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A snowboarder and skier ride the Chondola ski lift at the Sunday River ski resort, Friday, March, 13, 2015 in Newry, Maine. CNL Resort Properties , the real estate investment trust that's the largest owner of ski areas in the country, including Sunday River, is quietly putting the entire lot, along with dozens of other properties , up for sale. The company is looking to liquidate to repay investors. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Ski resorts worth hundreds of millions could be sold

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEWRY, Maine — A real estate investment trust that’s considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. CNL Lifestyle Properties owns 16 resorts including Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine, Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain and Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire, Okemo Mountain …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, you might ask any of the 30,000 to 40,000 visitors expected to stream through the …

Get Growing: Beauty bursts out at Smith and Mount Holyoke this weekend

Friday, March 6, 2015

The annual Spring Bulb Show extravaganzas open this weekend at Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. The greenhouses will be bursting with daffodils, tulips, snowdrops and crocuses. Hyacinths will perfume the air along with the good honest smell of dirt. This year, these annual rites of spring come when all of us, green thumbs …

Picture perfect

Friday, February 27, 2015

Creating your own Eden — the particulars

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WHAT: “Creating Your Own Eden,” 16 workshops in two sessions. Books for sale. Garden-related vendors WHEN: March 21, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. WHERE: Frontier Regional High School, 113 North Main St., South Deerfield Fee: $35. Birdbath planter workshop: additional $40. Optional sandwich lunch: $8 Pre-registration: Required. Registration …

Get Growing: Stockbridge talk focuses on grand English garden

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stourhead Garden in Wiltshire, England, is the greatest extant example of the English Landscape Garden, a concept developed in the 18th Century in rebellion against the formal gardens of the French tradition such as Versailles. When I visited …

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Get growing: Leave the snow behind and savor the orchids

Thursday, February 12, 2015

What could be more uplifting than looking at tropical plants in the midst of all this infernal snow and cold? The annual Orchid Show staged by the Amherst Orchid Society is Feb. 21 and 22 at Smith Vocational …

Get Growing: Childhood experience inspires gardeners

Monday, January 19, 2015

Childhood memories provide inspiration for many of the gardeners whom I interview for my column. They recall their parents or grandparents, a beloved aunt or an elderly neighbor who introduced them to gardening. Or they recall a visit …

Parkour training: Hurdling fences, hopping benches — getting around with gymnastic grace

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

They’re into video games, role-playing, comics and superheroes. And they may be some of the most athletic kids around. They’re “traceurs,” practitioners of a relatively new activity called parkour. They don’t just take the stairs, they leap down …

Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton celebrates its anniversary

Friday, December 19, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., is throwing a party Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the beginning of its 14th year. The gallery exhibits photo artwork from local to international artists. Parking is available in the adjacent Old …

Obama on safe legal ground with turkey pardon

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the holiday, Obama on …