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 be open about my experience of […]

From the New York Botanical Garden


Recently I attended a symposium at the New York Botanical Garden called, The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities. I was especially curious to hear Emma Marris, author of The Rambunctious Garden speak, and I wasn’t disappointed. I promised last month to write about the symposium’s content. Honestly, I’m still digesting the message from the […]

A Monarch Waystation in a Mall’s Landscaping


At the Healthy Living Market, which occupies the old JC Penny’s space in the Wilton Mall of Saratoga Springs, NY, there is a new Monarch Waystation site. I had the privilege of doing a landscape renovation to the surrounding island beds and sidewalk gardens this spring. We included many native perennials, and cumulatively the site […]

Butterfly Gardening With the Friends of the Woodlawn Preserve


This spring I was delighted to be contacted for a dream project: the volunteers from a nature preserve in Scenectady, NY contacted me to design a butterfly garden for the preserve. The Woodlawn Nature Preserve is a part of the connected Pine Grove ecosystem, aka the “Albany Pine Bush,” which is a series of geographically […]

A Courtyard Butterfly Garden at the Elementary School


Planting Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) for Monarch butterfly habitat! I was approached last year by a local elementary school’s gardening advocate, a parent who heads up a gardening club for about 25 children. The school garden is located inside a courtyard, and landscape renovations have been underway there for several years. The kids were excited […]

New Woodland Garden Project


Spring has arrived after a delay so serious in the northeast that many of us were questioning if the warm weather would ever come again. I’ve gotten a lot of calls for shade garden designs in the past couple weeks, or woodland gardens with our lovely woodland native plants. This type of gardens are especially […]

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