Union Township—On Sunday, March 11, in time for spring, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will host “Design Your Pollinator Garden”, a program with Penn State Master Gardener Margaret Yevics. Sponsored by the Friends of Hopewell Furnace, the free event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hopewell Furnace Conference Room.
As a certified Master Gardener and a resident of Reading, Margaret Yevics serves on the Penn State Master Gardener hot line as an information resource for the people of Pennsylvania. A retired Civil Engineer who has designed retail for restaurants (McDonalds), chocolatiers (Godiva), and clothing stores (Destination Clothing), today she volunteers her time to assist gardeners at several locations in the greater Reading area including the Reading Arboretum and Hopewell Furnace. A member of the Reading shade tree commission, she is currently working on a study of bees for Penn State.
Hopewell Furnace’s landscape is filled with a variety of gardens that are tended by staff and volunteers. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (Philadelphia Flower Show) recognized the excellence of the gardens at Hopewell Furnace including Hopewell’s Pollinator Garden with the PHS Community Greening Award.
Established in 1994, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace is the official non-profit fundraising arm of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. A 501(c)3 citizen organization, its mission is to support the preservation, maintenance and programs of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Donations to the Friends may be tax deductible according to the rules set by the Internal Revenue Service.
While at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site visitors are encouraged to go into the village, tour the buildings, see Hopewell’s water wheel and learn about iron making and why Hopewell Furnace is important to our nation’s history. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday thru Sunday, the park is located five miles south of Birdsboro, PA, off Route 345. For more information visit www.friendsofhopewellfurn.org.