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A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and Coreopsis rosea in the Monarch Butterfly Waystation at Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, NY. Swamp Milkweed is often a better fit for home gardens than Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), though both support the Monarch butterfly. At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny's space in [...]

By |2018-01-22T20:47:14-05:00February 15th, 2018|Butterfly, garden, Monarch butterflies, Monarch waystation, native plants|Comments Off on A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping

Wildlife Gardening Medicine- Healing Both Humans and the Land

Natural gardens and natural landscaping with Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum) and Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). 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 [...]

By |2018-01-22T16:11:42-05:00February 8th, 2018|wildlife gardening|Comments Off on Wildlife Gardening Medicine- Healing Both Humans and the Land

Peeking into the Wildlife Rehabilitators World

When I first read Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt I remember being absolutely transported to another place as I tried to picture a day in the life of a wildlife rehabilitator, like Ms. Haupt herself. When I learned that a new friend was also a wildlife rehabilitator, I knew I had to connect with [...]

By |2018-01-22T15:02:22-05:00February 2nd, 2018|habitat, wildlife|Comments Off on Peeking into the Wildlife Rehabilitators World

Butterfly Gardening With the Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve

Native plant butterfly garden planting day in Schenectady, NY. This spring I was delighted to be contacted for a dream project: the volunteers from a nature preserve in Schenectady, NY contacted me to design a butterfly garden for the preserve. The Woodlawn Nature Preserve is a part of the connected Pine Grove ecosystem, [...]

By |2018-01-22T14:33:19-05:00January 29th, 2018|butterfly gardening, garden|Comments Off on Butterfly Gardening With the Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve

More About the Lyme Tick Nurseries

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 [...]

By |2018-01-22T14:05:52-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Japanese Barberry, lyme disease, ticks|Comments Off on More About the Lyme Tick Nurseries

Urban wildlife gardens

Lately urban wildlife gardens have been on my mind a lot. Maybe its because of a book I read recently called Crow Planet, by author Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Ms. Haupt has a lot to say about the nature of wildness, that many of us are locked up in our heads believing that nature is out [...]

By |2017-07-24T09:02:12-04:00July 29th, 2017|garden, native plants, wildlife, wildlife gardens|Comments Off on Urban wildlife gardens

Corporate habitat garden project

Corporate Habitat Garden Project In Clifton Park, NY (southern Saratoga county) on Route 9, a savvy financial advisor has been watching trends in landscaping. Deborah Christopher, whose Edward Jones office is located in a strip mall on State Route 9, heard about prominent entomologist Douglas Tallamys research and ecological trend-setting for redefining curb appeal to [...]

By |2017-07-27T12:29:37-04:00July 27th, 2017|Black Cohosh, Clifton Park, garden, habitat, Habitat Gardens, habitat gardens in Clifton Park, native plants|Comments Off on Corporate habitat garden project

Scenes from the librarian’s wildlife garden

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 [...]

By |2017-07-23T21:27:37-04:00July 23rd, 2017|bird gardens, Blue Lupine, garden, Habitat Gardens, native plants, wildlife gardens|Comments Off on Scenes from the librarian’s wildlife garden

Bog Habitat Gardening Inspiration

Bog Habitat Gardening Inspiration In one of my college ecology classes, I remember doing some field work in a bog habitat in the southern Adirondack region of New York state. Bogs: though similar to swamps or marshes, are a distinctive kind of wetland where peat forms from dead plant matter, the BBC nature website explains. [...]

By |2017-06-06T17:48:46-04:00July 6th, 2017|garden inspiration, habitat, Lythrum salicaria, native plants, Saratoga Springs, NY|Comments Off on Bog Habitat Gardening Inspiration