.)

Go 0.5 miles on Rawlinsville Road to the junction with Sigman Road. and go another 100 feet and bear right on Stump Road. Proceed 0.8 miles to the dirt parking lot on the left BEFORE you cross the creek. The Steinman Preserve parking lot entrance is somewhat obscure so go slowly!

Mike Slater

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Muhlenberg Botanic Club Field trips for the rest of Spring 2008

M

Sunday, April 27:

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center (Meet at 10 am at the Sawmill parking lot. see directions below)

and State Game Lands 52 after lunch.

At Nolde Forest EEC we will see a stream side woodland with spring ephemerals and an upland forest. Easy walking trails, but some hills.

After lunch for those who wish to will travel to State Game Lands #52, about 5 miles away on the Berks Co./Lancaster Co. line (between Maple Grove and Churchtown). We will explore in the woods along Black Creek, where there are interesting plants among the diabase boulders and outcrops.

Directions from Lancaster to Nolde Forest. (Travel time from Lancaster ca. 40 min.):
Take US 222 north, past the PA Turnpike for 2 miles to the NEW Adamstown-Knauers exit.
Turn Right onto Rte 568 east, go 2 miles. At the traffic light, turn left on Rt. 625 north. Go approximately 4.25 miles (past Hickory Rd and Freemansville Rd and 2/3 mile past the main
Nolde Entrance). Turn left into the Sawmill parking lot entrance; if you come to Church Rd.
on the left you have gone too far.

At SGL# 52 there is no trail along the creek, so some boulder hopping is necessary. We will park in the big parking area along Edwards Rd. just north of the bridge over the PA Turnpike. Moderate walk, bring your own bag lunch. Trip leader: Mike Slater (610-775-3757 or mslater@voicenet.com).

Sunday, May 4: Natural Landscape Nursery

We will visit Jim Plyler's nursery from 10:00 am til ? (354 North Jennersville Road, West Grove, PA 19390; 610-869-3788). This is a combined trip with Mason-Dixon Chapter NARGS; bring your own bag lunch. Meet at North Museum at 9:00 am to car pool or at the nursery at 10:00 am.

Saturday, May 10: Maria Cattell's Garden & Safe Harbor

Meet at 486 Walnut Hill Rd. Millersville, Pa, at 9:00 am; bring your own bag lunch. After lunch we'll visit Safe Harbor for spring woodland flowers and a look at the river’s edge. Easy walk. Trip leader: Joan King (717-284-5239 or jsking1@lycos.com).

June, 7: Mosses and Liverworts in the Susquehanna Glens

Location to be announced.

Leader: Dr. Susan Munch, Albright College. Bring along your copy of Outstanding Mosses of Pennsylvania by Dr. Munch if you purchased one last year (or you can borrow one for the day or buy one from her).

Meet 9:30 at the North Museum or call/e-mail to find out the location (the starting point will depend on our scouting trips this spring); trip starts at 10 am. Bring a hand lens and reading glasses if necessary. Bring your own bag lunch.

Coordinator: Mike Slater; Home phone: 610 775-3757; Cell: 610 698-4031;

e-mail:mslater@voicenet.com).

Complete field trip list 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Muhlenberg Botanical Socitety April 2008 Field Trips

Saturday, April 19: Benton Hollow and Haines Station
Meet at Musser Grocery Store on Rt. 272 at the Buck, south side of parking lot at 9:00 am. We’ll go Benton Hollow first. Bring your own bag lunch; we’ll return to the cars to eat. In the afternoon we'll visit Haines Station to see the pink Trillium grandiflorum. Each walk is 1 ½ mile round trip, easy to moderate. Trip leader: Joan King (717-284-5239 or jsking1@lycos.com).

Sunday, April 27: Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center and State Game Lands 52. Meet at 10 am at Nolde Forest EEC's Sawmill Parking Lot.
At Nolde Forestwe will see a stream side woodland with spring ephemerals and an upland forest. Easy walking trails, but some hills. After lunch those who wish to will travel to State Game Lands #52, about 5 miles away on the Berks Co./Lancaster Co. line (between Maple Grove and Churchtown). We will explore in the woods along Black Creek, where there are interesting plants among the diabase boulders and outcrops.

Directions from Lancaster to Nolde Forest. (Travel time from Lancaster ca. 40 min.):
Take US 222 north, past the PA Turnpike for 2 miles to the NEW Adamstown-Knauers exit.
Turn Right onto Rte 568 east, go 2 miles. At the traffic light, turn left on Rt. 625 north. Go approximately 4.25 miles (past Hickory Rd and Freemansville Rd and 2/3 mile past the main
Nolde Entrance). Turn left into the Sawmill parking lot entrance; if you come to Church Rd.
on the left you have gone too far.

At SGL#52 there is no trail along the creek, so some boulder hopping is necessary. We will park in the big parking area along Edwards Rd. just north of the bridge over the PA Turnpike. Moderate walk, bring your own bag lunch. Trip leader: Mike Slater (610-775-3757 or mslater@voicenet.com).


Complete 2008 Field Trip List

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rex's Saxifrages



On Vancouver Island we visited our good friend Rex Murfitt and saw his garden and alpine houses. The porophyllum (Kabschia and Engleria) saxifrages in both the garden and the alpine houses were at their peak. While the encrusted sax species has the most wonderful leaf forms, arrangements and white lime encrustations. More pictures are here.

Above: Saxifraga burseriana

Below: Saxifraga belunensis Irmsch

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Some big old trees in BC









We had a great vacation in British Columbia a few weeks ago when we were in Vancouver, BC for the Western Winter Study Weekend hosted by the Alpine Garden Club of BC then visiting friends and xploreing on Vancouver Island!





















One of our stops was MacMillan Provincial Park and the Cathedral Grove. along BC Route 4 between Parksville and Port Alberni on our way to Tofino on Clayoquot Sound (usually pronounced /ˈklekwɑt/ or /ˈklækwɑt/) and Pacific Rim National Park. More about that in my next post about Vancouver Island.

Here are some pictures I took of some of the ancient trees in 3 or 4 shots and stitched together as vertical panoramas with HP Photosmart.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

International Field Guides Database

Today on the Taxacom Email-List I learned about an online Database of Field Guides by Diane Schmitt of the University Library of the University of Illinois. This database has 5410 listings of field guides to all kinds of natural things from Orchids, Wildflowers and other plants to reptiles to astronomical objects and even Aboriginal Rock Engravings and French Cheeses. She is always adding more to this project she has been working on for many years. The focus is on books you can carry in the field rather easily. (It does not include "Floras" and other comprehensive works which only people as obsessive as me carry in the field :-) There are many books in languages besides English too.

I found the best way to get information out of it is by using the search feature. To find things again you can save the titles you find interesting in your own "Book bag" for your future referenc or to hand out a wish list to friend and family for the next gift giving occasion.

There is an announcement of the Database's availability and contents at the University of Illinois web site