Moloney Design & Horticulture



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Sustainable Sites Initiative
NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association)
Ecological Landscaping Association
National Wildlife Federation – Gardening for wildlife
New England Wildflower Society
Society for Ecological Restoration
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
The New York Botanical Garden
Cornell University Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
North American Native Plant Society

Native Plant Nurseries

Catskill Native Nursery
Project Native

Sustainable Design and Edible Landscaping

169 Elm St. – A Sustainable Pilot Project
Edible Landscaping with Rosalind Creasy
Edible Landscaping and Gardening
Edible Forest Gardens


University of Connecticut Plant Database
USDA Plants database
Hortiplex Plant Database


Turf War (An in-depth article on the American Lawn)
Organic Lawn Care 101

Recommended reading:

Native Plants

Growing and Propagating Wildflowers of the United States and Canada - William Cullina
Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines - William Cullina
Armitage’s Native Plants for North American Gardens - Allan M. Armitage
Bringing Nature Home - Douglas Tallamy
Native Plants of the Northeast - Donald J. Leopold
The American Woodland Garden - Rick Darke

Ecological and Organic Gardening

Noah's Garden - Sara Stein
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy without Chemicals - Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marchall Bradley, eds.
The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener - Eliot Coleman
Ecology for Gardeners - Steven B. Carroll and Steven D. Salt
Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn - Hannah Holmes
Teaming with Microbes - Jeff Lowenthals

Sustainable Design, Permaculture, and Edible Landscaping

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway
Edible Forest Gardens Volume 1 and 2 - Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier
Introduction to Permaculture - Bill Mollison
Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building, and Using Greywater Systems - Art Ludwig
Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden - Lee Reich
Edible Landscaping - Rosalind Creasy
Landscaping with Fruit - Lee Reich
Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community - Heather C. Flores

Natural History

Reading the Forested Landscape - Tom Wessels
The Trees in My Forest - Berndt Heinrich
A Natural History of Trees of Eastern and Central North America - Donald Culross Peattie

General Plants and Gardens

Ferns for American Gardens - John T. Mickel
Manual of Woody Landscape Plants - Michael Dirr
Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs - Michael Dirr
The Well-Tended Perennial Garden - Tracy DiSabato-Aust
Stalking the Healthful Herbs - Euell gibbons
A Northeast Gardener’s Year - Lee Reich
Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education - Michael Pollan
The Gardener’s Essential Gertrude Jekyll - Gertrude Jekyll


Redesigning the American Lawn: A Search for Environmental Harmony - Diana Balmori, F. Herbert Bormann, and Gordon T. Geballe,
American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn - Ted Steinberg
The American Lawn - Georges Teyssot, ed.

Deep Background

The Myth of Progress - Tom Wessels
Changes in the Land - William Cronon
Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond
1491 - Charles C. Mann
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World - Michael Pollan
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson