Archive for the ‘Horticulture’ category

State Rare Plants Featured on Green Roof at SUNY ESF

January 5, 2011

When the new Gateway Building is finished on the the campus of SUNY ESF it will feature a green roof containing New York’s largest living collection of state protected and rare plants, according to the alumni magazine.

For more details and the full article CLICK HERE.

ESF Gateway Building when finished


Adirondack Botanical Garden Established

December 14, 2010

David Campbell of Queensbury has established the Adirondack Botanical Garden.  Their mission is to promote education in the fields of horticulture, botany, and ecology in the Adirondacks and Capital Region of New York State. For more information go to their website at:

We hope to have more information about the garden in a later post.

Dr. Don Leopold from ESF Discusses Planting Native Plants for Green Roofs

September 8, 2010

This is a short segment on YNN of Don talking about the merits of planting native plants for green roofs.  Click Here.

Workshop on “Gardening With Native Plants on a Budget”

June 25, 2010

The Farmscape Ecology Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm, Columbia County, is offering a four-session workshop on gardening with native plants on a budget, which will be facilitated by experienced landscaper Ruth Dufault of Bittersweet Gardens. The workshop will take place once a month during the summer and will be held at the Creekhouse on Hawthorne Valley Farm in Harlemville, Ghent.

So, what is a native plant? Why should we worry about whether the plants we cultivate in our gardens are native or not? And are there even any native plants decorative enough to warrant their cultivation in an ornamental garden? How about their susceptibility to deer browsing? Which ones need shade, which ones love sun, which ones go together well? And where would I get these native plants from, short of going out and digging them up in their natural habitat?

If you have you ever wondered about any of these questions, this hands-on gardening workshop with landscaper Ruth Dufault (Bittersweet Gardens) offered by the Farmscape Ecology Program at Hawthorne Valley Farm might be for you. Supported by Judy Sullivan from Project Native, who will showcase examples of native plants available at some local nurseries, Ruth will start the four-session workshop with an in-door introduction to gardening with native plants. During the following practical, hands-on, half-day, out-door sessions, Ruth will facilitate the participant’s involvement in planning and implementing a native plant garden around the newly renovated home of the Farmscape Ecology Program, the “Creekhouse” (former Hawthorn Clinic) in Harlemville. She will help participants envision the different native habitats that might be represented in the future garden, facilitate the selection of appropriate plant species, demonstrate soil preparation, and begin the planting process. The workshop is very much geared towards creating an esthetically pleasing, ecologically sound, low cost, low maintenance ornamental garden through a process that can be adapted to the conditions around your own house.

The sessions are planned for:

Friday, July 16th, 7-9pm (Introduction)

Saturday, July 17th, 9-12am (Planning the Garden)

Saturday, August 21st, 9-12am (Implementation)

Saturday, September 18th, 9-12am (Implementation)

The workshop will be held at the Creekhouse, 1075 Harlemville Road, on Hawthorne Valley Farm in Ghent, Columbia County, New York.

Suggested donation is $15/session, $50 for entire workshop, but nobody will be turned away for lack of resources. If you are interested in participating in some or all sessions, please register with the Farmscape Ecology Program, or 672-7994. For more information on the Farmscape Ecology Program, see

Hawthorne Valley Farm

Is Japanese Lilac-tree Invasive?

June 11, 2010

The New York Natural Heritage Program has received two reports this year of Japanese Lilac-tree, Syringa reticulata, naturalizing in floodplains, one in Columbia County and one in Saratoga County. In Columbia County it was reported as a dominant in one area. It has opposite, heart-shaped, drooping leaves and large terminal clusters of small cream-colored flowers. It is in full bloom now and its fragrance is more like an unpleasant privet fragrance than the sweet fragrance of most lilacs. This plant has long been sold as an ornamental but its popularity may be increasing, as well as its opportunity to naturalize.  It has been described on the internet as “not widely naturalizing.”  If you have seen this plant naturalizing in a floodplain or any other natural area please leave a comment below.  We would also like to have an idea of how widely available it is for sale in New York.  Google the scientific name for more information on its natural history and horticultural use.  – Steve Young

Japanese Lilac-tree in Saratoga County. Photo Jackie Donnelly

Visit to the New York Native Plant Nursery

June 2, 2010

My family and I took a ride through beautiful Washington County on Sunday and visited Emily DeBolt and the Fiddlehead Creek Native Plant Nursery in Hartford.  We had a very warm welcome and enjoyed looking at all the native plants ready to find a good home.  The nursery is very well done and the plants look beautiful.  There are also Emily’s wildflower photos for sale and a small bookcase with garden and wildflower books. I recommend a visit to the nursery to see in person what they have to offer. We look forward to a regular column in our newsletter by Emily highlighting the natural history of a wildflower and how to grow it. – Steve Young

New 100% NY Native Plant Nursery Opens.

May 26, 2010

Fiddlehead Creek Farm and Native Plant Nursery.

7381 St. Rt 40, Hartford, NY (Washington County NE of Hudson Falls)

We are very excited to be having our grand opening this upcoming weekend.  We will be open Sat, Sun, and Monday from 10-5 on May 29-31 (Memorial Day weekend). We hope you will be able to join us!

We are proud to be the first nursery in New York that carries 100% native plants for New York State.  Most of our plants are also native to the Adirondack Park.  It isn’t always easy to find out what plants are native at many local garden centers – so we have taking the guesswork out of adding native plants to your landscape for you.

We carry herbaceous perennials, grasses and sedges, groundcovers, ferns, wetland and aquatic plants, and a large selection of shrubs.   Most of our plants work well for shoreline buffers along streams or lakes and also for rain gardens.   Everything we carry is hardy to zone 4 or colder, so you don’t have to worry about buying a plant that won’t come back next year if we have a cold winter.
The full list of plants we have available can be viewed here.

In addition to a great selection of plants native to New York State, we will have hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and a raffle to win some free plants to get your own native plant garden started.  You will want to be sure to check out the shop as well – where we still have some of our NY maple syrup from this winter that we collect from our maple trees the old fashioned way with buckets – and birdboxes for a variety of different birds – from chickadees to wood ducks.  Emily’s original nature photography – which can be found in local stores such as Trees in Bolton and Kismet in Glens Falls, will also be avialable for sale in the shop – from framed and matted prints, to coasters, notecards, and tile trivets.

Please help spread the word and be sure to come on by to help us celebrate!  We will be open the rest of the summer from 10-5 on Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day Weekend and at other times by appointment – so if you can’t make it this weekend – come on by another time.

For directions, more information, or to contact us visit our website at

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