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CHERYL B.WILSON
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Get Growing: Gardening while coping with drought

Friday, June 19, 2015

The drought is very real in California and water conservation is the newspaper headline every day. Apartment renters in some areas will now be charged for water use, a utility that used to be part of their basic rent. Farmers with “senior water rights,” a privilege dating back a century, won’t be given priority for irrigation. Homeowners with lawn sprinklers …

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CAROL LOLLIS Opening day nears …

Audubon Society reports bird sightings in western Massachusetts

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Audubon Society has reported a variety of recent bird sightings in western Massachusetts. Four Bonaparte’s gulls, a common tern and a semipalmated plover were reported in Pittsfield. A flock of 17 short-billed dowitchers touched down briefly at Turners Falls. Fifteen semipalmated plovers and three dunlin were noted at the Longmeadow sandbar. A …

Turkey ware: Vintage or modern, a cornucopia of styles for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There are plenty of sources for cooking The Bird. So, how about focusing, instead, on the icon itself, celebrated in a variety of decorative interpretations, from plates to salt and pepper shakers, tablecloths, cocktail napkins and even pillows. …

Beware hot air! Debunking heating myths to stay warm, save money

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap. For example, …

Get Growing: A garden-tour vacation could be the trip of a lifetime

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The highlight of 2014 for me was a trip to England to the Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society, followed by seven days of touring English gardens. The Chelsea Flower Show is the great-grand-daddy of …

Surprise inside: A thoroughly modern kitchen updates a 1890s Victorian home in Amherst

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From the outside, Dennis and Annick Porter’s 1893 late-Victorian home in Amherst seems a typical design for that era. But step into the couple’s newly renovated kitchen and one is transported forward for a very modern living experience. …

Get Growing: Gardening galore in the blogosphere

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gardeners are usually generous people who are happy to share plants and seeds, garden experience and advice. We all treasure the daylily from mother’s garden or the primrose from our friend Sally’s garden or the strawberry or raspberry …

Layer by layer, piece by piece: Bringing a historic tavern back to life in Old Deerfield is painstaking work

Thursday, November 6, 2014

For Bill Flynt, Historic Deerfield’s lead architectural conservator, exploring one of Old Deerfield’s 18th-century buildings is like stepping into a time machine. That’s the experience he aims to give the museum’s visitors, but many of the buildings have …

Get Growing: Thomas Jefferson’s love for gardening helps define him

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thomas Jefferson was an avid gardener but he was more interested in scientific experiments than in spectacular successes. That was one of the facts about our third president that Peter Hatch, head gardener at Monticello for 35 years, …

Your Place: To prepare for winter, put pipes first

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Someone suggested that I write the annual getting-ready-for-winter column early this year because the last time I did, we had a mild one. There’s so much to say about winter preparation that it will likely take more than one column, so we’ll start with something that brings nightmares …

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

In the bleak midwinter when snow blankets the ground nothing is more cheerful than a pot of bright daffodils or tulips. They seem to promise that spring is just around the corner. You can certainly go to the …

Right at Home: Fall decor gets cozy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers and retailers are stitching up sweater motifs on an array of home décor. So while you’re wrapping yourself in a big, …