Birds, bees and Brandywine spotlighted

The Brandywine Conservancy is holding a lecture series at the Brandywine River Museum during March entitled "Art and the Environment." The first of three programs is scheduled for March 14 at 11 a.m.

Associate educator Jane Flitner will speak on “Art and Nature,” tracking the development of landscape painting on the regional level through the influence of Thomas Doughty on a sampling of Hudson River School painters such as Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, and William T. Richards. Regional artists, including George Cope, Horace Pippin, and several New Hope Impressionists-William Lathrop and Walter Schofield, will be discussed, and the Wyeth family painters will be well-represented with landscapes by N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Carolyn Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth. The lecture will also include images by Brandywine Conservancy founder George "Frolic" Weymouth and landscape compositions of his nearby property along the Brandywine River.

On March 21 at 11 a.m., Sheila Fleming, senior planner for municipal assistance, will present "The Brandywine Creek Greenway: A Regional Planning Initiative of the Brandywine Conservancy." She will discuss the proposed 30-mile-long green corridor stretching from the Delaware state line at Chadds Ford to the state-designated Pennsylvania Highlands Mega-Greenway in the north. The Greenway involves 16 municipalities along the main stem and east branch of the Brandywine and will be expanded to include eight additional municipalities along the west branch. It will include an interconnected system of formal trails, informal paths, parks, river access points, and riparian buffers and will link the Brandywine River with many Chester and Delaware County communities along its path. The Greenway will be dedicated to conserving and restoring natural resources; helping people better understand and improve the Brandywine River; and building healthier, more sustainable communities.

The final 11 a.m. presentation - "Native Plants of the Brandywine Region and their Liaisons” - is scheduled for March 28. Horticultural coordinator Mark Gormel will present an illustrated look at the beauty of the native plants of the Brandywine region, including an expose on the "significant others" in their lives: the animals, birds and bugs who depend on them for sustenance.

The lectures are free for members and included with museum admission. To register, please contact the education office at 610-388-8382 or

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