A chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Welcome to HGCNY
Habitat Gardening in Central New York (HGCNY) is a local chapter of the national organization Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, a non-profit education and advocacy organization.
You can learn more about our organization, find out about our meetings and events, and access free resources about habitat gardening below.
Who we are
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.
What HGCNY does
We have monthly programs, most of which are free and open to the public. We also have an annual field trip and Show Me, Help Me tours in the summer.
And our annual plant sales help get native plants planted out there in CNY and, equally important, support the emerging local native plant nurseries, helping make native plants easier to obtain and the common sense default choice for home landscapes.
YOU can become a Wild One!
To support our Wild Ones mission, we encourage you to become an official member of Wild Ones. And when you’re a member of Wild Ones, you’re automatically a member of HGCNY!
And when you become a Wild Ones member, you receive the national publication Wild Ones Journal.
What we do
We have monthly programs from September through April, except for December. They usually take place the last Sunday in the month at 2:00 pm at Liverpool Public Library.
Some programs (due to room conflicts or holidays) must be rescheduled, so please confirm the date of programs you’re planning to attend.
Here is our schedule for the 2017 – 2018 program year.
Our FREE newsletter
To get the latest information on our meetings and events as well as a variety of habitat tips, sign up for our free e-newsletter, which is published about twice a month.
We plan a field trip for May or June. We’ve visited many special places over the years.
Show Me, Help Me tours
We organize Show Me Help Me yard tours during the summer.
Native plant sales
Our plant sale is in September, but we often have a special plant sale in the spring, too.
The spring plant sale has often focused on milkweeds, but sometimes we distribute native nectar plants, too.
Spreading the word about native plants
We’re often invited to participate in local events to talk with people about the importance of planting native plants.
For many years, HGCNY has participated in an annual garlic mustard pull at Baltimore Woods Nature Center. We’re pleased to see that as the garlic mustard seedbank is exhausted, “our” area has fewer and fewer garlic mustard plants — and therefore, more and more of the native beauties, such as trillium, that Baltimore Woods is famous for.
Help plan our events!
Rather than having a general business meeting, our officers and other interested Wild Ones members attend Planning Meetings in March, June, and September. Contact us if you’d like to be included.
HGCNY participates in various native plant projects, working toward our Wild Ones mission to preserve biodiversity.
We started our first year’s list of “Birdy Dozen” plants in 2017 and also developed lists for 2018 and 2019 (to give nurseries time to propagate plants). After that, we’ll add one Birdy Dozen list each year, three years in advance. Learn more about our project and see our plant lists.
We offer a FREE six-session discussion course for small groups (or even individuals).