Author: Kristi Shepler

An Emerging Gardener

Unlike years past when we’d gone to the garden center with the crowds on Memorial Dayweekend to find a load of annuals and would come home to stick them in the yard, this time wewatched the ground as soon as the snow melted, wondering just what would grow. The past fall,we’d smothered the grass turf […] Continue reading "An Emerging Gardener"

What is a Seed Swap?

New to a seed swap concept?It is just like the cookie swaps that happen near the holidays, where everyone brings a plate of cookies. Then everyone goes around and makes a plate to take home with all the different types of cookies. This way you get a bunch of different types of cookies without our […] Continue reading "What is a Seed Swap?"

2024 Saratoga Tree Nursery Sale

Ordering Information Jan 2nd to May 10th All orders are filled in the order received. Some species sell out quickly, so order early. Use the following link for pricing, quantities, and to place your order. https://dec.ny.gov/nature/forests-trees/saratoga-tree-nursery/spring-seedling-sale From the 2022 Seedling Booklet: New York seed sources are used when available. When New York seed sources are […] Continue reading "2024 Saratoga Tree Nursery Sale"

Happy New Year

Ring in 2024! Volunteer Not going to ask you to make any dreaded “New Year’s resolutions”. Instead, I invite you to consider how you may engage further with Wild Ones and our community. You already read our blog, so here are some suggestions on how to get the most from your membership in 2024: Opportunities […] Continue reading "Happy New Year"

Chris Burghart Garden

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 […] Continue reading "Chris Burghart Garden"

Johanna Garrison Garden 

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 […] Continue reading "Johanna Garrison Garden "

Wild Cucumber

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. […] Continue reading "Wild Cucumber"

Jack in the Pulpit Highlight

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 […] Continue reading "Jack in the Pulpit Highlight"

Sustainable Living Center

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 […] Continue reading "Sustainable Living Center"