Category Archives: Home and 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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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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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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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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Simply Gorgeous Spring Flower Photos from Len Burgess

Len Burgess welcomes spring–thank you Len for sharing–just beautiful! Pussy Willow Crocus Lily Daffodil Crocus Send us a photo of your favorite signs welcoming spring. Send photos to me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com. The photo need not be a nature-related image, but … Continue reading

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A Huge Thank You to Everyone for Your Milkweed and Aster Orders!!!

My Deepest Thanks to Everyone  The above is a favorite photo from my trip in February to film the Monarchs. This week we will be bringing you the short interview film with Tom Emmel at the summit of the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly … Continue reading

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Thank you Friends of the HarborWalk Cleanup Dream Team!

Thank you Beth, Susan, Jessie, Catherine, George, and Charles–an awesome team and an awesome job well done!!! We had our first Friends of the HarborWalk cleanup this morning and made great progress. We didn’t get to I4-C2 and hope to … Continue reading

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Reminders: Friends of the HarborWalk Cleanup Sunday (Tomorrow) Morning at 10:00am and Last Day to ORDER MILKWEED SEEDS

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! The order for milkweed seeds and asters in being placed on … Continue reading

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ORDER YOUR MILKWEED SEEDS TODAY!

The order for milkweed seeds and asters in being placed on Monday so please get your orders in before then. Thank you! Thank you so very much to everyone participating in the Cape Ann Milkweed Project! Lots more good information to … Continue reading

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Preservation Workshop: Saving the Sargent House, and Your Own

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FRIENDS OF THE HARBOR WALK ~ CLEAN UP POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

Due to rain predicted, clean up is postponed until Sunday, April 6th at 10:00am.  Thank you everyone who was and is planning to come. You don’t need to be a gardener to lend a hand and I will have extra pruners and … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project Continues ~ Plant Milkweed Seeds to Save the Monarchs

Good Harbor Beach Common Milkweed Last year was the beginning of our first and wonderfully successful Cape Ann Milkweed Project. Joe generously offered to hold the plant sale at Captain Joe and Sons, which is very conveniently located on East Main Street, and … Continue reading

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Friends of the HarborWalk Call for Volunteers Sunday Morning March 29th Clean Up

Please join us Sunday morning at 10:00am (weather permitting). We are going to be cleaning up the HarborWalk butterfly gardens. Sharpen your pruners and come on down and learn about some of the native beauties planted at the gardens!

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GMG FOB Ben’s Newly Emerged Giant Polyphemus Moth!

Joey forwarded an email from reader Benjamin, who asks the following, “I found a silky green worm last August. I put it on my house plant and the next day it had turned into a caccoon. It has been in … Continue reading

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Plant Grant for Grant Circle

Hello Kim and Joey, I hope you can post this on Good Morning Gloucester.  We all need to think Spring and flowers.  I have attached the brochure and hopefully you can post that with the announcement. The Gardeners of Cape … Continue reading

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Lecture: Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden

On Thursday, March 6th, at 7:30pm I will be giving a slide presentation and lecture for the Holden Garden Club. The lecture is based on my book, Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!, which I both wrote and illustrated. Now is … Continue reading

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Recipe for Homemade Furniture Polish

The following recipe was published in 2010 and is on my website; the post also includes a number of uses for vinegar and water formuals for use in your home and garden (including cleaning bird feeders and deterrent to Winter … Continue reading

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