Welcome to Hicksville: Mindy and the Eagle Scout Project

Mindy Marcus is a long-time Long Island resident, and a Master Gardener. She and her husband Michael grow ornamental plants, a vegetable garden and have been adding Native plants to their gardens. They have a son Joey who in October of 2010 finished his Eagle Scout Beautification Project, at the Welcome to Hicksville Site on the corner of Levittown Parkway and Old Country Road. The family has upkept the site and adding plants and flowers since. Native plants as Joe Pye, Mountain Mint and Black-eyed Susan’s have been added to bring the pollinators and birds to the area and keep it a site of beauty and honor, to recognize all who serve.

Mindy reflects on her long road to ReWilding and what she learned on the way …

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Container ReWilding: Angie's Beautiful Backyard

Can you garden with no ground? Most people would be stopped in their tracks by tree roots choking up the back yard and not letting any plants come up. But not Angie Ng.

Angie took up gardening to relax and clear her mind. Over time she has added a number of delightful plants in containers, artistically arranged to great effect in her backyard. And now, she ReWilds with Containers in her beautiful backyard.

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Memories of Long Island: Randal Wolfer

Randal Wolfer, a long time Long Islander and Cornell Extension Master Gardener, recalls the steady loss of habitat and wildlife on Long Island. She writes, “I’ve been a Long Islander my entire life and can attest to the steady decline of our local insect and bird populations due to loss of habitat to lawns and formal gardens made up primarily of ornamental plants. While lovely to view, lawns provide no benefit to our native population of insects and animals, and use large quantities of water to keep them looking green. You won’t see insects butterflies or bees hanging around your lawn or ornamentals as they offer no nutritional value to them.”

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"Art and Garden" Event : A Resounding Success

A photo-video-journal of the “Art And Garden” Event on 22nd September 2019, where the Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art teamed with ReWild Long Island to create an incredible day of Children’s illustrations, Storytime readings, Butterfly Workshops, Native Plants Sales and the planting of a Perennial Garden. Mindy Marcus, our reporter extraordinaire, reports from the scene …

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Prepare for Spring - Cardboard and Mulch

Thinking already about Spring and how you are going to get a head start on that weed patch by the side of the house?

Well, no time like Fall to get started on Spring.

One of the easiest ways to deal with a plot of land is to cardboard and mulch in Fall, so that you can plant easily in Spring, and maintain the new design without “old” plants or weeds popping their heads back up for the first year. By the second year, the cardboard and mulch are all gone, the new plants have reached maturity and are shading out any new competition easily!

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Peggy's Project : 10 Years and Not Done

Peggy Maslow is a devoted conservationist who volunteers for a wide variety of causes cutting across her beloved birds, native plants, science and eco-conservation. Her front yard is a beautiful testament to native plants, insects and birds. Peggy’s gardening philosophy is centered around allowing plants to find their own micro-niches, carefully observing what does well where and allowing design to develop over time. Her approach seems to indicate that ReWilding is less about instant gratification than patient unfolding.

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Hooked on ReWilding : Joanne's Story

In 2019 Spring, Joanne Strongin signed up as a ReWild Pioneer and went through the entire process of carefully designing her yard with the expert assistance of Rusty Schmidt, Landscape Architect hired by ReWild Long Island to assist families. She carefully cleared the existing lawn, cardboarded, mulched and planted natives per design. Successful ReWilding definitely draws on good planning, execution and a massive dose of luck! Joanne was featured in a recent Newsday Story as a successful ReWilder

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Mixed Results on ReWilding: Robert Walzer

Not every ReWilding is a success story with instant butterflies and hummingbirds! There is a lot of learning, experimentation and persistence that characterizes ReWilding … just as in any gardening. Here is a cautionary tale from Robert Walzer, bon vivant, traveler, news editor on Wall Street Journal foreign desk, and sometimes writer on music and culture.

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