Second Year in the Glenville Butterfly Garden

Last year in May I was called to design a new butterfly garden in Glenville, NY, using exclusively NY native plants. This photo was taken the spring of the second year in the Glenville butterfly garden, this May, as it was just starting to develop for the season. And the second photo is the view [...]

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

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 [...]

Edible Gardening for Children in Saratoga Springs, NY

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 [...]

The Big Wildflower Garden Work in Progress on Saratoga Lake

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 [...]

A New Secret Garden in Saratoga Springs, NY

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 [...]

Poison Parsnip Season

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Native Plants at the Mall?

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Second Year in a Glens Falls Woodland Garden

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 [...]

New Woodland Gardens in Clifton Park, NY

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 [...]

Locally Handmade Greenhouses

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 [...]

Is your landscaping designed to be safe for pets?

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 [...]

Seasonal gratitude from a gardener’s viewpoint

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 [...]

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Momma’s habitat garden

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 [...]

Rain gardens and an apple orchard near Saratoga Springs, NY

Rain gardens and an apple orchard near Saratoga Springs, NY This week I was the landscape designer for a fun and useful beautification project near Saratoga Springs, NY that included a simple storm catch basin rain garden and a miniature apple orchard. The rain garden sits at the drainage spout for the neighborhood's storm water [...]

A wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY

A wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY This week I completed a landscape renovation that was of special interest to me: an urban habitat garden that is part of an unofficially connected patchwork quilt shaped wildlife corridor in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. Migrating birds and butterflies will find this region more and more appealing as [...]

Habitat garden design at the Bed and Breakfast on Glen Lake.

Habitat garden design at the Bed and Breakfast on Glen Lake This past week one of the most delightful projects fell into my lap: a new habitat garden design at a bed and breakfast on Glen Lake in Lake George, NY. The property is owned by some of the lovliest people: educators and ecology enthusiasts. [...]

Town of Queensbury municipal gardens project

This July I was delighted to be asked to take on a garden renovation and new design project for the town of Queensbury, NY at a municipal garden site. The gardens are located at the busiest corner in town, across from the Lowe's. The community knows this space affectionately as the, "$50,000 corner" due to [...]

A new butterfly garden in Malta, NY

Sometimes a strategy ecologically savvy landscape designers use to decide what to plant where on a property is to observe what plants are already growing and use them as ecological indicator species. The new butterfly garden in Malta, NY, installed over the past week was subject to this ecological landscape design technique. This Asclepias tuberosa [...]

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