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STEPHEN RAMIREZ
Yellow-billed cuckoos have been seen in Hadley and Granville.

Audubon Society reports bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four Bonaparte’s gulls, a common tern and a semipalmated plover were reported in Pittsfield. A flock of 17 short-billed dowitchers touched down briefly at Turners Falls. Fifteen semipalmated plovers and three dunlin were noted at the Longmeadow sandbar. A grey-cheeked thrush was seen in Belchertown. Cerulean …

Planting petunias

Friday, May 22, 2015

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — but that’s the price we pay for a gorgeous spring. You certainly may, and should, …

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, …

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 …

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 …