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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. …

Living Smart: How landscaping can deter intruders, pests

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Done right, landscaping can do much more than attract compliments and boost your property value. It can help you repel intruders, both human and natural. Landscaping experts who’ve earned high marks from Angie’s List members say overgrown bushes and shrubs are like welcome mats to burglars. Keep plants …

Thursday, July 31, 2014

◂ HATFIELD — These newly built luxury townhouse — 3 of 12 units to be built — will be ready for fall occupancy. They each feature three bedrooms and two and a half baths and are built to …

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Natural air conditioning

Thursday, July 31, 2014

When the thermometer tops 90 degrees we are all grateful for some kind of air conditioning. In my 1871 farmhouse, most of the air conditioning is the “natural” kind. My real estate agent was puzzled when I used …

Bundle of love

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bundle of love …

‘I’ve got the perfect place for it’ How a rocky landscape became a splendid arboretum with sweeping lawns, koi pond, waterfalls, more; Belchertown Garden Tour July 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many Belchertown landscapes feature huge boulders and stone walls made from the rocks found on the property. They create a challenge in creating a harmonious garden. Stephanie and Chris Frank have succeeded with unusual specimen trees and shrubs …

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hungry plants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All this torrential rain is washing nutrients out of the soil and vegetables and flowers are getting hungry. We gardeners tend to neglect fertilizing or, on the other hand, use too much. Right now, however, is a good …

Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your lanscaping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ∎ Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size …

Diggin’ In: Landscapes need renovating just like homes

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior décor. It grows old, sometimes tattered and torn, and needs updating from time to time. Sometimes, plantings need to be completely torn out and totally replaced. Sometimes, old porches, …

Diggin’ In: How to create a ‘pollinator hotel’

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bees do it. Butterflies do it. Moths do it. In fact, lots of insects do it - pollinate our flowers and edibles. That is why National Pollinator Week - June 16-23 - is so important. The week spotlights …

Hot Property: Michael Jackson estate, children buy $10.75 million Mediterranean-style home in celebrity neighborhood

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Calabasas home Michael Jackson’s estate bought in an off-market deal for $10.75 million was sold by Kassabian Design Build, which constructed the Mediterranean-style home before there was a buyer. The style of the home was inspired by …