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VIDEO: Snowboarding on a flat field, thanks to a breeze

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gazette reporter Stephanie McFeeters caught up with Max Mascelloni Saturday at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was zipping around a field atop a snowboard, powered by the wind. The 31-year-old Amherst resident says the sport is popular in Europe. …

Fossils tell the tale

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Accompanying the new mural depicting the history of plant life at the Smith College Botanic Garden is an exhibit of plant fossils on loan from the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College. “Fossils are the basis for all our knowledge about the evolution of plants,” said the botanic garden’s director, Michael Marcotrigiano. “The fossils complement the mural by giving the viewer …

The flora story: Unique mural at Smith’s Botanic Garden depicts 4 billion years of plant history

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A new mural at Smith College that depicts billions of years of plant history, might well be the first of its kind, anywhere on Earth. Museums of natural history have long answered the perennial challenge of explaining what Earth looked like millions — even billions — of years ago, with the use of …

Diggin’ In: A garden of tips and tools for bulb-planting season

Friday, October 16, 2015

It’s the bulb-planting time of year for gardeners who want spring flowers. In Poquoson, Virginia, Master Gardeners plant bulbs each fall at the Poquoson Learning Garden — thanks to the donation of 10,000 bulbs over the past couple …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Garden pros share dirt on common mistakes that drive them crazy

Saturday, October 3, 2015

You would be wrong, so wrong, if you imagined a gaggle of garden gurus shuffling off to the potting shed, whispering, trading reports of the trowel-and-error so often committed by the unwitting, the innocent, the ill-informed home gardener. …

Living Smart: Come clean on these common washing machine mistakes

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Unless you possess a never-ending supply of money and never wear the same outfit twice, laundry is an essential part of life. While the sudsy concept may seem simple enough, some of us make small mistakes that may …

South Hadley historic homes open to the public Sunday

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — Two of South Hadley’s oldest homes will be open to the public on Sunday. Guided tours of Sycamores, the mansion built in 1788 by Ruggles Woodbridge of Bunker Hill fame, and the attached Rawson House will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m. Admission is …

Quabbin photo group features wildlife photographer Peter Christoph Monday

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Quabbin Photo Group will hold its monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center in Belchertown. Wildlife photographer Peter Christoph will present a narrated slideshow of his favorite bird photos, all taken in Massachusetts. His program will include stories of his photographic adventures and …

Sun shower

Friday, September 25, 2015

Robert Floyd gallery in Southampton hosts exhibit of panoramic photos

Friday, September 18, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center opens the photo exhibit, “Nature Panoramas: DSLR Seminar Theme Assignment,” Sept. 29. The show runs through Oct. 18 with receptions on Oct. 11 and Oct. 18, at 3 p.m. The panoramic images on display provides a deep sense …