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Between the Rows: Asian gardens

Friday, October 2, 2015

In my youth, I thought Chinese and Japanese gardens were very similar. Over the years, I have learned how wrong I was. Both concentrate on bringing the gardener — and visitors — into nature. With the Chinese, it is a wilder nature, intended for strolling, visiting and sharing with friends. For the Japanese, the garden is more stylized with carefully pruned trees and shrubs that can be admired from inside a sheltered spot. There are many ways in which they differ, some are easily perceived while others are more subtle. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanic Gardens in San Marino, Calif., has a Japanese … 0

Between the Rows: Harvest rain with Hugelkultur

Friday, September 25, 2015

Learning how to harvest rain and manage water use is an urgent topic in California, where I have been visiting, but it is a big topic for all of us. It is important for us all to manage our use of that precious resource — water. My husband, Henry, and I have been … 0

Between the Rows: fallscaping

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s September and time to think about our fallscape. After the heat and riotous color of the summer garden, things can start to look a little tired, but we can include plantings that will bring fresh color and life to our landscape even as the days grow shorter. As we enter the autumnal … 0

Between the Rows: Curbside garden or hellstrip?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Now that I have planted Greenfield hellstrip I can make the official announcement: we are the proud owners of a small house with a small yard in Greenfield. The house has garden space on the south side and … 0

Between the Rows: Franklin Land Trust Garden Tour June 27

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ruah Donnelly’s house overlooks a wooded ravine, a tapestry of shades of green and shifting light. There is not a flower in sight. Donnelly says that over her years as a gardener, she has experienced a growing struggle … 0

Between the Rows: Does your garden need a tree?

Friday, June 5, 2015

Virginia Rechtschaffen has always loved trees. She and her husband, Rob, even once owned a house in Belchertown that came complete with an orchard. Lots of trees. For the past 20 years, she and Rob have lived in … 0

Between the Rows: The dirt on soil

Friday, May 29, 2015

Many of us take soil for granted. I just spoke to my daughter, who said she broke sod for a tiny new vegetable garden. After taking away the sod, she said she filled that space with good dirt. … 0

Between the Rows: two good books

Friday, May 22, 2015

There comes a time when a gardener just throws up her hands and says “I can’t do this anymore!” She doesn’t really mean she can’t do it at all, she just can’t do it all the way she … 0

Between the Rows: Growing friendships

Friday, May 15, 2015

Who wouldn’t want friends who like to play in the dirt? Who are always learning new things? Who like to get out and about and see new beautiful places? Who every day notice and appreciate the glorious world … 0

Bewteen the Rows: Bridge of Flowers marks 85th year

Friday, May 8, 2015

This year is the 85th anniversary of the Bridge of Flowers. There have been many changes since the trolley was discontinued and Antoinette Burnham declared that if an abandoned bridge could grow weeds it could grow flowers. It … 0

Between the Rows: A cutting garden, perennials

Friday, April 24, 2015

A cutting garden needs annuals to give you a particular blossom for your bouquets all season long, but it also needs perennials to give you blossoms in their season — and more new plants next year. In my … 0

House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eyes barely open, 7-year-old Anelia “Nellie” Schildbach stood at the piano the other day, listening intently as her fingers explored the keyboard. She rocked her head back and forth as her hands moved fluidly across the flat white … 1

Between the Rows: Cutting Garden — annuals

Friday, April 17, 2015

I have always dreamed about having a cutting garden that would enable me to give out endless bouquets to all my friends. One good thing about a cutting garden is that it is not designed to look beautiful … 0