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Friends of the Wissahickon Hosts Popular Valley Talks This Spring at Valley Green Inn

Valley Green Bank, a Division of Univest Bank and Trust Co., sponsors talks on forest management and the benefits of ecosystems.

Friends of the Wissahickon is hostingValley Talks this spring that explore various aspects of conservation and benefits of public parks.

Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, Pa. She holds an M.A. in landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. West works closely with ecological design and restoration professionals. Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the reintroduction of American native plants back into the landscape. She is the co-author with Thomas Rainer of Planting in a Post-Wild World (Timber Press, 2015).

On Thursday, May 19, landscape architect Claudia West will talk about the benefits of ecosystems, particularly in urban parks and gardens and how they contribute to biodiversity and habitat. She will discuss the ecosystems of the Wissahickon Valley Park.

The talks are sponsored by Valley Green Bank and are free and open to the public. A complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered at the talks.  Valley Green Inn is located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. Register for the lecture at www.fow.org.   Spaces are limited. Contact Sarah Marley at marley@fow.org or 215-247-0417 x109 for more information.

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About the Sponsor 

Valley Green Bank, a division of Univest Bank and Trust Co., has three branches in Philadelphia located in Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill and South Philadelphia. A fourth branch in the Fairmount neighborhood will open early June.  It also has commercial loan offices in Center City Philadelphia and Radnor, Pa. As a division of Univest, the bank’s footprint has expanded to include 31 financial centers, 3 commercial loan offices and 40 ATM locations.  In addition to Valley Green Bank’s range of deposit and credit products for business, professional, and individual customers, Univest offers an expanded range of financial solutions including mortgages, trust, wealth management, insurance, and investments.  Valley Green Bank is a member of FDIC.

About Friends of the Wissahickon

The Friends of the Wissahickon is a 90-year-old nonprofit membership organization that protects and enhances the 1,800 acres of Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park.  FOW’s professional staff and volunteers work to maintain this natural landscape and make the Wissahickon cleaner and more enjoyable for over one million visitors each year. Membership dollars and volunteers support FOW’s work to sustain this special urban oasis for current and future generations. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.fow.org.