When I was little, I was surrounded by gardeners. My mother learned from her mother, and my grandmother from her mother. My grandfather would drive an old Kubota and forever maintain the rock walls on a small farm the family had in Westport, MA. We spent all our holidays on the farm. Thanksgiving was definitely a favorite of mine growing up. All the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and acquaintances took treks with the pack of dogs down the long winding driveway to the pond, just so we could traverse the rickety-rackety bridge. We kids would hop the stone walls, dodge cow pies, and race to the water’s edge in search of treasure that had washed up. I remember my cousin Milicent once found a sea horse completely intact. What a day! On the way back up to the house, there were often ripe pears dangling from the trees. I was just big enough to climb up and collect a few each time. My first tooth was lost whilst blissfully biting into one of those pears. Thinking about it today, it was an idyllic setting to lose a tooth: sun low in the sky, pears dangling in the dimming light, and me, perched on a boulder below, bleeding from my mouth, pear in hand smiling from ear to ear.
Charles Arthur Schaefer always knew he was born to be a gardener, even when the only space he had was in a pair of windows facing west in his old Greenwich Village apartment in New York. He filled them with a jungle of exotic plants that thrived to the point […]
This Thursday, June 25, the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program features 5 private gardens in Nantucket open to the public for one day only. This is a rare opportunity to explore a range of carefully created outdoor settings on private property. Sites will welcome guests from 10 am to 4 […]
• by Dr. Sarah D. Oktay, Director, University of Massachusetts Nantucket Field Station • Spring has sprung, the island is filling up with people and warm sunny weather is erasing memories of a long hard winter. This is a perfect time to become aware of how your actions can effect […]
• by Hilary Newell – Hilary Newell came around the point 28 years ago and has been learning island-style gardening ever since. • Window boxes are everywhere on Nantucket. The muted grey of weathered shingles lends itself to the addition of all sorts of colors to underline the windows. There’s […]
• by Sarah Teach • These days, it’s hard to go a full day, whether in Nantucket or Manhattan, without catching at least one reference to the “buy local” movement. Arguably the most important time to heed this advice is when you’re putting your purchases into your mouth! We’ve all […]