Dr. Cynthia Wood, Author at Farmville

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Mother Nature’s Garden — Japanese Buckwheat: A seriously tough plant

Since the late 15th century, we humans have moved around 13,000 species of plants from their native habitats to other areas around the world. Sometimes ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, December 2, 2022 4:56 pm

Columns

Mother Natures Garden — Goldenrods: Tenacious and beautiful

“You can see the goldenrod, that most tenacious and pernicious and beauteous of all New England flora, bowing away from the wind like a great ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, November 12, 2022 1:56 pm

Wildflower meadows

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: Wildflower Meadows

Wildflower meadows have been an important feature of the British landscape for hundreds of years. Nevertheless, they didn’t develop as natural features of the landscape, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, November 4, 2022 6:19 pm

Columns

Through the garden gate — Garden envy

A few weeks ago, I escaped to Maine to explore some gardens and late-blooming native plants there. Obviously, the growing season is shorter, and the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, November 4, 2022 3:51 pm

Columns

Mother Natures Garden — Turtleheads: Flowers with an interesting shape

Even though the days are still warm, there’s a chill in the early morning and late afternoon air. Autumn is here, so it’s time to ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, October 14, 2022 6:28 pm

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the ground up — The Joys of a Simple Garden

Farmville is blessed with many talented gardeners. Explore the various neighborhoods, and you’ll find English kitchen gardens with tidy paths, carefully clipped borders, and thriving ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, October 1, 2022 4:41 pm

Columns

Al and Betsy’s pollinator patch

Nestled at the end of a long winding driveway in Pamplin is a picturesque farm belonging to Al and Betsy Lookofsky. There’s an old smoke ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, September 17, 2022 10:33 am

Columns

Pickleweed: A great natural condiment

Way back pre-pandemic, when travel was easy, I spent some time in Cornwall with friends. It was a great opportunity to explore local gardens and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, September 10, 2022 10:00 am

Columns

Through the Garden Gate — A message from Anca

Hi fellow gardeners, it’s me, Anca. My Mom is busy filling in some holes in the backyard, so I thought I would chat with you ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, August 12, 2022 1:00 pm

Farmville the Magazine

From the Ground Up — Daylilies

The Perfect Plant for the Midsummer Garden The hot, humid, potentially dry days of summer are upon us, but even those gardeners who retreat indoors ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, August 5, 2022 3:24 pm

Columns

Common grass pink: An interesting native orchid

We tend to think of orchids as fragile, delicate plants requiring pampering, but they are extremely resilient and capable of growing in a wide variety ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, August 5, 2022 12:26 pm

Columns

Mother Nature’s Garden — Magnolias bloom offering fragrant pleasure

It’s magnolia time! The sweetbay magnolias have finished blooming in the wet lowlands along the High Bridge Trail, but the iconic southern magnolias all over ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, July 15, 2022 4:47 pm

Columns

Through the garden gate: Oh! Those odd names

You all know that I’m slightly obsessed with daylilies. They’re the perfect plant for hot summer days when I just can’t be bothered to work ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, July 2, 2022 12:47 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Through the Garden Gate — The joys of a simple garden

Farmville is blessed with many talented gardeners. Explore the various neighborhoods, and you’ll find English kitchen gardens with tidy paths, carefully clipped borders, and thriving ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:15 pm

Columns

Mother Natures Garden — Hexastylis: A plant with a steep learning curve

For years I’ve found heartleaf (Hexastylis spp.) all over Cumberland, Appomattox, Powhatan, and Prince Edward Counties. There are eight species of this low growing, evergreen ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, June 5, 2022 12:30 pm

Columns

Fireworks in the woods

One of my favorite spring ephemerals, the eastern shooting star (Primula meadia), has a variety of common names – pride of Ohio, prairie pointers and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, May 8, 2022 1:54 pm

Columns

When plants bloom

I’m fascinated by plants that bloom at a specific time every day. That old garden favorite, the four o’clock, opens every afternoon around 4 p.m. ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, April 7, 2022 3:59 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Wildflower Symposium celebrates spring

Spring is definitely here. The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer, and there are blooms appearing everywhere. Some like pussy toes are modest and ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, April 2, 2022 3:54 pm

Columns

Appreciate the rare beauty of blue flowers

A poll done by YouGov revealed that blue is the favorite color in almost all countries. Ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Mesoamericans developed ways of producing ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:16 pm

Lifestyles

Why rhododendron leaves curl and droop

Many gardeners say that they can tell the temperature outside simply by looking out the window at the leaves on their rhododendron. If the leaves ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:00 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

Rainbow pools in the Cypress Swamp

No matter when you visit, bald cypress swamps are magical places. In late spring and summer, there’s green everywhere – moss, resurrection ferns, tree leaves ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, February 5, 2022 3:30 pm

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Ragweed: A highly adaptable plant

Have you ever tried to define a weed? I often hear that it’s just a plant that appears where it’s not wanted. By that definition, ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Saturday, January 15, 2022 10:00 am

Columns

The Adder’s Tongue: An unusual looking plant

It doesn’t look like a fern, and it really isn’t one, but it’s fern-like in some respects. Meet the southern adder’s tongue (Ophioglossum pycnostichum), a ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, January 6, 2022 5:00 pm

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: The other holiday plants

For many people, the holiday season means evergreen garlands, wreaths, trees and poinsettias. Yes, the tropical plant with showy multicolored petals (actually bracts) is the ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 30, 2021 2:02 pm

MOTHER NATURE'S GARDEN

The fanciful turkey tail fungus: nature’s recycler

“Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty.” ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Friday, December 10, 2021 6:00 am

FARMVILLE THE MAGAZINE

From the Ground Up: In praise of sweet potatoes

It’s been a good year for sweet potatoes. In early summer, we feasted on sauteed shoots and leaves seasoned with a dash of sesame oil ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Sunday, December 5, 2021 10:00 am

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE

Gardening at the end of the season

The days are short; so short that it’s dark long before I usually stop working in the garden. The air is crisp, and the nights ... Read more

by Dr. Cynthia Wood, Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:00 am

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