Formal Garden of the Vanderbilts

At the F.W. Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, the restored formal garden is a jewel in its own right, while also a haven for a wide diversity of pollinators. The garden was restored in 1984 by a group of volunteers with permission from the National Park Service.  Today, the gardens are still maintained by volunteers of the Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association, Inc., … Continue reading Formal Garden of the Vanderbilts

Small Mining Bee’s Active in Early Spring

In January, we can only imagine springtime flowers as if they were a dream.  Yet, beneath the snow, snowdrops, a small perennial flower are waiting to emerge from their bulb at the slightest hint of spring warmth.  In late February and early March the snowdrops rise from the earth as the first flowers of the year! This small white flower is native to a large … Continue reading Small Mining Bee’s Active in Early Spring