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Defining Garden Spaces

Surveying your yard you realize your landscaping is looking a little sad. Don’t despair. You can blend the utility of an outdoor space and the beauty of a landscaped yard with some proper planning. Most spaces created by Jeff Kuffel, a landscape architect with Hoffman Landscapes, fall into one of two categories: areas designed for [...]read moreDefining Garden Spaces

Therapy in the Dirt: Why gardening is a psychological upper

Feeling cooped up? Cabin feverish? Climbing the walls? You are so not alone. The days may be lengthening, but frigid weather still puts the kibosh on romping in the borders; average lows this time of year hover around 32 degrees, and it’s possible that a blizzard could dump a foot or more of the white [...]read moreTherapy in the Dirt: Why gardening is a psychological upper

Bugged: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Don’t laugh, but I’m terrified of spiders, especially when I can see the whites of their eyes. True story: One morning years ago, while brushing my teeth, I saw an eight-legged creature—I swear it was the size of my head—moseying across the bottom of the bathtub. Screaming, I ran into the hall, slammed the door [...]read moreBugged: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Thugs: Invasive plants and how to stop them

Invasive plants

There was a time when I could look out and gaze adoringly at the perky purple flowers of ajuga, a spring-blooming ground cover, gaily romping across the lawn. Myrtle (aka vinca), another ground-covering charmer, would exude pale blue-purple blossoms—hence the nickname “periwinkle”—to my delight. But that was before I got wise to the wiles of [...]read moreThugs: Invasive plants and how to stop them

House Under Siege: When your garden turns against you–and how to prevent it

It seemed like a good idea at the time. One fine spring morning soon after we moved into our abode in 1994, I strolled out to the backyard to get better acquainted with the place, and what I saw was not pretty. Oh, the house was a joy—bright, newly renovated, a stunner. Not so the [...]read moreHouse Under Siege: When your garden turns against you–and how to prevent it

Flower Power: Gardening as a complete workout–who knew?

Anyone who’s ever greeted the first day of spring by throwing themselves outdoors and vigorously gardening for hours, but without having gone into training in the waning weeks of winter (Wait: did she say, training? Like, for a marathon?), knows what it’s like to wake up the next morning, barely able to walk. Pulled hamstrings, [...]read moreFlower Power: Gardening as a complete workout–who knew?

Cole Porter’s Former Estate – See What it Looks Like Now

In Cole Porter’s song “Wunderbar,” featured in the musical Kiss Me, Kate, the legendary composer envisioned events unfolding “from our secret chalet for two.” Standing on the composer’s former Williamstown property, it isn’t hard to imagine he was looking out his window when he wrote those words. The structural history of Porter’s former Williamstown estate [...]read moreCole Porter’s Former Estate – See What it Looks Like Now

The Property Brothers in South Salem – See the Make Over

Suzanne and Kevin Vining had been avid fans of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” for years when a new professional opportunity for Kevin required the couple and their two daughters to relocate from suburban Albany to Westchester. Just as they put their sprawling upstate home on the market and secured a temporary rental in South Salem, they [...]read moreThe Property Brothers in South Salem – See the Make Over

Forging for Food in Your Backyard: Safe and Fun Foraging

It’s a familiar sight come spring: green lawns sprinkled with yellow dandelions. “When I look at my lawn in the spring and see all those dandelions waving back and forth, seeming to say, ‘Here I am, pick me,’ I’m so happy. It’s funny to me that people buy all these chemicals to eradicate them; they’re [...]read moreForging for Food in Your Backyard: Safe and Fun Foraging

Belle of Pound Ridge: The legendary Tallulah Bankhead was the talk of the town

To everyone in the free world, she was simply called Tallulah. The voice was unmistakable, steeped in bourbon with notes of cello and a smoky, gravel finish; the laugh, a rollicking contagion of cannonball fire. Her remarkable beauty, framed by a cascading golden mane was captured by glittering notables from yesteryear such as Cecil Beaton [...]read moreBelle of Pound Ridge: The legendary Tallulah Bankhead was the talk of the town

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