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Chris Burghart Garden

Posted & filed under Local Gardens, Uncategorized.

A Slowly and Constantly Evolving Landscape … When Chris moved to Juniper Place in 2012, with the exception of the mature maples, there were less than ten plants on the property. That year three rhododendrons and a handful of perennials were added and in 2014 more defined beds were formed. In 2016, the sandy circle […]

Johanna Garrison Garden 

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Wild Whimsy Since 2015, Johanna keeps finding ways to squeeze more native plants onto her fifth-acre plot without completely forsaking areas of lawn that grew in naturally (bunnies love the dandelions and clover). A few cultivars remain, but overall, Johanna’s garden is roughly 90% straight species, the majority sourced from Wild Things Rescue Nursery.  Delicious Addition An avid veggie gardener as well, she and her husband greatly benefit from foodscaping. Johanna has even documented sweat bees pollinating their tomato plants—a much rarer […]

2023 DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery Sale

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Well, it is that time of year again and the annual NYDEC Tree Sale is on! Select verities do sell out quickly so make sure you have your order ready to go on January 3rd. The last day to order is May 12th and they will contact you with pick-up/shipping information. The great news is […]

Wild Cucumber

Posted & filed under Native Species.

Echinocystis lobata is one of the many native vine plants here in New York. The vine gracefully grows up trees and over hedge rows with a mutual agreement so no harm is done to the supporting plant. As an annual, the vine itself only lives for one year so it won’t strangle a host plant. […]

Jack in the Pulpit Highlight

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Arisaema stewardsonii is typically thought of as a spring ephemeral since that is when it blooms. However, if one were to continue watching, a stunning seed head will form in the fall! While most homes are built on land that has been drained off, this swamp-loving plant will sometimes grace homeowners with more wet and shady […]

Sustainable Living Center

Posted & filed under Local Native Gardens.

The Sustainable Living Center is a section of the Schenectady County Cornel Cooperative Extension. They sure know how to pack in a lot of features into an area. Activities for kids, a seasonal food share program, and what brought us there a pollinator garden that is being converted to plants native to New York! Keep […]

Giant Yellow Hyssop Highlight

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Hyssop is a popular plant to attract pollinators to their garden. However, the native Giant Yellow Hyssop is considered endangered here in New York. If you are looking to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden then this is a must-have. Another great perk is that this one is deer resistant. Growing Conditions Place the […]

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

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Settled on 450+ serene acres of wetlands, forests, and fields with 10+ miles of trails Five Rivers is located at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar, NY 12054. The environmental education center is not only filled with educational displays but also topped with a mix of solar panels and a living green roof! Please make sure […]

Jewelweed Highlight

Posted & filed under Native Species, Pollinator.

Jewelweed is another plant with “weed” in the common name and, while it may grow like a weed, there is so much more to this fantastic native plant! Spotted Jewelweed Impatiens capensis and Pale Jewelweed Impatiens pallida are the two species that live here in the Capital Region of New York. Make sure to add […]

Spicebush Replaces Forsythia

Posted & filed under Butterfly, Gardening Tips, Native Shrubs, Native Species, Pollinator.

Spicebush replaces Forsythia as a harbinger of Spring! Makes a great title even if it is a bit of a misnomer. Spicebush has been around for quite some time and because of that, it does so much more than make a seasonal privacy fence. Forsythia’s Rise in Popularity Now many of you may be wondering […]