New park, new bluebird houses, and so much more

Lisa Lightner

Andrew Guarino, a student at Unionville High School, just recently completed a service project at Anson B. Nixon park. He sought donations from local businesses, technical assistance from Longwood Gardents, and constructed 15 bluebird houses that are now placed in the park. Next time you are there, make sure you look for them and see if they are getting any activity. Also be on the lookout for the completion of the new play area and new dog area, as those projects are underway as well. Exciting stuff!

Here are some other fun events coming up in our area.

Gardeners can choose from a superb selection of low-maintenance, beautiful plants at the Brandywine Conservancy’s Wildflower, Native Plant and Seed Sale, May 11 and 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This annual event offers a wide variety of regional plants and seeds that are suitable for full sun to deep shade and all types of landscapes. Many are not available in retail garden centers. Native plants are a great way to “go green” because they are adapted to the local growing conditions and require less water and maintenance. Many varieties will attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies and help strengthen the local ecosystem.

Wildflower seeds which have been collected from the Conservancy’s gardens and meadows and cleaned and packaged by garden volunteers will be sold. Conservancy staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide planting and horticultural information. They can help gardeners select plant varieties for gardens and lawns. Admission to the sale is free.

Brandywine Butterflies Workshop - May 11, 10 a.m. to noon.

On Saturday, visitors of all ages are invited to the Brandywine Butterflies Workshop where they can create colorful butterfly pins and follow the path of a butterfly both inside the museum in paintings and outside in the Conservancy’s native plant gardens. Activities are included with museum admission.

The Museum offers free admission on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and Mother’s Day is no exception. Visitors can tour the galleries and see the unparalleled collection of art, including Andrew Wyeth’s “Ides of March:” The Making of a Masterpiece on view through May 19. This exhibition offers a historic opportunity to view Andrew Wyeth’s rarely-seen tempera painting, Ides of March (1974), along with more than 30 of the studies that were instrumental to his development of the composition. Assembled together for the first time, these provide remarkable insight into the artist’s creative approach and evocative imagery. The exhibition is generously funded by M&T Bank.

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Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.