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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.


Gone to the Dogs: Two Writers Design Pup-Friendly Abode in the Woods

Alexandra Horowitz and Ammon Shea at Home in the Taghkanic Woods
Writers Alexandra Horowitz and Ammon Shea have created a domestic sanctuary for animals and humans in the Taghkanic woods.


The Wood-Burning Lifestyle: How to Dry, Stack, and Store Firewood Like a Pro

Advice from Glenn Nystrup, owner of New Paltz-Based Glenn’s Sheds
For many of us, firewood is something we only think about right as the colder months hit. But for Glenn Nystrup, owner of New Paltz-based Glenn’s Sheds, the wood-burning lifestyle is a year-round pursuit. Here, he shares a few tips to set you and your woodstove, fireplace, or fire pit up for success any time of year.


(Mini) Cabin Fever: Aspiring Upstaters Will Flip Over Catskill Farms' New Small Homes

When it comes to the available properties upstate, there’s a shortage of reasonably priced new or well-maintained homes. That's why Sullivan County-based design/build firm Catskill Farms is bringing back their line of compact 800 to 900 square-foot layouts. And just like the rest of Catskill Farms’ houses, they boast a trademark blend of rustic charm and minimalist, contemporary design.


(Pre)fabublous: Ingrained Building Concepts Specializes in Energy-Efficient Timber-Frame Homes

Twenty years after founding his own Hudson Valley-based contracting company, Jason Jones has grown it from smaller jobs to full-service custom home-building, projects and acclaim flowing his way. A perpetual student, he says it's the holistic approach to each project that's key to his success: Even, or especially, as the boss, you keep that toolbelt on.


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Tradition at Red Hook

There’s no exact definition for what the architectural structure of a “traditional” neighborhood should be. For Tradition at Red Hook, the plan was always to create a village-style community that was walkable, first and foremost, with access to local businesses and amenities while still fitting seamlessly into the landscape and farmland that’s been preserved around the development.



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Kids Intro to Watercolor Class: Painting a Blue Whale with Shanna @ Cornell Creative Arts Center

Kids Intro to Watercolor Class: Painting a Blue Whale with Shanna

Thu., Aug. 5, 3:30-5 p.m. — In this class students (ages 8+) will learn the basics of watercolor...
Summer Solar Boat Tours @ Hudson River Maritime Museum @ Hudson River Maritime Museum

Summer Solar Boat Tours @ Hudson River Maritime Museum

Thursdays-Sundays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31 — Hudson River Maritime Museum is offering themed boat tours of the Hudson...

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