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This photo provided by West Elm shows throw blankets for fall.  If you're looking for an easy, low-commitment and cozy way to change the look of your home for fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets. (West Elm via AP)

It’s a wrap: decorating with throws and blankets

Thursday, September 3, 2015

If you’re not up for big projects like repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for an easy, low-commitment way to change the look of your rooms — and keep cozy. Whether turned out in luxurious cashmere or a soft synthetic, a throw is a snuggly alternative to zipping up another sweatshirt or cranking up the thermostat when the temperature dips. “People just love that soft, extra-cozy feeling to wrap up in them,” said Jami Supsic, style director for Country Living magazine. “Nothing would be better on a winter night than having a chunky throw …

Surrounded by beauty: Belchertown artist’s yard is filled with gardens of all kinds

Thursday, September 3, 2015

From the beginning, when she built her contemporary house in Belchertown 17 years ago, Karen Chrisman knew she wanted to surround her home with gardens. “I had the plan in my head, I knew what it would look like and it is pretty close,” she said in a recent interview. Her gardens were …

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 September before there is any need to turn on the furnace. They need to acclimate …

Happy to be ‘haphazard’: Meredith Michaels’ Amherst gardens are an impressive profusion of colorful flowers and robust vegetables

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The garden created in South Amherst by Meredith Michaels and her husband, Lee Bowie, over the past eight years is the epitome of the successful country garden, reflecting its pastoral surroundings of pastures, swamps and orchards. Michaels is …

Get Growing: Learning the Latin pays off

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Most gardeners only know plants by their common names like marigold or black-eyed Susan. But frankly this can get you in lots of trouble. It pays to take time to learn the Latin binomial names that are more …

Get Growing: Seed saving reemerging

Friday, July 31, 2015

It’s harvest time in vegetable garden. These days, home gardeners are harvesting not only for food but for seeds to sow next year. Seed saving is a burgeoning hobby. Our grandparents assumed they would save seeds from their …

Brownie troop gets backstage pass at Morgan show

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960 got a backstage look Saturday at what it takes to mount a major equestrian event by spending time in the stables of the Morgan Horse Show in Northampton. …

Building tiny garden houses: Fairy fantasy feeds campers’ imaginations

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fairies have long captured the imagination of children and adults. Who can forget James M. Barrie’s evocative words in “Peter Pan”: “Do you believe in fairies? Say quick that you believe in fairies. If you believe, clap your …

Guerrilla gardening

Friday, July 17, 2015

Get Growing

Thursday, July 2, 2015

‘Gardening is a powerful force to help communities grow,” Roger Swain told a gathering of nearly 200 people last weekend in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Garden Club of Amherst. Swain, the former host of The …

Banding of American Kestrels in Hadley

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A project sponsored by the Kestrel Land Trust is seeking to better understand population declines affecting the birds. …

Hoe down

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Get Growing: Gardening while coping with drought

Friday, June 19, 2015

The drought is very real in California and water conservation is the newspaper headline every day. Apartment renters in some areas will now be charged for water use, a utility that used to be part of their basic …