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Photo by Pat Leuchtman
Marsha Sessions’ conifers in Heath have grown substantially over the years.

Between the Rows: Conifers, a large and versatile family

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pines, firs, junipers, spruces and others are all conifers, cone-bearing evergreen trees. Within this large family there are many sizes, from low-growing ground covers to very tall trees, with many types of foliage and many foliage colors from green to blue-green to gold. Evergreens like pines, firs and spruces have needles, while junipers, cedars and arborvitae have scalelike foliage. Recently, I visited two friends with conifer collections. Both bought their plants locally at different nurseries so they could choose the exact plant they desired. One friend has made use of low-growing conifers for the edges of her in-town garden, while the other lives in Heath … 0

Between the Rows: Broadleaf Evergreens

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rhododendrons are probably the largest group of broadleaf evergreens that are familiar to most of us. They can play a big part in adding substance and interest in the garden during the winter. I do confess it took me a while to understand the cigar roll shape those broad leaves take when the … 0

Between the Rows: houseplants and nurseries

Friday, January 9, 2015

Some of us may have gotten a gift plant during the holidays. If we are not experienced indoor gardeners, this can cause some anxiety. “Now what do I do?” the recipient may wonder when the gift givers have left the premises. I personally think it is perfectly acceptable to treat any gift plant … 0

Between the Rows: Kids are digging it

Friday, May 16, 2014

Gardening with kids is being taken to a whole new level at the Hawlemont Elementary School. They have received a grant that is allowing them to establish themselves as an Agriculture Elementary School. This means that the schoolyard … 0

Between the Rows: Beauty of the Bridge of Flowers

Friday, May 9, 2014

When spring arrives plans and projects to spruce up our outdoor spaces, in our yards and in our towns, are set in motion. The Bridge of Flowers is a big beautiful public space, but other public spaces are … 0

Between the Rows: Searching for Spring

Friday, May 2, 2014

I went to New Jersey, the Garden State, to search for spring and found it at the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills. My brother Tony and his wife, Joan, took us to the 29-acre garden that … 0

Between the Rows: This book is groundbreaking

Friday, April 25, 2014

The snow is finally gone, even here in Heath, and bulbs are blooming and tender shoots are evident all through the perennial beds. I can finally think about the vegetable garden. I actually have two vegetable gardens. One … 0

Between the Rows: Green Cities and Greenfield

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Earth Day 2014 theme is Green Cities and Greenfield, already designated as a Green Community by Gov. Deval Patrick, is feeling confident and energetic as it moves further into the Sustainable Master Plan launched in January. As the town looks back at the achievements of the past … 0

Between the Rows: foliage plants hold a garden together

Friday, April 11, 2014

When people think of the ornamental garden, their first thought is of flowers, but it is foliage that holds a garden together. Flowers on naked stems would not be as lovely as they are when surrounded by foliage: … 0

Garden Club awards $2,305 in grants

Friday, April 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Garden Club has announced the winners of its 2014 Grant Program. Here are this year’s winners: ∎ Mohawk Regional School; Shelburne Falls; “Seeds of Change.” ∎ Leverett Elementary School Greenhouse Program. ∎ Shutesbury Elementary School Community Garden. ∎ Eighth Grade Academy at Greenfield High … 0

Between the Rows: Fresh, local produce, anyone?

Friday, April 4, 2014

For some people, the initials CSA are just another of those annoying acronyms that can make our conversations sound like an unintelligible inter-office memo. For some, CSA means Community Supported Agriculture, which encompasses delicious local food, help for … 0

Between the Rows: ‘Give it a try’

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dry shade is a challenge in the garden, but epimediums and hellebores, two very different plants, both turn dry shade into an opportunity. For years I admired epimediums in other gardens, always asking the name of the beautiful … 0

Between the Rows: Some plants play nice, some don't

Friday, March 21, 2014

When I first learned about companion planting, I thought it was a bit of simple folk wisdom. Plant your peas and carrots together, but keep them away from dill. Plant marigolds near the tomatoes and soybeans with anything. … 0