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Lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City
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One Score Years Ago
David Joseph Wilcox at Wigstock in Union Square, early 1990s. Scan from original slide, date unrecorded. 20 years ago, on January 22, 1996, my friend, David Joseph Wilcox, died from AIDS. The last time I saw him was December 12, 1995. I wrote this on my ret...
David Joseph Wilcox at Wigstock in Union Square, early 1990s. Scan from original slide, date unrecorded. 20 years ago, on January 22, 1996, my friend, David Joseph Wilcox, died from AIDS. The last time I saw him was December...
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Extinct Plants of northern North America 2015
I'm limiting this list to northern North America for two reasons: Restricting this list geographically is in keeping with my specialization in plants native to northeastern North America. There are many more tropical plants, and plant extinctions, than I ca...
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Bombus fervidus, golden northern bumblebee, yellow bumblebee
Sunday, while cutting up edited plants into my compost tumbler, I caught sight of something unusual out of the corner of my eye. It turned out to be Bombus fervidus , golden northern bumblebee, or simply, the yellow bumblebee. This is at least the 21st bee ...
Sunday, while cutting up edited plants into my compost tumbler, I caught sight of something unusual out of the corner of my eye. It turned out to be Bombus fervidus, golden northern bumblebee, or simply, the yellow bumblebee...
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Garden Insect Species Records 2015
These are the insect species I've discovered or identified in my garden for the first time this year. Hymenoptera - Bees and Wasps Ceratina calcarata , spurred ceratina, small carpenter bee Gasteruption , carrot wasp Nomada , cuckoo bee Omalus , cuckoo wasp...
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What I'm About
Notice anything different about me? Until a few minutes, the by-line at the header of this blog read: Adventures in Neo-Victorian, Wild, Shade, Organic and Native Plant Gardening, Garden Design, and Garden Restoration. It now reads: Urban Gardening with Nat...
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Native New Yorkers
This is a checklist of just the plant species native to New York City I'm growing in my garden. I'm posting this for the benefit of anyone attending the NYC Wildflower Week tour of my garden , Friday, May 15, from 1-3pm. It may also be of interest to those ...
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Hi - do you actually do gardening ? I need help (desperately) with clearing my terrace of dead plants and weeds.
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Standing Still
Persephone with her pomegranate. Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Proserpine (Oil on canvas, 1874) - Tate Gallery, London This season's solstice  ( Winter  in the Northern hemisphere, Summer in the Southern), occurs at 04:48 UTC, December 22, 23:48 Eastern Standard...
Persephone with her pomegranate. Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Proserpine (Oil on canvas, 1874) - Tate Gallery, London This season's solstice (Winter in the Northern hemisphere, Summer in the Southern), occurs at 04:48 UTC, Decem...
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Former BBG Herbarium property for sale
Want to build next to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens? This might be your one and only chance. - Development Site Adjacent to Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Hits Market , Terrance Cullen, Commercial Observer, 2015-09-10 More like building on the grave of BBG's scien...
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Meet Cher
This past Saturday we brought home another cat. On the heels of New Encounter's Pluto flyby, I thought "Charon" would make a good cat name. "Cher", for short, but also because my husband, Cher, is a fan. (Typical.) Our little Annie is still bereft at the lo...
This past Saturday we brought home another cat. On the heels of New Encounter's Pluto flyby, I thought "Charon" would make a good cat name. "Cher", for short, but also because my husband, Cher, is a fan. (Typical.) Our littl...
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Pyrrhalta viburni, viburnum leaf beetle (VLB)
Pyrrhalta viburni , the viburnum leaf beetle, or VLB for short, is native to Europe. It was first discovered in North America barely two decades ago, in Maine in 1994. Both larvae and adults eat leaves. Our native Viburnum species are extremely vulnerable; ...
Pyrrhalta viburni, the viburnum leaf beetle, or VLB for short, is native to Europe. It was first discovered in North America barely two decades ago, in Maine in 1994. Both larvae and adults eat leaves. Our native Viburnum spe...
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Native Plant Acquisitions: LINPI 2015 Plant Sale
Saturday, June 13 was the last open day in 2015 for the Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI) Plant Sale . I picked up another 13 species to add to my list, which has already grown this Spring to over 200 species of plants native to eastern North Amer...
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This Season's Schedule
Lots of native plant events from April to June which I hope to attend. And I'll be speaking, hosting, or tabling at three of them. Me in my front yard last year, hosting a NYC Wildflower Week Pollinator Safari during Pollinator Week 2014. Photo: Alan Riback...
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Hello Flatbush Gardener,
I work for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and I am writing an article on beneficial wasps for New Farm magazine. I am wondering if you grant permission for the use of you photos in publications. I would love to use this wonderful photo to accompany the article as I also refer to planting Pycnanthemum to attract beneficial insects. https://www.flickr.com/photos/flatbushgardener/9496792029. If you are able to grant permission for use, please let me know your preferred citation/credit. My email is Kelly@xerces.org. Thank you.
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Garden coach, writer, photographer, designer.
                 
I moved to New York City, to the East Village, in 1979. I started city gardening soon thereafter. I moved to Brooklyn in 1992. I now make my home and garden in Flatbush, Brooklyn (USDA Hardiness Zone 7b, AHS Heat Zone 5).
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