Fagus grandifolia

by on Feb 13, 2014 | Category 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

by on Feb 11, 2014 | Category 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

by on Jan 30, 2014 | Category 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 […]

Learning to Care for Apple Trees.

by on Jan 30, 2014 | Category Edibles, Event, Gardening
Learning to Care for Apple Trees.

The Catskill Forest Association is hosting a pair of apple-tree workshops this spring.  Late winter is the time to prune and care for most fruit trees, and if you don’t know how and want to grow your own apples or restore those old trees on the property, these workshops can help you make this the […]

Betula alleghaniensis.

by on Jan 30, 2014 | Category Plant Profile
Betula alleghaniensis.

In Thoreau’s book The Maine Woods, he lists two hundred fifteen plant species he identified in his tour of the state, giving Latin names for all. Unfortunately taxonomists have been busily at work in the intervening century and a half, and many of the names are no longer in use. Some I wish we could […]

Plants and Winter

by on Jan 28, 2014 | Category General

It may at appear, at least on the surface, that winter and plants don’t go together. Fact is, millions of years of evolution have made plants the virtuosos of cold weather. Prior to the deep freeze plants employ a number of tactics to keep their tender parts safe, including accumulating solutes in their tissues, manufacturing […]

Dreams of spring

by on Jan 25, 2014 | Category Gardening
Dreams of spring

We’re only half way through January, and the garden is already on my mind. First on the list of ‘must-haves’ is a magnolia- and not just any magnolia- a native magnolia. ‘Moon Glow’ is touted as one of the hardiest magnolias on the market, plus it has all the hallowed trademarks of a real honest […]

Mountain-ash

by on Oct 26, 2013 | Category 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 […]