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The sweet autumn clematis offers pristine white fragrant blossoms and is a great choice for a fence or trellis in a cottage garden setting. (Handout/TNS)

On Gardening: Autumn clematis provides cover and color

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The last few weeks the sweet autumn clematis has been among the showiest plants in our cottage garden at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. It was the perfect choice to drape over a new lattice fence. If you have an ugly fence or wall that you need to dress up, this may be the perfect vine for you. The blooming …

A profusion of produce: In Amherst, the gardens at Sandra Surner’s home have been chock full of fruits and vegtables

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sandra Surner likes to grow vegetable and fruits in her gardens in Amherst and this year she was rewarded with an abundance of produce. She has a bumper crop of berries — especially blueberries and raspberries — plus lots of Golden Delicious apples. Her lone peach tree produced plenty of fruit this summer. …

Get Growing: Taking stock for next year’s planting

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Before Jack Frost knocks down everything in the garden — and he will sometime in October — take time to mull over the successes and failures of the gardening season. And, most importantly, record your musings in a place you can remember to look in the spring. It was a great year for …

Get Growing: Time to bring the houseplants back inside

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September is the month for new beginnings. Even though it may be 90 degrees this week, fall is in the air and it’s time to prepare houseplants for the journey inside. It’s important to bring them indoors in …

Living Smart: Is it time to update your landscaping?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Homeowners often update or refresh the interior of their homes by changing paint color or furniture, but the design of your lawn probably doesn’t receive your attention that frequently. Why not? Adding new plants, reshaping existing ones or …

Your Time: ‘Wings Over Hadley’ — radio-controlled model airplanes aloft over Hadley’s ‘Honey Pot’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

They came from all over New England for the Hampshire County Radio Controllers “Wings Over Hadley,” held two weekends ago at the club’s flying field in the “Honey Pot” section of Hadley. The planes flown during the annual …

Heading outdoors this coming week in the Valley

Friday, August 28, 2015

∎   Skinner State Park — Free programs at the park, off Rte. 47, Hadley: SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS: Summit House tours, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. THURSDAYS: Fitness Hike, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (meet at Halfway Parking Area); Geology for Kids Ages 9-13, 3 p.m. (meet in …

Springing ahead to bulbs

Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s almost the end of August and despite the hot, muggy weather, fall is just around the corner. That means it is time for gardeners to plan for spring flowers. If you don’t plant bulbs this fall, you …


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A writer’s refuge: At The Mount in Lenox, Edith Wharton’s gardens have been restored to their early 20th-century splendor

Friday, August 21, 2015

Picnics on the lawn, drives along country lanes, evenings spent with intellectual friends — and gardens — were what Edith Wharton desired when she built her country retreat, The Mount, in Lenox a century ago. She was fed …

The Mount: The particulars

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Mount, at 2 Plunkett St. in Lenox, was the home of Edith Wharton, novelist and first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. It was built in 1902; Wharton lived there until 1911. The Mount is owned by Edith Wharton Restoration Inc., a non-profit cultural organization. …

Get Growing: Out with the old, in with the new

Friday, August 21, 2015

Every spring I plant pansies in two big blue ceramic pots. They used to sit on the granite front steps of my old farmhouse in South Amherst. Now they brighten the entrance to the garages at my condo. …

Garden renegades: Three fresh ideas for front yards

Thursday, August 13, 2015

For decades, the perfectly mowed lawn has endured as an American pursuit. But today, a growing number of homeowners are rethinking this default landscape feature in the neighborhoods of America’s heartland as they downsize or replace these grassy …