Archive for the ‘Horticulture’ category

Video: Learn About the North American Orchid Conservation Center

December 10, 2012

The video is four minutes long.  Great things on the horizon to protect our native orchids.

 

Long Island Native Plant Initiative Plant Sale Coming Up In June

May 10, 2012

The LINPI plant sale will happen June 1-2 and 8-9 at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead.  For a species list and announcement CLICK HERE.

Below are photos of Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa, in flower and fruit and available at the sale.

Photo Kim Smith

Photo Steve Young

Long Island Native Plant Initiative Plant Sale

April 30, 2012

There are 35 species of grasses, flowering plants, and shrubs native to Long Island up for sale.

 Dates: Fri. June 1st and Sat. June 2nd &

Fri. June 8th and Sat. June 9th

9am – 1pm or by appointment

Location: Suffolk County Community College, Eastern Campus Greenhouse

121 Speonk-Riverhead Road

Riverhead, NY 11901

For more information or to reserve plant material, contact Polly.Weigand@suffolkcountyny.gov / 631-727-2315 ext. 3

‘Like’ LINPI on facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Long-Island-Native-Plant-Initiative-LINPI/112770918750630

 

Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank Taps New Collection Coordinator

April 23, 2012

Ed Toth, Director of NYC Parks Dept. Native Plant Center on Staten Island, recently announced the hiring of a new seed collection coordinator:

I am very excited to introduce Jeannine Strenk, our first employee, who joined us this past week as Seed Collection Coordinator for the Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank.  Jeannine joins us from the Chicago Botanic Garden/CLM internship program, where she assisted in coordinating and supervising the Seeds of Success program for the State of Wyoming.  Jeannine will be responsible for overseeing all collection activities as well as working with us to develop the MARS-B program, particulary with collection training workshops, outreach, website development, etc.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Greenbelt Native Plant Center.

 

Learn New York’s Trees, Shrubs, and Vines at Landis Arboretum’s New Native Plant Collection

March 23, 2012

Landis Arboretum, high on a hilltop above the Village of Esperance in Schoharie County, is the best place to see New York’s native trees, shrubs, and vines thanks to the hard work of Ed Miller, volunteer curator of the native plant collection.  At last count, Ed had planted well over 200 species, omitting noxious, alpine, and rare and endangered plants as well as many from the coastal plain that wouldn’t grow well there. Even so, there are species like tupelo, red bud, cucumber magnolia, and persimmon that seem to be doing well and the warming climate doesn’t hurt either. Some northern species like bog birch and balsam popular are doing well too.  Not all species thrive the first time and some have had to be replanted like the sweet birches and witch hobble.

The garden's Willow Pond Trail leads to Ed's Native Plant Collection. This visit took place in early December 2011.

Following a lead from Kew Gardens in England, they planted each species with its family members.  This makes it possible for serious students to easily compare the details of closely related plants. For instance, all 12 species of native oaks are in one area, all six species of maple in another, and all five birches in still another. Other families are similarly grouped.

This area is where all the members of the sumac family can be found.

Since not all plants of the same family like the same conditions, there are areas that feature plants that like the same habitat, like sun, shade and wetlands. Many of the planting areas have mailboxes that contain a laminated map showing where each species is planted.  The other side of the map tells something about the family or the local habitat.

Ed pulls a map from one of the discovery mailboxes in the open sunny habitat.

One of the most popular sites along the the native plant trail is the Bog Garden. It provides a home for trees and shrubs of northern acid bogs and its log structure can be seen from the Landis barn as you approach from the main entrance.  Its a great chance to see these plants up close from a habitat that is often difficult to access.

From the barn, head east to the wooden bog garden. You may find Ed there to greet you!

Now is a great time to visit the garden to see the early flowers of many of the woodies, especially the overlooked wind-pollinated trees. The native plant trail is an excellent teaching tool and an invaluable resource for learning the woody plants of New York. Come visit soon!

In this area you will find the native dogwoods grouped together.

Another good time to visit will be the spring book and plant sale on May 19th, 10am to 4pm.  See their website calendar for details.

DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery Kicks Off Annual Tree And Shrub Seedling Sale And Giveaway

February 14, 2012

From the DEC Press Release:

Landowners Can Take Advantage of Low-Cost Native Plants, Schools Can Get Them Free.

More than 50 species of trees and shrubs are now available to schools and public and private landowners at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery, DEC announced today. The Saratoga Tree Nursery provides trees for erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation and other uses.  For further information CLICK HERE.

Staff working at the Saratoga Tree Nursery (DEC photo)

Virtual Guide to Native Ferns at the Mt. Cuba Center

January 28, 2012

This is one of a series of videos and information about the native plants at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware.  Of course many of the plants are native to New York as well. Watch out or you may be spending a lot of time delving into all of this great information!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MtCubaCenter#p/u/9/2LxXJMjLpdc


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