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Author name: Ryan Platte

Native plant nursery in NY.

A native plant nursery is a unique anomaly in the tapestry of time and space. It departs from typical expectations of how a yard should behave. The space around it bends to adjust to its pace and cadence. Much like the Tardis from the Doctor Who universe, an organic wildflower farm can bring you other …

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Inside the greenhouse at the NY flower farm.

Flower Farm in NY. This legacy post hallmarks our company’s beginnings and highlights our growth. In the beginning, when we began a new Flower Farm in NY, We lived in the quiet mountain town of Greenfield. We built our first greenhouse and the first generation of our wildflower farm there. Over the years at the flower …

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In spring 2017 we were delighted to be contacted for a dream project. The volunteers from a nature preserve in Schenectady, NY contacted our company to design a butterfly garden for the preserve. The Woodlawn Nature Preserve is a part of the connected Pine Grove ecosystem, aka the Albany Pine Bush. The Pine Grove is …

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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 needed to turn the tides on the environmental and extinction crises. As people grow more native plants …

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School Butterfly Garden

School Butterfly Garden Planting Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) for Monarch butterfly habitat! We were once approached by a local elementary school’s gardening advocate. A parent activist volunteers for the school gardening club. She wanted to create a school butterfly garden. The garden site is located inside a courtyard, and landscape renovations have been underway there …

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Cardinal Lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis)

Hummingbird Gardens in the Urban Setting. Recently we were invited to design + build several urban hummingbird gardens. The urban setting is a wonderful spot to create hummingbird garden sanctuaries. The concept of giving city dwelling wildlife a safe space to feed, drink, hide and reproduce in wildlife gardens is an exceptional one. Literally a …

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Baptisia tinctoria flower in a Saratoga Springs, NY butterfly habitat garden.

Butterfly Habitat + the Future It’s early winter at the wildflower farm, and we’re dreaming of spring. We’ve been doing our annual greenhouse seed sowing this week, building the foundation for spring. And doing some year-end reflections on the nature of the work. In general, the world’s been in flux for a few years. There’s …

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Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a highly recommended book. It is transformational to read. You get to experience life for a while from a wildlife rehabilitator’s perspective. People who do this kind of work get to see a whole extra world hidden to most normal civilians. A new acquaintance is also a wildlife …

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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 …

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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 …

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