There will be a nature walk on Monday May 14th at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Dr. David Hewitt will be leading the walk. He is from the Academy of Natural Sciences and a member of the Philadelphia Historical Plants Consortium. I was on a tree walk with Doctor Hewitt last year and it was high adventure. He is entertaining and at the same time highly informative. He knows everything about anything you see. The walk will start at the entrance to the cemetery on Cheltenham Avenue. You can see more information here.
He gave a great talk last night to a crowd of about 30 at the Historical Society on the natural history of Frankford. His presentation was really a verbal picture of this area going back to before the first settlements. He uses information from the archives of the Natural History Museum to look back in time at Frankford. He knows his stuff. If you have time on Monday, stop by and wear your walking shoes.
A lot of the rural folks who happen to wander into Frankford notice that we sure do have a lot of trees for a city. Yes we are arborally blessed and this Friday, if you are available at about 2PM, you might want to take a walk with an expert on trees to see what we really have here.
The Friends of Overington Park invite you to meet with Dr. David Hewitt on June 13th at 2:30 PM in Overington Park ( Leiper & Orthodox Streets.. 1300 block of Orthodox St).
Dr Hewitt is a Botanist at the Academy of Natural Sciences here in Philadelphia. His interests include urban and suburban ecology, especially in eastern North America.
He will help us to establish the age of the magnificent Copper Beech that is in our Park. We look forward to hearing a short overview of the natural history of the area, as well as identifying other older trees. Have you ever wondered what the landscape looked like when settlers moved out from Philadelphia? This discussion could clarify some of those questions. Light refreshments to follow the park walk-about.