C. portenschlagiana.....commonly known as Serbian and Dalmation Bellflower.
To help fund this project, you can scroll down to earlier blog posts or click "Older Posts" to read about the Donor Bricks which will help complete the project funding.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Just 6 days and 25 degrees more warmth have elapsed since the last post! This time, the air around Ned Wolf Park is full of sinus clogging particles. They come from both Mother Nature as well as the steady progress of our contractors from Morning Dew Stonework as they continue with our Terrace Wall Project. The cherry trees have burst into bloom as have the Pushkinia bulbs and Euphorbia myrsinites. And as the perennials begin to emerge from their cover of mulch, so too our stone seating wall made of Wissahickon schist has risen around our central terrace. Fran and Brandon have used this windy day to take a break from stacking the stone and starting the messy work of sawing through the reclaimed bluestone that will serve as a seating cap on top of the new walls. They'll be shaping the pieces and getting them ready for the additional laborers that will be needed to hoist those mammoth cap stones into place.
Despite the progress of our contractors, we still need some help to fund this Terrrace Wall Project. You can help with your donation of $100. or more. There are brochures that include an order form located in the info boxes in the park. Or you can pay via PayPal directly on this website. See the Donate button in the righthand column!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
What's the mantra?
"Build it & they will come!"
We're hoping the creation of a smooth bluestone seating surface on the low stone wall in our park's central terrace will help more small groups come to think of Ned Wolf Park as the best outdoor meeting place in Northwest Philadelphia!
Less than one week into the Terrace Wall Project and the demolition of railroad ties and trimming of the concrete paving is complete. Today, Fran (with a baseball cap) and Brendan (with a knit cap) from Morningdew Stonework & Landscaping were wading in a sea of stones to find the right shape and sizes pieces to lay the base course of the dry laid wall. They are both very excited to be getting into the artisan work of interlocking stones to create a strong, stable, and handsome wall. The result should be subtle but sumptuous. Feel free to give them a shout out for their efforts if you pass by while they're hard at work!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Behold the 'Yellow Mammoth' Crocus that are blooming furiously at Ned Wolf Park as construction begins for the Terrace Wall Project. Although still shy of our fund-raising goal for this project, we've found a way to forge ahead so the new construction is completed in April 2014. The Fairmount Park Conservancy's $10K Physical Improvements Grant moved us closer to the finish line, but we need to raise $2,000 with help from our friends and neighbors.
Here are Morning Dew Stonework & Landscaping owner, Fran Hammond, and his assistant Brendan beginning demolition of the old creosoted railroad ties. For the next three weeks, the terrace area and walkway from McCallum Street will be closed to visitors so the work may proceed. Orange hazard fencing will define the construction work zone, but you can still visit the park and sit on the benches and enjoy the spring plantings as they slowly emerge from a severe winter slumber.
This morning, our contractor hauled in some of the reclaimed bluestone which will cap the schist walls to form a seating surround for the central paved terrace in Ned Wolf Park. This handsome material, rescued from a railroad embankment that was demolished in 2013, will be trimmed and set in place atop a wall made of Wissahickon Schist. Although a remarkable improvement which will offer all sorts of opportunities for groups to meet together in the center of the park, we suspect the character of the local stone materials selected will look timeless....as though they have been in the park for many decades.
These donations will make it possible for the Friends of Ned Wolf Park to work with the Parks & Recreation Department to complete the Project. Your gift in any amount can be made directly via this website by clicking the donate button in the column at the right of this page. Custom engraved bricks can be still purchased for a $100. donation.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
New stonework will soon replace the low retaining walls made of landscape ties which you now see in the park. After 40 years of service, it's time for that failing creosoted wood to be removed in favor of a far more permanent solution: local schist and bluestone. But, we still need support from neighbors and local businesses to reach the $17K total that's required to create the seating surround that will create new opportunities for the park to host a variety of activities.
You can help! "BUY A BRICK" with a $100. donation in order to reach our goal. For more details scroll down to read the November 2013 post or click the Older Postt link at the bottom of this page . [You can even click the Donate button on the right-hand margin of this blog to pay for your personally inscribed brick with a credit card!] Brochures/order forms are also available in the park's two information boxes.
Now that the snow cover has melted, flowers are slowly appearing in Ned Wolf Park's gardens. Below, you can see some yellow buds of Winter Aconite about to open. They don't last long so look for them on your next visit. While there, you won't be able to miss all the white Snowdrops which are blooming in clumps drifting through the shady garden beds. They've multiplied and didn't let our frigid winter impede their elegant but cheerful presence as you stroll through Ned Wolf Park.
Stay tuned, as we'll soon be installing the first batches of custom engraved bricks with the names and messages of the park's supporters!
Monday, November 11, 2013
art exhibits or plant sales. We can more comfortably present talks about the plantings or facilitate the T'ai Chi classes or any number of new potential uses for our park once a group can simply sit down and engage together.
Below is the full sized order form for a custom engraved brick. In lieu of finding a brochure at Ned Wolf Park, you may copy and print this form to use to place your order. After filling it out, you may send it with your check payable to Friends of Ned Wolf Park to:
Friends of Ned Wolf Park
c/o Mark Klempner
6923 Greene Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Monday, November 4, 2013
HAPPY HARVEST SEASON!
I'll admit that this image doesn't exactly reflect what we grow in the gardens at Ned Wolf Park. And the photo was heightened for artistic effect. But a visit to our park can surely help transport you out of the everyday and bring a little seasonal magic into your day,