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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 vegetables because seeds were expensive and hard to find, especially the heirlooms brought to this country by their own grandparents. Somehow along the way most of us got out of the habit of saving seeds and just spent money each year buying new packets at the local garden center or from a catalog. Seed companies, of course, promoted this practice and scientists developed hybrid plants whose seed …

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 …

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 …

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 …