Monday, March 5, 2012

Mill Creek Park

Nancy Herman
6" x 8"
oil on canvas board

The second area on the Lower Merion Conservancy Watch list is "streams and structures".  This painting is from the lovely West Mill Creek Park where you can take your dog and let it run freely while you sit by the water and watch  the quiet ripples of the stream.  It is a fine piece of nature maintained by our township for your enjoyment.
There is trouble in paradise however as storm run off from resident's homes is poluting the stream.  You can do something about this however and at the same time create a little oasis on your own property by planting a rain garden.
This is from the Nature Conservancy's web site:

So what are rain gardens exactly? These shallow depres- sions, shaped like wide-rimmed soup bowls, are filled with rich compost and planted with native plants that tolerate flooding during rain events. The property’s stormwater, instead of pouring down the driveway and into the street, collects in the basin and slowly seeps into groundwater after the rain is over. No standing water persists. Native plants are used because they are best suited to this region’s climate and their value to butterflies, pollinators and birds alike far exceeds that of non-native plants.
Installing a rain garden is hugely important method of addressing the stormwater issue on a very important piece of land: your property.

Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the conservancy: