Services Provided


Garden Walks

Receive a personalized tour during the growing season with Carolyn Summers or Kate Brittenham. Tours are arranged by appointment only. Contact us today to schedule your private tour.

Carolyn Summers touring the garden with the Neversink Association showcasing a native shrub.

Carolyn Summers touring the garden with the Neversink Association showcasing a native shrub.
Photo taken by Pat Wellington


Kettle Hole Bog Walks

Learn more about what makes this type of bog environment so unique.  Tours limited to six people at one time.  Remember no sneakers or boots are permitted to be worn in the bog. Lightweight sandals, flip flops or crocs may be worn. Bare feet are encouraged!

Tour-goers from the Neversink Association tour in June 2015 led by Carolyn Summers. Photo taken by Pat Wellington

Tour-goers from the Neversink Association led by Carolyn Summers leading into the kettle hole bog.
Photo taken by Pat Wellington



Garden Talks and Education Series

Carolyn frequently speaks on native gardens. Check out the News and Events page for a current list of upcoming topics.

Popular general environmental subjects that Summers teaches include:

  • Tree, shrub and wildflower identification skills
  • Wetland and forest ecology
  • Native plant horticulture
  • Plants and pollinators
Carolyn with CWH gate

Photo taken by: Sarah Westrich


Design Consultations

Gardens designed with native plants create beautiful habitats for families and wildlife. Enjoy the wonders of nature in your own back yard.  Daughter Kate Brittenham carries on the family tradition designing gardens with native plants throughout upstate New York.  Contact her at Front Stoop Pocket Gardens,


Carolyn Summers in the garden

Carolyn Summers in the garden with native plants

Carolyn Summers on porch

Photo taken by: Sarah Westrich

Go Native U Go Native U is an educational program designed to teach people about the sustainable use and conservation of native plants. Students learn how to garden with the flowers, shrubs, and trees indigenous to the Northeast and how to do so using nature-friendly practices. They also discover the value of natives—their beauty as well as their benefits to the environment.

The Native Plant CenterModeled after the successful Go Native U course of study run by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, Go Native U at Westchester Community College is a collaboration with The Native Plant Center and offers non-credit classes designed for home gardeners as well as professionals such as landscapers, landscape architects, landscape designers, and nursery owners.

Students can enroll in single one-day and multiple-session courses or pursue a certificate, which consists of required courses (18 hours), elective courses (17 hours), a final exam, and community service at The Native Plant Center (15 hours) for a total of 50 hours. Some classes offer LA-CES-approved credit hours.

All classes are taught by qualified, experienced professionals. Upon completion of the Go Native U certificate, students will have gained an understanding of regional ecology and sustainable practices that will guide them in gardening, landscape design, grounds management, and more. 

A percentage of the tuition to Go Native U supports the work of WCC's The Native Plant Center.

To register for Go Native U courses, call (914) 606-6830 and press 1 or register online.