Lancaster Native Plant and Wildlife Festival

Save the date! April 28, 2018, 9am-4pm

@ Manheim Township’s Overlook Park


We are currently seeking more nature organizations, nature-themed artists, or natural crafts vendors! We are not currently accepting new plant vendors, but we’re happy to add interested plant vendors to a waiting list.  Thank you for your interest!  Please contact Alex at with questions.


2018 flyer and vendor list coming FEBRUARY! Please check back!  To get an idea what our event may hold, check out the event details from last year below.



2017 Event Details:

Click here for 2017 event flyer!

Nurseries Selling Native Plants:

Go Native Tree Farm

Keystone Wildflowers

Spring Haven Natives & Perennials

Nurturing Nature Nursery

Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm

Environmental Organizations with Information Displays:

Bluebird Society of PA

Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance

City of Lancaster Public Works

Donegal Trout Unlimited

Lancaster County Bird Club

Lancaster County Beekeepers Society

Lancaster County Conservancy

Lancaster County Conservation District

Lancaster County Environmental Center

Lancaster County Penn State Master Gardeners

Lancaster County Master Naturalists

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority

Lancaster Herpetological Society

Land Studies

Little Conestoga Watershed Alliance

The Louise Arnold Tanger Arboretum

Manheim Township Democratic Committee

Manheim Township Public Works Department

PA Natural Heritage Program

PA Amphibian and Reptile Survey

Penn State Extension’s York County Master Gardeners & MAEscapes

PA Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

Tri-County Conewago Creek Association

Art and Craft Vendors: 

Christa Wissler, Wild Child FIbers, Fiber Artist and Textile Designer

Bee Blocks and Green Roof Birdhouses

Paris Wyatt Llanso Fine Art

The Essential Herbal

Live Animals:

Zoo America’s “Native Pennsylvania Species” @ 9:30am

Live Birds of Prey Outside on the Lawn 12:00-2:00pm

Mark Kocher

Mark Kocher with a Great Horned Owl

Live reptiles @ Lancaster Herpetological Society & Pa Amphibian and Reptile Survey

Live Bee’s at Lancaster County Beekeeper’s Society!

Kids Activities FREE ALL DAY LONG!

Crafts, games, and activities – look for the kids table!

Kids Activities sponsored by Manheim Township Recreation and Parks Department Summer Camps!!



9:30am – Zoo America’s “Native PA Animals”


11:30am – Catherine Zimmerman, Creating Habitat Heroes Across the Nation

Zimmerman and film crew spent two years traveling the country to create the documentary film:  Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home.
This presentation is a behind the scenes look at making the film and the impetus behind story choices. Using clips from segments of the film Catherine will share those success stories and works in progress, that re-awaken and redefine our relationship with Nature. The goal: Build a new army of habitat heroes and make natural landscaping the new landscaping norm.


Catherine Zimmerman

Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography, celebrates her 40th year as a documentary filmmaker, working primarily on education and environmental issues. Environmental videos of hers include global warming documentaries for CNN Presents and New York Times Television; Save Rainforests/Save Lives, Freshfarm Markets, Wildlife Without Borders: Connecting People and Nature in the Americas, and America’s Sustainable Garden: United States Botanic Garden.

Catherine is also a certified horticulturist and landscape designer based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She is accredited in organic land care through the Northeast Organic Farmers Association and has designed and taught a course in organic landscaping for the USDA Graduate School Horticulture program.

1:30pm – Claudia West, Wild and Neat: Native Plants that Bridge the Gap between Horticulture and Ecology

So you think natives plants are weedy and messy?  This lecture debunks this myth and explores the aesthetic value of native plants and their highly attractive cultivars.  You’ll be fascinated by the range of colors and textures found in our native flora.  Numerous design examples and plant combinations demonstrate the beauty, elegance, and diversity created by using regionally appropriate native plants in our landscapes.  We will explore how native species grow in the wild and translate this knowledge into powerful design principles for your garden.  Enjoy and be inspired!


Claudia West is the ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, PA.  Claudia holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.  In her current role, Claudia works closely with ecological design and restoration professional, offering consultation services from initial project planning stages to adaptive management strategies after project completion.  Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to bring American native plants back into our landscape by making them widely acceptable.  Claudia is a sought after speaker on topics such as plant community based design and the application of natural color theories to planting design.  Together with co-author Thomas Rainer she published a new approach to ecological planting design in her award-winning book ‘Planting in a Post-Wild World’ (Timber Press, 2015).

2:30pm – Outdoor Demonstration: Pruning 101 Learn how to prune your trees and shrubs properly with our favorite forester!

3:00pm – Paul G. Becker, B&B WaterScapes – Pondless Waterfall Installation Demonstration Outside of the Manheim Township Public Library. Thank you Cathy Rommel for sponsoring this demonstration and installation!!


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