Byline: By MICKEY RATHBUN

Get Growing: Inside the bulb shows

3/1/19

Every year in late winter, when we’re all desperate for the sights and smells of springtime, the botanic gardens of Smith and Mount Holyoke...

Get Growing: Out of the stratosphere

2/22/19

As I was casting about for a topic for this week’s Get Growing column, my husband jokingly suggested that I write about plants in outer space...

Lichens in the late winter landscape

2/14/19

It’s hard to find much nice to say about the outdoors this time of year. A couple of freakishly warm days made me yearn for the real thing: a time...

Birdfeeder blues

2/8/19

I heard someone say recently that feeding birds “wasn’t rocket science.” It might not be rocket science, but it does have its challenges, as I’ve...

Some winter days are so wretched it’s difficult to enjoy communing directly with nature even briefly. Those days are a wonderful time to marvel at...

On a bitterly cold day recently when the temperature hovered in the mid-teens, I stopped by the greenhouses at the Lyman Conservatory at Smith...

Get growing: Not springtime in Paris

1/17/19

Our family spent a week over the holidays in Paris, celebrating a jumble of anniversaries, birthdays and other life events that rushed by without...

New year’s resolutions for the garden

1/11/19

Okay. Here’s my list. I don’t always make one. And when I do, I usually don’t carry through. But here are some thoughts for the upcoming gardening...

Get Growing: Winter garden projects

1/7/19

One of my favorite local garden professionals is Lilian R. Jackman, who owns and runs Wilder Hill Gardens in Conway. I met her several years ago...

I recently attended a party in Northampton given by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation in honor of local farmers. As I was chatting with...

Get Growing: Garden-inspired gifts

12/14/18

Time is running out for holiday shopping. Here are some book ideas — plus a must-have calendar — for the garden lovers on your list:The UMASS...

Get growing: color in winter

11/21/18

We gardeners tend to think of late fall as bleeding color out of the landscape. The iconic autumn leaves have turned brown and fallen, leaving...

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