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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 …

Gardening help is at hand

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good soil is essential to success. You can get a full-scale soil test done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for $15. Directions on taking a sample are available online at ag.umass.edu/services/soil-and-tissue-testing-laboratory. Master gardeners from the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association do pH testing for $1 per sample …

Solutions for reclaiming the space in your garage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Do you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer to enter and leave your home through the garage? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors …

Get growing: Savoring daffodils’ early burst of color

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daffodils make me smile. They are so cheerful nodding in the breeze and so resilient. A snow flurry or even a gale won’t deter them from blooming merrily. At my former garden in South Amherst I had dozens …

Quabbin photo group to discuss macro photography

Friday, April 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Quabbin Photo Group will hold its monthly meeting Monday at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center, off Route 9, featuring a program on macro photography. It will begin at 7 p.m. “Introduction to Macro Photography will be presented by Walter Coombs, who has been interested in the …

Ski resorts worth hundreds of millions could be sold

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEWRY, Maine — A real estate investment trust that’s considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. CNL Lifestyle Properties …

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 …