Create a Habitat Garden for the Birds and the Bees

  • Post published:November 17, 2019

In the olden days we gardeners would take a deep breath and go out to clean up the fall garden. There were dead annuals, and dead perennials gone to seed. There were dead leaves everywhere. The garden is a mess in the fall. That view of the fall garden has changed. Last month I attended Lorri Cochran’s talk, courtesy of Greening Greenfield, about how to create a habitat garden that will support birds, and bees and during the…

Pumpkins of History – Pumpkins of Today

  • Post published:November 9, 2019

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater Had a wife but couldn’t keep her Put her in a pumpkin shell And there he kept her very well. Children have learned this little rhyme for generations. Hard to know what we all made of it when we were small, but the rhythms are fun and so is the image of a little housewife in her pumpkin shell. Boston can take some credit for this rhyme. It first appeared in 1825 in a…

Franklin County CiderDays – November 1-3, 2019

  • Post published:November 1, 2019

Franklin County CiderDays will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with three days of cider tastings, apple recipes, apple history, holistic orchard management, and more as well as the crowning of Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruiting trees and orchards. The party will begin on Friday, November 1 and end on Sunday, November 3 at 5 p.m. It is important to order tickets for some of the special talks as they always sell out, but there are many free events.…

Monk’s Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

  • Post published:October 25, 2019

In 2013 I attended the opening of the Monk’s Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It was a sunny September day and Museum Director Anne Hawley and landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh were on hand to explain how the garden came to be. It was certainly not the Monk’s Garden that I had seen a few years earlier. The day I saw that space I could not understand why it was called any kind of…

John Barry and His Own Arboretum

  • Post published:October 18, 2019

With new room on his acreage Barry began planting many other kinds of trees, creating his own arboretum, his own museum of trees.

Late Season Flowers – Color and Butterflies in My Garden

  • Post published:October 12, 2019

How many late season flowers are there? We gardeners are always happy in the spring when our first snowdrops or daffodils open their blossoms. The year of bloom has begun! Many of us wonder how long we can keep the garden blooming through September and October. I have found there are many possibilities. Zinnias are an amazing annual blooming through  the fall season. They come in many forms from singles, with just one row of petals, then semi-double…

Seed Library at Greenfield Community College – Seeds and Garden Book

  • Post published:October 5, 2019

What is a Seed Library? We all know what a library is. A place where we can find and take away non-fiction books about the world, fiction books about worlds we imagine and picture books to delight our eyes. But I never heard of a seed library and could not imagine where one would find such a thing. But recently I went to the Greenfield Community College Nahman-Watson Library, and there, right near an entry door, I saw…

John Zon Community Center Community Garden

  • Post published:September 28, 2019

The Pleasant Street Community Garden provided garden plots for over 20 people until that whole site was razed a few years ago. Davis Street School, the surrounding paving and the gardens all disappeared. There was great mourning, but last year the John Zon Community Center was completed. Hedges and trees were planted, and a Meadow Garden was planted by volunteers, but there were no Community Gardens. One could imagine that the Community Garden was just sleeping, because there…

Daniel Greene – My Good Bunch Farm At Last

  • Post published:September 14, 2019

Good Bunch Farm didn't grow overnight. Like many new students entering the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Daniel Greene did not know what he really wanted to do. This was a new environment, filled with new people, new freedoms, and new ideas. He did know he was concerned about climate change and other environmental issues. Academics and learning were important but he was eager to get to work, get his hands dirty. But his ultimate goal was not clear. As…

Autumnal Flowers Provide Bloom Through October

  • Post published:September 7, 2019

Tomorrow it will be September. How did autumn creep up on us? There are only 22 days before we celebrate the autumnal Equinox on September 23. The real question is have we selected flowers that will bloom through the fall? As I look around my garden I see a number of plants that have just begun to bloom. My ever larger clump of pale pink Japanese anemones, Anemone vitifolia ‘Robustissima’ has just begun to bloom. I love the…