: Fireside Chat – Indigenous Plant Wisdom- Sacred Plants of New England 

Fireside Chats  with Hitchcock staff and guests  Casual conversations centered on nature, around a fire, enjoying the beauty of a crisp winter evening with hot beverages and nibbles. Thursdays at 6pm  January 20 –  Moon Gazing & Winter Owls  March 17 – Natural History of a cup of Hot Chocolate  April 14 – Indigenous Plant […]

Published in on April 14, 2022.

Earth Matters : A fern that climbs into the Ivy League

By David Spector

The word “fern” comes from the same root as “feather,” but not all ferns have feathery fronds. One of our local ferns could easily be mistaken for an ivy. The well-named American climbing fern is an evergreen fern with small hand-like “leaflets” (the technical term is “pinnules”). The leaves of this fern climb and wrap themselves around other plants, a habit that makes them resemble ivies and other vines of flowering plants.

Published in Earth Matters on December 30, 2019.

Earth Matters : A living, breathing yard with native plants

By Katie Koerten

After years of dabbling in gardening, I still don’t consider myself a gardener. I don’t have a lot of free time to devote to weeding and landscape design; I’ve never had a lot of extra money for big garden projects, and I’m not attentive enough to remember to water. But I do love plants, and I’m making my outdoor space a place where bees, songbirds, hummingbirds, caterpillars, butterflies and other creatures can thrive. Gardening can be less work if you choose native plants, and those are the best ones to plant to bring lots of life to your yard.

Published in Earth Matters on September 28, 2019.

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