Archive for the ‘Plant Uses’ category

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.

New York Times Featured NYFA Board Member Gerry Moore

August 3, 2009

There is a series of three article where Gerry Moore, botanist at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYFA board member, answered questions about the flora of New York City. See the questions and answers starting here. The series was discontinued after the three installments.

Volunteer Seed Collectors Needed

July 16, 2009

From Dorothy J. Allard:
Working with the USDA Forest Service and its partners, I am coordinating a volunteer project to collect native seeds for use in vegetation restoration and erosion control in the northeastern US. This year we are hoping to solicit botanists who are willing to collect seed of selected native plants within our region.
For more information, please have a look at this web site:
Additional information will be posted to the site as it becomes available.
If you think you can help with this project, I would appreciate an email note from you letting me know. Also, if you have questions, or need paper bags in which to store and ship your seed collection, please contact me at either of the phone numbers listed below (try the land line first), or email me at
Please pass on this information to others who may be interested.
All the best, and happy collecting!
Dorothy J. Allard

cell 802/279-4249

The Friends of the Dyken Pond Center Present:Backyard Foraging: Wild Edible Plants

June 5, 2009

It has been said that nature is like a banquet. You just have to know where to look. This series of classes goes beyond your average plant walk. Students in this course will learn the basics of the art of foraging including how to safely identify edible species for the dinner table and how to avoid the poisonous look-alikes. Each class will have students gathering a handful of delectable goodies from the landscape and learning identification skills, harvesting techniques and tips to properly prepare each of them. Each month will cover different, seasonal plants and plants will not be repeated from one month to the next. Each class is designed to either stand alone or be taken as a continual series of knowledge and information.

Sessions are as follows:
June 14 and /or July 12
Fees and Times: $20; $15 members ($35 both classes) 11 am -4 pm

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 10 participants.
Please register early by calling the Dyken Pond Center at 658-2055, or send an e-mail to
Participants must dress appropriately for being outdoors and bring a lunch and drink.

Sean Rowe has studied wild edible plants at Tom Brown’s Wilderness Survival School and Hawk Circle and also teaches wild edible plant and survival skills courses at Hudson Valley Community College.

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center (Rensselaer County)
475 Dyken Pond Road
Cropseyville, New York 12052
518 658-2055