Friends of High School Park Brochure Wins Prestigious Award
ELKINS PARK, PA, June 8, 2012 -- The Garden Writer's Association (GWA) awarded The Backyard Natives Garden Guide, a Friends of High School Park (FHSP) brochure describing attributes and growing conditions of plants native to eastern Pennsylvania, its 2012 Silver Award of Achievement.
The Backyard Natives Garden Guide, said Carol Ledbetter, awards coordinator at GWA, won the award based on the "accuracy, content and organization, style and originality, and the degree to which it achieved its goal." Two hundred sixteen other entries competed for the award.
Friends of High School Park is a recipient of the 2011 PHS Community Greening Award for the backyard natives garden!
Jo Fagan, Park Restoration and Management Committee member and Diana K. Weiner, Restoration Manager receiving the award from Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
Thanks to the thousands of hours accumulated over the years by hundreds of volunteers, including the Boy Scouts, school groups, members of synagogues and churches, and our Board of Directors, FHSP has accomplished much so far. We have:
Recognizing our accomplishments, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society awarded FHSP with a Suburban Greening Award in September of 2004. This award recognizes "outstanding public plantings that improve the quality of life through horticulture." In presenting the award, the natural look of the two large meadows was praised by Blaine Bonham, Executive Vice President of the Society. The Society also was impressed with the birdhouses FHSP installed to attract birds and help with integrated pest management, and the rain barrels, which collect rainwater that can be used to water new plantings.
In the summer of 2006, to track how well our efforts at ecological restoration at the park were succeeding, High School Park became the first site in Pennsylvania to undergo a survey and assessment of its plant community, known as a Plant Stewardship Index (PSI). Developed by the Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, the PSI is an analytical tool that assesses the status of the native plant populations at High School Park. Repeated periodically, the PSIs will reveal progress in our restoration efforts, much like a series of report card grades. Our first assessment, done in the summer of 2006, revealed that although the park is not yet a pristine natural environment, it does have a core group of native plants that are thriving. But the assessment pointed out that much more work needs to be done to replace the invasive plants in the park with native plants.