Bog Walk with Michael Kudish

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Event, Hikes
Bog Walk with Michael Kudish

Join the Catskill Native Plant Society and forest historian Michael Kudish on a hike through some of the most floristically interesting bogs in the Catskills. Meet at the fishing access parking lot off Debruce Rd/Willowemoc Rd across from Mongaup Pond Rd in Willowemoc. Heavy rain postpones. Bring your own lunch. Well behaved leashed dogs welcome. […]

Bartrams in the Catskills

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Event, Hikes, The Catskills

MAY 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday) Joint Field Meeting of the Torrey Botanical Society, the Philadelphia Botanical Club, the Olive Natural Heritage Society and the Catskill Native Plant Society This meeting will try to commemorate the collecting trips to the Catskills in the 1740’s-50’s of John and William Bartram, two of America’s first botanists of note. Our first […]

Rosa multiflora, Robinia pseudoacacia & Populus alba

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Invasives, Landscape
Rosa multiflora, Robinia pseudoacacia & Populus alba

Maybe call this: addendum. Today, I’ve temporarily taken over a supervisory role monitoring landscape restoration efforts in Pelham Bay, Bronx.  Today validated a few things for me – which I hope is quite clear from the snap taken. Now, I realise Pelham Bay is a far, far, far away URBAN place, practically the antithesis of […]

Residential Landscape and Ecological Restoration

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Gardening, General, Landscape, The Catskills

As a trained landscape architect, I have found my industry to be a tad much in the grey area when it comes to ecological restoration.  We are often not plants people.  We are also not often scientists.  We are often chained to desks working on drawings on drafting programs for long hours without a relationship […]

Redwing blackbirds and willows

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Landscape, The Catskills

I love this photo by Christopher Martin . What says ‘spring’ in the Catskills better than these two earliest heralds of the season? The redwing blackbird is unmistakable with its flashy red epaulettes but the willow- well, I’d need a good hand lens and a working knowledge of willow stamens to tell you which species the […]

Fagus grandifolia

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Gardening, Landscape, Plant Profile
Fagus grandifolia

Fagus grandifolia, the American beech, as a young tree or whip can often hold it’s leaves throughout the winter when found in the understory of the forest.  In the UK, F. sylvatica, American beech’s European cousin, is used often as a hedge responding well to structured pruning.  Have you thought to use our native woodies […]

Puc-Puggy

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Event, General, Hikes, The Catskills
Puc-Puggy

John Bartram was known as Puc-Puggy, the flower-hunter, by the Seminole.  As plant lovers alike, we will be co-sponsoring a spring ephemeral hike led by Uli Lorimer, curator of the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Paul Harwood, botanical illustrator & former supervisor of the Herbarium at BBG. We are pleased to […]

Hard rime

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Hikes, Landscape, Science, The Catskills
Hard rime

One of the most enchanting seasons is winter in the Catskills.  Hands down.  Are you with me?  Its best after a storm, before the trucks plow and sand.  Pure magic.  In the interior of the mountains, its beyond serene.  The snow is often powdery, maybe with an icy crust.  Can you hear the sound of […]

Mountain-ash

Posted by on Oct 26, 2013 in Edibles, Gardening, Landscape, Plant Profile, The Catskills
Mountain-ash

Sorbus americana is one of the prettiest white flowering, under utilized, red cluster berry producing, Northeastern favorite tree o’ mine.  I mean I literally freak out.  Have you ever been on a hike with me?  I repeat myself in the latin and the common name, I point, I even jump up and down, ok almost jump […]