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Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

Farmville the Magazine

From the Ground Up — Showtime in the garden how to get ready for PBS

What do you do when find out that your garden is going to be on the PBS program “Virginia Home Grown” and that filming won’t ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:40 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

COLUMN — Possessed with a pickling passion

Every summer when I was a kid, my mother and grandmother would become obsessed with the need to can, pickle, and preserve everything in sight. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, September 11, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

A cool find on a hot day

Last summer I spent far too many hot, humid days mucking about in several swampy areas at Holliday Lake State Park. I wandered around one ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, September 6, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Goldenrod provides late summer color

Several years ago, I went with a friend to a business luncheon where there was a beautiful floral arrangement with bright yellow flowers in it. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, August 7, 2020 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Gardens continually evolve

Gardens never really stay the same. Years ago, my grandmother, and many of her contemporaries in rural Virginia, planted forsythia, japonica, roses, lilacs, peonies, daffodils ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 10, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

Growing picture perfect pitcher plants

Sometimes a gardener just needs a change of pace, something like a wild child plant that looks as if it came from another planet. If ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 19, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Uschi goes on a trail walk at High Bridge

Hello, fellow wildflower lovers. It’s me Uschi. Several months ago, I went with my mom on a trail walk, met a woman named Uschi, and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 12, 2020 1:55 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Stalking the hoary yellow puccoon

Sometimes a plant just shows up in an unexpected location. Sometimes you walk by that location over and over, but not at exactly the right ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 8, 2020 6:00 am

Columns

The challenge of adding fall color to the garden

As most of you who have seen my garden know, it’s all about spring and early summer. There are masses of hellebores that begin to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 1, 2020 6:00 am

Farmville the Magazine

From the Ground Up: Tulips abound

THERE’S ONE FOR EVERY GARDEN Gardeners have been rhapsodizing about tulips for hundreds of years. They were first cultivated in 10th century Persia and somewhat ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, April 18, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Incised fumewort is problematic

I went to Powhatan State Park last week, walked the usual trails and searched for Dutchman’s breeches, which I didn’t find. When I got home, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, April 10, 2020 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Gardening from a dog’s viewpoint

Hello, fellow gardeners. It’s me, Uschi again. While my mom is busy moaning about the general state of affairs – plants arriving and no one ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, April 3, 2020 6:00 am

Farmville the Magazine

From the Ground Up: There’s always a place for hellebores

Like Lady Jean Skipwith at Prestwould Plantation near Clarksville, I’ll always have a place in my garden for hellebores. Thank goodness I don’t have to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Monday, March 16, 2020 6:00 am

Lifestyles

Gardening trends for 2020

Like just about everything else, gardening is influenced by trends. For nearly 10 years, our obsession with native plants has increased. Some gardeners have been ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, March 13, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Speedwell, a beautiful weed

Hiking in late winter or very early spring requires an open mind about the plants that can be found. Sure, there are always Christmas ferns, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, March 7, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Hiking can be a voyage of discovery

Spending time outside, whether gardening or hiking, is just plain good for you. Hiking and walking have been called moving meditations because they enable people ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:48 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Add pops of color to winter gardens

On New Year’s Day, my gardening mad friends in England sent me photos of their yard, and I was struck by how colorful it was, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, February 8, 2020 8:28 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

New apps for field work

Not too many years ago, hiking meant carrying a heavy backpack filled with my favorite field guides – some for plants, some for mushrooms and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:27 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Gardening resolutions for the New Year

Hi there, it’s me, Uschi, my mom’s best garden helper. She’s busy reading seed catalogs and making lists of plants that she doesn’t need and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, January 9, 2020 11:55 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

The aftermath of finding a rare plant

A good part of last year was spent hiking with a list of plants that needed to be documented in various counties. For example, common ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, January 3, 2020 11:16 am

From the Ground Up

A Christmas tree primer: simple steps to a happy holiday

Americans have been having a love affair with Christmas trees for more than 150 years. German settlers introduced the first Christmas trees in the mid-1800s. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, December 20, 2019 12:48 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Sweet anticipation: Habenadas in November

Here it is early November and I’m still nursing along a pepper plant because I’m curious about its fruit. Almost everyone in my family is ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, November 14, 2019 11:56 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Torrey’s mountain mint: A rare find

It’s been so hot and dry that I decided Oct. 4 would be my last major hike before the skunk cabbages emerge in late December. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:19 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

A tale of persistence and what grows in the swamp

While mucking about in a swampy area at Holliday Lake State Park last month, I stumbled upon an odd looking little plant that I had ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, October 3, 2019 3:23 pm

Columns

Gardeners questions

Over the years, I’ve gotten lots of questions about gardening. Most are the usual ones — when to plant potatoes, how to grow sweet potato ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, September 26, 2019 4:26 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Long-lobed arrowhead: An uncommon plant

In the early days of the commonwealth, the naming of rivers was arbitrary. Settlers along a particular waterway named it whatever they pleased. For example, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, September 13, 2019 10:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Tomato mania

You’ve heard of Crimson Tide? Well, last month I had a red tide running through my kitchen. Way back in early spring, I prepped my ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, September 5, 2019 2:58 pm

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