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A planting by the Cornish Garden Club outside the town's George H. Stowell Free Library. (Henry Homeyer photograph)

Notes From the Garden: A Salute to Garden Clubs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I’d like to tip my hat to the unsung heroines of the gardening world, the members of garden clubs around the region. Garden club members have recently been busy planting annual flowers at their local libraries, in the middle of roundabouts and in front of firehouses. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. The women (and occasionally men) …

Notes From the Garden: Don’t Neglect Shade-Favoring Flowers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I aspire to be the Goatsbeard King of Cornish Flat. Maybe I already am. I have several, and no one else I know here grows goatsbeard (Aruncus dioecious). It is one of many flowers I grow that do well in light shade, getting bigger and better every year, and requiring very little of me. Long ago, decades ago, I bought my first goatsbeard. …

Notes From the Garden: The Magic of Planting Seeds

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Every spring each of us must decide when to plant our tender annual plants. I am of the conservative branch of the gardening family. I do not want to take a chance damaging or killing my tomatoes, peppers, cukes, or annual flowers if a late frost comes along. I know gardeners who are …

Charcoal or Gas?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Among outdoor grilling fans, no rivalry burns hotter: gas grills vs. charcoal grills. We asked some grilling experts to weigh in on this searing question as the spring/summer grilling season arrives.. Gas Is Convenient Aaron Nelson, owner of Quality Grill Service in Indianapolis, said grills powered by gas …

Notes From the Garden: For Mother’s Day, Consider Annuals

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Okay, Mother’s Day is coming right up, and you haven’t bought her anything. Instead of getting another electric waffle iron or promising to wash her car, just like you did last year (but haven’t done yet), head to …

Notes From the Garden: Spring Is for Wildflowers

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wildflowers have wowed me since I was a little boy. I remember seeing pink lady-slippers in a pine woods in Hingham, Mass., when I was just 2 years old and being awed by them. My mom wouldn’t let …

Notes From The Garden: Parsnips and Sorrel Are Early Garden Treats to Harvest Now

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On April 15 — tax day — I celebrated getting my taxes done by eating my first food of the spring from my vegetable garden. Just a day or two after the snow melted I dug into the …


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Peter Henderson plants a spruce outside his home in White River Junction on Monday. “Hopefully, a snow plow won’t hit it this year,” he said. Henderson said he plans to plant peas next week if the weather cooperates.Valley …

Notes From the Garden: Until the Soil Dries Out, Resist the Urge to Dig, Till and Rake

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring has been slow in showing its colors. Snowdrops, usually up in early March at my house, were a month late. Crocus, the early ones, and winter aconite (a flower that is a nice school-bus-yellow color) are finally blooming. But everything is slow, and the ground is still …

Notes From the Garden: The Subtle Floral Art of Ikebana

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Some people collect salt and pepper shakers, others license plates or stuffed teddy bears. I collect different species of flowers that I grow in my garden. Although I lost track long ago, I grow well over 100 species …

Notes From the Garden: Starting Seeds Indoors

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

After arguably the coldest, snowiest winter on record, I am ready for spring. OK, maybe the winter of 1934 was colder. So what? I still have snow, and my woodpile is pathetic. I am picking up sticks and …

Notes From the Garden: The Gentle Horticultural Art of Kokebana

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

This time of year I am champing at the bit, all set to garden, but without much I can do outside. So I was delighted to visit a friend in Maine who was experimenting with an art form/planting technique that was new to me: kokebana. This is a …

Notes From the Garden: Apple Tree Pruning Starts Late This Year

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Often the snow on the hilly south side of my house has melted by early March, allowing snowdrops to push their little noses out of the ground and permitting me to pick buds that open up indoors. That …