A couple wanted to return their rural property to a more natural state. Modest lawn areas were left around buildings and drive. The remainder is meadow and shrub land, bordered by shade trees and crisscrossed with walking trails.
For diversity and resilience, HUDSON planted over 400 native trees and shrubs (52 species within 28 of the 44 North American families) as well as flower and fern selections. Plants are selected for food value to birds and pollinators, and for beauty and interest in all seasons. Included are popular favorites (sugar maple, redbud) and underused gems (sassafras, devil's walking-stick). There is ongoing removal of exotic invasive plants.
Since restoring the property, the owners have been visited by bears, foxes, possums, and most recently, a bobcat. The property is certified as wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation. Penn State Pollinator Garden certification is pending.
Site Restoration 8 acres
Rewilding a Former Farm
A young veterinarian and her husband moved into a farmstead originally owned by her great-grandfather. Over generations, the main house had been repeatedly added onto and the farmland had been disused.
As well as renewing the house, the couple wanted to restore the land to health. Worn-out fields and pastures were envisioned as a place for wildlife and birds and as a place where the couple could hike, hunt, and enjoy family and solitary activities in peace. Before moving in, they dammed a small creek, creating a two-acre pond in view of the house.
HUDSON's master plan provides varied areas connected by mown paths. Grass and forb meadows replace pastures. Pond edges offer wetland habitat for amphibians and reptiles. Woods edges are planted with native flowering trees and shrubs, providing cover and food for birds. At the north end, wood pasture has the potential for small-scale regenerative farming.
Site Master Plan 20 acres
Owner Comment: We love this plan!