Brent, Welcome, neighbor! You asked a very specific question…but I think I have some answers, having been here a long time. The scientific botanical survey titled "Flora of the Columbia County Area, New York" was last updated in 1958, but you can get a copy from the New York State Museum for $8, at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/pubsforsale/detail.cfm?pubID=4842. It is filled with plant names in botanical Latin and such, but is the most comprehensive portrait of what grew here before so much land changed the way it did in the last half of the last century. It has very interesting chapters about the history of settlement (and land "disturbance" in our area, so I recommend it for a bit of the past). Really worth more than the price. Your Queen Anne’s lace, though naturalized throughout the region, is actually a European native plant. Funny, huh? Many people therefore refer to it as a local wildflower, but it’s not a native plant…this whole topic gets quite political and technical fast, but is worth exploring. If you want to learn about great native plants and wildflowers in a simpler reference guidebook, try "Wildflowers of the Berkshire & Taconic Hills" from Berkshire House Pulblishers (by Joseph Strauch). Local bookstores and outdoor stores and garden centers usually carry it, and it has color photos. And plan to investigate Project Native nursery in Great Barrington, MA, or online at http://projectnative.org/, who sell plants locally that are native to here. Hope those tips are a good start. Margaret
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.