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Between the Rows: Flooding forces a backyard break

Friday, July 24, 2015

The day after we planted all our water-tolerant shrubs Greenfield was inundated by torrential rains. I was told over three inches of rain fell the afternoon and evening of July 7. We knew that our Greenfield house had a wet backyard and after planting nine shrubs, we were fully aware of the heavy clay soil. However, we did not expect several inches of standing water in the back half of the yard. Fortunately, our excellent plumber, Scott Zilinski, helped us out by helping to design and dig a drainage trench near the old sheds. The yard looks flat, but in fact there are subtle dips … 0

Between the Rows: The path to a new backyard

Friday, July 17, 2015

My husband Henry and I stood outside the back of our new Greenfield house. Each of us was clutching a different custom garden design prepared for us by Home Outside Palette, Julie Moir Messervy’s newest service to help homeowners create the garden they had always dreamed of. We looked at each other, we … 0

Between the Rows: Cardboard and Compost

Friday, July 10, 2015

I first became acquainted with Julie Moir Messervy through her book “The Inward Garden: Creating a space of beauty and meaning.” This beautiful book approaches garden design through seven archetypes: the cave, the prairie, the mountain, the sea, etc. It also explores the way that a garden makes you feel. It is this … 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House of Healing: ‘Nellie’ began life as an orphan, blind & withdrawn; now she’s a Schildbach, now she has a family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

Between the Rows: Epic tomatoes

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tomatoes are the most popular fruit in the world. First grown by the Aztecs and Incas around 700 AD, they spread to Europe in the late 16th century and are now grown all around the world. There aren’t … 0

Between the Rows: trees

Friday, April 3, 2015

Trees are an important part of our domestic landscape, giving it substance as well as beauty. Planting a tree requires more thought than planting a perennial or pots of annuals. A tree cannot be moved at will. No … 0

Between the Rows: Water in the garden

Friday, March 27, 2015

Beverley Nichols was one of my favorite authors when I was younger and spent a lot of time reading English garden books. He is wonderfully witty (the British are never merely funny) and I can certainly identify with … 0

Between the Rows: herb books

Friday, March 20, 2015

Some people like herb gardens because they are so practical, others like the romance of herbs. All new herb gardeners will find that they are about the easiest gardens to tend. Herbs are not fussy plants. Lisa Baker … 0

Between the Rows: Roses without chemicals

Friday, March 13, 2015

One of the things I love about our Annual Rose Viewing is the chance to tell visitors that you do not need an arsenal of chemicals to grow healthy, beautiful roses. I did not always know this. My … 0

Between the Rows: Your own Eden; Master Gardener Spring Symposium March 21

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creating Your Own Eden is the name of this year’s fact- and delight-loaded Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Spring Symposium on Saturday, March 21, at Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield. I can imagine a garden Eden where … 0

Between the Rows: Gardening for butterflies

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bill Benner is a man with many strings to his bow, but they all play tunes of the natural world and its fragility. He will be talking about the natural world, climate change and the impact it has … 0

Between the Rows: A plethora of peas

Saturday, February 21, 2015

There are peas that need to be shelled, peas that only need to be snapped, peas named snow and sweet peas that can be smelled. There are pea plants that are small, and many that are tall. There … 0