Welcome to ArcheWild

ArcheWild is a full-service ecological restoration firm and a local ecotype native plant supplier. ArcheWild provides design and construction services for state and federal agencies as well as large land owners. Our understanding of plant communities and their soil, water, light, and topology requirements virtually guarantees project success. We restore forests, riparian buffers, meadows, and wetlands. We build unique, award-winning all-native landscapes for private customers. Check our current plant inventory using the above menu.

  • Big City, Big Surprise: New York City’s Newest Species Is a Frog

    Only the second new frog species found in the continental United States in the past 30 years, it remained hidden in plain sight in a city of 8.4 million people. Even in one of the most densely populated places on Earth, nature is still capable of some big surprises. Biologists have described a new species of leopard frog discovered in New York City. "It's a pretty unique event," said Rutgers Universityecologist Jeremy ...

    Posted at November 30, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control

    Fungus behind deadly disease in walnut trees mutates easily, complicating control Researchers from Purdue and Colorado State universities have discovered that the fungus responsible for thousand cankers disease, a lethal affliction of walnut trees and related species, has a rich genetic diversity that may make the disease more difficult to control. Adjunct assistant professor of forestry Keith Woeste and fellow researchers analyzed the genes of 209 samples of Geosmithia morbida from 17 regions ...

    Posted at November 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Diseases and Pests | 0 Comment
  • Detoxifying Lawns

    ArcheWild was recently contracted to detoxify a lawn after it's improper contamination by one if the new national lawn care services.  The property owner was highly allegergic to the company's chemicals and also experienced several asthma episodes. Our techinicians formulated a detoxifying powder that could be emulsified in water.  The lawn was saturated with the treatment at a rate of 800 gallons per acre.  A truck-mounted tank with agitator ...

    Posted at November 5, 2014 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 2 Comments
  • Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership recognizes ArcheWild

    Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership recognizes ArcheWild Join the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership for its Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on May 13th at their offices at the Globe Dye Works.  To participate, click here. ArcheWild has contributed financially to the organizations efforts to protect and clean the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed.  The watercourse originates in Abington PA and meanders through several heavily-suburbanized areas before it drains into the Delaware River at the Betsy Ross bridge. ArcheWild also supplies plant material for ...

    Posted at February 8, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Identification Guide for Photinia floribunda, Photinia pyrifolia, and Photinia melanocarpa

    Identification Guide for Photinia floribunda Photinia floribunda is an elusive chokeberry species that is currently conspicuously absent from the native plant nursery trade partly because it is so difficult to find. Photinia floribunda (purple chokeberry) is a gorgeous native shrub that enjoys moist soils in shade to full sun.  Quite stoloniferous, this species will form fairly large colonies in its ideal soil conditions.  Typically found at slightly higher elevations (500-1000ft) and growing near streams, vernal pools, and ...

    Posted at December 16, 2014 | By : | Categories : Native Plant ID | 1 Comment
  • Salamanders are an abundant food source in forest ecosystems

    Salamanders are an abundant food source in forest ecosystems In the 1970s, ecologists published results from one of the first whole-forest ecosystem studies ever conducted in Hubbard Brook, New Hampshire. In the paper, scientists reported that salamanders represent one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in the forest landscape. Now, using new sampling and statistical techniques not available during the past study, researchers at the University of ...

    Posted at November 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Species Spotlight – Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox)

    Species Spotlight - Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox) Phlox stolonifera (creeping phlox) is an elusive species confined to nearly undisturbed sites in state and national forests.  Propagated mostly through division in the wild (we have yet to observe seed set on this species), Phlox stolonifera is found in small patches that somehow have survived 100s of years of habitat manipulation.

    Posted at May 12, 2016 | By : | Categories : Species Spotlight | 0 Comment
  • How to identify Ilex verticillata and Ilex laevigata

    How to identify Ilex verticillata and Ilex laevigata Field guides and websites make differentiation between Ilex verticillata and Ilex laevigata much more difficult than it really is.  Use this handy guide to determine which species you are trying to positively identify. Ilex laevigata Somewhat shiny and medium to light green leaves with blunt tips and blunt teeth on the leaves. Fruit calyx is completely hairless.  Twigs with copious buds and leaf scars. For the botanist: Deciduous shrub to 9 feet ...

    Posted at November 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Native Plant ID | 2 Comments
  • Three Island Fox Subspecies Now Fully Delisted

    Representing the fastest successful recovery for any Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed mammal in the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced the final de-listing of three subspecies of island fox native to California’s Channel Islands. The removal of the San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz ...

    Posted at August 15, 2016 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Forgotten scent of roses could be reawakened by scientists

    So roses, along with the tomato, grape, and New England aster, have been abused beyond recognition by breeders in seaech of the perfect plastic plant. In the case of the rose, it has apparently lost much if its scent. We old-timers know that store-bought produce lost their flavor decades ago. And over-bred native plants lose vigor, ecological value, and suitability in the natural landscape. This article suggests that we might be able to get both ...

    Posted at July 3, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • ArcheWild Native Green Roof Research Platform

    100% interesting and attractive East Coast native green ...

    Posted at June 27, 2016 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 2 Comments
  • Is there any point in planting new trees?

    Is there any point in planting new trees? By Isabella Kaminski Environment Writer 12 May 2016 Reposted from BBC. Tree planting initiatives are popular, but do they achieve results? Successive governments have made popular pledges to plant large numbers of new trees. But do these trees ever actually get planted and, where they do, does ...

    Posted at May 17, 2016 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 1 Comment
  • Ecological Detention Basin Design

    Ecological Detention Basin Design Detention basin design needs refreshing.  Let's move beyond  the mown-turf design.  We're tired of looking at these... Instead, lets design our detention basins to function as rich habitat for butterflies, amphibians, dragonflies, birds, and interesting plant species. Below are some simple techniques that engineers and architects can employ to create real functioning habitat without increasing a project's budget. Create Different ...

    Posted at December 8, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Rare bumblebee numbers grow in UK

    Rare bumblebee numbers grow in UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-33850082

    Posted at August 11, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Invasive bug ‘could spread in UK’

    Invasive bug 'could spread in UK' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34054321

    Posted at August 28, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • UK butterflies in ’40-year slump’

    UK butterflies in '40-year slump' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35093468

    Posted at December 14, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • ArcheWild EcoRegion Lookup Tool

    ArcheWild EcoRegion Lookup Tool Click on the EcoRegion picture to launch our ArcheWild EcoRegion lookup tool, powered by ArcGIS.  Adjust the transparency of the EcoRegion layer using the three dots (...) under the layer heading on the left side of screen.  Key in your address and read the EcoRegion code from the map. ArcheWild uses Level IV EcoRegion coding as an integral part of our accession coding system and plant labelling.  Responsible buyers of native plants strive ...

    Posted at December 18, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Olive disease research gets EU funds

    Olive disease research gets EU funds http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-34809894

    Posted at November 14, 2015 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Earth was a Frozen Snowball when Animals First Evolved

    Earth was a Frozen Snowball when Animals First Evolved 715 million years ago the entire planet was encased in snow and ice. This frozen wasteland may have been the birthplace of complex animals. (reposted from BBC) By Kate Ravilious 12 January 2015 The ice brought Earth to a standstill. Where there were once waves lapping onto a tropical shore and warm waters teeming with life, there was just the whistling of the wind and a cold barren landscape, covered ...

    Posted at December 7, 2015 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • Ecological Restoration as Art?

    Ecological Restoration as Art? It's almost Christmas and it's cold, dark, and dead-looking outside.  Thought we'd brighten up the mood with a project profile. The client owns ten acres in Princeton, New Jersey, and expressed interest in restoring their property to be more 'woods-like and authentic.'  The property is in EcoRegion 064a and features a typical upland oak-hickory forest with bountiful Danthonia spicata and Carex pensylvanica patches, among other appropriately indigenous species.  However, the prior owners had done ...

    Posted at December 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : Designing with Natives | 0 Comment
  • ArcheWild plants 25,000 plugs for a forest restoration

    ArcheWild plants 25,000 plugs for a forest restoration ArcheWild supplied the plants and labor for a forest restoration program in New Jersey.  The total number of plantings, to occur over five years is 125,000 plugs as well as a many potted trees/shrubs. The Hurricane Sandy restoration process started with clearing paths to fully access the site, followed by intensive invasive control to allow the plantings to occur on schedule. The ...

    Posted at June 8, 2016 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 0 Comment
  • Species Spotlight – Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

    Species Spotlight - Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass) Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass) is a ubiquitous native grass in the Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and New England physiographic provinces and occurs in at least a few counties for all states east of the Rockies.   Most commonly found in dry, rocky areas or along mown rights of way in full sun and with little competition.  An excellent species for infertile, urban soils where a colorful natural-like aesthetic is desired.  The grass ...

    Posted at June 19, 2016 | By : | Categories : Species Spotlight | 0 Comment
  • The 1700 Native Plants of Bucks County PA

    The 1700 Native Plants of Bucks County PA Bucks County, PA is blessed with an enormous range of physiographic regions, soil types, and hydrological conditions.  Habitats range from the Highlands and the diabase areas of Upper Bucks to the coastal plains of Lower Bucks, high palisades of the Delaware River to bog remnants, pristine freshwater ponds to tidal areas. These varied conditions host a dizzying array of species, sub-species, and naturally-occurring varieties. Common species are regularly available from ...

    Posted at January 28, 2016 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 0 Comment
  • ArcheWild supplies Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed planting

    ArcheWild supplies Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed planting Posted on November 10, 2015 by Julie Almost one hundred volunteers lent a hand to plant a creekside buffer and trees along the Jenkintown Creek at Ethel Jordan Park in Abington’s Elkins Park on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. These 205 native trees ...

    Posted at June 18, 2016 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 0 Comment
  • ArcheWild helps Land Health Institute build a pocket meadow for a Philadelphia City School

    ArcheWild helps Land Health Institute build a pocket meadow for a Philadelphia City School ArcheWild was chosen to supply the plant material for a 3,000 sq. ft. pocket meadow for the John B. Kelly elementary school in Philadelphia. Plant species were specially chosen to perform well in the infertile soils located  in the the front of the school, which included Doellingaria umbellata, Solidago odora, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium, Carex appalachica, Schizacyrium scoparium, and many more.

    Posted at June 8, 2016 | By : | Categories : ArcheWild Services | 2 Comments
  • Species Spotlight – Monarda fistulosa var. brevis (Smokehole bergamot)

    Species Spotlight - Monarda fistulosa var. brevis (Smokehole bergamot) Monarda fistulosa var. brevis (Smokehole bergamot) is short in stature and long in durability.  Native to dry banks and talus slopes, this Monarda sports colors ranging from white (see picture) to light shades of pink/purple.  Monarda fistulosa var. brevis is likely the first Monarda to bloom in the spring (late-May in the Philadelphia area), preceding even the shale barren form of Monarda clinopodia and long before Monarda ...

    Posted at June 24, 2015 | By : | Categories : Species Spotlight | 0 Comment
  • In Defense of Invaders, and a rebuttal

    In Defense of Invaders, and a rebuttal (reposted from The Economist) ArcheWild Note: ArcheWild does not agree with the points of view in this article and is drafting a rebuttal for submission to the editors at The Economist Most campaigns against foreign plants and animals are pointless, and some are worse than that Dec 5th 2015 | From the print edition

    Posted at December 8, 2015 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 3 Comments
  • Scientists’ greener future vision

    Scientists' greener future vision http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30277519 Posted from the field by Mark

    Posted at December 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | 0 Comment
  • Taking Action to Preserve Native Pollinators

    Taking Action to Preserve Native Pollinators Bees, beetles, flies, birds, wasps, butterflies, moths, bats, and other animals are the key actors in supplying food and providing ecosystem services. Without healthy pollinator populations, our efforts to feed humanity and restore natural landscape function will fail. Our increasing adoption of large scale farming techniques has led to the rapid decline of native pollinators and have put overwhelming pressure on the European honey bee, nearly to their breaking point. ...

    Posted at July 25, 2015 | By : | Categories : Pollinator | 4 Comments
  • Invasive Plants on SALE NOW!

    Invasive Plants on SALE NOW! Happy New Year everyone.  Working on proposals at our local Panera Bread (my new remote office) today. Taking a break, I stroll outside to take in the view of the drainage ditch out back to see what's growing. Weeds. Invasive weeds. Japanese knotweed, Japanese rose, privet, Bradford pear, and lots more. A few lonely eastern red cedar trying to make it.  

    Posted at December 31, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecology | 7 Comments
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