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…
Rarely do I come across a volume with the aspects of both a coffee table book with both lavish illustrations, well-placed full-page photographs, and history of our planet's ocean that existed in one shape or another for four billion years.
One of those routine tasks that gardeners engage in during the summer is deadheading. No, I’m not talking about guillotines or anything as gruesome as that. Deadheading is simply the removal of the spent blossom from annuals and perennials for the purpose of preventing seed production. Since…
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.
Barrington Stage Company will present a free screening of "The Supadupa Kid 2: Move," the action/superhero book by Pittsfield-based author Ty Allan Jackson at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Boyd-Quinson Stage, 30 Union St.
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.
Olive oil is an essential, vibrant food with no equal in hundreds of dishes.
I never understood how my son and daughter-in-law could sit for hours watching videos on their cellphones. And then I downloaded TikTok ... and I no longer have a life.
I recently returned to my old stomping grounds on Cape Cod to visit my beautiful niece, Daven, and her husband and my good friend, Benn. It was only the second time the Lovely Lois and I had left Berkshire County since March 2020, and the first time we had seen them in person in almost two p…
Ahh ... summer! This time of year, whenever I go to a farmers market or pick up my CSA (community supported agriculture) share or even find myself in the grocery store, something new has ripened locally and we can enjoy the bounty from farms in our own backyard.
One of my favorite things to do with almost anything you can find — in this season of plentiful produce, or even with what’s available in the winter — is to make ricotta toasts.
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…
Artist and author Eric Carle's colorful, hungry caterpillar crawled into the hearts of children across the country and in the Berkshires, where many considered the Western Massachusetts' resident one of their own.
Hello book nerds! It’s spring, which is probably my favorite time of the publishing calendar. Unlike the fast-paced books of summer and winter’s heavier fare, spring feels like a time for long, nourishing reads that offer a particularly happy type of escape. I’ve been keeping my eye on the b…