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Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

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

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

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