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Dean Lampron

Your Time: ‘Wings Over Hadley’ — radio-controlled model airplanes aloft over Hadley’s ‘Honey Pot’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

They came from all over New England for the Hampshire County Radio Controllers “Wings Over Hadley,” held two weekends ago at the club’s flying field in the “Honey Pot” section of Hadley. The planes flown during the annual two-day scale fly-in event may be smaller than what one normally sees racing across the heavens, but the devotion of the enthusiasts is larger than life. Like the real-life pilots — some who once flew full-scale versions of their replicas — who were on hand to conquer the skies once again. Or Patrick Malone of Leeds, who was 12 when his father introduced him to remote-controlled planes. …

Heading outdoors this coming week in the Valley

Friday, August 28, 2015

∎   Skinner State Park — Free programs at the park, off Rte. 47, Hadley: SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS: Summit House tours, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. THURSDAYS: Fitness Hike, 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (meet at Halfway Parking Area); Geology for Kids Ages 9-13, 3 p.m. (meet in Summit Picnic Area). $5 car fee on weekends. 586-0350. ∎  Mount Holyoke Range State Park …

Springing ahead to bulbs

Friday, August 28, 2015

It’s almost the end of August and despite the hot, muggy weather, fall is just around the corner. That means it is time for gardeners to plan for spring flowers. If you don’t plant bulbs this fall, you won’t have crocuses, daffodils or tulips in your garden for 2016. They have to be …

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 …

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 …