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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Muhlenberg Botanic Club Field trips for the rest of Spring 2008

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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