National wildflower week is the first full week of May. I wanted to celebrate by writing about Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve.
Shenk’s Ferry is located near the Susquehanna River and is named after the Shenk Family, who operated a ferry across the river in the 1800’s.
New signs and a new parking lot were added this year.
The preserve is just one of the many natural areas used by Native American tribes for hunting, gathering, and farming.
There are more than 70 species of wildflowers that can be found here due to the less acidic soil in this particular area.
There’s a lot to learn here about nature and oneself. That’s why it’s a special place for so many people.
The beauty of Shenk’s Ferry is intriguing with the diversity of wildflowers and wildlife. The blue bells and trillium cover the hillside, while the blue phlox grows along the trail. We always see different kinds of butterflies. We even saw two zebra swallowtails the last time we were there.
Last year, I read that a pipeline was going to be put through Shenk’s Ferry, but luckily they ended up going around it.
Nature smiles with flowers.
We love to walk along the creek.
Steve and I took up an interest in native wildflowers during our journey to visit all of the state parks in Pennsylvania. I remember when we first read about Shenk’s Ferry then seeing it for the first time.
“May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.” -Native American Proverb
May all your weeds be wildflowers!