Past programs

As you can see as you review our past programs, members of HGCNY have had quite an education over the years!

If you’re thinking about starting your own Wild Ones chapter or if you are part of a chapter looking for program ideas, this list may provide some ideas and inspiration, just as we have benefited from the work of other Wild Ones chapters.

Programs for 2016-2017

Sept ’16:  PANEL – Tree Committees in Your Town

Learn about tree committees and how to start or join your community’s tree committee. Panelists include Mary Kramarchyk, from NYS DEC, Ann Stevens who started DeWitt’s Tree committee, and Kate Woodle, DeWitt Tree committee member.

Oct ’16: Special Documentary

The movie “Hometown Habitat,” Catherine Zimmerman’s latest documentary, is about communities around the country working to bring back native landscapes. HGCNY is proud to have been a sponsor for the production of this documentary, which features Wild Ones.

Nov ’16: Book discussion – Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home

HGCNY has shown videos of Tallamy’s talks and sponsored his personal appearance here in 2015. Now it’s time to dig in to his book and share ideas of how we can make a difference in our own landscapes!

Jan ’17: Native plants and rain gardens

Amy Samuels, Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Onondaga Environmental Institute will speak on Native Plants and Rain Gardens. (RESCHEDULED for Jan. 2018)

Feb ’17: Experiencing nature with young children

Dr. Alice Honig, Professor Emerita of Child Development, Syracuse University, will discuss her most recent book, Experiencing Nature with Young Children: Awakening Delight, Curiosity and a Sense of Stewardship.

Mar ’17: Working with native perennials

Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden Native Perennial Nursery in Dansville, NY will speak on Working with Native Perennials to Build more Sustainable Landscapes.

Apr ’17: Native Wildflower Restoration

Greg McGee, Ass’t Professor in the Dept of Environmental and Forest Biology of SUNY ESF,  will update us on his native wildflower restoration at Guppy Falls at the Skaneateles Conservation Area. We visited the site on our 2015 field trip. His team is investigating why native wildflowers did not seem to grow in areas that had been used as farmland, although they grew in land immediately adjacent to it.

Our 2015-2016 Programs

Sept ’15: The Endangered Migration of Monarch Butterflies

Ernest Williams, Hamilton College Professor of Biology and Board Member of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, will present a talk on his latest research on the monarch butterfly, the state of overwintering grounds and the migratory corridors, and efforts to save this important creature.

Oct ’15: YardWorks

Josh Cerra, Cornell University Prof of Landscape Architecture, will discuss the YardWorks program, “Ecology Via Engagement.” YardWorks is working to “Transform Your Neighborhood into an Attractive Diverse Habitat.”

Nov ’15: Dirt!: The Movie

DIRT! The Movie – A story with heart and soil brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

Jan ’16: Top Native Shrubs and How to Use Them in Your Landscape

Jim Engel: Not all native plants are equal in their value to wildlife and the gardener. Some are better than others for supporting wildlife, and some have unique characteristics that are useful for specific landscape situations and challenges—dense shade, foundation plantings, ground covers, etc. Siting plants in the landscape is just as important as the plants that are used. Jim Engel, owner of White Oak Nursery, will look at the aesthetic features of different native shrubs and their suitability for difficult sites.

Feb ’16: Spring Wildflowers of Central New York

Joe McMullen: Each spring there is a beautiful display of wildflowers in our forests and other habitats in central New York. If you are interested in learning what these spring flowering plants are, their identifying characteristics, and habitat requirements, join Joe McMullen for his presentation on spring wildflowers.

Mar ’16: Native Plants: Personality Traits, Regionalism and Availability

Dan Segal, owner of The Plantsmen Nursery will explain how most plant traits arise as adaptations to local conditions and regional environments — making our regional native plants much more compelling and valuable than just pretty faces. The more we understand the connection between native plant traits and their natural environments, the easier it is to see the importance of regional and local seed-source native plants. Availability is often considered an obstacle to the use of local native plants, but it’s a textbook case of supply and demand. If we want native plants to perform reliably, and thrive in our region, all of these ideas need to come together—first, the basis for understanding why it’s important; second, the growth of demand; and third, a resulting supply (availability). This talk includes all original photos, as well as practical examples of how other regions are already accomplishing the goal of regional native plant availability.

Apr ’16: Richard Louv via internet video

Richard Louv is the author of several best-selling books (such as Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle) illustrating the link between direct exposure to nature and healthy childhood development. Mr. Louv will talk to us via internet video and discuss his brand-new book Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community, a one-of-a-kind guide chock-full of practical ideas, advice, and inspiration for creating a nature-rich life — for both kids and grown-ups.

Our 2014-2015 Programs

Sept ’14: Creating a Bird-friendly Landscape

Janet Allen, President of HGCNY.  Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Learn some interesting facts about some of CNY’s favorite backyard birds, such as hummingbirds and chickadees, and learn how to enhance your yard so it provides habitat to even more birds. Like other creatures, birds need food, water, cover, and a place to raise young. You can meet their needs by planting native plants and providing some other essential ingredients. Finally, learn how you can help conserve birds beyond your own yard. Create a bird-friendly yard and enjoy the daily companionship of birds right at home!

Oct ’14: Identifying common ferns

Joe McMullen, Environmental Consultant and frequent HGCNY speaker, will discuss how to identify common native ferns and fern allies, such as clubmosses and horsetails.

Nov ’14: VIDEO presentation – The Value of Having Native Plants in our Yards

Features Doug Tallamy, the author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Garden and co-author of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. This video presentation is the keynote address given at the 2014 Wild Ones conference and is beautifully illustrated throughout the videotaped presentation.

Jan ’15 Native Plants for Sustainable Landscapes

Don Leopold, Distinguished Teacher, Professor and Chair, Dept of Environmental and Forest Biology, will highlight native herbaceous and woody species that are no-maintenance, long-lived, adapted to extreme conditions (e.g., salinity, alkalinity, drought, shade), attractive to wildlife (especially birds and butterflies), are deerproof, or/and produce food for people. The information presented will be applicable to home gardens as well as urban projects and larger scale restoration of degraded industrial landscapes. An overview of how native species are found in natural plant communities, and how knowing about the ecology of natural communities can be used to select plant species, will also be discussed.

Feb ’15 Marvelous Mammals: Small mammals in our landscapes

Jim D’Angelo, Exec Director of Sterling Nature Center. The small mammals we encounter throughout our landscape play a vital role in the larger ecosystem around us. Sometimes these mammals are maligned when they interact with our lawns & gardens. This program will help you build a better understanding and appreciation for these wonderful little creatures! We will take a look at some common small mammals like; squirrels, moles, voles, chipmunks, rabbits, mice, etc. and how they participate in the larger ecosystem. If time allows we will delve into some of the larger mammals like opossum, raccoon, skunk, and woodchuck.

Mar ’15 Introduction to Land Trusts

What is a land trust organization? How do they protect native plant communities? Can I visit land trust preserves? Land Trusts in New York preserve land, protect watersheds and habitat, and practice forest conservation – very important for New York’s future and often not visible to everyone. As the Joni Mitchell song goes, “We don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone…”
Patty Weisse, board member of The Finger Lakes Land Trust, and Meredith Perreault, Executive Director of the Central New York Land Trust, will fill in Habitat Gardening on their organizations. These two land trusts do the same thing, but they have somewhat different geographies and utilize different tools to get the job done. We’ll share information about preserves you can visit in Central New York and the Finger Lakes and highlight some of the key land trusts in New York State.

Apr ’15 Make Sure Your Landscape is Well-Grounded

Janet Allen – Pres. of HGCNY. We often think about the importance of native canopy trees, understory trees, shrubs, and wildflowers and other herbaceous plants. But what about the ground layer and healthy soil? Learn how we can create a healthy landscape right from the ground up.


Joe McMullen, the environmental engineer who led the restoration efforts around the Onondaga Lake Cleanup. Joe will lead a tour of Geddes Brook and Nine Mile Creek Restoration near Onondaga Lake. This is a reprise of the enthusiatically-received field trip of 2013. How has the restoration changed and matured over the last two years?

Our 2013-2014 Programs

Sept ’13 Collecting seed of native plants for use in restoring natural and human impacted landscapes

Jim Engel, owner of White Oak Nursery. Learn everything you need to know about collecting seed of perennials, shrubs and trees. Then learn how to use that seed to create, restore, and enhance the biological diversity of natural plant communities. Most plants reproduce from seed. By collecting and dispersing native seed you can play a key role in helping nature recolonize degraded landscapes.

Oct ’13 Identifying Plants in Winter

Joe McMullen, Environmental Consultant: How to identify plants when they don’t have their leaves or flowers!

Nov ’13 Update on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in CNY

Jessi Lyons: CCE of Onondaga County: The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has arrived in CNY and is expected to kill all of the area’s untreated ash trees. Because ash species comprise about 13% of all trees in Onondaga County, their large-scale decline poses concerns about the ecological implications of its loss and side effects of treating the trees with pesticides, human safety, cost and coordination challenges for tree management, and how to retain or replace the beauty of these trees. Jessi Lyons, a natural resource educator from Cornell Cooperative Extension, will discuss the current status of EAB in our region, the challenges brought by this beetle and possible solutions to reduce its damaging effects.

Jan ’14 A Wealth of Plants: Edible and Medicinal Plants of Central New York

Robin Kimmerer, SUNY-ESF Professor and author of the award-winning book Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Her newest book is “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.” The presentation will highlight the cultural uses and values of common wild plants of fields, forest and wetlands as sources of foods, medicines and fibers.

Feb ’14 Video: A presentation by Douglas Tallamy

Dr. Tallamy, Univ. of Delaware Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology and author of the award-winning book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, explains why native plants are important to preserving biodiversity and makes a compelling, scientifically-sound case for landscaping with native plants. He’s a very popular and entertaining speaker and has inspired many thousands of home gardeners to plant native plants.

Mar ’14 Encouraging Nature: Propagating, Growing and Using Native Perennials

Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden, a native perennial nursery. Native perennials meet the needs of native pollinators and fill a vital role in the garden. Locally grown native perennials produced by seed are adapted to the area in which they are produced. Propagating these plants is relatively easy once their germination requirements are met. She will discuss seed propagation techniques, along with garden uses of various native woodland plants that can be propagated in this manner.

Apr ’14 Video: Meadowscaping

Catherine Zimmerman, Producer.  We screened this two years ago on a Thanksgiving weekend. We’re now showing it again for those who were unable to attend that weekend or who would like to see it again. This video, based on the book of the same name, is full of practical information and inspiration to do away with pesticides, reduce lawn and return their land to a beautiful, natural habitat for native plants and wildlife.

Our 2012-2013 Programs

Sept ’12 Wildlife Rehabilitation

Jeanne and Lenny Soprano of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. will introduce us to a live hawk and live owl at the library and will discuss their similarities and differences. Learn about wildlife rehabilitation and meet these birds of prey.

Oct ’12 Nature Photography

One of our most popular presenters, Andy Saunders, retired and beloved professor at SUNY-ESF, will present tips on nature photography. Come learn from an expert nature observer. Suitable for any level of photographer.

Nov ’12 VIDEO: Urban and Suburban Meadows: Bringing Meadowscaping to Big and Small Spaces

This is a new movie based on the book Urban and Suburban Meadows by the author and videographer Catherine Zimmerman. Zimmerman is a big supporter of Wild Ones

Jan ’13 How to get started with native plants

Kate Woodle, founder of the habitat garden at the Rosamund Gifford Zoo. You may have read about the importance of native plants in our landscapes, but how do you get started? Kate will present a beginner-friendly introduction to native plant gardening

Feb ’13 Tim Toland

Tim Toland, Assoc. Prof. at SUNY-ESF, will discuss the exciting new projects involving native plants that are part of the ESF campus renovations. One project is an innovative green roof featuring species from two native plant communities covering a 5,000 square foot area. The projects will not only be an attractive setting for visitors but will also be learning tools for students.

Mar ’13  Cultivars of Native Plants: Thanks But No Thanks

Dan Segal, owner of The Plantsmen Nursery — and a national Wild Ones Board member. Cultivars have overtaken mainstream horticulture because they are the currency of mass production and mass marketing. Now the cultivar epidemic threatens native plants too. Find out how and why this is happening, and how cultivars undermine the fundamental principles of ecology without which native plants are just pretty faces lacking substance.

Apr ’13 Insects: the good, the bad, the interesting and the unseen

Jim D’Angelo, director of Sterling Nature Center, returns to talk about an especially important group of creatures. The program will start with the basics of insect identification and classification and then we will take a closer look at a few insects. We will discuss a few of the “bad” insects, like the Emerald Ash Borer, that threaten our ecosystems. There are many “good” insects that play vital roles in our environment, like the native pollinators, that need a bit of our attention. Lastly there are those insect we tend not to notice which have interesting roles in our ecosystems.

Our 2011-2012 Programs

Sept ’11 Ecology of Natural Plant Communities in Upstate New York

Don Leopold will discuss the distribution and abundance of plant species, the basic ecology underlying many of the plant communities in Upstate New York, and plant species relative to specific environmental conditions. He’ll highlight a number of projects that incorporate these ideas and suggest how home gardeners could apply these principles to their own landscapes.

Oct ’11 Introduction to YardMap

Rhiannon Crain, Project Leader of the YardMap Network, will present an introduction to and demonstration of Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Citizen Science project called YardMap. YardMap is a free, social, interactive citizen science mapping project that allows gardeners & birders to learn more about enriching their habitat gardens to attract more birds and wildlife, while at the same time contributing to important scientific research on residential ecology.

Nov ’11 Annual Roundtable

This meeting features YOU and the rest of us at our annual roundtable. This is your chance to share what you’ve been doing in your own habitat garden, to ask questions of other habitat gardeners, or to just listen in on the conversation. We had a wonderful group last year, and we learned a lot from each other.

Jan ’12 No Mow Lawn

Krissy Faust of Cornell Plantations has been developing a native plant mix that can function as a No Mow lawn.

Feb ’12 Invasive Plants

You most likely know that Carol Bradford writes a popular column in the Post-Standard answering readers’ questions about plants. But do you know that she also is a member of a New York State task force studying the impacts of non-native invasive plants? Hear what she has to say about this important issue. A what a fitting way to observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

Mar ’12 Cedars, Samphire, Sassafras: Historical Plants of Onondaga Lake

We’re pleased to have Catherine Landis of SUNY-ESF at our 10th anniversary meeting to share the history of plants in one of Central New York’s defining features: Onondaga Lake. What was Onondaga Lake like before becoming a sink for pollutants? What plant communities could be found growing around it? What were the cultural connections to these places and plants? In this program we will explore these questions, beginning with post-glacial settings and moving up to the 1800s. This story of place will be woven from clues in sediment cores, old maps, missionary and explorers’ journals, botanical records and other sources.

Apr ’12 Bats

We’re pleased to have Jim D’Angelo, director of Sterling Nature Center, return to wrap up our regular season of programs. One of the first programs Jim presented to HGCNY many years ago was about bats. Since then, a mysterious fungus (White-nose Syndrome) has affected our bat population. Bats perform many valuable services, but myths abound about this fascinating mammal. Learn the facts about bats, the challenges they’re facing and how you can welcome them into your habitat garden. It’s especially appropriate to talk about bats this year since it’s the U.N. Year of the Bat with the motto Save Bats to Save the Planet.

May ’12 Field Trip to Rome Sand Plains

The Rome Sand Plains is an important habitat restoration effort to plant native lupines as the host plant for the Karner Blue butterfly.

Our 2010-2011 Programs

Sept ’10 Wetland and shoreline restoration

We’re pleased to begin our new program year with a presentation on Wetland and Shoreline Restoration Efforts by Joseph McMullen of Terrestrial Environmental Specialists, Inc. He’ll discuss the planning, including the selection of native species for planting, and results of the successfully completed wetland restoration effort at the LCP site, as well as future plans for restoration along the Onondaga Lake shoreline and Geddes Brook / Ninemile Creek areas.

Oct ’10 Practical Tips for Designing Home Landscapes

Dan Carroll We’re pleased to have Dan Carroll, one of the co-founders of HGCNY, share some of his practical tips for designing home landscapes with native plants. People have always learned so much from Dan as our expert commentator at our Show Me, Help Me tours. In the past, Dan’s company won several awards at the Syracuse Home and Garden show and was in the forefront of integrating native plants into the home landscape. He is a NYS Certified Nursery Professional and has worked with several local school districts and municipalities to help initiate sustainable design and maintenance practices into their grounds care regimes.

Nov  ’10 Member Roundtable

Join us for our annual member roundtable. Here’s your chance to ask any question about habitat gardening, native plants, and natural landscaping. This informal group discussion always leads to unearthing all the expertise shared among our members. Come ask your questions and share your experiences. A wonderful way to finish your Thanksgiving weekend!

Dec ’10 Annual holiday/planning get-together

In keeping with the holiday season, our December meeting will combine a mission/vision planning meeting with some socializing. If you’re interested in getting involved in planning our activities, events, and projects, come join us (and feel free to bring some goodies to share!) This and our other planning meetings are good ways to really get to know other HGCNYers.

Jan ’11  Gardening with Native Perennials

Ellen Folts, owner of Amanda’s Garden.

Feb ’11 The Art of Nature Journaling: Growing wise and gardening green

Prof Andy Saunders, an environmental educator from SUNY-ESF, will reveal some of the values and satisfactions of nature journaling. The program will examine some significant historical outcomes of keeping a nature journal and reveal a few of its better known practitioners. The program will include some practical suggestions for anyone unacquainted with nature journaling who would like to try their hand at the process.

Mar ’11 The Significance of Media Images of Nature

Mark Meisner: This presentation will discuss and illustrate some of the key ways that the natural world is portrayed through the media. These include Nature as a problem, Nature as a resource, and Nature as a victim or patient. The implications of these and other such representations of Nature will be discussed in relation to how Nature is perceived, valued and treated in North American culture. Dr. Meisner is Ass’t Prof of Environmental Communication in the Dep’t of Environmental Studies at SUNY-ESF. He directs the Environmental Communication Network and edits Indications, the Environmental Communication and Culture blog at

April ’11 Dragonflies

Jim D’Angelo, Director of Sterling Nature Center returns to discuss another creature we can enjoy in our yards: dragonflies.

June ’11 Annual Field Trip

Following the enthusiastic response to Joe McMullen’s presentation in Sept. ’10, we’ve accepted his invitation to tour the LCP wetlands (part of Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake habitat restoration project).

Our 2009-2010 Programs

Sept ’09 Habitat Gardening for Life

Janet Allen will discuss her evolution from an ornamental gardener to a habitat gardener and toward a gardener for life! Her talk will describe the basic principles of habitat gardening and includes many new photos from her garden – including “before” pictures.

Oct  ’09 Seed Propagation

A hands-on presentation about how to collect, clean and prepare seeds to grow new plants by Joan Livingston, owner of Growing Wild Perennials, near Canastota, NY.

Nov ’09 Annual Roundtable

Here’s your chance to ask questions and share your experiences with habitat gardening!

Dec ’09 Annual holiday/planning get-together

In keeping with the holiday season, our December meeting will combine our quarterly planning meeting with some socializing. If you’re interested in getting involved in planning our activities, events, and projects, come join us (and feel free to bring some goodies to share!)

Jan ’10 Invasive Species of the Northeast

Dr. Jason Fridley will talk about invasive plants generally across the Eastern US and about why introduced plants from certain regions of the globe seem to be particularly invasive. He’ll also describe research in his own SU lab that focuses on invasive shrubs in forests, asking specifically whether East Asian species are “pre-adapted” for life in our native forest ecosystems. CNY gardeners will recognize most of the plants he’ll discuss!

Feb ’10 Build It and They Will Come: Gardening with Native Plants

Presented by Kate Woodle, art director of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. Kate has been the key person in creating the zoo’s extensive habitat garden, which is a powerful example of providing for local wildlife.

Mar  ’10 Going Nuts: The natural history of the black walnut tree

Though relatively common in Central New York, the black walnut tree produces a nut with uncommonly good taste. D. Andrew Saunders, a professor at SUNY-ESF, will present a program on the black walnut tree.

Apr  ’10 Vernal Pools: Life in a Forest Puddle

Interpretive Naturalist Jim D’Angelo will explore the life of vernal pools. Vernal pools are small wetlands that temporarily fill with water providing essential habitat for a diverse group of wildlife including insects, frogs, salamanders, turtles and even a few snakes!!! We will explore these unique wetlands the wildlife that utilize them, why we should care and the threats that endanger them.

May ’10 ANNUAL FIELD TRIP: Sapsucker Woods and Plantsmen – Ithaca

Our 2008-2009 Programs

Sept ’08 Permaculture Basics

Michael Burns to Syracuse from the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute: This session will introduce a socially and ecologically conscious design system that seeks regenerative solutions to meet human and environmental needs. Originally popularized in Australia by farmers and gardeners, permaculture has become especially useful for small sustenance farmers around the world and increasing popular for the more affluent who seek just solutions to environmental degradation and their society’s poverty. Permaculture’s ethics, problem-solving attitudes, and design principles will be presented.

Oct  ’08 Rain gardens and barrels

Amy Samuels, Cornell Cooperative Extension expert on this topic. Rain gardens and rain barrels are good for your own property, but also good for our county. You can help increase our green infrastructure – an important way we can avoid the need for another costly sewage treatment plant.
Amy Samuels of Cornell Cooperative Extension is the local expert on this topic and has presented interesting programs to our group in the past.

Nov  ’08 Habitat Gardening Jeopardy

Join us in our fun (and educational) Jeopardy game, back by popular demand. Each of the two teams is a group effort, so anyone can play!

Jan  ’09 Native Graminoids

Tony Eallonardo from SUNY-ESF: What’s a graminoid? It’s simply a fancy name for grasses, sedges, and rushes. Find out more about this interesting and important group of plants that can really give your garden extra pizzazz!

Feb  ’09 Unique Native Plants of Central New York

Dr. Don Leopold, a HGCNY favorite and the author of highly acclaimed book Native Plants of the Northeast. Find out about the recently discovered Seaside Goldenrod and other plants native to our place!

Mar ’09 Absence of Provenance: Big Horticulture’s Alarming Impact on Native Plants

Dan Segal of The Plantsmen: Learn how the goals and techniques of huge plant marketing firms directly oppose fundamental ecological values of native horticulture—and learn easy, uplifting ways to fight back! We’ll explore the links between propagation methods, genetic diversity, mass-production and mass-marketing, and the proliferation of the garden center at the same time as the cultivar takeover.

Apr ’09 Annual Garlic Mustard Pull

For a number of years, members of HGCNY have pulled garlic mustard at Baltimore Woods. We’ve actually made a dent in the area we’ve “adopted,” and we hope to expand our range. While pulling plants isn’t exciting in itself, it is easy to pull and it’s a great opportunity for chatting with your fellow pullers in a beautiful environment. Let’s make this our biggest year yet!

Apr ’09 How to Grow Your Very Own Amphibians & Reptiles

We’re pleased to again bring Jim D’Angelo, Director of Sterling Nature Center, to speak to our group in our popular yearly series on providing for various creatures in our gardens. He will explore the snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders of our area from a naturalist perspective. These sometimes creepy-critters are often an overlooked but vital part of our ecosystems. A few ideas on how to make your landscape more attractive to them will also be discussed.

May ’09 Field trip

A guided tour of a unique natural area near Watertown, NY called Chaumont Barrens. Several of our speakers this past season referred to this alvar grassland (prairie) as an inspiring and beautiful example of a native plant community. During our tour, we should see the rare Prairie Smoke in bloom, as well as many other more familiar native plants such as blue phlox, bloodroot, yellow ladyslipper and white cedar, along with the other creatures that live in the community. Chaumont Barrens is a Nature Conservancy property. Our guide will be Chris Lajewski, Land Steward with The Nature Conservancy.

Our 2007-2008 Programs

Sept  ’07 Caring for the soil in your Habitat Garden

Debbie Brock from Cooperative Extension will talk about the foundation our gardens – its soil.

Oct  ’07 Care of trees in our habitat garden

Presented by Steve Harris of RPM Ecosystems Native Plant Nursery

Nov  ’07 Our Annual Panel Discussion: A chance to ask about anything in your habitat garden

As always, we have an “official” panel, but as always, YOU, the audience, provides not only the questions, but also a lot of the answers!

Jan  ’08 HGCNY Participates in the Focus the Nation national conversation about global warming

Liverpool Public Library is co-sponsoring this look at how growing and buying locally-produced food reduces “food miles” and thus global warming. We’ll learn about the connection to global warming, about how we can use part of our land for growing vegetables and/or buying food locally. Our parent organization, recognizing the impact of global warming on native plants, has endorsed Focus the Nation and has formed a global warming committee.

Feb  ’08 Alternatives to Pesticides

Annette Hogan of NOFA. Also, a short film Our Children at Risk.

Mar ’08 Pollinators in our habitat gardens

Jim D’Angelo of Sterling Nature Center returns for his popular series on creatures in our habitat gardens.

Apr  ’08 Beyond natives

Carol Bradford, Post-Standard gardening columnist: Learning about cultivars, provenance, and more.

Aug ’08 Tour of the Rain Garden

installed as a demonstration project a few years ago. Also, a short tour of the adjacent land along Onondaga Creek to explore the native as well as the non-native, invasive plants growing there. Our guide will be Catherine Landis, a SUNY ESF graduate student.

Aug ’08 Picnic Social and Tour of the Clark Reservation Native Plant Garden

Our 2006-2007 Programs

Sept ’06 – Invasive Plants Series Part 2: On Beyond Barberry and Other Invasive Plants in the Landscape

Carol Bradford, P-S columnist

Oct ’06 – Vermicomposting

Brenda Lotito, author of the forthcoming book The Dirt on Worm Farming. Anyone who has a passion for gardening or maintaining a green lawn can help the environment through waste reduction and composting. Get the dirt on worm farming and find riches in black gold with local columnist and President of Upstate Worm Farms, Brenda Lotito.

Nov ’06 – Our Annual Panel Discussion

A popular program! Here’s your chance to ask questions about habitat gardening – things you encountered during the past gardening season, or things you’re wondering about as you plan next year’s garden.

Dec ’06 – Our holiday social

A chance to relax and get to know each other better

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Mar ’07 Creating a Monarch Waystation

Janet Allen: How to create a Monarch Waystation

Apr ’07 Bats in Your Yard

Jim D’Angelo, director of Stirling Nature Center.

May ’07 Field Trip to Ithaca

Our 2005-2006 Programs

Sept ’05 Where the Wild Things Are

Kate Woodle, director of the zoo’s Habitat Garden, will lead a tour of this native plant habitat garden.

Oct ’05 The Plight of the Unsightly

Andy Saunders, SUNY ESF professor, will discuss why we need to preserve and restore habitat in our home landscapes.

Nov ’05 Your Questions Answered

A panel discussion with a professional landscaper, a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward, and a homeowner converting her suburban property to a habitat garden

Jan ’06 Habitat Garden Jeopardy

We all had a great time playing this last year, so we’ll do it again this year! Unlike the TV show, there will be little fame or fortune associated with winning, but we’ll have a lot of fun and learn about plants and habitat gardening.  Habitat Gardening Jeopardy Unlike the TV show, there will be little fame or fortune associated with winning, but we’ll have a lot of fun and learn about plants and habitat gardening as we compete as teams.

Also, Fran Lawlor of Cornell Cooperative Extension will give us a brief overview of the CommuniTrees Steward program, Syracuse Urban Forest Master Plan, The Urban and Community Forest program.

Feb ’06  Gathering Moss

Robin Kimmerer, SUNY-ESF professor and award-winning author, will talk about the fascinating natural and cultural history of mosses.

Mar ’06 – Attracting Butterflies to the Habitat Garden

Jim D’Angelo of Sterling Nature Center

Our 2004-2005 Programs


Field trip to Cornell Plantations in Ithaca (and to the award-winning Moosewood Restaurant!)

Sept ’04 Garden Tour

Estelle has offered to show us her new stream. It’s especially effective for birds and other small creatures.

Oct ’04   Guided tour of NatureScape,

The natural landscaping using native plants at Center for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods. The tour will be led by Dan Reeder, the landscape architect who designed NatureScape.

Nov ’04 Taking pictures in your Habitat Garden

Also, Photo Sharing: Bring your favorite pictures of your habitat garden for sharing. Digital pictures can be displayed in a PowerPoint presentations and “regular” photos can be displayed on a picture board. Our favorites will be displayed on this website.

Dec ’04 Holiday Social

Amid the busy-ness of the holidays, a relaxing social event at an affordable restaurant. A great chance to look back on the last gardening year, look forward to the next … and get to know each other better!

Jan ’05 Name That Plant!

A game show format (Jeopardy and/or Concentration) featuring the recognition of native and invasive plants; associating plants with the three primary local plant communities.

Feb ’05 Bluebirds

John Rogers: Bluebirds and bluebird birdhouse construction. Just in time for the birds’ return. RESERVATIONS NEEDED IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A BIRDHOUSE (not needed if you just want to hear the program).

Mar ’05 Meet the Author!

We’re honored to have Don Leopold with us. He will be introducing his brand-new book, Native Plants of the Northeast. We’ll have copies of his book available and he’ll be autographing them!

Apr ’05 Toad Hollow Compost Tour

Does compost this sound as exciting as watching paint dry? You’ll be surprised to find how interesting this innovative large-scale composting facility is!

May ’05 Lawns: Industrial or Freedom?

Janet Allen, Member of the Freedom Lawn Project in Central New York

July  ’05 Green Lakes State Park Service Project

Here’s a chance to create habitat outside our own backyards! We’ve scheduled a project with Green Lakes State Park to help them create habitat by eliminating a destructive invasive plant – black swallowwort, a plant native to Europe that kills the larvae of America’s most popular butterfly – the Monarch.

Our 2003-2004 Programs

Sept ’03 TWO Habitat Gardens!

Michelle’s home in Clay: transitioning from typical suburban landscape to backyard habitat! THEN ON TO …Dan’s home in Fulton: the pro at home!

Oct ’03 Invasive Plants

Patty Weisse, Executive Director of The Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods Take a tour of Baltimore Woods and see firsthand the problems created by invasive plants!

Nov ’03 Bogs

Tim Carroll, environmental biologist, and Dan Carroll, horticulturist and natural landscaper. Whether or not you were able to attend the bog tour in August, you’ll find this slide show and presentation about the unique bog habitat interesting!

Jan ’04  The Habitat Garden in Winter

Dan Carroll, Horticulturist and Owner of Great Lakes Horticulture

Feb ’04 (unknown)

Mar ’04 First Steps to a Habitat Garden

Dan Carroll, Horticulturist and Owner of Great Lakes Horticulture

Apr ’04 (unknown)

May ’04  Propagating Plants

Joan Livingston, from Growing Wild in Canastota

July ’04  Tour Grindstone Farm

Dick DeGraff, owner of Grindstone Farm, an organic CSA. Picnic lunch and swimming!

Our 2002-2003 Programs

Sept ’02  Providing for migrating birds

Greg Smith, Beaver Lake naturalist

Oct ’02 Growing Wild Extra attraction

A Dramatic Reading by Michelle and Janet!  Joan Livingston, owner of Growing Wild, a perennial and native plants landscaping business

Oct ’02 Garden Tour!

Michelle Welcher: See an example of a suburban property that is being transformed into a habitat garden and natural landscape

Nov ’02  Your Garden and Water Quality

Amy Samuels, Cooperative Extension agent

Dec ’02  Learning and Planning

Jan ’03 (unknown)

Feb ’03  Organic gardening techniques

Dick de Graff of Grindstone Farm will speak on organic gardening technique

Mar ’03 Ballantyne Gardens

Tour of Ballantyne Gardens, led by the Ballantynes.

Apr ’03 Spring Gardening and some Botany!

Dan Carroll, owner of Great Lakes Horticulture

May ’03 – Wildflower Garden Tour

At Centers for Nature Education at Baltimore Woods The Mildred E. Faust Wildflower Garden display is one of the finest, if not the best, in New York State. A wheelchair-accessible trail weaves around trees and flowers for three-tenths of a mile. Volunteer naturalist, Audrey Loewer will lead the walk.

June ’03 Tours

Joan Livingson, owner of Growing Wild Perennial. Tour of a native plant garden center AND a tour of the windmill farm nearby!

July ’03 Insects in the backyard

Kim Adams, Entomologist at SUNY-ESF at the Allens Backyard Wildlife Habitat with a special emphasis on INSECTS!!

Aug ’03 The Bog

Learn about the unique bog habitat at an Oswego bog Tim Carroll (Dan’s brother) and environmental biologist with special expertise in bogs. Some moderate hiking 1/2 mile through wet conditions is to be expected. We won’t be wading through waist deep water but expect spots of water to cover up the ankles.

Our 2002 Programs

Mar ’02  Backyard Ecology – Landscaping and Nature

Dan Carroll, Horticulturist and owner of Great Lakes Horticulture – OUR FIRST HGCNY Program!!

Apr  ’02 Landscaping for Wildlife

Lisa Cantella, Landscape Designer

May ’02 Some good habitat plants

Dan Carroll, Horticulturist, and owner of Great Lakes Horticulture

June ’02 Garden Tour!

At the Allens: See one example of a certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

June ’02   The Backyard Wildlife Habitat program

Janet Allen, NWF Habitat Steward

July ’02 Backyard Trees for Wildlife

Paul O’Connor, forester at Cooperative Extension

Aug ’02 Attracting Amphibians to Your Yard

Aug ’02 Garden Tour

Dan Carroll’s home in Fulton Garden Tour! Includes a pond and various theme gardens all in an urban/suburban setting