Moving House

Moving House

The bird expert said try moving the birdhouses at least 25’ apart and see if we get nesting birds in both birdhouses for the first time.

DON’T BLOCK TRAFFIC SIGHT-LINES

DON’T BLOCK TRAFFIC SIGHT-LINES

Today I moved a Beach Plum and Northern Bayberry from the sidewalk garden hellstrip where they were beginning to block the view of oncoming traffic. My practical husband pointed out that blocking traffic sight-lines is not a good way to win folks over to native plants! …

DON’T THROW OUT THE GOOD WITH THE BAD

DON’T THROW OUT THE GOOD WITH THE BAD

I began to garden with no hands-on knowledge. (I’d spent decades explaining the importance of biodiversity at AMNH; but I never got my hands in the dirt until Dave and I moved to New Jersey.) Knowing how toxic conventional gardening can be, I had overlooked the good along with the bad.

Mock Strawberry

Mock Strawberry

Mock Strawberry WILD in the Garden State just had a string of festival screenings. The inspiring story of gardening for wildlife is building an audience! The Q&A’s following the screenings were lively conversations where Dave and I shared our knowledge about filmmaking, design and gardening. 

Late Spring Exhaustion

Late Spring Exhaustion

It’s all like sculpting with nature. But I have to work fast knowing there are only a few more weeks or days before the summer’s heat wilt the transplants and me.

By late spring I get a bit obsessive and gardening often takes up most of my days.

Spring Cleaning in Late Winter

Spring Cleaning in Late Winter

Is spring already here? Dave put down the kitchen binoculars and turned to me: “should we clean out the birdhouses again?”…

What Sustains You?

What Sustains You?

Native plant gardening is good for the health of the planet, your community and your personal well-being. Yes to all that, but it’s more than that.

Witnessing the moment a chickadee lands on a shrub to pluck a fat-filled berry is a bit beyond words….

Cat in the Garden

Cat in the Garden

Lucinda in the Garden, July, 2021 Our cat Lucinda was struck and killed by a car. She died on the busy road in front of our house. A road she had steered clear of for the 11 years she lived with us in New Jersey. 

Watch the Trailer!

Watch the Trailer!

https://vimeo.com/629495179 Wild in the Garden State is the story of connecting to the natural world in suburban New Jersey. Dave and Sarah are city transplants who want a beautiful, ecological garden, but don’t have any gardening experience. The documentary short (under 30 minutes) captures the 

Why Native Plants?

Why Native Plants?

Why native plants?

Insects depend on native plants for food.

This goes far beyond nectar for bees and butterflies….