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CHERYL B. WILSON
Blithewold Gardens

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 to a famous garden that impressed them. My own childhood garden memories converged last weekend in an article in the Providence (RI) Journal about the greenhouse manager at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, Rhode Island. Gail Read is the daughter of one of the DeSisto brothers, former owners of Princess Hill Nursery in my hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island. My mother, an avid flower gardener, used …

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 (or up) them. They hurdle fences, side-hop walls, walk up and over benches, and occasionally …

Robert Floyd Gallery in Southampton celebrates its anniversary

Friday, December 19, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center, 2 East St., is throwing a party Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., to celebrate the beginning of its 14th year. The gallery exhibits photo artwork from local to international artists. Parking is available in the adjacent Old Town Hall parking lot. …

Get Growing: Voles, mice and rabbits

Friday, October 17, 2014

Winter is just around the corner and little rodents as well as rabbits and squirrels are preparing for cold weather. Rabbits don’t hibernate and you can see their tracks in the snow all winter. They do need to …

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Friday, October 17, 2014

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones. Prices have come down, thanks to growing demand and cheaper technology. …

Unlocking the secret to hiding a spare key

Friday, October 17, 2014

Want to safely hide a spare house key? Here are a few tips. Burglars, don’t read this story. It’s a horrible feeling: You arrive home and discover that you lost your key. If only you had a spare …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Frost:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties experienced light frost last weekend although most of us were spared. Heavy frost is yet to be predicted by the weather experts, but, nonetheless, it is time to prepare for that eventuality. Tender plants like tomatoes and peppers have really stopped …

Living Smart: Choose the right flooring for rooms that get wet

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Flooring is a foundational facet of any home project. But when the room you’re upgrading is prone to spills and splashes and the chance of leaks or flooding, carpet isn’t an ideal choice. Here are some options for moisture-prone areas, from flooring pros who’ve earned top ratings from …

Right at Home: Quoth the raven, ‘Happy Halloween’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost. In classics like “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Masque of the Red Death” and more, the master of horror fiction …

Canning, freezing, drying and other ways to stock the larder

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“I like bringing a little summer into winter,” says Kristen Wilmer of Florence. Wilmer works for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) and is a strong supporter of making the best of the bounty we have in the …

Made in the shade

Friday, September 5, 2014

Doing things properly: Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association’s local projects and new training program

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nobody gardens alone, is something many gardeners know. Whether a novice or an expert, most gardeners need advice and support at some time. They need help identifying pests. They need information on the best variety of cucumber or …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: North Amherst Library garden

Friday, August 22, 2014

The garden outside the North Amherst Library is a labor of love by one devoted library patron and gardener — Nancy D’Amato. Five years ago, D’Amato decided the landscape outside the library, which is located in a triangle …