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Winter moths appear as "brown confetti" around front door in daytime. Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill

Seasonal Chores
& Observations

In addition to our outdoor decorations of wreaths, greens and berries, our house seems to be covered with winter moths. They are especially visible in the evenings around the front-door light... Read More...


Amaryllis Care

Christmas Cactus Care

Beginnings of Gardening Books

Scenic Vistas and Current Events in Massachusetts State Parks

2015 UMass Garden Calendar is Now Available

Using Wood Ashes in Garden

Indoor Watering Without Damage to Rugs

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January 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25 in Boylston
Beekeeping 101 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden Lecture

Tuesday, January 27 in Norwood
Water Features in the Garden - Norwood Evening Garden Club

Thursday, January 29 - Sunday, February 01 in Worcester
Flora in Winter: Exhibition of Art-Inspired Floral Displays

Thursday, January 29 in Wellesley
Fundamentals of Growing Orchids - Mass Hort Society - Lecture

Friday, January 30 in Acton
Skate Night at NARA Park

Saturday, January 31 in Boylston
Legacy in Blue: Recapturing an Iconic Newport Garden - Lecture @ Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Wednesday, February 04 in Cambridge
Humans and Wildlife: The New Imbalance - Free Lecture

Wednesday, February 04 in Boston
Searching for the Histories of Boston's Public Garden - Lecture

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Holiday Kissing Ball (Photo courtesy of Jackson & Perkins)

A New Twist on an Historic Tradition

According to a recent Jackson & Perkins press release, decorating with fresh-cut evergreens has been a beloved tradition for centuries and still is today.

An evergreen accent that's increasing in popularity is the kissing ball, which has its origins in the Middle Ages.

Villagers would create ball-shaped ornaments made of twine and evergreen branches. In the center, they would place a clay figure of an infant representing the baby Jesus.

Called "holy boughs," they were hung from the ceiling along passages in castles and large houses. They were said to render blessings to those who passed beneath...


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