Page 41

butterflies and other critters. “Birds rely on insects for survival, bees and butterflies rely on specific pollinator plants. Without pollinators, plants that produce our everyday foods will be lost,” she added. Gail also commented on how they try to educate the community about the importance of planting natives in various ways — a number of members have lectured at Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and the PA Master Gardener meetings on a variety of topics including mosses, natives and conifers. For anyone interested in supporting the West Chester Garden Club, mark your calendars for a couple events coming up that the organization will be sponsoring. On April 16 and 17 the WCGC will be holding their annual Flower Show at the Chester County Hospital. Members submit entries in two categories: Floral Design and Horticulture. Floral Design

offers three classes of floral arrangements. The Horticulture classes offer cuttings of spring flowers, branches, and examples of ways to propagate plants. Members of the public are welcome to visit the show in the afternoon of the 16 and during the day on the 17. On May 3 and 4, the West Chester Garden Club will be holding their annual Paula Latta Coyne Plant Sale in the Landhope Farms parking lot at the intersection of Rtes. 926 and 82 in Kennett Square. At this event, the club sells native plants, treasures from members’ gardens, perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, and a small selection of trees and shrubs. This is the primary fundraiser for the year, and the proceeds from this sale enable the club to fund their numerous civic projects. The West Chester Garden Club is not only dedicated to gardening and conservation but also contributing to the community through many hours of volunteer services. I think Gail best captured

West Chester Garden Club hosts workshops and lectures the spirit of their organization when she said, “We are a small club, but we have achieved some remarkable things.” For more information about the West Chester Garden Club, check them out online at westchestergardenclub.org

West End Community Garden Another West Chester organization committed to conservancy and sustainability is also doing some amazing work. In 2008, residents in the area near West Gay and North Wayne Streets came together as a group and called themselves the Historic West End Neighborhood Association (HWENA). Interested in improving their neighborhood and strengthening their sense of community, HWENA created the West End Com-

MARCH 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM

41

Profile for The WC Press

The WC Press Green Thumb Issue - March 2019  

Voice of the Borough

The WC Press Green Thumb Issue - March 2019  

Voice of the Borough