Opportunities for guided wildflower walks at Holtwood

Join PPL’s naturalists for guided walking tours of Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, April 11, or Thursday, April 21.

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve is one of the best wildflower areas in the eastern United States and certainly one of the most popular natural spots in Lancaster County. It is best known for its large variety of woodland flowers — at least 73 species of flowers bloom from mid-March until the end of May, including Dutchman’s-breeches, wild geranium, Virginia bluebells, wild phlox, trillium and spring beauty.

This free program will meet at the trailhead entrance next to Grubb Run. For directions, please visit www.pplpreserves.com, click on “Holtwood” then select “Directions.” For more information contact Karen Ament at 717-284-6274 or kament@pplweb.com.

The hills are alive

2009-spring-shenks-ferry-154Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve at the Holtwood Environmental Preserve is in full bloom. The hills are covered in white Trillium and blue Virginia bluebells. We were able to identify 51 different species of wildflowers on our guided walk on Sunday. This photo shows the purple trillium in its namesake color as well as in its white form.

Ready for its close-up

img_4290t_1This Zebra Swallowtail was spotted by a participant of the guided walk of Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve. It would take flight every time she tried to take a picture, but it finally found a spot it liked. It lingered here long enough for a photo op.

Shenk’s Ferry wildflower walks

shenksferry_flowersPPL offers two chances to take a guided walk through the Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, one of the best known wildflower areas in the East. The walks will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

Jim Smith, PPL naturalist, will lead the walks through this local gem while exploring the incredible diversity, fragility and color the flowers have to offer. At least 73 species of flowers bloom from mid-March until the end of May in this unique botanical area. Dress for outdoor weather.

The programs are free and open to the public. For directions, click here. For more information, contact Karen Ament at 717-284-6274 or kament@pplweb.com.

Wildflowers ready to bloom

Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve is ready to spring wide open. The Dutchmen’s breeches are starting to bloom and that is only the beginning of one of the most beautiful collections of wildflowers around! There are over 73 species of flowers that bloom from mid-March until the end of May. Enjoy the area on your own or come enjoy a guided walk by naturalist Jim Smith. For more details click on the Calendar of Events on the right.