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CHERYL B. WILSON
Blithewold Gardens

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 to a famous garden that impressed them. My own childhood garden memories converged last weekend in an article in the Providence (RI) Journal about the greenhouse manager at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, Rhode Island. Gail Read is the daughter of one of the DeSisto brothers, former owners of Princess Hill Nursery in my hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island. My mother, an avid flower gardener, used …

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 (or up) them. They hurdle fences, side-hop walls, walk up and over benches, and occasionally …

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 Town Hall parking lot. …

Surprise inside: A thoroughly modern kitchen updates a 1890s Victorian home in Amherst

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From the outside, Dennis and Annick Porter’s 1893 late-Victorian home in Amherst seems a typical design for that era. But step into the couple’s newly renovated kitchen and one is transported forward for a very modern living experience. …

Get Growing: Gardening galore in the blogosphere

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gardeners are usually generous people who are happy to share plants and seeds, garden experience and advice. We all treasure the daylily from mother’s garden or the primrose from our friend Sally’s garden or the strawberry or raspberry …

Layer by layer, piece by piece: Bringing a historic tavern back to life in Old Deerfield is painstaking work

Thursday, November 6, 2014

For Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield’s lead architectural conservator, exploring one of Old Deerfield’s 18th-century buildings is like stepping into a time machine. That’s the experience he aims to give the museum’s visitors, but many of the buildings have …

Get Growing: Thomas Jefferson’s love for gardening helps define him

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thomas Jefferson was an avid gardener but he was more interested in scientific experiments than in spectacular successes. That was one of the facts about our third president that Peter Hatch, head gardener at Monticello for 35 years, …

Your Place: To prepare for winter, put pipes first

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Someone suggested that I write the annual getting-ready-for-winter column early this year because the last time I did, we had a mild one. There’s so much to say about winter preparation that it will likely take more than one column, so we’ll start with something that brings nightmares …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Forcing bulbs

Friday, October 24, 2014

In the bleak midwinter when snow blankets the ground nothing is more cheerful than a pot of bright daffodils or tulips. They seem to promise that spring is just around the corner. You can certainly go to the …

Right at Home: Fall decor gets cozy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home décor. So while you’re wrapping yourself in a big, …

Living Smart: Help your small space live large

Friday, October 24, 2014

Feeling cramped but don’t want to move? There many ways to make small seem spacious. Embracing a “less is more” mindset is even trendy, with micro homes attracting macro interest on social media and on TV. Granted, your home is likely larger than a true “tiny house,” which …

Living Smart: Lead paint is still a threat, but it shouldn’t be

Friday, October 17, 2014

If you or someone you know is planning work on a pre-1978 home, please make time to take precautions against the possibility of lead poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 500,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 have elevated lead levels in their …

Art Deco 1920s house ‘Like something out of a Hollywood movie’

Friday, October 17, 2014

Richard Silvers grew up admiring the palatial white mansion at 1830 Beechwood Blvd. in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill, never imagining he might live there. But fate intervened, and when the home came up for sale in 2002, he and …