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“Is It Native?” Why The First Question You Ask When Plant Shopping Is the Most Important

“Is It Native?” Why The First Question You Ask When Plant Shopping Is the Most Important

“Is it native?” That's the first question you should ask when you see a plant you like at a nursery, says John Messerschmidt, owner of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping in High Falls. "If the answer is no, it does nothing to contribute to the wildlife around you." Here, the native plants expert explains why and how those non-native plants in your garden are affecting the local populations of caterpillars and birds that rely on native plants for food.


7 Must-Visit Public Gardens in the Hudson Valley

Get Your Annual Garden Inspiration at these Meccas of Horticultural Expertise
Everything is blooming. Celebrate the rejuvenation of spring and the plenitude of summer with a visit to these seven masterful gardens in the Hudson Valley. Ranging from Asian-inspired to traditional English gardens and sanctuaries for native species, these gardens vary wildly but all offer an inspiring setting for a peaceful stroll or a romantic jaunt.


Creating a Rain Garden with Native Plants

According to John Messerschmidt, owner of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping, you can do your part to mitigate the effects of excess rainwater on your local stormwater systems by planting a rain garden. Here, he shares a few of his favorite native plants for rain gardens that will capture water and provide food and shelter for butterflies, song birds, and other wildlife.


5 Sun-Loving Native Flowers in Bloom in the Hudson Valley

Inspiration for your own garden from Hudson Valley Native Landscaping
Native landscaper John Messerschmidt offers five sun-loving native plants whose blooms you can spot outside this summer, plus some helpful tips for adding them to your own garden.


Plant Paradise: This Picturesque Nursery in Jewett is Worth a Trip

Whether you picked up gardening this pandemic or have always been an enthusiast, there are few things that will up your plant game like a trip to a local nursery. If you’re looking for major garden inspiration and a car full of healthy young plants to head home with, Kerns Landscapes and Nursery in the Catskill Mountain town of Jewett is a destination worth detouring for.


Turn Your Garden Into a Hummingbird Paradise With These 5 Native Plants

Hummingbirds are unparalleled pollinators. Their elongated, curved beaks are tailor-made for flowers with long or narrow blooms, which can be difficult for bees and butterflies to reach. Landscaper John Messerschmidt offers tips on which beautiful native plants to add to your garden to attract these petite pollinators and ensure abundant flowers year after year.


5 Native Plants You Should Add to Your Garden This Spring

These gorgeous varieties are a delight for both the eyes and the Hudson Valley’s ecosystem
John Messerschmidt of Hudson Valley Native Landscaping recommends 5 native plants to add to your garden this spring.


How to Grow a Victory Garden

Tips from Doug Muller at Hudson Valley Seed Company
During World War II, an estimated 20 million victory gardens produced more than 40 percent of the vegetables grown for that year’s fresh consumption. With the COVID-19 outbreak putting strains on the supply chain, and restricting people's movement, it may be time for a return to the victory garden movement. Here are some tips for how to plan and plant your victory garden from Hudson Valley Seed Company cofounder Doug Miller.



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