30 07, 2017

Year Two in the Corporate Habitat Garden

By | 2017-07-27T12:46:01+00:00 July 30th, 2017|garden, Habitat Gardens, habitat gardens in Clifton Park, Native Plants, native plants in Clifton Park, native plants in Saratoga, natural, plants, Saratoga, Saratoga County, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, shade garden, shade gardens with native plants, woodland garden, woodlands|2 Comments

Year Two in the Corporate Habitat Garden Last summer I was contacted by a forward thinking financial advisor in Clifton Park, NY to renovate her landscaping into something more natural and easy to care for. The area where the garden was planted sits right under a mature Ash tree, creating dry, woodland-like conditions, and so [...]

27 07, 2017

Corporate habitat garden project

By | 2017-07-27T12:29:37+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Black Cohosh, Clifton Park, garden, habitat, Habitat Gardens, habitat gardens in Clifton Park, native plants|0 Comments

Corporate Habitat Garden Project In Clifton Park, NY (southern Saratoga county) on Route 9, a savvy financial advisor has been watching trends in landscaping. Deborah Christopher, whose Edward Jones office is located in a strip mall on State Route 9, heard about prominent entomologist Douglas Tallamys research and ecological trend-setting for redefining curb appeal to [...]

26 07, 2017

Butterfly Garden at the Schenectady, NY Woodlawn Nature Preserve

By | 2017-07-27T12:26:07+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Asclepias incarnata, butterfly host plant, Eupatorium maculata, garden, Golden Alexander, habitat, habitat plants, Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Monarch butterflies, Native Plants, plants, Vernonia noveboracensis, wetland habitat, wetlands, Zizia aurea|1 Comment

This week saw the much anticipated butterfly garden installation at the Woodlawn Nature Preserve in Schenectady, NY. The Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve contacted me to design a butterfly garden that the volunteers could plant. The nature preserve is located at the edge of a Schenectady district elementary school, and the butterfly garden site is [...]

23 07, 2017

Scenes from the librarian’s wildlife garden

By | 2017-07-23T21:27:37+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|bird gardens, Blue Lupine, garden, Habitat Gardens, native plants, wildlife gardens|0 Comments

Scenes from the librarian's wildlife garden There is a handful of people who were influential back when I was still in school and trying to configure my passion for habitat gardening into a career. One of them was the lovely head research librarian at the community college I then attended; her resourcefulness coupled with a [...]

9 07, 2017

Replacing Barberry with Native Wildflowers in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2017-07-10T18:07:00+00:00 July 9th, 2017|ecosystem, Invasive plant, Japanese Barberry, landscape design in Saratoga, landscaping, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, summer|1 Comment

Recently I wrote an article about the link between using Japanese Barberry shrubs in landscaping and an increase in human Lyme disease infection rates in the surrounding neighborhoods. As people in Saratoga Springs, NY are learning about how we the people are collaborating against ourselves in a public health crisis through lazy and shortsighted landscaping practices, [...]

6 07, 2017

Bog Habitat Gardening Inspiration

By | 2017-06-06T17:48:46+00:00 July 6th, 2017|garden inspiration, habitat, Lythrum salicaria, native plants, Saratoga Springs, NY|0 Comments

Bog Habitat Gardening Inspiration In one of my college ecology classes, I remember doing some field work in a bog habitat in the southern Adirondack region of New York state. Bogs: though similar to swamps or marshes, are a distinctive kind of wetland where peat forms from dead plant matter, the BBC nature website explains. [...]

19 04, 2017

Invasives and Nuance

By | 2017-05-22T22:10:34+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Cup Plant, garden, Invasive plant species, landscaping|1 Comment

Invasives and Nuance I've had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum's cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It's Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it's a good time to open up about my experience of [...]

13 02, 2017

Natural Landscaping Photo Shoot in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2017-02-13T22:21:06+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Joe Pye Weed, landscaping, native plants, natural landscaping, Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY|0 Comments

Drone View of a Saratoga Lake Garden Natural Landscaping Photo Shoots in Saratoga Springs, NY This summer past we had the happy occasion to work with Ray Stockwell of Stockwell Media on a natural landscaping photo shoot in Saratoga Springs, NY. The sites photographed were naturally landscaped properties we designed or renovated over the past [...]

30 01, 2017

The Church Butterfly Garden in Ballston Spa

By | 2017-02-09T12:58:58+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Ballston Spa, butterfly garden, landscaping|3 Comments

Butterfly Garden at the Ballston Spa Church  This year we were delighted to be asked to create a butterfly garden in Ballston Spa at a Church: Christ the Savior Orthodox Church on Eastline Rd in Saratoga County. The butterfly garden was designed to accent the lovely roadside sign the church recently had built. This [...]

19 12, 2016

New Native Plant Gardens in Saratoga Region

By | 2016-12-19T23:04:44+00:00 December 19th, 2016|garden design in Saratoga, native plants, native plants in Saratoga, natural, natural landscaping, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY|1 Comment

Blue Mistflower in a Saratoga Springs Garden This year brought many new native plant garden projects, and many return customers who wanted more projects where mature natural gardening projects exist already. Natural landscaping can be addicting like that, once a person experiences how easy and beautiful native plant landscaping is, and how many wonderful [...]

10 12, 2016

Please stop with the Lyme tick nurseries

By | 2016-12-19T23:37:06+00:00 December 10th, 2016|Japanese Barberry, lyme disease, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga County|7 Comments

In the region of upstate New York where I live, Lyme disease- an infection of the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that's spread primarily by deer ticks- has become an epidemic. All the odd controversies aside, there are physical realities about this situation that are not being acknowledged. Primarily the reality that we are a part of [...]

25 07, 2016

Conservation Bouquets with Invasive Plants

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:00+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Invasive plant, Invasive plant species, Purple Loosestrife|0 Comments

    Conservation Bouquet with Invasive Plant Purple Loosestrife   A deep appreciation for native plants usually is cultivated in a person's mind or heart once education about invasive plants really sinks in. Once I understood a little bit about how noxious, introduced invasive species can crowd out natural areas and prevent our wildlife [...]

19 07, 2016

New Construction Landscaping in Glenville

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:01+00:00 July 19th, 2016|butterfly gardens, garden, Glenville, habitat, native plants, new construction|1 Comment

Sky View of New Construction Gardens This year we had the honor of being asked to do the design and installation landscaping for a new home built by the construction company Halfmoon Construction. The new home will be net zero for meeting and exceeding the highest energy efficiency standards. Creating a habitat garden [...]

12 07, 2016

New Woodland Gardens in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:06+00:00 July 12th, 2016|garden, landscaping, native plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, shade garden, wildflower, wildflower gardens, woodland garden|2 Comments

New Woodland Garden in Saratoga Springs, NY This summer we designed and installed a new woodland garden in Saratoga Springs, NY, in the neighborhood near Saratoga Lake. Shade gardens are one of the easiest places in the property to landscape sustainably, because of the rich and diverse body of available native plants that [...]

7 10, 2015

Privacy Landscaping in Saratoga Springs

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:11+00:00 October 7th, 2015|garden, landscape design in Saratoga, landscaping, Native Plants, native plants, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY|0 Comments

Privacy Landscaping in Saratoga   Quick, don't think about it just answer: what do you think of your neighbors? Do you secretly cringe when they catch you at the mailbox? Or do you like them enough to comfortably share the neighborhood without overthinking it? I'm asking because "landscaping for privacy" is brought up [...]

3 10, 2015

A Butterfly Garden for the Monastery

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:13+00:00 October 3rd, 2015|butterfly garden, butterfly gardens, garden, Native Plants, native plants, wildflower, wildflower gardens|0 Comments

Archimandrite Athanasy in the Monastery Gardens   This fall I had the delightful opportunity to design and install a new butterfly garden at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA in the yard for Archimandrite Athanasy. Butterfly Garden for St. Anna The monks at the Monastery keep honeybees and sell the [...]

5 09, 2015

A Native Plants Walk in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:19+00:00 September 5th, 2015|Native Plants, native plants, native plants in Saratoga, nature, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY|0 Comments

A Native Plants Walk in Saratoga Springs, NY   In Saratoga Springs, NY there's a public access trail right in town where people can walk, run, take their dogs and view some native plants in the wild at the same time. Having access to nature trails in an urban area like this exponentially increases the [...]