31 07, 2014

The Monarch Butterfly Waystation at Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:51+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias tuberosa, Ecology, ecosystem, edible gardening, edible gardens, Eupatorium maculata, garden, garden design in Saratoga, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, habitat, Habitat Gardening, Habitat Gardens, Helianthus tuberosa, Herb gardens, herbs, hops, host plants, Ironweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Joe Pye Weed, landscape design, landscape design in Saratoga, landscaping, local food, Milkweed, Monarch butterflies, Monarch butterfly habitat, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga landscape designer, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, Scutellaria, Scutellaria incana, vegetables, Vernonia noveboracensis|0 Comments

This spring I was delighted to be asked to be a part of one of the loveliest projects I could imagine. There's a health food store in Saratoga Springs, NY called Healthy Living, which occupies the former JC Penny retail location in the Wilton Mall. Healthy Living sells organic and artisan foods, much of it [...]

17 07, 2014

Edible Gardening for Children in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:28:56+00:00 July 17th, 2014|children's gardening, Children's gardens, companion planting, edible gardening, edible gardens, food gardens, garden, gardening, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, Native Plants, organic gardening, organic vegetables, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, vegetable gardening, vegetables|0 Comments

These days a lot of people want to grow their own organic food in edible gardens, at home. In Saratoga Springs I have several clients who have edible gardens in raised beds like the one shown here. It is always a good idea to plant to attract pollinators, like the Sunflower, Borage and Nasturtium in [...]

13 07, 2014

Year Two in a Saratoga Springs, NY Eco-friendly Garden

By | 2014-11-19T16:26:25+00:00 July 13th, 2014|Black Cohosh, Blue Lobelia, Cimicifuga racemosa, eco-friendly, eco-friendly gardening, eco-friendly landscape, eco-friendly landscape design, garden design, garden design in Saratoga, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, landscape design, landscape design in Saratoga, Lobelia siphilitica, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, plants, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga landscape designer, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, Scutellaria, Scutellaria incana|1 Comment

In July of 2013 I designed and installed an eco-friendly garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. The new, eco-friendly landscaping is mostly located in the front yard of the property, and it's really developed into something beautiful this year. We decided to create a formal garden theme to fit the track neighborhood motif. There is gorgeous [...]

7 07, 2014

The Big Wildflower Garden Work in Progress on Saratoga Lake

By | 2014-11-19T16:26:27+00:00 July 7th, 2014|garden, garden design, garden design in Saratoga, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, habitat, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, Wildflower gardens|2 Comments

About this time last year I was contacted for one of the largest landscape design projects I've had the pleasure of working on to date. The formal wildflower garden project on Saratoga Lake is in its second year of development, and it's really starting to take shape into what it will look like. The homeowners [...]

2 07, 2014

A New Secret Garden in Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:02+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|garden, garden design in Saratoga, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga landscape designer, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY|1 Comment

Recently I had the opportunity to help develop a new secret garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. There was a small, disorganized collection of existing shrubs and perennials in an established bed by the patio that backed up to a wild, overgrown woodland area. It was easy and fun to bring some order to the garden [...]

15 06, 2014

Poison Parsnip Season

By | 2014-11-19T16:26:36+00:00 June 15th, 2014|garden, Go Green News, Golden Alexander, Invasive plant, Saratoga County|0 Comments

Being mid June, it's now the time of year that Poison Parsnip (aka Wild Parsnip or Pastinaca sativa) is blooming on the roadsides, ditches, marshes and forest edges of Saratoga County. Many people confuse Poison Parsnip with the early blooming shade tolerant native species plant Golden Alexander (Zizea aurea), which is a larval host plant [...]

11 06, 2014

Edible gardens and Plants for Pollinators in Downtown Saratoga Springs, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:07+00:00 June 11th, 2014|aphids, Bee Balm, Blue Lobelia, edible gardening, edible gardens, Eupatorium maculata, garden, gardening, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Lobelia siphilitica, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, organic gardening, plants, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, vegetable gardening, vegetables, weeding|0 Comments

This summer I was asked to renovate a weedy, overgrown raised bed into an edible garden that includes some native species perennials for pollinators in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. After ripping all the weeds out and setting up the new, non-permanent raised bed just for the kids, we added a mix of vegetables, herbs and [...]

8 06, 2014

Native Plants at the Mall?

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:09+00:00 June 8th, 2014|Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias tuberosa, edible gardens, garden, Go Green News, habitat, habitat plants, herbs, host plants, Ironweed, Milkweed, Monarch butterflies, Monarch butterfly habitat, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, natural, plants, Saratoga, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Scutellaria, Scutellaria incana, vegetable gardening, vegetables, Vernonia noveboracensis|2 Comments

At the Healthy Living Market in the Wilton Mall, just off exit 15 in Saratoga Springs, NY, I've been asked to plant a garden that's a mix of edible annuals (vegetables and flowers) and perennials, herbs and flowering native species. For Saratoga native plant lovers and natural gardening enthusiasts, this is a dream project. It's [...]

22 05, 2014

At the Children’s Butterfly Garden of a Saratoga Elementary School

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:14+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Asclepias incarnata, Bee Balm, Black Cohosh, butterfly gardening, butterfly gardens, butterfly host plant, butterfly host plants, Cimicifuga racemosa, Eupatorium maculata, garden, garden design, garden design in Saratoga, gardening, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, Habitat Gardens, host plants, Lobelia siphilitica, Milkweed, Monarch butterflies, Monarch butterfly habitat, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, plants, plants to attract butterflies, Saratoga, Saratoga County, Saratoga gardens, Trillium, Viola|0 Comments

At the Children's Butterfly Garden of a Saratoga County Elementary School This week I had the privilege of designing a butterfly garden at a Saratoga County Elementary School. The kids were lots of fun to work with, and they were so excited to learn about habitat gardening and the different species of native plants we [...]

21 05, 2014

Second Year in a Glens Falls Woodland Garden

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:16+00:00 May 21st, 2014|garden, garden design, Glens Falls, Go Green News, Native Plants, native plants in Glens Falls, shade garden, shade gardening, shade gardens with native plants, Trillium, woodland garden, woodlands|6 Comments

Last year I started a new woodland garden in Glens Falls, NY, and this week I got a call from the client saying that everything was in bloom and I should come photograph. The picture above shows Trillium luteum and Phlox divaricata. Landscape design for shade gardens is really enjoyable because the structure is a [...]

25 04, 2014

New Woodland Gardens in Clifton Park, NY

By | 2014-11-19T16:27:24+00:00 April 25th, 2014|Black Cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa, Clifton Park, Clifton Park native plants, garden, gardening, Gardening in Saratoga, Go Green News, landscape design in Clifton Park, landscaping, Lobelia siphilitica, Native Plants, native plants in Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, Trillium, woodland garden|3 Comments

This spring there's been a sharp rise in the call for native plant woodland gardens compared to previous years. Landscaping in Saratoga is always delightful because people are so open and receptive to natural landscape designs and native plant use (especially when they hear how much lower maintenance native plant scapes are!) This spring has [...]

9 04, 2014

Native Plants in Malta, NY

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:21+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Go Green News|2 Comments

Native Plants in Malta, NY Since the dawn of 2014 two months ago, there's been an astonishing and welcome push for sustainability in the landscaping industry I work in. Not unlike a tsunami. The year started out with an article on Forbes website about the biodiversity crisis in our country and sincere education about using [...]

13 03, 2014

Native Plant Medicine

By | 2014-11-19T16:27:29+00:00 March 13th, 2014|ecosystem, Go Green News, habitat restoration, Native Plants|0 Comments

Over the past month, I've started writing about something dear to me on the other website I contribute to. The articles focused on native plants, and how they have been used over time medicinally. The articles can be viewed in full here: Wildlife Gardening Medicine. and: Wildlife Gardening Medicine, episode II The basic premise is [...]

30 01, 2014

Winter Seed Sowing Projects

By | 2014-11-19T16:27:31+00:00 January 30th, 2014|butterfly host plant, environment, Go Green News, Native Plants, Saratoga|0 Comments

In the northeast, winter's dreary cold can almost make us forget the glorious spectacle and fun of summer. A close connection to the land and growing things starts to feel like a distant memory, but many gardeners and nature lovers overcome this by engaging in winter seed sowing projects. There are several styles of winter [...]

17 01, 2014

Locally Handmade Greenhouses

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:23+00:00 January 17th, 2014|garden, gardening, Glens Falls, Go Green News, organic gardening, Saratoga, Saratoga Springs|2 Comments

Many gardeners I know dream of acquiring or building a greenhouse. Whether it's to prolong the relatively short upstate New York growing season for vegetable gardening or to start perennials and herbs, wanting a greenhouse seems to go hand in hand with a love for gardening. Sourcing greenhouses can be tricky. Building them well is [...]

10 01, 2014

Is your landscaping designed to be safe for pets?

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:28+00:00 January 10th, 2014|garden, garden design, Go Green News, landscape design in Saratoga, Native Plants, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga Springs|0 Comments

Recently I was invited to write a guest post on the local dog lover's resource website, Saratogadoglovers.com. The post was titled, "Dog Lover's Introduction to Safe Landscaping Practices", and can be read in full by clicking the link. Our pets, our children, area wildlife and human neighbors are really at the mercy of our good [...]

19 11, 2013

Seasonal gratitude from a gardener’s viewpoint

By | 2014-11-19T16:27:41+00:00 November 19th, 2013|garden, Go Green News, Scutellaria|3 Comments

Last week on the other website I contribute to, I wrote an homage to November gratitude, wildlife gardening style. The post is essentially a soliloquy of beautiful moments I experienced over the summer of 2013 and my observations about the garden or ecological settings contributing to the beauty. One experience I forgot to mention is [...]

4 11, 2013

Momma’s habitat garden

By | 2016-11-03T10:29:39+00:00 November 4th, 2013|butterfly gardens, garden, garden design, Go Green News, habitat, Habitat Gardening, Habitat Gardens, hummingbird gardens, landscape design, Lobelia siphilitica, Native Plants, plants, Scutellaria incana, wildlife, wildlife gardens|5 Comments

Momma's habitat garden Over the past several years, my mother (a pragmatic vegetable gardener for most of her life) has been learning about native plants and habitat garden development via Jessecology blogposts. Her initial curiousity bloomed into a real interest, and she's been asking me for some time to help renovate the south side of [...]

31 10, 2013

Ease up on the yard work. It’s just kinder.

By | 2014-11-19T16:27:46+00:00 October 31st, 2013|eco-friendly, fall, Go Green News, habitat, wildlife|0 Comments

This time of year, people wear themselves and each other out with raking, leaf blowers and cutting every green, soft tissued stem they can find down to the ground. It really needs to stop. This incessant fixation on neatness and sterility is counter productive for our wildlife. Many species of birds overwinter in our cold [...]

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