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Planning for next year

Whether you were dragged into the New Year or stepped into it brightly, here is a wish for all, courtesy of printmaker Josef Beery:...

West Tisbury Library’s habitat garden

As befits the “Athens of Martha’s Vineyard,” the town of West Tisbury is in possession of a small-town library that is world-class. Its phoenix-like...

What will winter bring?

Weather lore has it that whatever the conditions are on the solstices and equinoxes will foretell the coming season.Sunday’s high winds and temperatures (58°),...

‘The Hidden Life of Trees’

Even if you are not a lover of trees — I am, yes — you may be fascinated to learn more about what is...

Garden Notes: What about a turkey season?

Being grateful for what one is given takes work, but is often the path to contentment. “Every disadvantage has its advantages,” a quote from...

Getting on with the tasks of life

Voltaire, in “Candide,” may have summed it up best, that one must cultivate one’s own garden. He means that we must get on with...

Seasonal clichés

This fall seems to be one with exceptional foliage effects. Do I say this every year? I must — I love autumn. Earlier in...

Get outside

It will be time to leave the flowery summer garden and go indoors soon, but not before tending to planting bulbs, spraying broad-leaved evergreens...

Living Local Harvest

Tomorrow night kicks off the annual Living Local Harvest Festival at Agricultural Hall, with Susan Klein from 6 to 8 pm sharing a program...

Kraut Kultur

I suspect I was not the only gardener during this driest of summers to experience cabbage cracking last week. The blast of moisture delivered...

A dry summer

Here we are in September’s golden splendor, contemplating the season’s passing and reviewing the summer during its final weeks. While we hope to regain...

Marsh mallows

Cutline quote: “Stands of marsh mallow ring Island’s coastal ponds.”Thursday is the first day of the annual Agricultural Fair of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural...

High butterfly season

Start casing your gardens for fair entries. The start date of the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society’s annual fair is August 18, with most entries...

Ahh summertime.

As you have no doubt noticed, perennial garden standbys have advanced their bloom times, leaving gardeners to wonder whether their gardens will have any...

A dry summer

“The landscape of Martha’s Vineyard — the shape of its coastline, the pattern of its forests, fields, and moorlands, the distribution of its roads,...

Welcome, summer

The intensity of light, the long evenings, the time of haymaking and wild strawberries, the shimmering, electric quality of the ultraviolet coursing through all...

A lost generation of gardeners

It is important to share what it is to have a garden, to grow things yourself to eat, or to experience pleasure in being...

Poison ivy or sarsaparilla?

Even here on an Island known for drab springs, May overwhelms with its spectacular pleasures of garden color and scent. Whole neighborhoods are redolent...

Protecting chickens from hawks and downplaying the lawn

Put Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston on your mainland horticultural destination maps. It was a pleasure to take in the excellent primrose show...

Home and place

April 22 was Earth Day. Fittingly, more than 170 countries went to New York to sign the Paris climate agreement, a record-breaking number of...