The March Cross Pollination Newsletter can be accessed here.
Spring Plant Sales
Ardsley Pollinator Pathway Plug Pre-Order
We've partnered again with Zoe's Native Plants of Dobbs Ferry to offer 12 great native plant species in plugs for sale as part of the 2024 Spring Gardening Festival. The online order form will be available shortly. In the meantime, check out the plants that will be available and start planning your order. Pre-order sale will end on April 1.
Native Plant Center Plant Sale
Mark your calendar to attend the in-person native plant sale on Saturday, April 27, where even great native plants, trees and shrubs will be available!
Ardsley Spring Gardening Festival!
Sunday, March 10, noon - 4:30 pm, Ardsley Community Center
The Spring Gardening Festival is right around the corner! If you would be willing to volunteer at the event, please click here. (Thank you!). We have a fabulous line-up of 2024 events. The summary of the events is below and detailed descriptions of the events can be found here.
12:00-1:00 Marbelizing pots and recyclables to create beautiful flowerpots. Register here.
1:00-2:00 Beauty for the Bees - Easy Jump Start for a Pollinator Garden. Foolproof guidance
2:00-2:50 Attracting Birds to Your Yard through natural landscaping
3:00-3:45 Common Invasive Plants in Your Yard. How to identify and manage
3:45 – 4:30 How YOU Can Save the Monarch Butterfly (in your yard)
Ongoing free activities:
Kid tree craft projects; Vegetable/herb seeds and seedlings; Planting advice; Milkweed seedlings, Native plant plugs give away (while supplies last); Native perennial plant plug pre-order sale with Zoe’s Native Plants; Pollinator garden consultations/design help/advice; Advice, support and guidance on all your houseplant/garden questions; House Plant Urgent Care; Ardsley Garden Club bake and plant sale; Gently used gardening books.
Sponsored by The Village of Ardsley, the Ardsley Pollinator Pathway, and the Ardsley Garden Club
Dangers of Pesticides
Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm - 7 pm, Webinar
This informative and important presentation, a collaboration f the Greenburgh Conservation Advisory Council and The Greenburgh Library, explores the world of everyday pesticides used by homeowners and gardeners that may cause serious health effects in children, adults, and pets. Sarah Evans, PhD MPH, Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will share the latest science on how common pesticides impact health, children's unique vulnerability, and steps that families can take to reduce pesticide exposures.
Register here Space is limited.
Invasive Vine Taming and Trash Pickup - South County Trailway
Saturday, March 16, noon - 2 pm
We're making an impact! This event will focus on invasive plants and trash along the South County Trailway in the vicinity of Ardsley. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeved shirts. We would appreciate it if you can bring your own work gloves, loppers and shears if you have them. Suitable for kids: Invasive work is best for those 12 and older and trash pickup is best for those 7 and older, both with parental supervision.
Click here to register. A great spring activity!
Keystone Species of Native Plants - webinar
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 pm
Certain groups of native plants, referred to as “keystone plants,” have been found to be especially supportive of wildlife. In this program Extension Master Gardeners Elaine Mills and Kathie Clements describe selected species of trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials native to the Mid-Atlantic region which offer food and shelter for pollinators and birds and provide sustenance to the full lifecycle of our local butterflies and moths. Attractive features, care requirements, and ideas for landscape uses will be presented for each native species.
Click here to register
Ardsley is one of a few municipalities in North America in 2023 and 2022 that earned the Leadership Circle Achievement for the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors Monarch Pledge. Cities and municipalities in the program commit each year to support endangered monarch butterflies by creating habitat and educating residents on how to make a difference at home or in their community.
Ardsley is proud to support our beloved monarch butterflies and to have again earned the Leadership Circle honor. Ardsley is now part of an expanding North American network of cities working to create habitat in public parks, public landscaping, vacant lots, roadsides, medians, green roofs, backyard gardens and open spaces throughout the entire community.
For easy steps you can take to help monarch butterflies in your yard see the November Cross Pollination News - The Monarch Edition.
Pollinate Now! Bioregional Strategy for Habitat Restoration in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed with Evan Abramson, Principal of Landscape Interactions. The recording of the presentation can be accessed here. The audio of the presentation can be accessed here. Evan has kindly offered the online version of his book, Pollinate Now! on his website and it can be downloaded here.
Sustaining Wildlife in Fall and Winter with Deb Ellis. The video recording can be accessed here; The audio recording can be accessed here; The chat can be accessed here. Deb's slides can be accessed here, and her list of favorite fall plants can be found here..
Garden Visit: Kathy Ever's Rewilded Yard. Click here to see Kathy's diagrams and plant lists for her garden beds.
The recording for Mushrooms in Your Yard with Taro Ietaka can be accessed here.
Introducing Our New Mailbox Gardens How-To Guides
You asked for it and we created it - a step- by- step guide to create a pollinator garden. We give you the design, the materials and quantities you'll need, and the list of plants. Four different garden sizes in each guide. You buy the plants, dig them in, and watch them grow. Check them out - it's easy!
Full-Part Sun Pollinator Wildflower Mailbox Gardens
Full to Part Sun Pollinator Grass and Sedge Mailbox Gardens
Part Shade Pollinator Mailbox Gardens
Full to Part Sun Monarch Butterfly Mailbox Garden
Join Our Public Garden Maintenance Team!
Three wonderful native plant pollinator gardens were created in the spring of 2022. One at the Ardsley Public Library (April 23), one at AFV Park (May 14) and one at Hart's Brook Park and Preserve (May 21). These gardens are fueled by volunteers to create, install and maintain the gardens. They will not be maintained in any way by Greenburgh or Ardsley. So, we need YOU for the 2024 season! It is a fun team and many friendships were made 2022 - 2023.
Please click here to fill out the survey concerning your willingness and preferences. Thank you so much!
We're making substantial change, one yard at a time. Join our distribution list.