15 02, 2018

A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping

By | 2018-01-22T20:47:14+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Butterfly, garden, Monarch butterflies, Monarch waystation, native plants|0 Comments

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and Coreopsis rosea in the Monarch Butterfly Waystation at Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, NY. Swamp Milkweed is often a better fit for home gardens than Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), though both support the Monarch butterfly. At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny's space in [...]

8 02, 2018

Wildlife Gardening Medicine- Healing Both Humans and the Land

By | 2018-01-22T16:11:42+00:00 February 8th, 2018|wildlife gardening|0 Comments

Natural gardens and natural landscaping with Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum) and Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Wildlife Gardening Medicine- Healing Both Humans and the Land Is it possible to integrate the use of the native plants used in wildlife gardening into preventative, herbal health care? Wildlife gardening medicine may just be the future trend [...]

29 01, 2018

Butterfly Gardening With the Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve

By | 2018-01-22T14:33:19+00:00 January 29th, 2018|butterfly gardening, garden|0 Comments

Native plant butterfly garden planting day in Schenectady, NY. This spring I was delighted to be contacted for a dream project: the volunteers from a nature preserve in Schenectady, NY contacted me to design a butterfly garden for the preserve. The Woodlawn Nature Preserve is a part of the connected Pine Grove ecosystem, [...]

22 01, 2018

More About the Lyme Tick Nurseries

By | 2018-01-22T14:05:52+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Japanese Barberry, lyme disease, ticks|0 Comments

Last week on the other website where I write, an article was published called Please Stop with the Lyme Tick Nurseries. The tick nursery analogy is the result of a correlation between invasive, exotic Japanese Barberry in a given region and an increase in Borrelia burgdorferi infected ticks, as studied by researchers at the University [...]

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 [...]