Client Showcase: Robyn and Paul

This week, we would like to highlight one of our clients and also recognize their work in conservation: Robyn and Paul of Queens, New York.

Robyn came to Spadefoot due to her keen interest in conservation and her ongoing efforts to support the monarch butterfly population. She is a former zoologist for the Bronx Zoo and lives in a quaint village in Queens. She wanted to make her home more pollinator-friendly while keeping it aesthetically pleasing. Her former shrubs were exotic and didn’t provide the early and late-season nectar needed to sustain monarchs and ultimately, help this nearly endangered species reproduce.

Spadefoot removed and replaced the “plastic plants” with ecologically productive ones while creating an ornamental garden. Since this installation was in their front yard, it is highly visible to passerby and can also act as an ambassador for native plants in Queens, NY. As spring is here, we also wanted to highlight an early bloomer nectar provider: Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

We created a shade garden that will support nectaring monarchs as well as other pollinators. Foamflower provides early spring nectar and eye-catching beauty. Other flowering plants included in the shade planting were our native geranium, New Jersey Tea, colorful Lobelia species, wild Columbine, and Clethra. Finally, we added shrubs for birds that will also benefit the butterflies.

Robyn’s efforts to help prevent the destruction of milkweed in order to help the monarch butterfly population in New York City have even been highlighted in a recent New York Times article

Thank you, Robyn & Paul for your ongoing dedication to native plants and the ecosystems they create and support. As you can see, Spadefoot is just a small piece of the collective working to protect biodiversity. It really takes a team effort to assist in the transition to sustainable landscaping practices in New York City… and beyond!



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