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6th annual moth night in taconic state park: join us july 20


JOIN US FOR our sixth annual Moth Night, part of the citizen-science project called National Moth Week, and organized by Margaret Roach’s A Way to Garden and the Friends of Taconic State Park. BYO picnic supper if you please — we’ll provide dessert treats — to enjoy while you learn some Moth 101 from top experts, then experience nature after dark with them and just have fun.

Suitable for all ages, and families welcome. Wait till you see what we discover together at moth-attracting blacklight “stations” set up on park trails! (Ticket ordering form at the bottom of this page.)

Note: This is a free event, but if you wish to donate to the Friends of Taconic State Park to help us offer honoraria to more experts to lead more nature programs like this one, there is an extra button for that! Thanks.

Also: Note new location within the Park from past years for this event.

Brigette Zacharczenko, a PhD UConn-Storrs entomologist and science teacher, and Dylan Cipkowski, who has been surveying the moths of Columbia County, NY, as part of his field work with nearby Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program, will be our guides.

This year’s Moth Night starts at 7:30 at the Bash Bish Falls Parking lot on the NY side of the MA-NY border, 1 mile up Route 344 past the Taconic State Park office (following the paved uphill road). The parking area is on the right side of 344, and is the same lot where people park when they take a walk up a trail to the falls.

Park staff will be in the Park office at 253 State Route 344, Copake Falls to direct guests to the parking lot if there is any confusion, but if you set your GPS for the office address, then continue past the office and stay left at the fork up the paved road (still Route 344) one mile, there you are.

We’ll get started with a quick Moth 101, and have live specimens to examine from overnight light “traps” set the evening before to examine before dark.

At nightfall we head into the woods along a trail above the brook, where we will have set up special blacklight stations to lure and then view the night’s visitors. For those not wishing to walk the trail, there will be light stations set up by the meeting area as well, very easily accessible. Come for an hour, or stay the whole evening.

NOTE: BYO supper if you like and come a bit earlier. Delicious dessert-like treats baked by David Wurth of CrossRoads Food Shop in Hillsdale will be provided, courtesy of Margaret at A Way to Garden.



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repotting houseplants (plus blooming favorites), propagating coleus, and more: q&a with ken druse

WHAT REALLY PERPLEXED or downright frustrated gardeners in 2018? I asked that recently...

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix from The New Camp Cookbook (Plus a Giveaway!)

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that my favorite gifts tend to be...

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Moonstruck and aglow at Wildflower Center’s Luminations

Under a fingernail sliver of moon, we strolled quiet garden paths illuminated...

gifts for gardeners and other humans, 2018 version
gifts for gardeners and other humans, 2018 version

I’M UP TO MY NECK in “stuff,” which means my filter for any...

indoor growing under lights, with leslie halleck
indoor growing under lights, with leslie halleck

MY HOUSEPLANTS are sulking, whispering among themselves, “Why doesn’t that woman get us...

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Gardening book roundup for holiday gift ideas

Wondering what to get your garden-loving friend or family member (or yourself) for...

Waterwise beauty and metal animal safari in Linda Peterson's San Antonio garden
Waterwise beauty and metal animal safari in Linda Peterson’s San Antonio garden

An invitation to Linda Peterson’s garden in San Antonio proved too tempting a...

12 days of cookbooks (ho, ho, ho): 2018 favorites, with alexandra stafford
12 days of cookbooks (ho, ho, ho): 2018 favorites, with alexandra stafford

COOKBOOK AUTHOR and food blogger Alexandra Stafford of alexandracooks dot com and I...

An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore
An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore

A new state initiative will bring an urban farm to a vacant lot...

Avocado Green Mattress Review: My Thoughts 1 Year Later
Avocado Green Mattress Review: My Thoughts 1 Year Later

I’m obsessed with home renovation and home buying shows on HGTV. But every episode...

I Stayed in an Earthship: Eco Living in the High Desert
I Stayed in an Earthship: Eco Living in the High Desert

I’ve been intrigued with alternative building methods ever since seeing the first container...

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Anole drops by to say hi

Hang in there, my friends – it’s Friday!I welcome your comments; please scroll...

Digging
Japanese maple turns red 3 weeks early

The species Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) at the front corner of our house...

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Golden ginkgo glory in Lucinda Hutson’s garden

My phone buzzed on Saturday as my daughter, home from college for Thanksgiving,...

Pennybacker Bridge overlook above Lake Austin
Pennybacker Bridge overlook above Lake Austin

I’ve lived in Austin for 24 years and yet somehow, until recently, had...

books for those ever-curious readers on your list
books for those ever-curious readers on your list

MY READING LIST in recent years is pretty narrow–and then again, it’s anything...

taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg's robert naczi
taking stock of our native flora and newcomers, with nybg’s robert naczi

WHEN YOU’RE TALKING plants and not people, how do you figure out who...

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Deer, egrets, and aloes and a happy Thanksgiving to you

The buck stops here. And here and here and, well, everywhere in my...

Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine
Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine

Are you a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center? If so,...

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Fall flowers before an early freeze

Well, fall perennial color was pretty while it lasted. Austin’s first freeze arrived...

Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston
Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston

On this spookiest of days, when ghosts and evil spirits walk among the...

Sculptural light installations glow along Austin's Waller Creek during 5th annual Creek Show
Sculptural light installations glow along Austin’s Waller Creek during 5th annual Creek Show

Last Saturday, on the final day of Creek Show 2018, hundreds of tents...

Forgiveness sculpture and Austin trees
Forgiveness sculpture and Austin trees

While at ZACH Theater recently to see a show, I noticed a curious...

Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens
Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

Not so long ago, a book about dry gardens in the U.S. would...

'waste not,' a full-use cookbook from james beard foundation, with tiffany derry
‘waste not,’ a full-use cookbook from james beard foundation, with tiffany derry

HAVING BEEN RAISED in the presence of a Depression-era grandmother who even went...

Dia de los Muertos in Lucinda Hutson's festive home and garden
Dia de los Muertos in Lucinda Hutson’s festive home and garden

As a native of border city El Paso and a veteran traveler throughout...

Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden's culinary and entry gardens
Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden’s culinary and entry gardens

San Antonio was calling my name last week, so I hopped in the...

Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve visited a lot of play gardens, and I play in ALL of...

More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden
More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve shown you the fabulous new gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden that...

Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine
Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine

Are you a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center? If so,...

Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston
Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston

On this spookiest of days, when ghosts and evil spirits walk among the...

Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens
Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

Not so long ago, a book about dry gardens in the U.S. would...

More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden
More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve shown you the fabulous new gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden that...

Growing Belgian Endive - SeedMoney
Growing Belgian Endive – SeedMoney

People who like Belgian endive like it so much they grow it...

More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden
More butterflies and Halloween scarecrows at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve shown you the fabulous new gardens at San Antonio Botanical Garden that...

Planting Asparagus from Crowns - SeedMoney
Planting Asparagus from Crowns – SeedMoney

Planting an asparagus bed may well be the smartest thing you do...

'innumerable insects,' with dr. michael engel
‘innumerable insects,’ with dr. michael engel

BEFORE I SAW it myself, a reader alerted me that she’d come upon...

Garden Spark 2018 season concludes; 2019 season TBA soon!
Garden Spark 2018 season concludes; 2019 season TBA soon!

Hey, garden friends! My 2018 season of Garden Spark talks concluded last Thursday...

Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden
Play outdoors in magical Family Adventure Garden at San Antonio Botanical Garden

I’ve visited a lot of play gardens, and I play in ALL of...

San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society Show and Sale
Fly Life: Carnivorous Plants Come Out for #SharkWeek

It’s Shark Week, everybody! We’re honoring this hallowed summer tradition by spotlighting our...

From Sand to Soil: The Roots of the Obodo Ahiara Community Garden
From Sand to Soil: The Roots of the Obodo Ahiara Community Garden

By ways of innovative solutions and a commitment to women’s empowerment, the...

Rainy day visit to Jenny Stocker's garden
Rainy day visit to Jenny Stocker’s garden

A visit to Jenny Stocker‘s gorgeous walled garden is always a treat, even...

Explore Fortlandia at the Wildflower Center
Explore Fortlandia at the Wildflower Center

Your secret hideout awaits! That’s the tagline for Fortlandia, an exhibit of play...

Making Fast Friends at the Slow Flowers Summit
Making Fast Friends at the Slow Flowers Summit

Earlier this summer, I (Chantal, hi) spent a weekend in Seattle. I was...

August 2018 Newsletter - SeedMoney
August 2018 Newsletter – SeedMoney

Dear Friends, When I first learned about a mysterious herd of goats on...

Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine
Read my article about native-plant hellstrips in Wildflower magazine

Are you a member of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center? If so,...

Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston
Eerie and occult Wilde Collection in Houston

On this spookiest of days, when ghosts and evil spirits walk among the...

Buds, Sweat and Tears:Order Our Book Now!
Buds, Sweat and Tears:Order Our Book Now!

That sound you hear? That’s our very loud sigh of relief as we...

homemade hot sauce recipe
Homemade Hot Sauce – SeedMoney

Tabasco sauce is the brand name for a hot pepper sauce produced...

clivia, staking, viburnum leaf beetle, chestnuts & more: q&a with ken druse
clivia, staking, viburnum leaf beetle, chestnuts & more: q&a with ken druse

YES, IT’S US AGAIN, me and Ken Druse, here to answer your latest...

Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time
Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time

“The low-slung building on Evans Avenue with the greenhouse roof blends into the...

A New Book Is Cookin'
A New Book Is Cookin’

It’s been quiet on the blog this summer. Though I wish it was...

Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden's culinary and entry gardens
Food for people and butterflies in San Antonio Botanical Garden’s culinary and entry gardens

San Antonio was calling my name last week, so I hopped in the...

Dia de los Muertos in Lucinda Hutson's festive home and garden
Dia de los Muertos in Lucinda Hutson’s festive home and garden

As a native of border city El Paso and a veteran traveler throughout...

BHG Takes Brooklyn: Our Recap of Stylemaker 2017!
BHG Takes Brooklyn: Our Recap of Stylemaker 2017!

Hosted every fall in New York by Better Homes & Gardens, the Stylemaker...

Leslie Lindgren: Kennebunk Community Garden
Leslie Lindgren: Kennebunk Community Garden

Leslie Lindgren (left) with members of the Kennebunk Community Garden board   When did...

Brassica greens under row cover
Brassica salad greens under row cover

Floating row cover, weighed down and made semi-transparent by water, is all that...

Unusual Plants for the Autumn Garden
Unusual Plants for the Autumn Garden

Who doesn’t love a bargain? You can save a lot of money acquiring...

creative vegetable and mushroom soup ideas, with alexandra stafford
creative vegetable and mushroom soup ideas, with alexandra stafford

STRANGE BUT TRUE: Though I’ve been following a vegetarian diet for decades already...

Urban farming is alive and well in La Jolla
Urban farming is alive and well in La Jolla

“Regulations allow two miniature goats, two beehives and up to 25 hens (not...

My 10 Most-Asked Questions After 1 Year of Living in Central Oregon
My 10 Most-Asked Questions After 1 Year of Living in Central Oregon

I can hardly believe it myself, but as of this month, I’ve been...

Forgiveness sculpture and Austin trees
Forgiveness sculpture and Austin trees

While at ZACH Theater recently to see a show, I noticed a curious...

Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens
Book Review: Dry Gardens: High Style for Low Water Gardens

Not so long ago, a book about dry gardens in the U.S. would...

Sky-High Planting in NY! Notes From BH&G Stylemaker 2018...
Sky-High Planting in NY! Notes From BH&G Stylemaker 2018…

Ah, autumn in New York—there’s a reason Billie sang about it. Especially those...

What Word do you Associate with Gardens?
What Word do you Associate with Gardens?

There are so many words that come to mind for me: love,...

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