By: Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader
This past Saturday, just before Hurricane Irene blew through, I led our Advanced Naturalist Club on a botany walk at Nottingham Park, Chester County, PA. Janet Ebert, professional botanist, was our special guest expert who identified many rare and unusual plants.
The Advanced Naturlist Club is made up of graduates of the Naturalist Certification Series which is offered at our Ashland Nature Center and Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. Enjoy some highlights from our walk…
Nottingham Park, in the southwestern corner of Chester County, PA is a large serpentine barrens. This kind of habitat is usually dry, rocky, and the soil is rather barren, and high in heavy metals. It is the kind of place where most of the usual plants in our area have a tough time growning, and rare and unusual species thrive.
The pace of the walk was slow, as is most walks with Janet. This is a good thing, because we discovered many small plants that survive in the hot, dry, barren conditions of Nottingham. The pleatleaf knotweed, above, was a good find growing among small grasses in the savannah-like habitat found here.