Planting a Butterfly Garden with the Homeschool Group

This week, to coincide with the first snowfall I had the delightful privilege of planting a butterfly garden with a homeschool group. The children in this homeschool group happen to be the progeny of my best friend from childhood, so this butterfly garden planting adventure was extra special for me. A few weeks before we [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Some ecological notes from Saratoga County

Being an ecological garden designer in Saratoga County involves a constant reawakening it seems. Every day the world seems new. The habitat here is so rich, so vibrant that most days I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Everywhere you turn in Clifton Park, Burnt Hills, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs and all other regions encompassed by [...]

Adding native plants to the bluebird house gardens in Burnt Hills, NY

Last summer I began transforming a bland ornamental garden in Burnt Hills, NY into a colorful, low maintenance native plant habitat oasis. We began referring to the newly eco-friendly garden property as, "the bluebird house" because soon after the addition of the first round of native plants bluebirds began frequenting the gardens and yard. One [...]

New bird gardens in Saratoga Springs, NY

Last week I was commissioned to design and install some new bird gardens for a Saratoga Springs, NY property using native plants. Podophyllum peltatum, Mayapple and Sambucus canadensis, Elderberry were added to the bed in the above photo to create an understory with edible fruits that birds love to eat seasonally. This property sits adjacent [...]

Saratoga Springs Celebrity Gardening With Allison Mack: Part I

Saratoga Springs celebrity gardening with Allison Mack? I think it's taken me roughly a year to process something really cool that's happening in my business and personal life. Somehow an internationally famous actress and activist heard about my ecological garden design business and in the summer of 2012, she contacted me to develop a wildlife [...]

New butterfly garden in Glenville, NY

This week I designed a butterfly garden in Glenville, NY. The bed is in constant dappled sun, so we chose butterfly host and nectar plants acclimated for both full sun and partial shade, as well as some native species shrubs to increase shady effect. Ninebark and Lindera were used, both support butterfly habitat as a [...]

Organic edible gardening in Glens Falls, NY

Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with a fun young couple in Glens Falls, NY (in the capital region) to co-create their first organic edible garden. The couple happen to be newlyweds and new homeowners, and joy permeates their property in a palpable way. It feels like all the edible gardening here will do [...]

More butterfly habitat gardening insights

This past weekend I had the privilege of being asked to teach a workshop on butterfly habitat gardening at the Albany 2013 Capital District Garden and Flower Show. I've since heard from several people who wanted to attend and couldn't; this post will summarize the butterfly habitat gardening presentation. Carole Sevilla Brown recently composed an [...]

Springing into the edible garden. (and planting peas in the rain.)

A week and a half ago on the other website I contribute to,, I wrote about my 2012 edible container garden, and had taken some pictures at the Saratoga Organic Supply store where my friend is currently growing some beautiful, healthy, organic leafy green vegetables. Stopping in a week and a half later, I [...]

Some thoughts on Noah’s Garden

Winter in the North East is quieter for gardeners than other seasons, and many of us revel in the downtime by reading our ecology and gardening books. The quintessential handbook on ecological gardening is, inarguably, Noah's Garden by Sara Stein. She published this fine volume in 1993, and it was absolutely engineered by a pioneering [...]

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Edible gardening workshop at the fair

Contrary to what many people think, many farmers and gardeners are still harvesting delicious organic produce even this late in the fall. Thoughtful planning in the edible garden (coupled with good rainfall and temperature conditions) can expand the limits of conventional vegetable gardens and increase our capacity to eat fresh, healthy, organic food longer. Edible [...]

A new edible garden installation in Saratoga Springs, NY

October started in the most lovely way I could have wished for: planting a mostly edible native plants garden in Saratoga in the balmy, tasteful weather. We have a proud line of 12 Jerusalem Artichokes (Helianthus tuberosa) on either side of the fence, with some Goldenrod "Fireworks" (Solidago rugosa) interplanted. The front edge is June-bearing [...]

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 [...]

More habitat garden development in Clifton Park, NY using native plant species.

This week I completed installation of a habitat garden in Clifton Park using native plants. Like many gardens in the capital region, adding native plants gives an immediate and noticeable influx of wildlife motion. This property has a forest edge and natural wetland habitat within a half a mile. Butterflies and songbirds are nearby and [...]