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

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

Year Two in the Corporate Habitat Garden

Year Two in the Corporate Habitat Garden Last summer I was contacted by a forward thinking financial advisor in Clifton Park, NY to renovate her landscaping into something more natural and easy to care for. The area where the garden was planted sits right under a mature Ash tree, creating dry, woodland-like conditions, and so [...]

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

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 [...]

By |2017-07-27T12:26:07-04:00July 26th, 2017|Asclepias incarnata, butterfly host plant, Eupatorium maculata, garden, Golden Alexander, habitat, habitat plants, Ironweed, Joe Pye Weed, Monarch butterflies, Native Plants, plants, Vernonia noveboracensis, wetland habitat, wetlands, Zizia aurea|Comments Off on Butterfly Garden at the Schenectady, NY Woodlawn Nature Preserve

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

Invasives and Nuance

Invasives and Nuance I've had a long and complicated relationship with Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), and we finally broke up for good this year. The opening photo shows C. perfoliatum's cousin, Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum). It's Invasive Species Awareness Week, so I thought maybe it's a good time to open up about my experience of [...]<