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CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of  the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy.

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 hands.” Even Shakespeare wrote about fairies with Titania, Oberon and Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s …

Guerrilla gardening

Friday, July 17, 2015

Outdoor furnishings: A long way from webbed chairs

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table. Today’s outdoor chairs might be wrought iron or wrought aluminum, with upholstered seats. …

Get Growing: The multicolors of spring have sprung

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Is green the color of spring? All through that brutal winter with its cold white snow cover, gardeners longed for a bit of green. Now the turf is greening up, leaves are emerging on shade and ornamental trees …

Gardening 101: Getting down and dirty in your own growing patch

Friday, May 1, 2015

How do you learn to be a successful gardener? Basically, by trial and error. Getting your hands in the dirt (pardon, me — soil) is the best way to learn, even though you are bound to make mistakes. …

Gardening help is at hand

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good soil is essential to success. You can get a full-scale soil test done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for $15. Directions on taking a sample are available online at ag.umass.edu/services/soil-and-tissue-testing-laboratory. Master gardeners from the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association do pH testing for $1 per sample …

Solutions for reclaiming the space in your garage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Do you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer to enter and leave your home through the garage? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors …

Get growing: Savoring daffodils’ early burst of color

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daffodils make me smile. They are so cheerful nodding in the breeze and so resilient. A snow flurry or even a gale won’t deter them from blooming merrily. At my former garden in South Amherst I had dozens …

Quabbin photo group to discuss macro photography

Friday, April 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Quabbin Photo Group will hold its monthly meeting Monday at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center, off Route 9, featuring a program on macro photography. It will begin at 7 p.m. “Introduction to Macro Photography will be presented by Walter Coombs, who has been interested in the …

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 …

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 …