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 [...]

New Native Plant Gardens in Saratoga Region

Blue Mistflower in a Saratoga Springs Garden This year brought many new native plant garden projects, and many return customers who wanted more projects where mature natural gardening projects exist already. Natural landscaping can be addicting like that, once a person experiences how easy and beautiful native plant landscaping is, and how many wonderful [...]

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 [...]

Ecological Garden Renovations at the Farm in Saratoga

This summer I had the privilege of doing ecological garden renovations at a farm in Saratoga. The farm is located in quintessential farm country, heading east on the way to Schuylerville, surrounded by miles on all sides of wild beauty. It's a dream location for this exact kind of project: planting dozens of native plants [...]

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 [...]

Front Yard Gardens by the Oklahoma Track in Saratoga Springs, NY

Last year I did a landscape renovation for an urban client that I felt crystalized a wildlife corridor in Saratoga Springs, NY through the positioning of multiple individual local properties with eco-savvy landscape design. This habitat renewal space is located in front yard gardens by the Oklahoma Track, on East Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The [...]

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 [...]

The Monarch Butterfly Waystation at Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs, NY

This spring I was delighted to be asked to be a part of one of the loveliest projects I could imagine. There's a health food store in Saratoga Springs, NY called Healthy Living, which occupies the former JC Penny retail location in the Wilton Mall. Healthy Living sells organic and artisan foods, much of it [...]

Edible Gardening for Children in Saratoga Springs, NY

These days a lot of people want to grow their own organic food in edible gardens, at home. In Saratoga Springs I have several clients who have edible gardens in raised beds like the one shown here. It is always a good idea to plant to attract pollinators, like the Sunflower, Borage and Nasturtium in [...]

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 [...]

The Big Wildflower Garden Work in Progress on Saratoga Lake

About this time last year I was contacted for one of the largest landscape design projects I've had the pleasure of working on to date. The formal wildflower garden project on Saratoga Lake is in its second year of development, and it's really starting to take shape into what it will look like. The homeowners [...]

A New Secret Garden in Saratoga Springs, NY

Recently I had the opportunity to help develop a new secret garden in Saratoga Springs, NY. There was a small, disorganized collection of existing shrubs and perennials in an established bed by the patio that backed up to a wild, overgrown woodland area. It was easy and fun to bring some order to the garden [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is your landscaping designed to be safe for pets?

Recently I was invited to write a guest post on the local dog lover's resource website, Saratogadoglovers.com. The post was titled, "Dog Lover's Introduction to Safe Landscaping Practices", and can be read in full by clicking the link. Our pets, our children, area wildlife and human neighbors are really at the mercy of our good [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]