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A day to commune with nature: Western Mass Herbal Symposium will be held May 11 in Montague
04-22-2024 2:46 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

This week’s feature is my 100th Home & Garden column for the Recorder, and I’m pleased to celebrate by sharing the plans of two local women who are organizing a remarkable event for anyone interested in learning about herbal remedies and natural...

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Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: What good is an herbarium? Herbariums, like Emily Dickinson’s, are an essential resource for scientists
04-05-2024 1:41 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

The word “herbarium” sounds a bit quaint, even antiquated. We may think of Emily Dickinson’s herbarium, which she created during her year at Mount Holyoke in 1847-48. Although she had begun studying plants at age 9 and was helping her mother in the...


Cultivating curiosity in the great outdoors: Grower of native plants creates curriculum for school children
03-18-2024 3:57 PM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

We celebrate today’s Spring Equinox with Colrain resident Jocelyn Demuth, who designs curricula to encourage Massachusetts children to improve environmental health.Through her “Five hundred Yard Field Trip” website, Demuth provides teachers with free...


The remedy is in your own backyard: Conway resident enhances health through herbal medicine
02-13-2024 10:53 AM

By EVELINE MACDOUGALL

Lynn Golan’s Conway home and her Greenfield work space are both filled with materials and tools related to herbalism, yet her early life gave no hints that this would become her chosen path. While growing up near New York City, Golan did not grow a...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: The importance of talking to plants
01-23-2023 4:37 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

A few years ago I was having coffee with my two sisters-in-law at a family gathering in North Carolina. Both of them had recently built new houses and were quizzing me about how to create gardens in the bare dirt surrounding their homes. The question...


Earth Matters: Mistletoe: It’s not just about kissing
01-20-2023 3:53 PM

By JOSHUA ROSE

’Tis the season of mistletoe, sort of. Mistletoe is evergreen, meaning it’s present year-round. However, winter is the season when we think about mistletoe most often.In the southeastern U.S., where I am writing this piece, mistletoe is hidden among...


Speaking of Nature: The yellow birch: A golden surprise in the woods
01-15-2023 3:00 PM

By BILL DANIELSON

In keeping with my New Years resolution to focus some more attention on the plants that live around us I decided to look for a list that I was convinced must exist somewhere. You see, I am a compulsive list-maker. The blood of a scientist runs through...

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