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 [...]

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

Replacing Barberry with Native Wildflowers in Saratoga Springs, NY

Recently I wrote an article about the link between using Japanese Barberry shrubs in landscaping and an increase in human Lyme disease infection rates in the surrounding neighborhoods. As people in Saratoga Springs, NY are learning about how we the people are collaborating against ourselves in a public health crisis through lazy and shortsighted landscaping practices, [...]

By |2017-07-10T18:07:00-04:00July 9th, 2017|ecosystem, Invasive plant, Japanese Barberry, landscape design in Saratoga, landscaping, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY, summer|Comments Off on Replacing Barberry with Native Wildflowers in Saratoga Springs, NY

Please stop with the Lyme tick nurseries

In the region of upstate New York where I live, Lyme disease- an infection of the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that's spread primarily by deer ticks- has become an epidemic. All the odd controversies aside, there are physical realities about this situation that are not being acknowledged. Primarily the reality that we are a part of [...]

By |2016-12-19T23:37:06-05:00December 10th, 2016|Japanese Barberry, lyme disease, Native Plants, native plants in Saratoga, Saratoga, Saratoga County|Comments Off on Please stop with the Lyme tick nurseries

Privacy Landscaping in Saratoga Springs

Privacy Landscaping in Saratoga   Quick, don't think about it just answer: what do you think of your neighbors? Do you secretly cringe when they catch you at the mailbox? Or do you like them enough to comfortably share the neighborhood without overthinking it? I'm asking because "landscaping for privacy" is brought up [...]

By |2016-11-03T10:28:11-04:00October 7th, 2015|garden, landscape design in Saratoga, landscaping, Native Plants, native plants, Saratoga, Saratoga gardens, Saratoga native plants, Saratoga Springs, Saratoga Springs, NY|Comments Off on Privacy Landscaping in Saratoga Springs

A Butterfly Garden for the Monastery

Archimandrite Athanasy in the Monastery Gardens   This fall I had the delightful opportunity to design and install a new butterfly garden at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA in the yard for Archimandrite Athanasy. Butterfly Garden for St. Anna The monks at the Monastery keep honeybees and sell the [...]

By |2016-11-03T10:28:13-04:00October 3rd, 2015|butterfly garden, butterfly gardens, garden, Native Plants, native plants, wildflower, wildflower gardens|Comments Off on A Butterfly Garden for the Monastery