Nan Quick’s Diaries for Armchair Travelers

The Gardens & Great House of the Crane Estate, in Ipswich,MA
~Nan Quick

The Crane Estate at Castle Hill, in Ipswich, MA. A Tour of the House & Gardens which exemplify the American Country Place Era.
 
 
  

To bee, or not to bee?

Bee City USA – Ashland?!? To bee or not to bee?

This question is being asked Monday, 10/20.
You can show your support for Ashland to become the 4th Bee City USA by gathering outside the Ashland Community Development Building ( 51 Winburn Way)  at 5:30 pm to greet Ashland City Council members as they go into a review session at 5:30 PM. 

Talent Oregon has just become the 2nd Bee City USA, and supporters are hoping to make Ashland the 4th!  They are encouraging people to wear pollinator costumes (bees, butterflies, ladybugs, bats, your favorite pollinator)!

 

September 2014: Garden of the Month

Garden of the Month: 913 Mary Jane
by Kaaren Anderson

Richard Lee moved into the house at 913 Mary Jane and began the first steps to grow plants and landscape the yard, beginning with the foundation plants of nandina, green spirel euonymus, and Oregon grape.
Paige joined him in 2005 and together the couple created the garden you see today. In that year, the front landscape changed dramatically when the house was remodeled. This process created a mound of excess soil which they creatively decided to leave, adding plants that began with dwarf nandina and mugo pines.

Richard installed a 1400 square foot greenhouse in the backyard where he began raising plants from seed, including perennial geraniums which are planted inside the yard as well as on the street side of the photenia hedge. For color they have annual geraniums, hibiscus, dahlias and zinnias, with the zinnias currently reaching a height of 64”. On the street side, also grown from seed, are echinacea and coreopsis. On the mound was added a cercis tree and a bakers Cyprus which is a native tree to the Siskiyou mountains. In front of the picture window is a coral bark maple.  Access to TID water for part of the summer helped keep the plants happy and healthy.

In the springtime you will also see columbine, lilies, gladiolus, daisies, crocosmia and camilias, which I know would make the garden even more spectacular than it is now. But though Paige worried that her garden wasn’t at its best, I assured her that even at this time of year, and in one of the the hottest summers on record, it stood out as a jewel.

Thank you Paige and Richard for sharing your garden with us!

Fall 2014 Plastic Round-up

Fri. & Sat., October 24-25, 9:00-4:00
Jackson County Expo, Gate 1-1/2


Nursery pots, bubble wrap, baling twine, snack food bags, discs, irrigation components, lawn chairs and toys are among the long list of plastics accepted for recycling at the Jackson County Plastic Round-up. Gather plastic from your home, garden, garage and business to keep it out of the landfill, and have it recycled into new materials.

Only clean, presorted plastic will be accepted. Pre-sort plastic into 3 categories: soft plastic, hard plastic and nursery plastic. There will be a residential fee of $5.00 per household; the fee for large loads and businesses is $5.00 per yard.

Note that we can no longer accept video cassettes, tapes or 8-tracks.

AGC Book Club Reading List for 2012 – 2014

BOOK GROUP AUTHOR & TITLES 2012

DIFFENBAUGH, VANESSA :   THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
STEWART, AMY:   FROM THE GROUND UP
SEARLE, EVELYN:   TO THE WOODS
SHIELD, CAROLE:   LARRY’S PARTY
KIMBELL, KRISTEN:   THE DIRTY LIFE
THAXTER, CELIA:   AN ISLAND GARDEN
HANDELSMAN, JUDITH:   GROWING MYSELF
PRESTON, RICHARD:   THE WILD TREES

BOOK GROUP AUTHOR & TITLES 2013

MONTEFIORE, SANTA:   THE MERMAID GARDEN
COOPER, THOMAS:   THE ROOTS OF MY OBSESSION
HEAVEY, TARA:   WINTER BLOOM
MITCHELL, HENRY:   ONE MAN’S GARDEN
TSUKIYAMA, GAIL:   THE SAMAURI’S GARDEN
GOODMAN, RICHARD:   FRENCH DIRT
WULF, ANDREA:   FOUNDING GARDENERS
SEALE, WILLIAM:   THE WHITE HOUSE GARDEN

THE GARDEN OF READING; AN ANTHOLOGY OF 20TH CENTURY SHORT FICTION ABOUT GARDENS AND GARDENERS

BOOK GROUP TITLES 2014

STEWART, AMY:   WICKED PLANTS
ABBEY, EDWARD:   DESERT SOLITAIRE
AMIRREZVANI, ANITA:   BLOOD OF FLOWERS
MITCHELL, HENRY:   ESSENTIAL EARTHMAN
ENG, TAN TWAN:   GARDEN OF EVENING MISTS
BARILLA, JAMES:   MY BACKYARD JUNGLE
GILBERT, ELIZABETH:   THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
LINK, MARDI JO:   BOOTSTRAPPER: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm
Two books/two Authors :  ROBBINS, JIM:   THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
GIONO, JEAN:   THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES