Flowering Forthwith

Burgeoning Blossoms Blooming has finally begun! All plants will not flower at once, each species has it’s own specific circadian rhythm telling it that conditions are perfect for for flower and/or pollen production. Up here in the great, white north only a few trees and shrubs have begun to flower, making identification easy, what is happening…

Arbor Day 2014 - College Hill Poughkeepsie

Planting Dogwoods in Poughkeepsie | Arbor Day

To celebrate Arbor Day at College Hill, children from Warring Magnet School of Science and Technology showed their support by planting Dogwood trees donated by SavATree. Dogwood trees are invaluable for their beautiful flowers, bracts, fruits, stems, twigs and can help make a landscape beautiful.  Poughkeepsie city workers also joined in on the activities but, the children…

Horticultural Hardships

Floral Fungus When it comes to plants and shrubs, especially fruit trees and landscape quality cultivars, disease can frequently be attributed to fungus.  Some of the more common fungal diseases includes root rot, cankers, black knot, anthracnose, cedar-apple rust, apple scab and various blights.  Various conditions favor disease development;  warm, damp weather can be very…

Urbanization

More people than ever before are living in cities. In fact, the Earth Institute at Columbia University claims that, for the first time ever, half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. While this presents a number of challenges in terms of infrastructure and support, the question we ask is, what about the city…