The entire width of my front yard morphed into a galaxy of pink blossoms two hundred and fifty feet wide. Cherry trees. Three full-grown Kwanzan ornamentals perfectly planted in a row, in bloom. It looked like Mother Nature had thrown me the party of a lifetime.

HJ Bernstein

The off-season is the best time to prep your lawn, plants, and garden to go chemical-free.

Linda Black

Don’t be scared away by its reputation for being difficult to grow: If you choose the right variety for your home, you’ll surely see an orchid blooming inside this winter.

Jeanne Campbell

After Hurricane Bob, a little Japanese-style garden on Chappy became the Mytoi of today.

Sally Bennett

Plein air painting at Polly Hill Arboretum and beyond.

Shelley Christiansen

The gardens at Edgartown’s Charlotte Inn have an effortless feel.

Jan Pogue

A professional gardener’s home provides a stage for exploring varieties of plants and native materials throughout the season.

Nicki Miller

I created my first compost pile in upstate New York in the 1970s when I started serious gardening.

Sally Bennett


Temperamental Beauty

One gardener shares observations gleaned from years of planting and tending a multitude of roses, some more gratifying than others.

Window Boxes All Year ’Round

Overflowing with colorful blooms, window boxes dress up many Island homes and businesses in the spring and summer, but with a little extra effort, you can have eye-catching displays through fall and winter too. We asked four State Road garden centers for some window box ideas for all four seasons.

The Grass Wars

Rampaging foxtail grass staves off one homeowner’s attempts to halt its advance in her garden.

An Inspired Tribute

Dorothy Chaffee’s Edgartown house and garden are a celebration of a life well lived with her late husband, Henry. The homes they shared together are depicted in a hand-painted dining room mural, and she continues his gardening legacy in a charming backyard landscape.

A Backyard Symphony

It was raining hard, with not a hint of a breeze. The air was hot and heavy, feeling tropical and clammy as it settled on my skin.

Emily Post, in Her Garden

“Dahlias really make me sick!” Could the etiquette author, known for her Edgartown garden of shoulder-high dahlias, really have written these words? Even Emily Post couldn’t make the Vineyard’s weather behave.

Deer-Resistant Gardens

Four different plant combos can bring a variety of colors, textures, and looks to your yard, and you won’t have to worry so much about them getting nibbled by your neighbors.

Ask the Experts: Growing Healthy Trees

“Even trees do not die without a groan.” – Henry David Thoreau.

Harmony on the Plains

Professional gardener Peggy Schwier addresses the challenges of designing a property responsibly within the Vineyard landscape.

Garden Choreography

Susanne Clark designed her Chilmark garden based on the land, her home, and an elaborate scoring system. A new garden book tells the tale.