Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

Mother Nature's Garden

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: February is an in-between month

February is an in-between month for wildflower enthusiasts. It’s still winter, but there are glimmerings of life in the woods. The skunk cabbages are up ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, February 23, 2024 5:06 pm

Through the Garden Gate

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate: Controversy in the garden

My gardening friends in England and Scotland are bemoaning the rise of what they call eco-rectitude. They’re all responsible gardeners who never use pesticides or ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, February 4, 2024 6:28 pm

Mother Nature's Garden

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Column: Stillness and quiet

For my family, the period from Halloween until the end of the year can be a wild, crazy, mad time of celebrations, food, decorations, and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, January 21, 2024 9:20 am

Quiet in the Garden

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the garden Gate: Quiet in the Garden

During the height of the pandemic, baby Anca and I would sit on the porch steps and listen to the late-night sounds. The world seemed ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, January 6, 2024 10:55 am

importance of trees

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: The importance of trees

When we moved into our current home 35 years ago, our street was lined with dogwoods, and nearly every house was surrounded by trees. Since ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Monday, January 1, 2024 11:42 am

Through the Garden Gate

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate: December in the Garden

December is usually a quiet time in the garden. The days are short, and the temperature is crisp. It’s a time for rest, reflection, and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, December 3, 2023 6:45 pm

Snake Plant

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate: Behold the Snake Plant

Many years ago, everyone’s front parlor had one. It sat in a dark corner in that cold, seldom-used room where it was definitely out of ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, November 11, 2023 10:25 am

Hardy Citrus

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: The Hardy Citrus

Several times this past summer, strangers stopped me to ask about an odd plant they’d seen off Milnwood Road. They all said that it looked ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, November 2, 2023 5:00 pm

Through the Garden Gate

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate: Change in the garden

When we bought our house over 30 years ago, it was surrounded by massive oak trees. They provided shade, protection from wind, and much pleasure. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, October 28, 2023 5:56 pm

chinese yam

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: The Chinese Yam: Friend or Foe?

There are two kinds of alleys in my hometown: The neat, tidy ones with pavement and carefully trimmed edges and then all the others. The ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, October 6, 2023 1:22 pm

Through the Garden Gate

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through The Garden Gate: A look through other people’s gardens

Curiosity killed the cat! Cats are, indeed, known for being curious and for getting into trouble because of their curiosity.  I suspect that gardeners are ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, September 21, 2023 12:13 pm

Honeyvine

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: Honeyvine: Friend or Foe

Several days ago, I took a very early morning walk through my neighborhood because I was hoping to avoid the heat while still getting a ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, September 2, 2023 12:47 pm

Through The Garden Gate

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate: The best of intentions

Way back in late January, when I was still browsing plant catalogs and making wish lists of plants that I would, oh so love to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, August 27, 2023 10:32 am

Mother Nature's Garden

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: Who was Bouncing Bet

Who was Bouncing Bet and what was she doing? And how did black-eyed Susan get her name? The common names of plants are colorful, imaginative, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, August 20, 2023 2:07 pm

Through the garden gate

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the garden gate: Plants that thrive in hot summer weather

It’s hot and humid and my garden has a bad case of the blahs. Truth be told, so do I. We both need an injection ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, August 5, 2023 12:03 am

wildflowers

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: Talking about some ‘unloved’ wildflowers

Every year people get super excited when the first Virginia bluebells appear. And when the pink lady’s slippers bloom, well, there is almost mass hysteria. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 7, 2023 6:31 pm

cream violet

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: Let’s talk about serendipity & cream violet

There’s a certain amount of serendipity involved in taking people to see wildflowers. You just never know whether the plants you saw four days earlier ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 23, 2023 2:05 pm

Garden Clubs

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate: Garden Clubs — Not just who raised the best rose

There is a long history of clubs just for men – social, botanical, historical, culinary, even ones for explorers. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 2, 2023 12:54 pm

COLUMN

Through the Garden Gate: Time to fight against Mother Nature

Several years ago, I visited the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. The gardens were at their peak at the end of the 1800s, and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 12, 2023 4:50 pm

Mother Nature's Garden

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: The amazing things that plants do

While plants don’t move around like animals, that doesn’t mean they’re incapable of reacting to their environment. For example, they respond to gravity. Roots respond ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, May 6, 2023 4:34 pm

Garden

Columns

Through the Garden Gate: Just a typical week in the garden

Gardening is supposed to be peaceful, calming, and restorative. Most of the time that’s true, but once in a while, things don’t go according to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, April 29, 2023 6:01 pm

Mother Nature's Garden

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother’s Nature Garden: In search of Twinleaf

The earliest spring ephemerals have finished blooming, but there’s still time to see twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla.) Several years ago, I was desperate to find this ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, April 22, 2023 11:34 am

Garden

Columns

Through the Garden Gate: Butchery in the garden

Gardens seem so peaceful. We talk about them as refuges, great places to relax, read, meditate, and just escape from the hassle of everyday life. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, March 5, 2023 12:20 pm

Skunk Cabbages

Columns

Mother Nature’s Garden: The Skunk Cabbages are back

“If you are afflicted with melancholy at this season, go to the swamp and see the brave spear of skunk-cabbage buds already advanced toward a ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, February 25, 2023 12:54 pm

plant native

Columns

Mother Nature’s Garden: What makes a plant native?

“Ditch lilies are native. I know they are; I saw it on the internet!” “Dandelions must be native. They’ve been here forever!” Explaining what makes ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, February 12, 2023 8:51 am

darwins orchid

Columns

Through The Garden Gate — Darwin’s Orchid: An uncommon house plant

It’s February, that short month that seems to go on forever. It threatens us with cold, wet weather and then teases us with warm, breezy ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, February 3, 2023 5:37 pm

Mother Nature's Garden

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden: A much needed hike and old friends

It’s Boxing Day, and life has mostly returned to normal here at Mother Nature’s Garden. The dogs are slumped on their beds, refusing to make ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, January 14, 2023 12:30 am

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