Lady’s slippers (Cypripedium) are among the most charismatic, well-known, and beloved of all native orchids in Pennsylvania … and among the most threatened. Many local groups have been involved in conserving the pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule) found in the Wissahickon Valley Park, including The Morris Arboretum, Friends of the Wissahickon, The Wissahickon Garden Club, and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. As part of this common conservation goal, last fall I had the pleasure of assisting Springside Chestnut Hill Academy environmental science students in planting 15 of those pink lady’s slipper seedlings on the school grounds. It was an unforgettable experience, not only because this project may lead to findings that could inform future orchid restoration plantings at Longwood, throughout Pennsylvania, and beyond … but also one that we hope could help inspire a new generation of conservationists. click here to read the entire Blog Entry
The presentation of the Zone V Historic Restoration Commendation Award , presented to the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s Lori Salgonicof ( Director) and Eileen Javiers (CHC Board Member) on 10/19/21, at the Zone V Meeting last month.
10/19, some WGC members gathered to present Peter Zale, of Longwood Gardens and Lisa Queeno, She Upper School Science teacher, each with a $1,000 grant to help in their efforts to re-introduce the Pink Lady Slipper Orchid to the Wissahickon. SCH students planted 15 orchid babies that had been grown from seed at Longwood Gardens. A special thank you to Sarah Andrews, who spearheaded this project, which began 2 years ago.