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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 …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.” 

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.

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