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Between the Rows

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

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: 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

Between the Rows: Tool Time

Thursday, April 25, 2013

When faced with the array of garden tools at the garden center, a new gardener can be forgiven for being confused and unsure of how to decide what is needed. There are all manner of shovels and rakes, trowels, cultivators and weeders, as well as grass clippers, pruning … 0

Between the Rows: John Sendelbach, a man of many parts

Saturday, April 20, 2013

John Sendelbach is a man of many parts. Most recently, some people have come to know him as the winner of the commission to create “Brookie,” a graceful 10-foot silver sculpture of a brook trout. It will be made of cutlery, reminding us of our industrial history, as … 0

Between the Rows: Spring Chores

Saturday, April 13, 2013

It is time to begin spring chores. But exactly how do we know when spring is beginning? A tough question. The only sure answer is that it did not begin on March 20 this year when the temperature was 16 degrees at 7 in the morning and remained … 0

Between the Rows: Hydrangea

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My life with hydrangeas did not begin well. When I moved to Grinnell Street in 1971, several tortured and overgrown white hydrangeas grew in front of the porch. I don’t know what kind they were but they did not please me. I cut them down and ultimately planted … 0

Between the Rows: the first garden

Saturday, March 30, 2013

With snow on the ground in Heath, it is hard to believe that spring is here and gardening season has begun. I have seedlings planted and sitting on my new heat mat in the guest room, but not a shoot in sight. Yet. Since this spring is somewhat … 0

Between the Rows: "Bringing nature home"

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Douglas Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens,” was the keynote speaker at the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Spring Symposium last week. His talk focused on the need for more insects to make our gardens — and the world — healthier … 0

Between the Rows: Small flowering trees

Saturday, March 16, 2013

One day while we were looking at her garden and she was trying to figure out how to make it more manageable, a friend wailed, “I’m not old enough to have shrubs!” Well, like it or not, many of us are getting old enough to think that a … 0

Between the Rows: Lawn Gone

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pam Penick’s book “Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard” (Ten Speed Press $19.99) will get you thinking about how to reduce or remove your lawn, not only because there are more sustainable alternatives, but because there are so many beautiful alternatives. A greensward of fine … 0

Between the Rows: annual Spring Flower Show

Saturday, March 2, 2013

While the rest of us have been shivering in our snowy landscapes, Russell Billings, director of the Talcott Greenhouse at Mount Holyoke College, has been busy cooling and slowly warming hundreds of bulbs and other blooming plants coaxing them to a perfect stage of bloom. On Saturday, March … 0

Between the Rows: Plant hunters

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Where do the plants in our garden come from? How did plants get from the heights of the Himalayan mountains, or the Appalachian mountains, to our cultivated gardens? It would be hard to count the number of plants in our gardens that were first seen by the intrepid … 0