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Elizabeth Hunter

Box Turtle

Elizabeth Hunter

The work around the homestead has the double result of clearing the present and revealing the past. more

From the Farm

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Elizabeth Hunter, who began contributing to this magazine with its first issue and served as its award-winning columnist until her retirement at the end of 2014, also wrote dozens of articles, with care, awe and love, about the Blue Ridge Parkway. more

Features

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Elizabeth Hunter

When you plant, think like the species of tree you’re putting into a hole, and about its future there. more

Singing in the Garden

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Elizabeth Hunter

The color has life throughout the growing year, and beyond. more

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Elizabeth Hunter

The magic of seeds goes beyond their amazing numbers and viability. They’re also, in many cases, simply beautiful. more

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Elizabeth Hunter

The challenges facing the monarchs and the wild bees bring illumination and duty to protect what we put in peril. more

From the Farm

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Elizabeth Hunter

In what might be called the “garden whisperer” approach, there’s much to be said for letting the plants have a role in the plans. more

Singing in the Garden

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Elizabeth Hunter

May the stories and fables of childhood that helped form our patterns of life continue to gently steer new generations. more

From the Farm

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Elizabeth Hunter

The plant’s poisonous seeds don’t preclude growing “something out of maurice sendak’s imagination.” more

Singing in the Garden

Iris

Elizabeth Hunter

Easy to grow, easy to keep and easy to look at, bearded irises have a long history of beauty. more

Singing in the Garden

Pieces of lives are just that until someone stands back, considers and stitches them into a living, breathing whole. more

From the Farm

Big Butterfly Day

Elizabeth Hunter

Simple drawings have come to be a way to recognize what each day affords, whether it invokes joy or weepiness. more

From the Farm

From assessing (don’t plant too closely) to zucchini (don’t let them get as big as ball bats), here’s how to grow better. more

Singing in the Garden

Judy Carson

Elizabeth Hunter

A small memorial garden gets a new life 15 years later. more

From the Farm

As with most any undertaking, you get out of a garden what you put into it. more

Archive

Farmer's Market

Elizabeth Hunter

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? —Mother Goose Rhyme/tongue-twister more

Singing in the Garden

With heat or without, they’re tasty, versatile and pretty easy to grow. more

Archive

A combination of relentless critter attacks and sustained weather extremes leads to . . . a $50 salad! And to other rewards as well, including plans for next growing season. more

Singing in the Garden

Who, especially in an area surrounded by woods, could resist a shade-loving fall-flowering plant that looks like spring? more

Singing in the Garden

One of my goals as a gardener is to find long-term solutions to perennial problems. more

Singing in the Garden

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Elizabeth Hunter

A neglected spot and its nearly forgotten planting provide a delightful lesson in delayed gratification. more

Singing in the Garden