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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 few years it can be proud of accomplishments and plans that are well underway. I spoke to Carole Collins, who has been Greenfield energy and sustainable coordinator for almost three years. She has been involved with sustainability ever since her time at Marlboro College nearly 30 years ago. She was particularly interested in solar building design. She remembers one of her teachers asking why that was her … 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: leaves of various shapes and in various shades of green ranging from almost white, to … 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 School; “The Omnivore’s Dilemma/Local Food Study.” ∎ Gill Elementary School’s Edible Gardening Program. ∎ The … 0

Between the Rows: Summer blues

Saturday, July 13, 2013

There are different types of summer blues, from the blues that hit on hot, muggy days when the thought of weeding is not to be borne, or those that follow drenching rains that have turned the raspberries to mold. Then there are the blue flowers that are much … 0

Between the Rows: Herb garden

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Do you cook? If you have been cooking for any time at all, I think you will have discovered that herbs add a lot to everyday cuisine. If you garden as well as cook, you know that a small herb garden can save you money, look pretty and … 0

Between the Rows: Welcome to the gardens

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Welcome! Welcome seems to be the theme at one of the gardens on the Greenfield Garden Club Tour, which will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This beautiful garden on a challenging slope in Gill has several garden rooms, from the small … 0

Between the Rows: Come smell our roses

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I was inviting a new friend to our annual Rose Viewing. She looked at me in absolute amazement. “You can grow tea roses in Heath?” No, I cannot. Tea roses will not grow in Heath. The word rose is not synonymous with the words tea rose. Mostly I … 0

Between the Rows: A walk in the woods

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I’ve always known we have many different types of bird habitat here at the End of the Road. We have fields that surround our house and the garden. We have a wetland and a pond. Mostly, we have woods, about 35 or so acres, surrounding the house, fields … 0

Between the Rows: Whately Garden Tour

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Garden Tour Season has begun. Next Saturday, June 15, the Whately Historical Society Garden Tour includes five diverse Whately gardens that will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. There are woodland gardens, gardens that reflect other cultures, cottage gardens and gardens that … 0

Between the Rows: A sweet deal

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A swarm in May is worth a load of hay, A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon, But a swarm in July ain’t worth a fly. Bees are in the air, literally and figuratively. My friend, Edward Maeder, who just moved to an old house in … 0

Between the Rows: Salvia

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Right now, I have two sage plants in my herb garden right in front of our house. I have a Salvia officinalis plant that has survived several winters and a brand-new meadow sage, Salvia verticillata Evelina. I have since learned that there is a showier S. verticillata named … 0

Between the Rows: Growing up

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Some people have small spaces for a garden. Some people can only care for a small garden. Some people are trying to make a big garden small. What all these people have in common is a desire to grow as many vegetables and flowers as they can in … 0

Between the Rows: Bridge in bloom

Saturday, May 11, 2013

For the past 12 years, Carol DeLorenzo has been the guiding vision behind the changing bloom seasons on the Bridge of Flowers. However, she didn’t start her professional life thinking about flowers. “After I graduated from the College of the Atlantic, I got a fellowship that allowed me … 0