Author Archives: Kim Smith

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"

Planting in Harmony with Nature

The following excerpt I wrote over fifteen years ago. The article was later adapted for my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! (available at my publisher’s website-click here). Yesterday’s post about how planting for wild bees and butterflies can save farmers money reminded me of the chapter “Planting in Harmony … Continue reading

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Jesse Cook Last Night at the Wilbur!

On a whim, and for no particular event, birthday, or anniversary celebration, I purchased tickets to take my guitar-playing husband, Tom, to hear the mesmerizing, evocative, and GORGEOUS music of Jesse Cook and Company. He loved it and I am a huge fan now, too.  On stage … Continue reading

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How Attracting Wild Bees and Butterflies to Farms Can Save Farmers Money

Well written and interesting article from author Richard Conniff ~ “Luring local pollinators to farms can pay for itself in four short years, according to a new study. Right now in Washington and Oregon, 380,000 honeybee hives are at work … Continue reading

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Super Fun Anthropologie Behind-the Scenes Making of the Monarch Store Windows Submitted By Our GMG FOB Mary McLoud Tucker!

Thank you Mary for sharing; this video from Anthropologie is so much fun!!! Metamorphosis: The Making of Our Earth Day Windows It is awe-inspiring to think that the monarch butterfly, a species so small and humble, lays claim to one … Continue reading

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Our GMG FOB Lidi Sands Submits Fabulous Spotted Salamander Sign of Spring!

Hello Kim, I have been enjoying all the spring pictures the FOBs have sent you. We went to Raven’s Wood Park last week to see the Spotted Salamanders & the many different varieties of frogs. They were singing so loudly it was … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Artist Spotlight Garden Tour and Film Screening at Willowdale Estate May 13th

On Tuesday, May 13th,  at 6pm, I will be giving a free guided tour of the butterfly gardens at Willowdale Estate, located in Topsfield. After the garden tour, we will have a screening of my film, Life Story of the Black … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

We had a nice field trip on Friday night. Saw spotted sals, wood frogs and spring peepers at Stillington. Spermatophores, WF eggs and SS eggs. And some lovely leeches. Then to long and narrow for some fairy shrimp, a newt, … Continue reading

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GMG FOB Jacqueline Bennett Submits Sweet Baby Canadian Geese Photo!

Thanks so much Jackie for sharing you welcome spring photos!

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New Film: Monarch Migration Interview with Tom Emmel

Horses neigh, bugs crawl across the lens, and Monarchs flutter in the background —interview on the mountaintop and it was all beautiful! Video includes footage from my forthcoming film, Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. Monarch … Continue reading

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My Photos in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine!

  Check out JoeAnn’s article and my photos for this week’s Boston Globe Magazine! Contractually, I don’t think I can post any of the photos from the article on GMG (for a brief period of time), so here are some of the outtakes. Click on any … Continue reading

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A Beautiful and Moving Tribute to Carol Gray, Retiring Sawyer Free Library Director

John Ronan and Company (Senator Bruce Tarr, Paul McGeary, Mary Weissblum, and Scott Memhard) Reading John’s Very Humorous Poem About Carol The library was packed with Carol’s colleagues, friends, and well-wishers, all with hearts full of thanks and gratitude for her guiding hand throughout the library’s recent years of growth and development. Everyone spoke of … Continue reading

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Finishing the HarborWalk Spring Cleanup Tomorrow Morning (Sunday) at 10am

Blue skies and warm weather are predicted for tomorrow’s HarborWalk Cleanup. I hope to see you there! You don’t need to be a gardener to pitch in; everyone is welcome! Last week’s awesome team!

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GMG FOB Marty Morgan Shares Her Welcome Spring Photo!

Thanks so much Marty for sharing your welcome spring photo–wonderful!!! Marty writes, Hi Kim, My husband leaves the sliding seat from his rowing shell hanging under our back stairs. Some little bird decided it was the perfect place to build her … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Tv’s Lunch and Learn

Submitted by Rebecca ~ Thank you to those of you who attended CATV’s most recent “Lunch and Learn” presentation by Kevin Roy of Green Banana SEO. We hope you enjoyed learning about Search Engine Optimization along with us! The presentation … Continue reading

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GMG FOB Pat Morss Submits Monarch Photos from 1999

Thanks so much for sharing Pat! Pat writes, “My wife and I have been following the postings about the challenges to monarch butterflies migrating from Eastern Point ( and elsewhere) to Mexico. We visited the El Rosario Sanctuary in the … Continue reading

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Not One, But Two, Super Events from Eastern Point Lit House this Sunday, April 13th!

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Signs of Spring from GMG FOB’s Jacqueline Bennet and Cathie

Jacqueline writes, “these photos were taken late April at Long Hill.”    Spring Breeze Cathie submits: Turtles sunning themselves in Tewksbury, MA Thanks so much for sharing Jackie and Cathie!

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