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2021 ZOOM MEETING DATES: Wednesdays, 1:00 pm, ALL ARE WELCOME Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 24, April 28, May 26, Jun 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27, Nov 18, Dec 15. To receive our Zoom link for these meetings, email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
STAY TUNED FOR BLOOM!!
Read below to learn more about Newtown Square volunteer beautification & environmental plans for 2021. Dates, times and how you can join these projects will be announced throughout the Spring.
GATHER IN THE CIRCLE (GitC) was formed last year to imagine ways of making the St. Albans Circle area a more vibrant, walkable, public gathering place. The GitC mission is to enhance the sense of community in Newtown Square and to benefit the local businesses with projects such as their Farmer’s Market to be held weekly on Friday afternoons.
NEWTOWN SQUARE IN BLOOM (NSiB) was unable to pursue a number of its proposed 2020 projects due to Covid-19, like the beloved Hanging Baskets that will unfortunately not return until 2022. However, NSiB, together with other dedicated community groups, is moving forward to bring you many impactful projects that will “blossom” in 2021 and beyond.
NSiB Community Garden Project will be individual plots of land rented for a modest annual fee where people gather together to grow fresh veggies and flowers in an area complete with deer fencing! Community gardens turn ugly, unused spaces into green, productive gardens.
NSiB Tree Streetscape Program has received a generous donation from Newtown Square-based company, Boiron, enabling NSiB to purchase 26 hardy trees and have them installed along Route 252. The tree species selected, Ivory Silk Lilac, European Hornbeam, and Japanese Cherry, are known for their ability to withstand draught, road salt, automobile exhaust and pollution.
NSiB Floral Displays As is every year, Mostardi’s Nursery has grown our beautiful flower baskets. This year, they will be planted at Newtown Township Welcome Signs, at bus stops, at The Square Tavern (John West House), Strafford School and in front of Paper Mill House.
NSiB Pollinator Pathways is similar to a county-wide public trail network that connect walking trails from one town to another. NSiB will organize events to help residents create native plant gardens that provide pollinator appeal, human enjoyment, drought tolerance and ease of care.
NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL (EAC) COMMUNITY PROJECTS
EAC Pop Up Garden In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, May 8, a demonstration garden of Native Plants at the Newtown Township Building will be installed bringing attention to the critical role of native plants in supporting birds, pollinators and our local environment. Several webinars will be held by local Master Gardeners on how to develop Pocket Meadows, convert yards or construct colorful containers that support butterflies, birds and native bees. The Pop Up Garden will be moved to St. Albans Circle on May 13.
EAC Rain Gardens EAC and Newtown Square in Bloom are hoping to work this year with the Department of Public Works to implement demonstration rain gardens at the Township Building and Little League Field. Rain gardens are planted with attractive, hardy perennials, woody shrubs, and small trees. Rain gardens help reduce and control flooding by decreasing the rate and volume of stormwater runoff.
EAC Bird Walk Newtown Township residents and the public will be invited to participate in an exciting and highly instructional Bird Walk at Garrett Williamson in May, partnering with Win Shafer, Bird Conservation Committee member and avid birder, as our guide. Novices and advanced birders alike will enjoy this informative walk led by experts in the Philadelphia and Delaware County birding communities.
Newtown Square in Bloom, a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization, raises funds and accepts donations from the public for plants and street trees. Mail your donation to: Newtown Square in Bloom, Box 592, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Please make checks payable to Newtown Square in Bloom. Thank you!
Volunteers from many of the Township’s residents, organizations and businesses join in to help plant flowers and trees, develop our trail network, clean up parks and streams on Arbor Day, weed and maintain the Drexel Lodge Park Butterfly Garden and help enhance the significance of our historic buildings. To learn more, “Like” the Newtown Square in Bloom Facebook page and check out the Newtown Square in Bloom website: newtownsquareinbloom.com.
2021 PLANTING DATES: All are welcome to our Planting Dates. Please like our Facebook page for more information about our plantings –
Wednesday, March 17 – 10:00 am: Welcome Signs Spring Flower Planting
Saturday, April 4 – 9:00-11:30 am: CRC Stream Clean Up Drexel Lodge Park
Saturday, April 10 – 10:00 am: Butterfly Garden Clean Up, Drexel Lodge Park
Saturday, April 18 – DCVA Stream Clean Up Brookside Park, Bryn Mawr Ave.
Saturday, May 2 – 9:00 am: Pop Up Garden Installation, Newtown Township Building
Wednesday, May 12 – Pop-Up Garden installation at Township Building
Saturday, April 24 – 8:30 – 11:30 am: Arbor Day Tree Planting, location TBD
Saturday, April 24 – 10:00 am: St. Albans Circle floral plantings
Thursday, May 20 – 9:00 am: Welcome Signs, Bus Stops floral plantings
Saturday, May 22 – 9:00 am: Drexel Lodge Park Butterfly Garden Clean-Up & Replanting.
Wednesday, August 25 – 10:00 am: Welcome Signs/Bus Stops floral planting
Thursday, August 26 – 9:00 am: Drexel Lodge Park Butterfly Garden Clean-Up
Saturday, October 2 – 10:00 am: Bus Stops, St. Albans Circle Clean Up & weeding, fall plantings
Thursday, November 4 – 11:00 am: Welcome Signs & Bus Stops Late Fall Plantings
Take a look at Newtown Township’s Parks & Recreation’s ideas for 2021! Click the link below for the latest Powerpoint presentation:
NSiB raises funds for a number of planting projects such as the floral hanging baskets on our town center streets, the Newtown Township Welcome Signs and the St. Albans Circle. Volunteers from many of the Township’s organizations and businesses join in to help plant flowers and trees, develop our trail network, clean up parks and streams on Arbor Day, weed and maintain the Drexel Lodge Park Butterfly Garden and help enhance the significance of our historic buildings.
Please consider donating to support our projects! Click on the “Donate” page on our main menu. Thank you!
We are In Bloom
In 2015, Newtown Square joined the national organization, America in Bloom, and has started its own chapter, Newtown Square in Bloom. In its first year of membership, Newtown Square was awarded a Special Award from America in Bloom for its Hanging Basket Container Displays and Special Mention for Heritage Preservation.
Newtown Square in Bloom seeks to:
• bolster civic pride through planting trees, bushes, and floral displays; as well as developing other environmental and lifestyle enhancements; • involve all aspects of Newtown Square communities including residents, businesses, municipal and non-profit entities in planting & beautifying Newtown Square; • strengthen our sense of community with volunteer participation from all different age populations from school age children to older adults.
America in Bloom is a national awards program unlike any other. It celebrates quality of life in communities of all types and provides a framework for further progress. AIB celebrates and recognizes the great things our participants are doing to “plant pride” in America.
Newtown Square is grouped by population category which varies each year depending on the number of entries. America in Bloom sends a team of two specially trained judges to visit each entrant; spending up to two days touring with you, meeting leaders and volunteers while you showcase your efforts. The judges provide a detailed written evaluation rating our Township by six categories.