Erin Mooney, Publicist, Friends of the Wissahickon


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

Valley Green Bank sponsors talks on the plants of the Wissahickon and the mysteries of Philadelphia’s underground sewer system.

Philadelphia, PA—March 2014 Friends of the Wissahickon is hosting two Valley Talks in April and May—one on the flora of the Wissahickon and another on the mysteries of Philadelphia’s sewer system.

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.


On Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m., arborist Ken LeRoy will give a presentation called a “Virtual Walk in the Woods” on the Wissahickon Valley’s woody flora, in all its glory and diversity. LeRoy will identify the massive sycamores to the quaking aspens of the Wissahickon and talk about the ecosystems in which they exist. He will also discuss the animals and insects in the park, as well as the ecology of the forest.

LeRoy has been an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist since 1991 and is dedicated to integrating trees and plants into the urban and suburban environments. He is a graduate of Temple University, School of Horticulture and served as a staff horticulturist at the Morris Arboretum. He is an arborist representative with John B. Ward & Co. Arborists.

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On Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m., Adam Levine will present: “Philadelphia Underground: the Surprising Story of the City’s Sewers.” Levine manages the Philadephia Water Department’s historical collection and has done extensive research on the historical topography of Philadelphia.

Adam Levine has done extensive research on the historical topography of Philadelphia, mostly as a consultant to the Philadelphia Water Department. As part of this work, he manages the PWD Historical Collection and maintains a website about watersheds at

Levine’s illustrated lecture will focus on the history of Philadelphia’s sewer system and will detail how hundreds of miles of surface streams were obliterated to create the city’s 3,000-mile underground sewer system. These massive alterations to the city’s landscape, undertaken over the course of two centuries, have environmental repercussions that are still being felt today.

Levine, a former staff writer with New Jersey’s Gloucester County Times, also writes about gardening and is the author of many articles and four books, including A Guide to the Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region (Temple, 2007).

Valley Green Inn is located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. Valley Talks are free and open to the public. There is a complimentary wine and cheese reception at the lectures. Register for the lecture by contacting Sarah Marley at or 215-247-0417 x109, or visit Spaces are limited.

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. 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

Founded in 1924, FOW is a 1,600-member nonprofit organization and works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to restore historical park structures, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore trails throughout the Wissahickon Park. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit

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