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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

Between the Rows: come and smell the roses

Friday, June 13, 2014

Preparations for the Annual Rose Viewing got off to a slow start. May was so cold that the roses weren’t leafing out on schedule. I knew there would be winterkill, but I couldn’t tell where it began. Then June arrived and the roses must have felt they needed … 0

Between the Rows: Forbes garden tour

Friday, June 6, 2014

The time comes for many of us gardeners when we think we cannot carry on with our gardens, or houses, as they are. We are older, the children have gone and we are not quite so energetic or … 0

Between the Rows: ‘20-30 Something Garden Guide’

Friday, May 30, 2014

When did you start get-ting into gardening? I was 25 and we had moved into our first house on Maple Street in Canton, Connecticut. It was a big old Victorian with a large front yard shaded by the maples that marched up and down both sides of the … 0

Between the Rows: Container gardening

Friday, May 23, 2014

The other day, a friend said to me: “Container gardening is such hard work!” “Work?” I thought. It does take a lot of thought, which is in itself a lot of work, but I didn’t think that is what she meant. I soon learned that the work she … 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

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