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Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Boxwood provides the bones of many gardens

Virginians have always loved boxwood. They’ve traditionally rooted sprigs and given them to newlyweds setting up housekeeping in a new location. No home was complete ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Monday, July 26, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

The ultimate pass along garden plant

You’ve seen them growing along the side of back roads, near abandoned homesteads and even along the edge of wooded areas. You’ve probably also seen ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 9, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

The oxeye daisy is a weed, but an interesting one

Wander around the edge of the woods near the office at Holliday Lake State Park, and you’ll likely find several oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) blooming ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 2, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Beware of poisonous plants in the garden

Hello, fellow gardeners. It’s me, Anca. Some of you already know me. I’m my mom’s new gardening assistant. She says that I’m more trouble than ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 11, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mountain Laurel is putting on an exuberant display

“…but the typical mountain laurel overshadows all, dominates the scene, defies descriptive effort, lays a hush on the tongue and thrills the soul with the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, June 4, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Life is awakening everywhere

In time of silver rain The earth puts forth new life again, Green grasses grow And flowers lift their heads, And over all the plain ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

Wisteria is the perfect plant for a pergola

Whenever I visit friends in England, I’m seriously envious of their garden, but especially the wisteria (wisteria sinensis) that festoons one side of their 19th ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 14, 2021 1:06 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

The joys of growing potatoes

I’ve always loved growing and eating potatoes. There’s nothing better than planting seed potatoes, watching them grow and waiting for just the right time to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, May 7, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Master Gardeners celebrate 20 years of service

Ever since they were founded in 2001, the Heart of Virginia Master Gardeners have been enthusiastic about sharing a love and knowledge of gardening with ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Discovering the harbinger-of-spring

While there are plenty of interesting plants in our area, sometimes I like to go hiking in an entirely different area, one known for having ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, April 9, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Embracing the unexpected

Every spring, I look forward to participating in several workshops on gardening. If I get one or two new ideas for what to plant or ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, April 2, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Asian delights not your grandma’s vegetables

Story and photos by Dr. Cynthia Wood I’ve always loved Asian food — hot spicy ma la-flavored dishes liberally showered with cilantro from Szechuan, bold ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Loropetalum — a versatile garden shrub

Have you met Loropetalum chinense, better known as the Chinese fringe flower? I first learned about it last fall when I was looking for something ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, March 12, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

In search of the southern grape fern

I’ve always been fascinated by ferns. They’re old. So old that ancestors of modern ferns were here long before the dinosaurs. Ferns just seem to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, March 5, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Planting the right plants can help pollinators

Pollinators and plants have been having a love affair for more than 100 million years. Throughout that period, plants have developed unique ways to entice ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Nature provides its own valentines

According to the calendar, it’s the shortest month, but, in reality, it never seems to end. February is fickle. It can be cold, wet and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, February 12, 2021 6:00 am

Columns

COLUMN — A walk in the woods

This time of the year, when the forest is a study in brown, beige and gray with a few green accents, I like to walk ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, January 8, 2021 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

What’s new in the garden for 2021

I’ve looked into my crystal ball in search of clues about what 2021 will portend for gardeners, and what I see looks remarkably similar to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, January 1, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up — Welcome the season with a wreath

Story by Dr. Cynthia Wood We’ve been using wreaths to decorate doors for many years. Victorians loved traditional combinations of holly, ivy and yew, plus ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 24, 2020 6:00 am

FOOD AND FITNESS

Fruitcake: The treat that everyone loves to hate

In my family, celebrations always involve baking, and Christmas is no different. My grandma made fresh coconut cake and served it with a red colored, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 24, 2020 6:00 am

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

It’s never too late for a walk in the woods

It’s the first week in December, and the weather is still pleasantly warm. Even so, I’m surprised at the number of plants that are blooming, ... Read more

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

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Project to extend the gardening season was a success

Late last winter, I accepted a challenge to infuse more native plants into my existing garden while also extending the growing season. All through February ... Read more

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

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

Spiced pickled peaches – A Sunday dinner tradition

This difficult year has made many of us nostalgic for times past — family gatherings under the pecan trees, Sunday lunches at grandma’s house, and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, October 18, 2020 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

It’s the perfect time to find gentians

Fall means yellow flowers — goldenrods by the dozen, sunflowers, sneezeweed, and many, many more — but not all fall wildflowers are yellow. There are ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, October 9, 2020 6:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Gardening with dogs

Hello, fellow gardeners. My name is Anca vom Dreifke Wood. I’m my mom’s new garden helper. I can’t pick locks and open gates like my ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, October 2, 2020 6:00 am

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

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