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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: Strolling an allee, a memorable experience

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Have you ever heard of a lime walk? I’m not referring to a stroll through tropical gardens of the Caribbean but to a European landscape tradition. In England linden trees are called lime trees (don’t ask me why). …

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