We spent 35 years living on 60 acres up the hill in Heath, Massachusetts. At the higher elevations the weather could be pretty exciting. You will see some of those years documented here on the commonweeder blog. However, after 35 years we were older and decided that we could have flowers and shrubs and even berries if we lived down the hill in the lively metropolis of Greenfield, where my husband Henry and I met in 1971.

We left Heath in 2015, moved to town, and have been transforming a barren lawn into a pollinator garden that focuses on native shrubs and other plants that like water. Our yard is very wet. We continue to have fun in the garden, and enjoy the benefits of town life like a nearby grocery store and a walk to Main Street where we can have just about everything we want and need.

In October of 2020 I gave up my Between the Rows column in the Recorder. After 40 years I was ready to retire. But the www.commonweeder.com blog will continue, and I hope  you’ll keep reading here.

I’ve recently retired from my weekly column, Between the Rows, for The Recorder in Greenfield, MA, which I began in 1980. Since starting this blog, I’ve been publishing the columns on this website with the original publication date. Each is categorized by Between the Rows. I’ve also written for other garden publications: The NYTimes; Horticulture Magazine; Boston Globe: Berkshire Living.

If you want to contact me, email me at commonweeder@gmail.com

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