Daily Hampshire Gazette Logo

Search Results

All these search terms are true at the same time:

By Line search: By MICKEY RATHBUN


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: A garden is a canvas: “Painting the Modern Garden: From Monet to Matisse” comes to Amherst Cinema
02-08-2024 1:35 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

As the calendar page flips to the short but cruel month of February, I suspect that many gardeners, like me, are getting tired of the somber palette of gray and brown.Just in time to rescue us from seasonal ennui, a wonderful documentary, “Painting...

Displaying articles 1 to 16 out of 16 total.
|<
1
>|

Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Thoughts of the garden in winter: Gardening has its discouraging moments, yet we persevere
01-12-2024 12:13 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

There’s not a lot going on in my garden, now blanketed under a foot of snow, to inspire this month’s column. So I took a break from dreaming over the spring promise of seed catalogs and went in search of a soul-satisfying poem about the garden in...


Get Growing: On Mars, gardening starts with bugs
12-08-2023 4:41 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

A recent headline in the New York Times caught my eye: “Mars Needs Insects.” As the article explained, if we are to create a human-friendly habitat on Mars, we will need to grow food there.Unlike the nutrient-laden soil that covers the earth, the...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Gardens, like poetry, have restorative powers: Poet Tess Taylor reads from new anthology of garden poems Sept. 19 at Amherst College
09-08-2023 1:21 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

All the gardeners I know have their favorite garden writers. Allen Lacey, Katharine S. White, Elsa Bakalar, Henry Mitchell … the list is long and endlessly fascinating. But I suspect that few of us take the time to seek out poetry about gardening....


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Daylilies provide maximum pleasure with minimal fuss
08-11-2023 1:20 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

When I was growing up in Virginia, the roadsides in summer were lined with orange daylilies. These are sometimes called “ditch lilies,” an unfortunate moniker for these tirelessly cheerful flowers that never flag in the face of relentless heat or...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Patience and perseverance in the natural world 
07-10-2023 12:12 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

When I wrote a death notice in this column a few months ago for my three Little King river birches I was feeling pretty miserable. These nice young trees were forming the architectural spine of an evolving garden behind the house that had been a...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Everything’s coming up roses: Artist Robin Freedenfeld’s garden is her biggest canvas yet
06-01-2023 4:48 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

I’ve always thought that a truly successful garden is one that feels like it’s always been there, so natural that it seems inevitable. When you step into the artist Robin Freedenfeld’s garden, one of the six locations on the Forbes Library Annual...


Get Growing: Seeing emerging beauty with fresh eyes
05-05-2023 4:25 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

Earlier this week my friend Lisa, a demon flower-designer, mentioned to me that she had agreed to provide the floral decorations for her cousin’s birthday party in New York. She lamented that there weren’t many flowers for sale at this time of year...


Get Growing: A pup challenged by bees, bins and blunts 
04-16-2023 8:33 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

I noticed our new puppy, Luisa, checking out the compost bin in the corner of the yard. She was jumping into the air, batting her front legs and snapping her jaws. I tried to call her off, but she might as well have been closing in on a squirrel for...


Get Growing: Symposiums back to stir gardening anticipation
03-10-2023 9:50 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

One of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was the series of annual spring gardening symposiums hosted by the Western Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association (WMMGA). These popular events helped gardeners of all abilities expand their...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: Free seeds: Mass Aggie Seed Library at UMass Amherst makes seeds accessible to all
02-12-2023 11:53 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

It’s February. A few days ago, the temperature outside was an untoasty -10 degrees, weather that challenges the reaches of our imaginations to conjure images of newly planted vegetable seeds sprouting in our gardens. But it’s never too soon to start...


Get Growing with Mickey Rathbun: The importance of talking to plants
01-13-2023 4:26 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

A few years ago I was having coffee with my two sisters-in-law at a family gathering in North Carolina. Both of them had recently built new houses and were quizzing me about how to create gardens in the bare dirt surrounding their homes. The question...


Shutesbury designer brings vision and long view to laying out greenspace
09-09-2021 5:05 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

SHUTESBURY — Many of us find ourselves puzzling over what to do with a bare yard, or an outdoor space that doesn’t quite work, or even an established garden that has gone “meh.” We want to make a change, but we’re stuck. We might have too many ideas,...


Get Growing: Beware the tawny daylily
08-09-2019 12:04 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

I have a big patch of daylilies behind my house. They are a disorganized jumble of plants that were given to me along with others that I’ve bought at plant sales, nurseries and farmers markets. I have never paid much attention to this part of the...


Peter Schoenberger of Hadley enjoys sharing his passion for plants
07-06-2017 6:55 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

How does a gardener celebrate the first day of summer? The June solstice was traditionally a time for farmers to mark their calendars for dates to plant and harvest crops. For Peter Schoenberger, the newest member of the Garden Club of Amherst, it’s...


Randy and Sue Frost show off their colorful hillside on the Forbes Library Garden Tour
06-02-2017 12:53 AM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

Some garden sites are more challenging than others. But to say that Randy and Sue Frost’s property poses landscaping challenges is an understatement. They purchased their house, on Coles Meadow Road in Northampton, in 2001, while it was still under...


Smith College exhibit shows what ancient ruins reveal about garden medicine
04-08-2017 7:43 PM

By MICKEY RATHBUN

In 1966, an American archaeologist named Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski was working on a dig at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried under ash and pumice during the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. She noticed something unusual going on...

Displaying articles 1 to 16 out of 16 total.
|<
1
>|

Weather page

By using this site, you agree with our use of cookies to personalize your experience, measure ads and monitor how our site works to improve it for our users

Copyright © 2016 to 2024 by H.S. Gere & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.