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 [...]

Sustainable Landscaping for New Construction

This summer a longtime landscaping dream crystallized into reality for me: I was called on to be the landscape designer at a new Saratoga County construction site. The homes are located in a new subdivision in Clifton Park and use a lot of high end, eco-friendly building materials from the Saratoga Springs based Green Conscience [...]

Breeding Success in the Monarch Waystation at Healthy Living

Imagine my delight to see a Monarch caterpillar at the Saratoga Springs Healthy Living Market's certified Monarch Waystation during a visit this week! When I initially wrote about the Monarch waystation project, I mentioned I didn't expect to even see butterflies this year; I definitely didn't think we'd see Monarch breeding success in the waystation [...]

The Birthday Foundation Landscaping on Saratoga Lake

This June I decided to spend my birthday creating a foundation landscape design for a client in Malta, NY, right on Saratoga Lake. The house, located so close to the lake, is built with a high foundation to prevent flooding issues. We used New York state native plants in the design to grow as tall [...]

Year Two in a Saratoga Springs, NY Eco-friendly Garden

In July of 2013 I designed and installed an eco-friendly garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. The new, eco-friendly landscaping is mostly located in the front yard of the property, and it's really developed into something beautiful this year. We decided to create a formal garden theme to fit the track neighborhood motif. There is gorgeous [...]

Edible gardens and Plants for Pollinators in Downtown Saratoga Springs, NY

This summer I was asked to renovate a weedy, overgrown raised bed into an edible garden that includes some native species perennials for pollinators in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. After ripping all the weeds out and setting up the new, non-permanent raised bed just for the kids, we added a mix of vegetables, herbs and [...]

Native Plants at the Mall?

At the Healthy Living Market in the Wilton Mall, just off exit 15 in Saratoga Springs, NY, I've been asked to plant a garden that's a mix of edible annuals (vegetables and flowers) and perennials, herbs and flowering native species. For Saratoga native plant lovers and natural gardening enthusiasts, this is a dream project. It's [...]

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 [...]

Momma’s habitat garden

Momma's habitat garden Over the past several years, my mother (a pragmatic vegetable gardener for most of her life) has been learning about native plants and habitat garden development via Jessecology blogposts. Her initial curiousity bloomed into a real interest, and she's been asking me for some time to help renovate the south side of [...]

Rain gardens and an apple orchard near Saratoga Springs, NY

Rain gardens and an apple orchard near Saratoga Springs, NY This week I was the landscape designer for a fun and useful beautification project near Saratoga Springs, NY that included a simple storm catch basin rain garden and a miniature apple orchard. The rain garden sits at the drainage spout for the neighborhood's storm water [...]

A wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY

A wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY This week I completed a landscape renovation that was of special interest to me: an urban habitat garden that is part of an unofficially connected patchwork quilt shaped wildlife corridor in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY. Migrating birds and butterflies will find this region more and more appealing as [...]

Edible gardens and eco-friendly landscaping in Clifton Park, NY

Edible gardens and eco-friendly landscaping in Clifton Park, NY Edible plants can nicely augment eco-friendly gardens. In Clifton Park, NY (which is located in southern Saratoga County), there's an eco-friendly landscaped property that we've used edible gardens and edible plants and herbs generously in the design. The above photo contains a June-bearing Strawberry as groundcover [...]

Town of Queensbury municipal gardens project

This July I was delighted to be asked to take on a garden renovation and new design project for the town of Queensbury, NY at a municipal garden site. The gardens are located at the busiest corner in town, across from the Lowe's. The community knows this space affectionately as the, "$50,000 corner" due to [...]

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 [...]

New eco-friendly garden design in Saratoga Springs.

This week I was called to create a new, eco-friendly garden design in Saratoga Springs, NY. This lovely, thoughtfully landscaped property is minutes from the Saratoga race track. The garden's design composition can be designated "eco-friendly" and a low maintenance landscape because the plants we chose are species native to the Saratoga region, with the [...]

Some ecological notes from Saratoga County

Being an ecological garden designer in Saratoga County involves a constant reawakening it seems. Every day the world seems new. The habitat here is so rich, so vibrant that most days I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Everywhere you turn in Clifton Park, Burnt Hills, Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs and all other regions encompassed by [...]

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 [...]