Garden Notes

Garden Notes

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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,...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: 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...

Garden Notes: Spring pruning

Pruning is a topic commonly loaded with anxiety, or mystery, for many. Few winters will have passed without leaving their damaging mark; the last...