Call local Helpline for answers to gardening questions

Call local Helpline for answers to gardening questions

By Beret Halverson Help is only a free phone call away for home gardeners planning a garden, concerned about pest control, or searching for suitable cultivars for their plant hardiness zone. The University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener Helpline is open for calls from Vermont and northern New Hampshire gardeners four days a week. Questions… Read More »

Getting the yard ready for spring

Getting the yard ready for spring

That one sunny day this past weekend inspired many a Vermonter to break out the gardening gloves and the hoe; despite the fact that we all know it will surely snow again within the next few weeks, the birds are working on their nests, the bugs are timidly crawling back out, and we’re getting out… Read More »

Spring real estate market robust

Spring real estate market robust

It’s that time of year when crocuses and real estate signs are sprouting up on lawns around Chittenden County. Traditionally, spring is the time when the real estate market blooms, and this year is showing to be even better than those in the recent past. The trouble, experts say, is that in certain price ranges,… Read More »

Backyard sugarer strives for the big prize at this year’s Vermont Maple Festival

Backyard sugarer strives for the big prize at this year’s Vermont Maple Festival

They don’t always have the flashiest operations in town, but backyard sugarers often make the best syrup. Louis Hanlon has been making syrup from the fifteen taps on sugar maple trees in his yard for the past ten years, and, he said, “It’s like something you’ve never tasted before.” Making syrup at home takes the… Read More »

From asters to zinnias, fall garden favorites

From asters to zinnias, fall garden favorites

By Charlotte Albers It’s that time of year – pumpkins, cider. Big juicy tomatoes, and the flight of geese overhead in chevrons moving across the autumn skies. In the garden, perennial maintenance is much easier with cooler temperatures, and now is the time to cut back certain plants to prevent seeding, improve the overall aesthetic… Read More »

Plant now for a beautiful garden in the future

Plant now for a beautiful garden in the future

By Melinda Myers Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long-term beauty to your garden. Add cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, ornamental kale and stocks to brighten the fall garden.… Read More »

New botanical illustration class Sept. 19

New botanical illustration class Sept. 19

The Friends of the UVM Horticulture Farm organization announces a new class, Adventures in Monochromatic Mediums: Exploring the Benefits of Working with Limited Color, taught by Jean Carlson Masseau. The one-day class will take place in the classroom at the Horticulture Farm, located at 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, from 9am to 2:30pm on… Read More »

Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie

Having a great day is as easy as pie at Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social to happen on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 1 to 4pm. A corps of pie-baking volunteers has been perfecting the art of pie making for more than 25 years. Peach, apple, and berry pies of every kind –… Read More »

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