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Gardening With Kids talk at The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons

Humans are hard-wired to receive sensory input from nature. Our yards – gardens, landscaping and wild places – offer boundless opportunities to learn from and engage with the natural world. Join Karen Bussolini on June 9 and learn how to engage kids' minds, bodies and senses to create yards that will delight kids and grownups alike...

By | May 29th, 2019|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Gardening With Kids talk at The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons

Provide Safe Nesting Materials for Birds

Providing nesting material helps birds save energy otherwise expended looking for it, but what materials? Birds will construct nests with whatever they find. When filling nesting balls or leaving nesting material outdoors, make sure it's non-toxic, untreated materials that don’t absorb moisture, degrade or entangle baby birds ...

By | May 14th, 2019|How-To's|Comments Off on Provide Safe Nesting Materials for Birds

May Blooms for Bees

Because we have diverse bee species (long-tongue and short-tongue bees, big ones and small ones, specialists and generalists) with different needs and life cycles, we need diverse kinds of plants - with different sizes, shapes, bloom times, scents, markings, reproductive structures. Read about what's blooming in May and special plants for specialist bees...

By | May 10th, 2019|Clues|Comments Off on May Blooms for Bees

I Surrender – To the Wisdom of Plants

As a young gardener getting a whole lot of hands-on experience wrestling out rocks, poison ivy, invasive shrubs and vines, I began doubting the wisdom of traditional garden books - especially regarding double-digging. I could see that plants grew over, around and between rocks in natural areas. Why not find a better way to prepare beds on my rocky mountainside, quit pulling out stones and put plants in the right niches?

By | May 2nd, 2019|Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on I Surrender – To the Wisdom of Plants

Looking At Our Land Through Many Lenses

Please join me for a day to explore photography, gardening and stewardship of the land we live in at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield on May 4 - and let's pray for rain. If it's too wet to dig in our gardens, we can feel good about digging into garden photography, environmentally conscious gardening and the art of seeing well.

By | April 26th, 2019|Highlights & Happenings, News|Comments Off on Looking At Our Land Through Many Lenses

Why Willows for Wildlife?

Willows are unsung heroes when it comes to year-round wildlife support and thoughtful plant selection.

By | April 16th, 2019|Clues, Great Plants|Comments Off on Why Willows for Wildlife?

Herb Liberation! Talk at Herb Society of America – Long Island Unit

Learn about liberating herbs from the herb garden and how to use them throughout the landscape with garden speaker Karen Bussolini and The Herb Society of America - Long Island Unit on May 9

By | April 10th, 2019|News, Talks|Comments Off on Herb Liberation! Talk at Herb Society of America – Long Island Unit

Early Season Flowers for Pollinators

Climate change has put many co-evolved plants and pollinators out of sync. Beekeepers can monitor their hives and do supplemental feeding. What plants feed early emerging native bees?

By | April 2nd, 2019|Views|Comments Off on Early Season Flowers for Pollinators

Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife

If you're eager to support pollinators and other wildlife by planting native shrubs, it's important to know a little bit about their sex lives.

By | March 16th, 2019|Just Published!|Comments Off on Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife

Early Spring Garden Cleanup Tips

Try to avoid compacting soil by stepping into garden beds when soil is wet. There's plenty of spring garden cleanup within arm's reach.

By | March 10th, 2019|How-To's|Comments Off on Early Spring Garden Cleanup Tips