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Wildflower Preserve's Master Plan Debuts
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
was established in 1934 by conservation-minded individuals who wanted to create
a sanctuary for Pennsylvania native plants on an extraordinarily beautiful
wooded site located just south of New Hope on River Road. They envisioned nature
trails winding through wildflowers where visitors could enjoy the natural
Since its beginnings in the minds
and hearts of wildflower enthusiasts, the Preserve has emerged as a vibrant and
dynamic institution, firmly focused on its mission: to lead people to a greater
appreciation of native plants, to an understanding of their importance to all
life, and to a commitment to the preservation of a healthy and diverse natural
world. The Preserve’s status as a botanic garden as well as an accredited museum
(just as a museum collection might be made up of paintings, the Preserve’s
collection is a living one made up of native plants) provides a framework for
the achievement of this mission.
Most recently, Bowman’s Hill
Wildflower Preserve’s Planning Committee has worked steadily to create an
exciting and innovative Master Plan for the Preserve. The planning process was
driven by thorough, thoughtful consideration of how the assets of Bowman’s Hill
Wildflower Preserve, comprised of 134 acres, can be used most effectively to
engage the public in a better understanding of the living world. Created with
the assistance of Andropogon Associates, Ltd., an internationally acclaimed
landscape architecture and ecological planning and design firm in Philadelphia,
the master plan outlines a course of action and direction for the Preserve over
the next 25 years.
different aspects of the Preserve, such as educational programs, land
management, research, visitor services, facilities maintenance, and staffing and
have been brought together in the Plan to produce one unified
vision. The Plan addresses current and anticipated program and visitor needs,
which in turn drive the vision of how the property will evolve over time. In
short, elements of the Plan are highly complementary, both with each other and
with all components of the existing Preserve.
All this has been accomplished while
remaining sensitive to the unique and delicate ecological and historic nature of
the site. The centerpiece of the Plan is a rendering of the proposed new Visitor
Center that incorporates “green technology” – an idea that is central to the
mission of the Preserve. The most exciting challenge has been envisioning a new
building that is environmentally friendly and reflects the beauty of the local
landscape, and yet remains true to the historic architectural character of the
A reconfigured trail system will
provide opportunities for gentle walks of varying lengths as well as more
challenging paths, all laid out to enable visitors to experience and learn about
the rich diversity of habitats and native plants at the Preserve.
fully accomplished, the Plan will elevate to a new level the beneficial value to
the public of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. In the future visitors will
encounter a variety and quality of experiences in nature that are unavailable
elsewhere. Drawings of the Master Plan are on exhibit in the Preserve’s Visitor
The Preserve will be embarking on a
capital campaign to raise funds toward implementation of the Master Plan. As a
501(c)3 non-profit organization managed by Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Association Inc., in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum
Commission, the Preserve is supported exclusively by memberships, admission and
program fees, donations and grants. Annual membership levels are Senior (62+)
and Student $15, Individual $25, Family $40, Organization $45, Benefactor $100,
Patron $500, and Sustaining $1000.
Right now, you can visit the
Preserve and experience the beauty of this peaceful, natural treasure, located
just a stone’s throw from the bustling activity of New Hope. There’s so much to
discover every day of the year!
Preserve is open daily year-round (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
days). The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the grounds from
8:30 a.m. to sunset. The admission fee for non-members is: Adults -$5, Seniors
(62+) & fulltime students (with ID) -$3, Children 4 through 14 -$2. Under 4
-Free. Preserve members are admitted free.
Upon arrival, stop in the Visitor
Center to pay admission, get a free trail map and bloom guide, and find out
about upcoming programs for adults and children. Indoors, you can enjoy the bird
observatory, a small museum of mounted birds, nests and eggs, a library,
exhibits, and free information sheets about gardening with native plants. In the
Twinleaf Shop, an outstanding selection of nature-themed books and t-shirts, as
well as seeds of native plants, are available for purchase.
Outdoors, check out the Visitor
Center display garden and the selection of plants offered for sale during the
growing season--all are nursery-propagated, none are wild-collected.
Take a walk through the woods, along
Pidcock Creek and near the pond.
Come discover Bowman’s Hill
Wildflower Preserve and be naturally inspired!
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