Now is the time to witness monarch migration through Cape May Point, New Jersey! The Monarch Monitoring Project "is a research and education program focusing on the fall migration of monarch butterflies along the Atlantic coast." This year's count is reporting the highest numbers of monarchs seen on the coast in the past four years. Join in on the excitement, head out to the shore, and witness a small stop on these butterflies' journey along the coast.
Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in Pennsylvania’s woods knows to be on the lookout for disease carrying ticks. It is difficult to avoid ticks entirely, but one can make a few simple choices in landscaping to repel ticks from green spaces and protect children and pets.
Despite the common view of bees and insects as a nuisance, through understanding their importance, we have come to appreciate their presence in our gardens. Pollinators fill a crucial role in the vitality of plant and animal communities, and in our food production.
By promoting habitat diversity and minimizing our chemical inputs, Refugia aims to support biodiverse communities that retain the ecological complexities of the natural world. We recommend taking a look at Candeias' snapshot of the dynamic relationships between grasshoppers, spiders, and goldenrod (Solidago spp.), and leaving spiders be when you spot them in your landscape!
We are excited to announce that this week, Refugia Design received the 'Lower Merion Go for the Green' Award for Site Greening at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The Go for the Green Award is sponsored by the Lower Merion Environmental Advisory Council, and "recognizes our Township's finest residents, businesses, organizations, and schools...for their work to improve and protect our environment."
Visiting local native gardens can be an opportunity to learn and see the wide variety of potential that exists in sustainable landscape design. In the Philadelphia area, there are plenty of spaces for inspiration.
As April begins and it finally feels like Spring, the impact of stormwater is becoming clearly present throughout landscapes. By making a few changes that slow down water flowing across a landscape, land owners can make significant improvements in surrounding ecosystems, and reduce their home’s contribution to the pollution of our watersheds.
Writer, David George Haskell put it better than we could ourselves. The seasons are shifting erratically as a result of climate change, which we can't help but notice this year. Read more in the New York Times.
Come see Refugia's display at The Philadelphia Flower Show! The theme for this year's show is Holland: Flowering the World. Refugia is drawing its inspiration from Holland's innovative stormwater management practices in its creation of the display, 'A Sieve and a Sponge.'
Quality landscape design involves far more than placing plants in pretty arrangements, so how do we define success in such a seemingly subjective field? In recent years, a trend toward data-driven design has developed in landscape architecture.
On Saturday, February 11th from 11AM to noon, Carol Gracie will be leading a session called, ‘Wildflower Ecology: A Naturalist’s Perspective.’ In this session, visitors will learn about the ecology and life histories of spring ephemerals.
Oftentimes, landowners visualize winter landscapes as dull and dormant, but if individuals consider the beauty witnessed in wild spaces throughout all four seasons, they may think differently.