Public Gardens Photo Tours forum: Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve, Conestoga (Lancaster County), Pennsylvania

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Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Apr 18, 2016 10:40 AM CST
Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve is located in western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the Susquehanna River south of Safe Harbor. Wildflowers are easily viewed from a wide, level trail located on a hillside overlooking a meandering stream. On April 16, 2016, six species of wildflowers abounded:

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica):

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Virginia Bluebells filling the hillside:

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Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata):

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Wild Blue Phlox bordering the trail:

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Susquehanna Trillium (Trillium flexines):

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Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea):

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Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica):

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Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria):

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The trail eventually intersects with the stream where visitors can wade or relax in the surrounding beauty:

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Carol Sandt

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jmorth
Apr 19, 2016 11:17 AM CST
Enjoyed your wildflower walk.
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Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
Apr 20, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Lovely, certainly looks like there was plenty to see.
Name: Carol Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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csandt
Apr 20, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Just one week before my visit on April 16, 2016, Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve was covered with snow, hopefully the last snow we will see this season!
Carol Sandt

"Experience is the name we give to our mistakes.” - Oscar Wilde

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