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...

Garden Notes: Plan, prepare, plant!

Vegetable gardens are coming awake. Mine has been semi-active, actually, throughout this warm winter. We enjoyed lamb’s lettuce (mache), parsley, cilantro, and weeds such...

Garden Notes: Spring is in the air

Hello, daylight-saving time! I was out planting lettuce seedlings and digging a nice pile of ‘Satina’ potatoes on Sunday, when there was a ceasing of...

Garden Notes: Edgeworthia chrysantha

  This is a misleading time of year on the Vineyard. Bird song is once again enlivening Island woods and thickets. Sunrise now occurs at...