What we do
Our mission is to ReWild private and public spaces, educate and advocate for the centrality of native trees, bushes and plants to our suburban landscape.
ReWilding Private Yards
The core issue at the heart of ReWilding private yards is that residents find that information is hard to find, native plants not easily available in scale and yard maintenance options are expensive and limited. We have sought to reverse that by working co-operatively with our neighbors to make native landscape design affordable and accessible, by communally preparing the ground, procuring plants and helping each other with the information required to maintain and grow yards.
As with all landscaping, we are working to maximize aesthetic “curb” appeal and environmental impact while minimizing the cost and effort involved in maintenance. This necessarily involves a lot of experimentation and knowledge sharing to ensure that people of different skill levels are able to benefit from the process.
The slideshows below tell the stories of private yards that have been vastly transformed through the addition of native plant species. Each homeowner has a unique story to tell, but the experience of delight is universal!
Bio-diversity in small yards
AnneMarie Ansel set out to maximize gardening space on a small lot. By making maximum use of container gardening, trellises, arbors, fence lines, and raised garden beds, her landscape design boasts many native plants for pollinators and wildlife while leaving plenty of space for growing organic vegetables, fruits and lawn.
Under utilised space in the driveway was used to grow Common Milkweed in containers. They did well and attracted many Monarchs that laid eggs on the undersides of the leaves!
A full sun front yard has raised garden beds off to the side for vegetables and herbs. The main planting area breaks up the monotony of a front lawn with an arbor tunnel and large colorful containers to grow vegetables mixed in with pollinator plants for curb appeal.
lawn to meadow
Raju Rajan and Sonia Arora transformed the lawn in their backyard to a native wildflower meadow. They rototilled the lawn and, after ensuring that weeds had been suppressed, laid down a mix of wildflower and grass seeds. The resulting wildflower meadow continues to surprise as the mix of flowers changes from season to season, and the mix of plants changes from year to year. The meadow abounds in Coreopsis, Black-eyed Susan, Sweet Williams, Coneflowers, Indian Blankets and other perennials. The need for mowing, fertilizers, herbicides and water has drastically declined, while the number of bees, butterflies and birds has dramatically increased!
visit our blogs
We have a host of gardeners, some brand-new to ReWilding, many deeply experienced, sharing their stories, their yards and their gorgeous photos. Please visit our blogs and click through any that excite you!
ReWilding Public Spaces
ReWild Long Island brings a systematic process towards planting and caring for public spaces. There is no space too tiny or so grand that cannot be beautified through carefully selected native plants! We work with our town, as well as public and private institutions that have shared spaces. Planting is always the easy part — the challenge is to think about long term, weed-free maintenance of the perennials, and ensuring that the aesthetic appeal of the garden is maintained, while supporting biodiversity, pollinators and other other environmental benefits.
ReWild brings a systematic process to native plantings that centered on developing skills and interest in communities that are involved in designing, planting and maintaining their favorite public spaces.