NatureWatch columnist Thom Smith answers readers questions about invasive weeds on the lower ponds of the reservoir in Cheshire and effective ways of getting rid of Japanese beetles.
Garden Journal columnist Ron Kujawski's greatest concern right now is the appearance of diseases on several crops in the vegetable garden.
Winged euonymus (Euonymus alatus), sometimes known as “burning bush” because of its brilliant fall foliage color, has long been recognized as an aggressive invader of northeastern woodlands, where it crowds out native vegetation, creating areas inhospitable to most native wildlife. Birds do …
NatureWatch columnist Thom Smith always seems to have the answers when readers pose questions. This week he answers queries about orioles, sapsukers and monarch butterlies.
Trouble takes many forms. Right now, the trouble in Ron Kujawski's garden is largely with Japanese beetles, who love to taunt him by feeding on the leaves and ripened fruit of his raspberry plants.
It’s easy to have a glorious garden in late spring and early summer, when all the classics from peonies to iris are in bloom. As the heat settles in, though, these early bloomers fade, often leaving the garden dull through midsummer, in the interval before fall arrives with its colorful frui…
In this week's NatureWatch, columnist Thom Smith updates local Monarch sightings, answers reader questions about endangered species and talks about ticks.
I feel like I should simply repeat last week’s discussion regarding the impact frequent and often heavy rain is having on gardens, especially vegetable gardens. Since vegetable gardens typically involve more attention than do flower gardens, the disruption of routine tasks is more discouraging.
Q I I always read your column. I haven’t written with a question for some years, but I saw something I’ve never seen before. On June 29, I went for a hike on Mount Everett. I was walking up the road in the area of the lake. I started to see things hopping near my feet. I thought they were in…
There are a number of gardening tools I’ve come to treasure over the years. An unbreakable, hand-forged trowel from a Maine craftsman, long out of business, is definitely on the list, as is a Tina-brand German carbon-steel gardener’s knife that is easy to sharpen, yet holds an edge well. I’d…
“Be careful what you wish for!” I was recently reminded of that phrase by my friend, Carter White, of West Stockbridge. Well, about two weeks ago I was wishing for some rain since my rain barrels were empty.
Annual flowers were disdained by most expert gardeners back when I was learning the trade. There was some reason for this. The annuals available then were relatively few — petunias, marigolds, zonal geraniums, and a few others — and the colors of the blossoms tended to be glaringly bright an…
Twenty performing arts, museums and related organizations doing business or based in Berkshire County received $19.3 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Here's what's playing — May 14-21 — at in-person and virtual cinemas in the Berkshires and environs. New movies this week include "Those Who Wish Me Dead," "Spiral: Saw," "Profile," "Los Hermanos," and "There Is No Evil."
If you didn't have the opportunity to try chef Daniel Boulud's acclaimed French-inspired cuisine at Café Boulud last summer, don't fret. You'll have plenty of opportunities to try it this summer and beyond. You can also now access Blantyre's many amenities, including a new Dom Pérignon Salon.
Berkshire Theatre Group is lining up more live, in-person events this summer, announcing the addition of two concert series: Broadway Favorites and the return of Bobbie’s Summer Series.
Take a walk through Bernay Fine Art gallery's newest exhibit "Mixing It Up," featuring mixed media works by artists Morgan Bulkeley, Connie Goeltz Schmitt, Dee Shapiro, Amelia Toelke, Shira Toren and Michael Zelehoski.
“We have the most perfect space for outdoor performances …,” Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge said by phone.
I think fresh corn on the cob is one of the most eagerly awaited treats from our local farms. There’s always an effort to make sure that the corn has been picked most recently, most locally, with minimal time from field to table before the sweetness turns starchy. My husband likes corn so mu…
Hot honey is sweet with a spicy backbite that is incredibly pleasant when paired with something rich, like the mellow, deep flavor of roasted squash or carrots or a nice creamy cheese. Francesca Olsen shares how to make your own.
Rain has kept many of columnist Maggy Button's friends away, but she's always prepared for good weather and friends by the pool.
Elizabeth Baer loves beets! She hopes you do too. If not, she believes trying these recipes could bring you over to the beet-loving side.
A recent visit to Hancock Shaker Village inspired Features Editor Jennifer Huberdeau to make this 'famous' Shaker Chicken Fricassee, once made by the Hancock Shakers.
Looking for any easy side dish to take on your next Tanglewood picnic? Food columnist Elizabeth Baer says roasted carrots with yogurt is the perfect picnic side dish, especially because it can be served warm or cold.
From 1877 to 1911, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan was a lonely voice on the nation’s highest court arguing for disenfranchised African Americans and the economically disadvantaged. His victories came posthumously through the impact on future courts of his fiery and courageous dissents. Politico's Peter S. Canellos, a part-time Great Barrington resident, chronicles Harlan's high court career in his new book, “The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Mena Suvari wants to explain her reasoning for writing about Kevin Spacey on the set of their 1999 film “American Beauty" in her new book “The Great Peace" (Hachette).
Recently, Robert McMaster, of Williamsburg, a retired biology professor at Holyoke Community College published "All the Light Here Comes from Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock," a biography that traces Hitchcock's rise from poverty in Deerfield, where he was born in 1793, through the end of his life, much of which was spent trying to reconcile his faith with science.
GREAT BARRINGTON — Dan Tawczynski, a farmer since 1950, a published book author as of June 1, wants to talk about the green mist.
MONTEREY — New York Times best-selling author and Berkshires resident Simon Winchester will discuss his new book, "Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World," in person at The Bidwell House Museum on Saturday, June 19.
From 1870 to 1911, the Standard Oil Company and Trust controlled almost all oil production, processing, marketing, and transportation in the country. Through mergers, purchases and lucrative trust agreements, John D. Rockefeller built an industrial empire that made him and his associates ast…