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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

Columns

The gardener and the wedding: Part II

The wedding is fast approaching — Labor Day weekend. Invitations have been sent, responses have been tallied, accommodations and transportation have been arranged; even the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, August 17, 2019 5:00 am

Columns

The difference in buttonweed

It’s been so hot that my hikes have been reduced to half-hearted slogs up and down the back roads near my farm. No enthusiasm and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, August 3, 2019 5:00 am

Columns

Wood Betony: an interesting hemiparasite

There are some native plants that I just can’t keep straight in my head unless I see the leaves and the flowers together. Wood betony, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 19, 2019 5:00 am

Columns

Luxurious food

Mention luxurious food and most people think of heaping servings of beluga caviar, raw sea urchins, foie gras, kopi luwak coffee or other expensive, hard-to-find ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:12 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

The lazy gardener

I don’t know exactly how it happened, but, at nearly 72, I find myself managing two homes and gardens — one in town and the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:29 pm

Columns

Slipper Orchids: Love and obsession

Wildflower people are both incredibly generous and seriously obsessive. This spring I’ve been the recipient of untold generosity. It’s common knowledge that everyone loves lady’s ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, June 13, 2019 1:59 pm

Columns

Moss: Going with the flow

Some gardeners have very inflexible opinions about how their gardens should look; they insist on imposing their will on nature. Others take stock of what ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:48 am

Columns

The thrill of the find

In my ongoing rambles in the woods, I visit new places every year, but I also return to the same areas over and over every ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:20 am

Columns

Lyre-leaf sage: An assertive native

Walk across any unkempt lawn (mine!), waste area or woodland clearing this month and you’ll find basal rosettes of dark green and purple leaves that ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:58 am

Columns

The gardener and the wedding: Part I

In most families when a daughter brings home a serious boyfriend and announces her engagement, there is an immediate flurry of activity related to dresses, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:33 am

Columns

Coltsfoot: an early sign of spring

By late February, most of us are so desperate for early signs of spring that we’re overjoyed to find henbit and purple dead nettle infesting ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:42 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

The art of keeping plants alive

About every six weeks, I get a text from someone I know. It contains only a photo of a very sad looking house plant. No ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8:52 am

Columns

Pass-along garden

We gardeners just naturally share plants. In fact, it’s not unusual for someone to have what’s fondly known as a pass-along garden. You know the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 6:06 pm

Columns

Naming plants

When people on my Facebook wildflower page talk about plants, there can be massive confusion. Many of them are intimidated by scientific names so they ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:32 am

Columns

Virginia Creeper: vibrant color to brighten a fall day

Visit that massive stone heap, Blenheim Palace, in October and you’ll find the walls near the main entrance and clock tower glowing red in the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:33 am

Columns

After the storm

January is usually all about reading seed catalogs by a roaring fire and making endless wish lists of new exotic plants that I absolutely must ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:46 am

Columns

Procrastination and the shortest day of the year

It’s early December and the shortest day of the year is upon us. The air is frosty before dawn and the ground is getting cold. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:22 am

Columns

Blue Mushrooms and Hens for Dinner

When I was a kid, about a 1,000 years ago, mushrooms were an exotic food that came in small cans. They were precooked, brownish gray ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 6, 2018 9:30 am

Columns

The Wild Onion Controversy

As many of you know, I manage a Virginia Wildflower Community Page on Facebook. It has just under 2,000 members, many of whom are very ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:45 am

Columns

Those crazy plant people

We plant people tend to be a crazy, obsessive bunch. We plant the same variety of tomato that our grandparents did even though it’s finicky ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, November 1, 2018 8:11 am

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