Chantal Ludder has a BA in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College where she completed a thesis on the Study of Arthropod Populations Across Native and Exotic Plant Collections.  While in college, Chantal interned with Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY, and was a horticulture assistant in the Horticulture Department and Resident Assistant at Bard.  Prior to joining the MSV, Chantal was a Horticulturalist with the Greater Newark Conservancy in New Jersey where she managed the Judith L. Shipley Environmental Center for three years, encompassing educational greenhouse with established plant collection, along with 10 interconnected teaching gardens featuring mature plant collection, raised vegetable beds, compost bins and native pond.  Chantal served as Chair of the Public Events Committee at the Greater Newark Conservancy in Garden State Gardens Consortium.

Cold Frames

Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

It was around this time last year the MSV exchanged the original windows on the building for newer, more environmentally conscious ones. Since the old windows were not of use to anyone else, and probably would have been left to languish in a landfill otherwise, the Gardens and Grounds Department quietly laid claim and spirited them away to our workshop. To be honest, I’ve never been more pleased to be in possession of a pile of debris in my life. Old windows, especially the large, sturdy ones, do not run cheap. They are also hard to find in any real quantity, especially if you are looking for a uniform size. Until this happy little windfall, the Museum was unable to offer the workshop I’ve wanted to run for years: Building a Cold Frame.

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