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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 almost blue, to almost red, as well … 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: 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 the farmer and a community of like-minded folk who enjoy fresh food and enjoy knowing … 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

Between the Rows: Awesome annuals

Saturday, May 4, 2013

If you have a flower garden, chances are you grow a few annuals. For a while, perennials were the fashionable family and annuals were almost forgotten. At least they were forgotten in conversation and garden articles, but to keep a garden in bloom from spring into fall, annuals … 0