Gardens

Exploring the gardens at OSH

The Old Stone House gardens are open for visits from dawn to dusk.

Developed under the direction of environmental educator Claudia Joseph beginning in 2004, the gardens are co-designed with our community. Volunteers and students do most of the installation, hardscaping and care-taking, in exchange for learning, health benefits, harvest and community connection.

Our gardens are social interaction centers, as much as they are food, medicine and craft resources or stormwater retention tools, and they have brought birds and butterflies back to the landscape.

Flowers at OSH

Check out our plants!

Cover Crops

Barley
Buckwheat
Dutch white clover
Oats

Craft Plants

Basket willow
Cotton
Eastern white cedar
Flax
Job’s tears

Dye Plants

Listed by Plant

Amaranth – pinks
Comfrey – light to deep greens
Dyer’s coreopsis
Daffodils – yellow-green
Dandelion – yellow & green
Elderberry – purple, dark blue & gray
Fennel- yellow & green
Goldenrod – bright yellows to golds & greens
Japanese maple leaves – a pink blush
Mint – green
Mustard blossoms – yellow
Nasturtium – bright green
Onion skin – yellow
Polk weed
Red cabbage – from lavender to brilliant blue
Sour grass (wood sorrel or oxalis) – summery yellow
Sorrel – pale yellows & greens; roots – reddish-browns

Listed by Color:

Yellow – calendula, chamomile, goldenrod, marigold, tansy, catnip
Greens – artichoke, black-eyed Susan, hyssop, plantain
Pinks – amaranth flowers, sorrel root
Reds – dandelion root, japanese maple
Blues & purples – cornflower, false indigo, grape skins
Browns – comfrey
Grays & blacks – iris

Food Crops, Annual

Barley
Beans
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Chard
Collards
Corn
Cucumber
Eggplant
Ground cherry
Kale
Kolrabi
Komatsuna
Lettuce
Melon
Millet
Mizuna
Oats
Peppers
Potato
Radishes
Squash
Tomatillo
Tomato

Food Crops, Perennial

American plum
Beach plum
Currant
Elderberry
Gooseberry
Grape
Hazlebert
Jerusalem artichoke
Juneberry
Nanking cherry
Pear
Raspberry
Rhubarb
Western sand cherry

Native Plants

Aesculus parviflora – bottle brush buckeye
Aesclepias incarnata
Amelanchier alnifolia* – juneberry
Amelanchier canadensis
Aquilegia canadensis
Aronia brilliantissima
Aronia melanocarpa – chokeberry
Aster ericoides (Symphyotrichum)
Aster laevis (Symphyotrichum)
Aster novae-angliae (Symphyotrichum) Baptisia australis
Aster Smooth Aster
Baccharis halimifolia
Baptisia
Bayberry
Beach Plum
Black cohosh
Black-eyed Susan
Blue lobelia, Blue cardinal flower Beebalm
Blue-flag Iris
Bottlebrush Buckeye
Brown-eyed Susan Blue-stemmed Goldenrod Grassleaf Goldenrod
Bugbane
Cercis canadensis*
Christmas Fern
Cimicifuga racemosa (Actea racemosa) Eapatorium coelestinium
Clematis virginiana
Columbine Many-flowered
Coralberry
Cornus florida
Cornus sericea
Eastern White Cedar
Elderberry
Eupatorium fistulosum/maculatum/purpureum Geranium maculatum
Flowering Dogwood
Foamflower
Fothergilla minor*
Gray Goldenrod
Groundsel Bush
Hammamelis virginiana
Hardy Ageratum
Helenium autumnale
Helianthus divaricatus
Helianthus tuberosus
Highbush Cranberry
Hydrangea quercifolia
Ilex glabra
Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’
Inkberry
Iris versicolor
Jerusalem artichoke
Joe Pye Weed
Lobelia syphilitica
Lowbush Blueberry
Meadowsweet
Mist Flower,
Monarda fistulosa
Myrica pensylvanica
Netted chain fern
New York Aster
Oakleaf Hydrangea
Phytolacca americana
Pin Oak
Pinus sylvestris
Pokeweed
Polygonatum biflorum
Polystichum acrostichoides
Prunus besseyi*
Prunus maritima
Quercus palustrus
Red Chokeberry
Redbud
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’
Rubus odoratus
Rudbeckia hirta
Rudbeckia triloba
Sambucus canadensis ‘Johns’ & ‘York’ Spiraea latifolia
Sneezeweed
Snowberry
Solidago caesia
Solidago graminifolia (Euthamia )
Solidago nemoralis
Solomon Seal
Swamp milkweed
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Symphoricarpos alba
Tall Meadow Rue
Thalictrum pubescens
Thimbleberry
Thuja occidentalis*
Tiarella cordifolia
Vaccinium angustifolia
Viburnum opulus
Viola canadensis
Violet
Virgin’s Bower
Western Juneberry, Pacific Serviceberry Juneberry, Shadbush, Serviceberry Black Chokeberry
Western Sand Cherry
White Pine
Winterberry
Witch Alder
Witch Hazel
Woodland Sunflower
Woodwardia areolata
Yellow-twig Dogwood

Compiled by Cindy Goulder, November 2012

Seeds, Berries & Vegetative Cover for Birds

Currant

Gooseberry

Inkberry Ilex glabra – Songbirds: thrushes, mockingbirds, catbirds, robins, bluebirds and thrashers

Raspberry

Blackberry, Rubus allegheniensis – Blackberries rank at the top of summer foods for wildlife. Even late into the fall and winter, the dried berries are eaten by many species.

Pin Oak Acorns are a good and abundant staple food source for many songbirds.

Thimbleberry

Beach Plum

High Bush Cranberry Viburnum trilobum – Berries Sep-Feb still edible off the bush in mid-winter; popular with dozens of bird species, especially waxwings.

Elderberry Sambucus Canadensis – Elderberries are especially important sources of summer food for catbirds, robins, thrushes, sparrows, and many other songbirds.

Flowering dogwood – fruits are important to many songbirds in late summer and fall. Some primary users are cardinals, thrushes, and cedar wax-wings.

Rose – Rose hips, which remain on the shrubs through the winter and into the following year, are an important wildlife winter food source.

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata – Songbirds: thrushes, mockingbirds, catbirds, robins, bluebirds and thrashers.

Snowberry or Waxberry Symphoricarpos – Good wildlife cover and forage.

Eastern White Cedar, Thuja occidentalis Arborvitae screen.

Red Cedar fruits are eaten by cedar wax-wings, purple finches, robins, bluebirds, tree swallows, myrtle warblers and other songbirds.

Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarcarpa – Black fruit from Sep – Nov is eaten by songbirds.

Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia – Red fruits which appear Sep – Dec are an occasional winter food source for many bird species.

Juneberry or Western Serviceberry or Saskatoon Shadbush, Amelanchier ainifolia – Popular with wildlife.


Photos: Bob Levine.

Plant information:  Claudia Joseph, New York Permaculture Exchange.