Posts filed under: Outdoors & Environment

Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus), with its striking yellow flowers, is a beautiful plant, but also a threat to our priority natural communities and native plants.  In recent years, it has...
If your kale plants succumbed to cabbage worms, don’t fret. You can start a second planting in midsummer to enjoy a bountiful harvest in the fall. Kale is a good...
It’s mid-summer now, and the trout have figured out that if they want to survive the heat they’ve got to find deep pools with water temps below 70 degrees....
Conserving water is always a good idea, and if the dry weather of the last two summers is any indication, such practice should become habit....
It occurred to me as I’ve read about the dedicated volunteers working at Charlotte’s Park (formerly Demeter) and the Library’s rain garden that I’ve neglected the cause of “native plants.”...
As I write this, the leaves of our trees have unfurled, our forests blooming in an unthinkable diversity and abundance. Even in the midst of a dry early summer, everything...
The bright green triangular boxes hanging from a dozen ash trees in Charlotte are designed to attract any emerald ash borers (EAB) in the neighborhood and give the town a...
If you yearn for more outdoor art (after visiting Lemon Fair and Cold Hollow Sculpture Parks), venture down the road to Shelburne Museum or consider a road trip to Saint-Gaudens...
Summer. Most people crave the warmth of the sun, the long days spent lounging by their favorite mountain pool. Campfires in the evening....
The Lewis Creek Association will continue its efforts to combat aquatic invasive plant species in the Lewis Creek watershed, thanks to a grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program....
The Friends of Carpenter-Carse Library is holding its second annual Garden tour of six beautiful Hinesburg gardens on Sunday, June 13 from 10:00 to 3:00. ...
Seems in Vermont it’s almost a requirement to have a display of peonies on the homestead. Most commonly the choice is the old-fashioned herbaceous variety. We anxiously await the bright red...
This year the Charlotte Land Trust Board lost two valuable members who both died unexpectedly. David Watts had been a board member for over seven years and passed away suddenly...
After a nearly non-winter of moderately poor ice fishing, I’ve been reveling in the bright sunshiny days of early spring. The lilacs and honeysuckle permeate the air, smelling like the...
If you are like me, you assume that every time an insect meets a plant, that insect will eat that plant. And yes, you’ve heard of insectivorous plants, but those are...
If you’re ready to bust out of your pandemic cave, two outdoor sculpture parks in Northern Vermont beckon. In addition, Shelburne Museum will have more access this year when it...
It’s spring and it’s glorious. The chipping sparrows, white throated sparrows, robins and bluebirds have returned to the yard to feed on seed in the feeders joined by red-bellied, downy,...
In 2000, Larry Hamilton, Charlotte’s tree warden, began the project of planting memorial and specially dedicated trees in Charlotte’s parks and rights of way....
Widge Currier had just pulled up at his family’s camp at the tip of Thompson’s Point Sunday afternoon, focused on the annual ritual of opening the expansive 1800s camp for...
As we continue to practice social distancing to avoid the coronavirus, I think daily how grateful I am to be living in Vermont, and in Charlotte in particular, where most...