An inspired wildlife garden in southern Saratoga

This week a challenge was posed to imagine turning this sandy pine forest edge into a native plant habitat oasis. Many ecological factors need to be taken into consideration: the complete abscense of any nutrients in the sandy soil, the slope of the hill that lends to erosion, and lack of water retention in quickly [...]

Ecological Gardening in the Connected Pine Grove

A recent rainy Monday found me on a break between two client's in the Hudson Point Nature Preserve. This nature preserve is a 2 minute walk from the garden I was working in; 10 minutes drive from Lake George and 20 minutes from Saratoga. This particular wildlife habitat gets significantly less press and applause than [...]

A niche plant

Today while walking in the forest near my house, I saw an indicator that spring is about to turn to summer: lots of Ladyslipper Orchids in full bloom. These endangered wildflowers find a secret pocket to thrive in dappled sunlit spots in the Connected Pine Grove. These orchids are astonishing: but don't touch please. If [...]

On Blue Lupine

Ecologists label the area of the world where I live as the, "Connected Pine Grove." This classification refers to the naturally occuring pockets of Karner Blue butterfly habitat areas between Albany, Saratoga and the greater Glens Falls region. The Wilton Wildlife Preserve, just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY is the key protected area serving as [...]

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