Butterfly Garden at the Schenectady, NY Woodlawn Nature Preserve

This week saw the much anticipated butterfly garden installation at the Woodlawn Nature Preserve in Schenectady, NY. The Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve contacted me to design a butterfly garden that the volunteers could plant. The nature preserve is located at the edge of a Schenectady district elementary school, and the butterfly garden site is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Winter Seed Sowing Projects

In the northeast, winter's dreary cold can almost make us forget the glorious spectacle and fun of summer. A close connection to the land and growing things starts to feel like a distant memory, but many gardeners and nature lovers overcome this by engaging in winter seed sowing projects. There are several styles of winter [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Asclepias tuberosa in bloom

It's early July and the Asclepias tuberosa (Orange butterflyweed) is in bloom in the Saratoga, Springs gardens. I have yet to spot any Monarch butterflies, but hopefully with their host plant in bloom they will appear out of the shadows. I have noticed an unusual abundance of dragonflies- perhaps due to the excess of rainfall [...]

More scenes from the Jessecology designed Ballston Spa nature preserve

Recently I wrote about building a nature preserve garden in Ballston Spa, NY. The project occupies a space of approximately a half an acre in Saratoga County, and it's difficult to capture the beauty and all the different perspectives of such a space. So. Here are a handful of photographs that were not included the [...]

Building a nature preserve garden in Ballston Spa, NY

Over the past month, I've had the honor of being a part of a project so lovely it takes my breath away. A delightful couple in Ballston Spa, NY (just outside of Saratoga Springs) contacted me around Mother's Day with an opportunity to build a nature preserve, with native plant gardens on a half an [...]

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 [...]

Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly in the herb garden

This past Sunday a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly visited our Saratoga Springs container herb garden. It was the first I'd seen all season. We had a Lindera benzoin "Spicebush," which is the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly's host plant, in a container in the holding area for Monday delivery. Butterfly intuition about host plant location in the garden [...]

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 Monarch butterfly habitat garden in Queensbury, NY

Photo from websource Recently I mentioned how Monarch butterflies have declined as a species this year. Ecologists across the country are encouraging home owners, gardeners, landscape designers and proprietors of public spaces to plant more Milkweed. Milkweed, the native plant family Asclepias, is the Monarch caterpillar's host plant. When we integrate it into our gardens, [...]

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 [...]

A new woodland garden in Glens Falls, NY

This week found me building a new woodland garden full of native woodland plants in Glens Falls, NY, which is ten minutes south of Lake George. The garden beds that were filled sit underneath the shade of two Sugar Maples most of the day, but not so close to the Maple trees to dry the [...]